Military Bowl I: Even, except on the scoreboard


National Guard’s Tim Boyle (7) races past Marines’ defenders Akeino Chamberlin and Cole Ormsby to score a 14-yard touchdown late in the third quarter of Military Bowl I at Rentschler Field

I had to pull double duty Saturday, filming and writing about the happenings at the Military Bowl. So here’s the short-short version.

Team National Guard, the one loaded with Xavier and Hillhouse players  including UConn quarterback (we can say that now) Tim Boyle, won the game but it didn’t dominate.

It needed an early safety and then  a missed field goal with five minutes remaining to eke out a 15-14 victory in a game that delivered on its promise to be competitive and close, unlike many of its all-star predecessors.

Boyle, the offensive MVP, threw a touchdown pass and ran for another to lead Team National Guard. Sam Miranda caught a touchdown pass. Je’Vaughn Moore and Nick Gaynor had interceptions. Xavier linebacker Max Tylki won the defensive MVP. The coaches award went to Abdulahi Dukalay of Hartford Public. Branford’s Andrew Klarman forced the first-quarter safety, which wound up being the deciding points. Masuk’s Bryan Monaco had a few sacks.

For Team Marines, Oxford’s Brennen Diaz scored a pair of touchdowns and New Fairfield’s Joe Pacheco ran for 61 yards on 10 carries. Isaih Swain had two interceptions and took home the team’s defensive MVP. Kevin Dean, the lone Xavier player on the Marines, earned offensive MVP. Windsor’s Devante Dillon took home the coaches award.


The Definitive Military Bowl I playlist


Instead of an edited video, we’re throwing the best plays into a YouTube playlist all day Sunday. Check back regularly for the latest videos.

Just click the arrow at the bottom of the video to cycle through the clips.

Sean Patrick Bowley