Friday, November 22, 2019

One More

Add Leonard St Gourdin of Deerfield Academy and Malden (Mass.) Catholic to the list of players Tweeting their decision to continue their academic and athletic careers at Dartmouth next year. (Thanks to a BGA recruiting birddog for finding this commitment.)

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound St. Gourdin Tweeted his commitment HERE. His highlight video HERE lists him as a strong safety/receiver. Prior to enrolling at Deerfield he had been listed as a Bentley University signee by the New England Football Journal HERE.

Here's the recruiting class to date as compiled through Twitter (corrections encouraged ;-)

Dario Arazi, 6-6, 225, DE/OT, Brooklyn Tech/Brooklyn, N.Y.
Josh Balara, 6-3, 290, OL/DL, Dallas /Dallas, Pa.
Isaac Boston, 5-10, 170, ATH, Springfield Central/Springfield, Mass.
Jack Dyett, 6-5, 210, DE/TE, Brentwood School/Los Angeles, Calif.
Thomas Hartnett, 6-3, 290 OL, Pittsburgh Central Catholic
Devon Lingle, 6-2, 202 QB, Fletcher, HS/Neptune Beach, Fla.
Gannon McCorkle, 6-3, 235 DE/TE, Phillips Exeter Academy/Gambrills, Md.
Paxton Scott, 6-1, 183 WR, St. Mark’s/Dallas
Nick Schwitzgebel, 6-3, 285, OG, St. Ignatius/Cleveland
Ethan Sipe, 6-5, 260, OL, Ensworth School/Nashville, Tenn.
Leonard St Gourdin, 6-3, 190, SS/WR, Deerfield Academy/Malden, Mass.
Dartmouth quality control assistant Jennifer King is one of the "inaugural grant recipients for the Scott Pioli & Family Fund for Women Football Coaches and Scouts. The grants help support female football coaches and scouts with financial assistance while they advance their career." (LINK)

Interestingly, Brown offensive quality control assistant Heather Marini is another of the three recipients of the grants.

The Game? That's so yesterday.

Tomorrow's undisputed show stopper is The Tussle, the always highly anticipated and traditional season-ending battle between those noted regional rivals (according to Ivy League executive director Robin Harris).

Read about the origin of The Tussle HERE.

Find Dartmouth's game notes HERE.

Find Brown's game notes HERE.

From the Brown Daily Herald:
If the Bears defeat their rivals, the Big Green cannot be outright Ivy League champions and will have to share the conference title.
Green Alert Take: Uh, not so much. If the Bears win and Yale wins the Bulldogs will claim the outright championship and the Big Green will home empty handed. Wins by Dartmouth and Yale would mean co-champions. A win by Dartmouth and a loss by Yale would give Dartmouth the outright title. Losses by Dartmouth and Yale combined with a Princeton win over Penn would mean tri-champions with the Tigers also grabbing a share. Got all that?

In case you are wondering, there have been three four instances of tri-champions since the start of formal Ivy League play and each time the Big Green got a slice of the pie.

1966 – Dartmouth, Princeton, Harvard with 6-1 records
1969 – Dartmouth, Princeton, Yale all with 6-1 records
1982 – Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn all with 5-2 records

And the one that I managed to leave out . . .
2015 – Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn all with 6-1 records

A columnist from the Harvard Crimson picks Dartmouth by 21 points.

The biggest danger for Dartmouth? The same as it was against Cornell. There's no lack of incentive when a struggling team can make its season by defeating the Big Green. Check out this outtake from an story about Cornell's victory over Dartmouth (LINK):
(N)o player, coach or fan will ever look back at the 2019 season without remembering that historic win. Head coach David Archer told me, “Season-defining… that’s a great term for it.” He added, “For us, it was a very validating win.  We know who we are, we know how hard we have worked. We finally put it all together, and we beat a very good football team.”