Chris Simm's Little Brother Leads Team to State Title
During our usual morning perusal of thebiglead.com, we came across an item that had plenty of personal interest. There was a link to a video with some highlights of the Don Bosco Prep (this poster is an alum) victory over St. Peter's Prep in a NJ state championship game. It was really a pretty big game nationally in high school ball, as both teams were in the Top 15 in almost all the major high school polls.
Anyway, the video shows the end of the game when Matt Simms, Bosco's Louisville bound QB, sauntered over to heckle the fans of the opposing team after the game. And of course, the ensuing posturing by both teams.
There is a little more to the story than Simms simply acting like a jerk and the Bosco squad acting like the "U". Although, clearly, Simms made a bad move, and the coaches from both squads acted poorly; refusing to shake hands. There is even a report that the St. Peter's coach threw a football at the Bosco cheerleaders (wonder if Mr. DeLillo is still the cheer and dance team coach).
Apparently, a few days before the game, the Bosco players walked out to their practice field and there was a flag planted in it with "SPP" painted on it (St. Peter's Prep). Which, obviously, the Bosco squad took as pretty disrespectful. Prior to the state final matchup, the two teams shared a small indoor warmup area. The Ironmen (Bosco) marched the flag in with them. This lead to some pregame posturing and obviously added fuel to the fire.
During the week prior to the game, one of Bosco's players discovered a message painted on his car, "Will Hill (St. Peter's quarterback) is your daddy. State champs last year and again this year."
Now, Simms certainly should not have gone and taunted the fans ON the St. Peter's sideline; however, he is a kid who has endured a lot. Losses in the previous two state championship games and constant heckling from fans. The crowd chanted at him all game long: "Not your brother" and"Daddy's better". Earlier this season, one crowd chanted, "Where's your spleen?", a reference to older brother Chris' surgery earlier in the year.
The teams refused to shake hands and New Jersey State Police had to break up a shoving and shouting match at midfield.
After the game, Simms was given a box that had been delivered to the school Wednesday from a UPS Store in Bayonne. The box contained a pair of cleats with "SPP" and "Hunt for two" scribbled across them, along with a letter from "your friends at the Marauder Nation." The note also said, "Good luck Friday, hope the shoes fit," referring to the ones Simms wore all season, with scores from the past two State finals written on them.
In spite of all the pre-game nonsense, Bosco dominated the game and won 41-0. Completing a season in which the Ironmen not only dominated the state of NJ (the polls had Bosco and St. Peters 1 and 2), but took 3 powerful out of state teams down as well.