Find any football field in the area, or the country for that matter, and you’ll find a family. But Schuylerville takes being a family to heart.
“If I stand at the end of my driveway, I can actually see the front doors of six of our starters on offense and six of our starters on defense,” head coach John Bowen said.
But it's more than just being neighbors. Just take a glance at their roster. Six pairs of players and coaches -- the Bolducs, the Bowens, the Shermans, the Pecks, the Dows and the Proutys -- all with the same last name.
“Everyone breaks down on family," Bowen said. "When we do that here, it just has deeper meaning.”
This team embodies what it means to be a family, and it makes moments like sectional championship wins so much more special.
“That’s what makes this team so close together," sophomore Lukas Sherman said. "We know each other like the backs of our hand. We go on the field Friday nights like we’re playing in our backyard.”
“We’ve all been together since we’ve been really young," senior Zack Bowen says. Josh is also one of John Bowen's sons. "Two of my neighbors are brothers. We’re together all the time. It helps a tremendous amount.”
“We’re really close," senior Owen Sherman said. Owen is the older brother of Lukas. "It’s a small town so we all know each other really well and just to be able to play with your brothers and your football family at the same time is very cool.”
Family is truly the foundation for the Black Horses.
“Being able to play with that same group of people for a period of time, you start to build trust and love each other more," Owen said. "Makes it easier on the field.”
“It’s easier to get on each other’s cases and we all know it’s about brotherly love," Zack added. "We’re helping each other out. Helping each other get better.”
Every moment is a memory that will last an eternity.
“They'll be memories that’ll last forever," Lukas said. "Having my right-hand brother and be next to him in the backfield, I’ll remember it until I’m 40, 50, until I die.”
The Black Horses next game is Saturday, Nov. 27, against Section I's Dobbs Ferry in the NYSPHSAA Class C semifinal. The winner will play for a state championship in the Carrier Dome.