Griffin Cardew had an outstanding year for the Bowdoin football team and, for his efforts, was recently named First Team NESCAC All-Conference.
The junior linebacker from Ipswich led the league in tackles with 97, including 6 1/2 for losses. He also had two sacks, a fumble recovery, forced a fumble and had an interception.
“It’s pretty cool to get this recognition,” said Cardew. “I wasn’t in the lead for tackles all season; it was pretty close until the last couple of games. In the second-to-last week we played Bates, and they run the triple option. I had a lot of tackles because they hardly ever threw the ball, then got lucky in the final game against Colby. I think the kid in second place wound up with 84, but until those last two games we were right together.”
Cardew finished 10th in all of Division 3 in tackles, averaging a fantastic 12.1 per game. He had 17 against Bates to tie the Polar Bears’ single game figure, and in six of the eight games he had 10 or more tackles. He also had a big game in a loss to Colby, making 15 tackles.
“The season was not what we hoped for (going 1-7, with the only win against Tufts),” said the former St. John’s Prep standout, who prepped at Loomis-Chaffee for a year. “Coming off a 4-4 season with a lot of people back, we thought this would be our year. But we had so many injuries. Our defense played really well, though.
“We have a lot coming back next year, although we’ll lose some very good seniors. Our wide receiver, (senior) Sean O’Malley, tore his ACL early and took a semester off, so he’ll be back. One guy that’s going to be a big loss is one of our captains, Marty Robledo (via St. John’s Prep/Beverly). Fortunately, we have a very strong junior class. We’re hoping to win the NESCAC and get some much-needed vengeance on all those teams that beat us.”