By BRIAN JENNINGS
Southington had four football players sign their names to play at the collegiate level on Thursday, April 30.
Matt Koczera, Dan Williams, Peter Majchrzak and Matt Thomson will be signing their intent to play football at the next level.
Matt Koczera served as team captain and was a two-year starter for the Knights. Koczera has committed to play for Springfield College and study exercise science.
“Springfield is really good with connections,” said Koczera. “For me to apply for exercise science, if I want to get a job right after college, people out there in the fitness industry are looking for people from Springfield. They’ll automatically notify you as a possible candidate for the job. Their facilities are top notch as well.”
Peter Majchrzak was also a two-year starter as a cornerback for the Knights. Majchrzak will be playing for Mount Ida College in the fall and will study business administration.
“For my overnight there, it felt like a close-knit group like the team that we had,” said Majchrzak. “So I felt comfortable like I fit right in.”
Dan Williams played two year as a starter at defensive end. Williams will be playing at Endicott College and will also be studying exercise science.
“I really liked their facilities and teachers down there,” said Williams. “They are really hands-on. You can get a good, close connection with the teachers. So if you don’t understand, you can get a lot of help there. I can start internships my freshman year and not a lot of schools do that. It’s right near Boston so I can go right out into the city and can get a feel for what I like more with towns 20 minutes the other way. It’s a big family too. A lot of people there are close, including the football team.”
Matt Thomson served as a co-captain and two-year starter as a linebacker and will be continuing on to Choate Rosemary Hall for a post graduate year.
“I think the mentality and approach they take to the preparation of the game will make them good players at the collegiate level,” said Southington coach Mike Drury. “These guys aren’t just great players, but they’re good in practice. Their weight room and offseason dedication is unmatched. When you combine those qualities that’s going to give them the best opportunity to compete and be successful at that level.”
The Knight celebrated their second straight state championship with a ring ceremony right after the signing on Thursday in the freshman cafeteria of the school.
“This is the second year in a row that we’ve been able to have the opportunity to be able to do something like this,” said Drury. “It’s a great experience for the boys to all get their rings together as a team and unit who go the job done this year.”