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Schrecengost earns Scholar Athlete award from National Football Foundation

From left, Avon High principal Mike Renkawiz; Terri and Bob Schrecengost; Henry Schrecengost; Avon High football coach Jeff Redman; Avon HS athletic director Tim Filon and Tim Feshler, president of the Northern Connecticut Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

AVON – Senior Henry Schrecengost was recently named as a Scholar Athlete by the Doc Boisoneau Northern Connecticut chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

Schrecengost was one of 13 high school football players honored with the Scholar Athlete award by the Doc Boisoneau Northern Connecticut chapter for excellence in academics, character/community service, leadership and football prowess.

Schrecengost, who will play college football at Bryant University, was a guard on the Falcons last fall and head coach Jeff Redman wasn’t shy about telling opponents that they would be running behind the 6-foot-6, 290-pound lineman.

In the final game of the regular season against Simsbury at the Valley Gridiron Classic, Schrecengost ran the ball nine times for 46 yards. “He had a blast,” Redman said after the game last November. “Who is going to stop that kid? He gained six or seven yards a carry. My whole thing about this game was to give the kids the ball and let’s have some fun with the game.”

Schrecengost was a two-time CCC Division III East selection and was team MVP this fall. He is a member of the National Honor Society.

Schrecengost also wrestled for two years, earning All-State honors in February by winning the Class M state championship at 285 pounds. Schrecengost, who went 40-3 as a senior, helped the Falcons to their first title in the Central Connecticut Conference as Avon went 22-0 and captured the CCC North pennant. Avon finished fourth in Class M – their best-ever finish in Class M.

Schrecengost is the 18th Avon High football player to receive a Scholar Athlete award from the chapter since 1968. Ryan Ollstead was honored last year by the chapter.

Previous Avon High Scholar Athletes

1968 – Dennis Daly
1971 – Craig Lister
1974 – Marc Galiette
1984 – Scott Sadowsky
1987 – Michael Jud
1997 – Scott Gunn
1998 – Ian McNeill
1999 – Jon Hierl
2002 – Brendan Roche
2003 – Daniel Jamieson
2004 – Derek Kon
2008 – Mike D’Onofrio
2011 — Colin Pavano
2012 – Colin Moore and Chris Suttmeir
2015 – Harrison Gill
2017 – Ryan Ollestad
2018 – Henry Schrecengost


Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.



  1. Joe Pavano

    June 29, 2019 at 12:38 am

    Colin Pavano, AHS quarterback also received this award in 2011, he is not

  2. Gerry deSimas, Jr., Collinsville Press

    June 29, 2019 at 9:20 am

    Thanks for the update. We’ve updated the list of previous winners.

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