Pilgrim receiver Connor Fallon had himself quite the high school career for the Patriots.
After finishing his breakout junior season with All-State and All-Division honors, he enjoyed an even better senior season in which he once again led the Pilgrim pass catchers and brought home the program’s first championship in 44 years.
Fallon’s hard work and production have earned him a shot to play at the collegiate level, as he recently committed to Division III Western New England University to play for the Golden Bears.
A sense of comfort on the Western New England campus in Springfield, Massachusetts, as well as an attractive scheme fit, were the big draws for Fallon when making his decision.
“I was talking to [Western New England head coach Jason Lebeau] for a while, he’s a great guy. He showed me the scheme, showed me the school, showed me how the defense runs, and he explained to me that their system is basically Pilgrim’s but at a higher level,” Fallon said. “I wanted to find my second home, and I felt like that was my second home.”
As Fallon gets ready to graduate in the spring, he is excited knowing that he, along with his fellow seniors, defied the odds this past season as the Pats won the Division III Super Bowl and cemented Pilgrim’s place as one of the top programs in the state.
“I think this is the best team that Pilgrim has ever had,” Fallon said. “We played with heart, practiced with heart, lived with heart because we love this game and it shows. It’s amazing and it’s great to see all of our blood, sweat and tears come to fruition.”
Fallon expects to face a big jump in competition at the college level, but will rely on his friends and teammates to help him prepare in the next few months.
“I’ve never had a brother, but these seniors are the closest thing. They have my back no matter what and I can’t say enough about them,” he said. “It’s going to be a lot harder and I’ll have to put in more than I ever had. Although this season is over, I’ll still have my senior brothers there to push me to be the best player that I can be.”
Although he is excited to start the next chapter in his football career, Fallon will also miss the Warwick community and being a Patriot.
“[I’ll miss] the community,” he said. “Everyone coming to every practice, film session, game – I’ll miss having everyone together and having that sense of team.”