As the sun sets and the scores fade with the blood, sweat and tears of another triumphant effort, the Blair Buccaneers walk away from Hightstown with their heads held high. After a grueling day of competition, the Bucs lost the Kelley-Potter Cup in a 4-3-6 defeat to The Peddie School.
“I couldn’t be prouder of all of our student athletes, who showed such commitment, passion and sportsmanship in all of today’s competitions,” said Head of School Peter G. Curran. “The contest for the Kelley-Potter Cup is such a spirited Blair tradition, preceded by so many quintessential boarding school moments. We are grateful to Peddie for hosting us, and, although we didn’t win the Cup this year, we loved having the opportunity to play and are already looking to secure our bragging rights again next year.”
It was an exhilarating week of festivities that concluded in today’s big games. Students and faculty participated in a variety of themed dress-down days, seniors played good-natured pranks around campus and everyone came together for Friday night’s pep rally and bonfire brimming with school spirit and determination to defeat Peddie.
This morning, students, faculty, alumni and family donned their Blair best and made the journey to Hightstown, prepared for a rousing battle against the Peddie Falcons, but fell short of victory this year. What began in 1903 and is now New Jersey’s oldest prep school football rivalry has evolved into a weeklong celebration of school spirit culminating in a full day of athletic competitions.
Last year the Bucs won the Kelley-Potter Cup for the ninth time since its creation in 1988, and returned it to the hilltop for the first time since 2013.
The Kelley-Potter Cup is named in honor of James R. Kelley, retired headmaster of Blair Academy and the late F. Edward Potter Jr., former headmaster of The Peddie School. The Cup represents the highest ideals of fair play, competition and sportsmanship.
The Peddie Day scoreboard is posted below. More photos from the day will be posted on Blair’s Photoshelter page over the next few days.