Newington's Howe to play football at Franklin Pierce University

Published on Wednesday, 19 January 2022 18:56
Written by TYLER HETU


Newington’s Austyn Howe is headed north to continue his football career, committing to Franklin Pierce University this week.

Howe announced his commitment to play for the Ravens on Twitter Monday afternoon. The Ravens, a Div. II school playing out of the Northeast-10 Conference, are based out of Rindge, New Hampshire.

A handful of NE-10 schools were after Howe, who was selected as an all-CCC first-team player and was a CHSCA All-State Top-26 pick this past season.

“Pretty much the rest of the NE-10 Conference [was recruiting me],” said Howe. “I had an offer from Southern (Connecticut State University), I had visits lined up and zoom calls scheduled with Stone Hill and New Haven. … Outside of that, Endicott [too].”

The decision to move out of state, despite plenty of opportunity to remain in Connecticut, came from Howe’s want to get away – but not too far away.

“I wanted to get away from home to kind of experience that college life, but I didn’t want to get too far away so I can go back home to my parents if I needed to, and they can get up to the games,” Howe said.

Franklin Pierce, when it came down to it, was exactly what Howe was looking for. The approximately two hour drive to just over the New Hampshire state line also aligned with a more personal draw to Howe’s personality and style of living.

“I visited it and I think it fits perfect because I’m a kid that kind of stays to myself, a little bit shy,” said Howe. “The school kind of being in the woods a little bit is perfect to me, honestly.”

When it came to football, Howe isn’t shying away from joining a team that is in the midst of a rebuilding phase. The Ravens are former members of the Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL), joining in 2013, but announced their departure in 2018. The league, which features both Navy and Army, has a max weight limit of 183 and personnel limits. Since leaving, the Ravens have won one game (in 2019) and went winless this past fall with a missed 2020 season due to COVID-19.

Howe acknowledges it being a tough transition, going from the league to a Div. II level, but plans to bring the edge he had this season with Newington into a locker room where he’s going to have to reprove himself as one of the best players on the field.

“Looking at the recruits they’re bringing in now, and the fact they started off in the Sprint Football Conference, … it’s obvious it’s going to be a tough jump (in rebuilding),” said Howe. “I’m definitely going into the season with a chip on my shoulder, kind of like what I did this year with our Newington team. Everyone was doubting us, saying we weren’t going to be good, and it’s almost like the same circumstances now. It’s just going in there knowing I have to prove everyone wrong and make my family proud.”

Howe finished his season with strong numbers on offense, rushing for 370 yards with six touchdowns, both of which were second on the team among rushers. He was also the team’s second leading receiver with 801 yards on 47 catches, and led the club in receiving touchdowns with 14. He was the leader in all-purpose yardage for Newington this season with 1,171 in 10 games played.

On the defensive side of the ball he led the team in tackles with 35, averaging 3.5 a game. He also had a sack, and one interception.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Newington on Wednesday, 19 January 2022 18:56. Updated: Wednesday, 19 January 2022 18:58.