Raiders football looks ahead to season with new coach

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor Locks - posted Thu., Aug. 25, 2011
Pre-season football practice began with conditioning for the combined East Granby, Suffield and Windsor Locks High School team. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Pre-season football practice began with conditioning for the combined East Granby, Suffield and Windsor Locks High School team. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

On Aug. 18, high school football players from East Granby, Suffield and Windsor Locks suited up and got ready for pre-season conditioning. The combined team began practice in Windsor Locks with sprints, strength training and drills, all centered on building both core football skills and new friendships.

“This is my first year with the team,” said head coach Marty Powers. “Right now we have about 50 kids, and the numbers are going up with each practice.” A 20-year coach with Tolland High School, Powers recognized the contributions of his predecessor. “Coach Sullivan was here for a long time and ran an exceptionally strong program. One of the greatest strengths of this year’s team is that the kids were well-coached before I got here, and I’m looking forward to building off that base and having a great season.”

After a disappointing 1-9 record in 2010, Powers is determined to turn things around. “My overall goal this year is to finish with a winning record and qualify for the state tournament,” he said. “These kids get along really well, and if they work hard and stay focused, they can make it happen.”

Citing Ansonia as a chief rival, the coach commented on the hurdles facing the team. “It’s hard for any team to overcome a losing record. I want the kids to get mean out there and learn how to win,” he said. “I know they have great potential.”

The Raiders open up away against Wamogo on Sept. 17. All home games are played at Windsor Locks High School. For a full schedule, visit www.casciac.org.


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