Enfield football defeats Stafford, ready for more challenges

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Enfield - posted Wed., Oct. 5, 2011
Nick Marshal holds the line for Enfield. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Nick Marshal holds the line for Enfield. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

Under the lights at Enfield High School’s Carl Angelica Field, Raiders football took to the turf on Oct. 1 in a defensively-charged, closely-fought battle with Stafford. Evident in the full bleachers and resounding cheers, 40-degree temperatures and persistent rain did nothing to deter Raiders’ spirit. The team did not disappoint, defeating Stafford 7-6.

“Our goal is to work hard and play with great enthusiasm,” said 12-year head coach Jay Gaucher. “The plan is to challenge our team every day.” Assisted by coaches James Lyver, Jim Lyver, Matt Burlingame, Tom Thompson, Peter Beebe and Jason Lamesa, Gaucher is looking to improve on 2010’s 7-3 record.

A sea of imposing green, the Raiders consist of 73 players, varsity through freshmen. The large roster receives considerable support from both the EHS athletic department and booster club. “They are truly a part of the program,” Gaucher commented on the booster club’s involvement. “They fund our freshmen program, they helped us get new away jerseys, they built us a team room, concession stand and anything we need they help us out with.”

Captains Lukasz Kluk, Tony Romano, Hugh Lindo and Stephen Robitaille take responsibility for leading the team both on and off the field. “Hugh Lindo is one of two returning starters and one of the most explosive players in the league,” the coach said. “Tony Romano is our QB, he’s athletic with a good arm. Our team’s greatest overall strength is our speed; a weakness would be our inexperience on the line.”

In Class M, Enfield faces strong competition. “Ellington is returning 21 of 22 starters,” Gaucher said. “We also play Coventry, who is a very disciplined, and Stafford, a physical team. Avon is strong up front.” Enfield comes up against Ellington/Somers at home on Oct. 28, Avon away on Nov. 5, and Coventry/Windham Tech at home on Nov. 11.

“As far as eligibility, we do a great job monitoring our students and holding them accountable,” the coach said, recognizing the team’s academic strengths. “We had 45 of 65 players last year make honor or high honors.”

A full schedule can be found at casciac.org.

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