Stafford/East Windsor football trying to build momentum

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Stafford, East Windsor - posted Wed., Oct. 12, 2011
Quarterback Tim Ford calls the play for Stafford. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Quarterback Tim Ford calls the play for Stafford. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

On Oct. 1, under the lights of Carl Angelica Field, the Stafford Bulldogs football team went head-to-head with the Enfield Raiders in an action-packed battle of offensive wills. A combined team with East Windsor, Stafford’s David-size roster was the clear underdog to Enfield’s Goliath-like program, but the Bulldogs held the Raiders scoreless at the half. Stafford eventually fell 7-6, with its sole touchdown scored by Matt Graham on a 4-yard pass from quarterback, Tim Ford.

“Tim Artruc is our most consistent offensive threat,” Stafford head coach Corey Bernier said. “He’s a tough runner between the tackles and finished the Enfield game with a dislocated finger. Zach Rollins has a good spear to the outside, can run and is also a threat as a reliever. Jessie Scroggins is very elusive, a quick change of pace runningback off the bench.”

Defense played a major role in Stafford’s performance against Enfield. “It was a tough game, but we have to move on and get ready for the next,” Bernier said. “On the defensive side, Bryce Koelsch, Shaun Jones-McCarthy and Zach Rollins had great games. Overall, Tim Artruc leads the team in tackles with 44 and makes plays all over the field. Sean Jones-McCarthy’s speed is key; he leads the team in tackles for a loss with eight.”

The first half of the season has been a challenge. “We are 0-4 and have been in some tough games,” the Stafford and East Windsor coach said. “The Enfield game was a heartbreaker, but a great game to be a part of. Unfortunately, we came up a little short.”

“The cooperative [with East Windsor] meshes really well,” Bernier said. “My captain, Rick Reilly, is an East Windsor student. In total, we have eight players from East Windsor and 20 from Stafford.”

Stafford Friday night football draws a large crowd. Next up on the Bulldogs’ schedule, back-to-back games under the lights: Oct 14 vs. Ellington-Somers and Oct. 21 vs. SMSA. “We have great support from the fans and boosters. Stafford High School is a great place to watch a football game on a Friday night,” Bernier said.

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