Mighty Might Panthers end season undefeated

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Mon., Nov. 7, 2011
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South Windsor Mighty Might Panthers' Jack Dempsky (No. 6) hands the ball off to Grant Rosa (No. 26) with Jack Perra (No. 4) in position as lead blocker and Isaiah Perez (No. 84) and Blake Greiner (No. 50) setting up the sweep run. Photo by Kevin Carucci. - Contributed Photo

“The team was out of this world,” said South Windsor Mighty Might Panthers head coach Chris Rosa about this year’s undefeated football team. “They’re great little athletes.” The team finished an undefeated season on Oct. 23, beating the Durham Falcons 20-0 for a season record 6-0-1.

The team of 20 football players, aged 7 to 8 years old, competes in the Connecticut Youth Football League. “It’s a big league, and it’s a tough league,” said Rosa. According to Rosa, there were only five returning players this year. “We had a lot of kids who never played football before,” said Rosa. “We taught them the basics of football and then some plays.”

This was Rosa’s first year as head coach. For the past two years, he served as the offensive coordinator coach. “It’s a wonderful program,” said Rosa. “I think even more kids should come out and play football.” He noted that the team has great equipment, with new helmets. The team plays at Rye Street Park. “The field is great with the snack shack and the scoreboard,” said Rosa. “It’s a great place to play football.”

In honor of the undefeated season, Rosa is giving every player a free haircut at his business, the Professional Barbershop, located on Buckland Hills Road.

“I’m just one of the players’ grandpa,” said Ray Coladonato, one of the team’s supporters. “For my guy [7-year-old Isaiah Perez], it was his first year playing.” He noted that it was a great way to make new friends and meet the kids from the other elementary schools.

The South Windsor Mighty Might Panthers is made possible by the support of many volunteers, and donations from residents and businesses. The assistant coaches are Glenn Perra, Mike Dempsky and Robert Allard.  Scott Higgins and Jeff Mayette served as team helpers, and the “Team Mom” was Laura Koss. The team thanks Robert Mesite for his play-by-play announcing and his generosity in organizing the pancake breakfast and after-game dinner at Sonic in Manchester.


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