Football season ends on positive note for Hornets freshman team
By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Nov. 18, 2011
With only one more game to go as of press time, the East Hartford High School freshman football team has enjoyed a successful season. They were getting ready to meet Manchester High, one of East Hartford's biggest rivals. “We're 23–4–1 this season," said coach Mark Brown. “We lost to Conard, but we are really up to playing Manchester.''
The freshman team is usually over-shadowed by the junior varsity and varsity teams, but Brown sees his role as getting players ready to take their places on those teams in upcoming years. The team's assistant coach is Charles Ferguson.
“We had about 45 athletes turn out this year, and we've kept together. We've seen good performance, especially among those who had played the game before joining the team," said Ferguson.
“Our goal is to see them progress throughout their four years, and on to college," said Brown, who has coached freshman football for the past three years. “I expect all the players we've had this year to move on to the JV team."
Brown praised the performance of freshman captain William McIntosh this year. “He's shown good leadership qualities, and he has led the team in tackles," he said. "He's maintained his grade point average, and he is showing a lot of promise. He will definitely move on."
In addition to McIntosh, freshman captains also include David Rodriguez, Mashad Jackson and Aaron Bell.
“We've had a good season – just a couple of bumps in the road," Jackson said. “I think it was mostly caused by goofing off in practice. When we were focused, we did better."