Coventry/Windham Tech football working on undefeated season
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Region - posted Mon., Nov. 21, 2011
A decisive 37-14 win against Granby Memorial on Nov. 19 continued Coventry/Windham Tech’s winning streak, leaving them with just one more game to complete an undefeated regular season. But that final game will be a challenge, as the Patriots take on a likewise undefeated Ellington/Somers football team on Thanksgiving Day.
Coventry/Windham Tech is a fairly experienced team, sporting a total of 12 seniors. Standouts during the season have been quarterback Mike Fayhe, kicker and wide receiver Tom Meyers and fullback Alex Amarante, according to team supporters watching the Nov. 20 game. “I’d say that those are the players who have stood out this season,” said Lisa Gillette, secretary of the Gridiron Club.
Gillette attributes the team’s successful season to a number of factors, including coaches Tony Bonito, Bill Vanderest and Matt Styles. And despite the fact that the players hail from two different schools, “They’re playing like a unit, they’re gelling together,” said Gillette.
Heading into the post-season, Gillette feels that the team’s prospects look bright. “It’ll be tough,” she said, “but I think if they play the way they’ve been playing, they’ll be okay.”
Brett Ives, serving as the stats keeper on the sidelines, is the father of Coventry/Windham Tech player Austin Ives. Asked to characterize the team, Ives said their success was due to the fact that they “fight together as a unit.” The team’s record, said Ives, is the result of “hard work, determination and the will to survive.”