Stafford-East Windsor football wraps up season with a win

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Stafford/East Windsor - posted Thu., Dec. 1, 2011
On Nov. 18, Stafford celebrated Senior Night with a win over Gilbert, 22-21. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
On Nov. 18, Stafford celebrated Senior Night with a win over Gilbert, 22-21. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

High school football and Thanksgiving go hand and hand, and in keeping with holiday tradition, the Stafford/East Windsor Bulldogs’ traveled to Windsor Locks for a pre-turkey battle under the lights on Nov. 23.

Coach Corey Bernier had more than a win on his mind; it was the first head-to-head game against his mentor, Windsor Locks head coach Marty Powers. “It was interesting facing the man who was my coach when I played at Tolland,” Bernier said. “He gave me my first coaching job, and he helped me get the job at Stafford. There's no doubt I wanted to show Coach Powers I was paying attention and show him I learned a few things while working for him by getting a win for the Bulldogs. I have the utmost respect for Coach Powers, and any time I can share the field with him is an honor.”

When asked for his response to Bernier’s comment, Powers joked, “I did a good job; he beat me.”

The Bulldogs defeated the Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby combined team by a score of 44-0. Tim Artruc had four touchdowns, Tim Ford made a 3-yard touchdown run, and Zach Rollins had a 45-yard catch from Ford. The Bulldogs finished the 2011 season with a record of 5-5.

Bernier relied heavily on the team’s upperclassmen this season. On Senior Night, Nov. 18, teammates Billy Sassi, Shane McCuen, Beau Weed, Rick Reilly, Bryce Koelsch, Jessie Scroggins, Tim Artruc, Kevin Yang, Matt Graham, Sean Jones-McCarthy and David Deleon were recognized for their contributions to Bulldogs football.

“Beau, our center, is one of the toughest kids I've ever meet,” the coach said about Weed. “He played all year on a bad knee and started every varsity game at Stafford for four years.”

Described by Bernier as the team leader on offense and defense, Artruc led the team in tackles and rushing yards, eclipsing 100 tackles and 1,000 yards. “Tim’s a tough, old-school-style player,” the coach said.

“Rick is the emotional leader of the team,” Bernier said, summing up Reilly’s winning attitude. “He’s got a huge presence on both lines, but especially the defensive side,” he said.

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