Windsor football advances to semifinals in state tournament

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Fri., Dec. 2, 2011
Windsor football defeated Notre Dame-West Haven, 14-7, in the Class L CIAC quarterfinals, advancing to the semis against New Canaan. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Windsor football defeated Notre Dame-West Haven, 14-7, in the Class L CIAC quarterfinals, advancing to the semis against New Canaan. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

Finishing regular season play with a record of 10-0, the Windsor High School Warriors secured the number-one seed and a spot in the CIAC Class L football quarterfinals against eighth-seeded Notre Dame–West Haven.

In the game at Windsor’s Jack O’Brien stadium on Nov. 29, driving rain did not dampen the roaring cheers pouring from the packed-to-capacity bleachers as the Warriors took the field. Keeping the offensive pressure on from opening kickoff, Windsor’s first touchdown came with less than 2 minutes left in the first quarter. Junior Sherrod Peay grabbed the fumble and ran for 25 yards, putting Windsor on the board.

In the third quarter, junior Quinn Fleeting tossed an 87-yard bomb to junior Ryheime Moore, stunning the crowd with the Warriors’ second touchdown. “Quinn’s arm strength and accuracy has improved this season,” assistant head coach Perry McFadden said. “He has the ability to keep his eyes downfield while scrambling, and has good running ability.”

McFadden also commented on Moore’s speed: “Ryheime is very fast, with him, short passes are long gains,” he said.

Windsor’s defense was a key component in the 14-7 quarterfinal victory, and in its undefeated regular season. “Senior Ben Compton, a first-year player, has a quick first step; he’s relentless,” McFadden said. Senior Mike Joseph made his mark on the line. “Mike’s fast and pursues the ball very well,” the coach said.

McFadden went on to single out junior defensive end Cole Ormsby as strong to the point of attack. “Cole is an outstanding pass rusher and leads the team with 11 sacks,” he said. “Mike Joseph is second with 7.”

Strengthening Windsor’s line, McFadden listed senior Kamahl Valentine as a heady, defensive play caller, currently leading the team in tackles.

Securing Windsor’s extra points, junior Chris Traore went a perfect six-for-six on point after touchdown tries this season. “This was the first time he has made all of his tries,” McFadden said.

Windsor advanced to the semifinals against New Canaan, which was scheduled for Dec. 3, after press time. The championship is scheduled to be played at Rentschler Field on Dec. 9 or 10. Check casciac.org for the schedule and results.


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