Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby football team ends season

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby - posted Thu., Dec. 1, 2011
On Nov. 23, the Raiders took on Stafford in a pre-Thanksgiving match-up. Windsor Locks fell, 44-0. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
On Nov. 23, the Raiders took on Stafford in a pre-Thanksgiving match-up. Windsor Locks fell, 44-0. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

It was a tough year for Windsor Locks High School football. Working with a combined team with Suffield and East Granby, coach Marty Powers began the season focused on teamwork and re-building a solid program.

Ending the season on Nov. 23 at a disappointing 1-9, the Raiders’ only win came against Canton, 22-20, on Sept. 24.

“We’re not going to panic and scrap all that we introduced this year,” Powers said. “People will have to be patient. Our goal for next year is to compete with the Ellingtons and the Coventrys.”

The final game on Windsor Locks’ schedule held special meaning for both Powers and the opposing coach, Corey Bernier of Stafford/East Windsor.

“It was interesting facing the man who was once my coach,” Bernier said regarding Powers. “He gave me my first coaching job, and I wanted to show him I was paying attention and learned a few things while working for him. I have the utmost respect for Coach Powers, and any time I can share the field with him is an honor.”

Upon hearing Bernier’s comment, Powers joked, “I did a good job because he beat me.” Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby fell to Stafford/East Windsor, 44-0.

“Paul Wrabel has been steady on both offense and defense all year,” Powers said of one of his standout players. “He gave up the chance of running the ball for getting beat up week after week with little recognition. “

“John Ratcliff stood out at defensive tackle,” the coach said. “Seniors Curtis Caulley, Jeremy Voyer and Tim Panowski kept this young team together; I can’t say enough good things about them.”

Windsor Locks Athletic Director Jim O’Brien commented on the team structure. “By combining [towns], we have a viable football program. It has been well documented that kids who are involved in extra-curricular activities tend to perform better in school, so we need to keep an eye on the big picture in that regard.”

“This is the first time in East Granby history that we can give our students the opportunity to play football,” East Granby Athletic Director Bob Paskiewicz said. “The interest level in our school is growing, and hopefully we will have more participants in the program next year.”

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