Senior-laden Raiders hope to win division
By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Thu., Aug. 23, 2012
The Enfield High School Raiders finished the 2011 season with a record of 6-4, good enough for fifth place in the Pequot Uncas Division. With 22 seniors graduating at the end of the school year, most teams would see the exodus as a debilitating move and look toward the next season as a rebuilding and developmental year. This is not the case for the Raiders, as they reload on talent with 19 seniors looking to end their high school careers on a high note.
“We have had a lot of kids here working throughout the off-season,” said Michael Crowley, senior captain, wide receiver and cornerback. “We’ve been able to jump right into practice and drills without having to do too much installing. If we continue to work hard, I do not see why we cannot win the division.”
Last season, Enfield scored 245 points, fifth best in the Pequot Uncas Division, and the team expects to put up even bigger numbers this year behind an offensive trio of seniors. Quarterback Kyle Maynard will get the start this season after waiting in the wings behind Tony Romano. His two best options will be Crowley and captain running back Avery Boissy.
“We’re just trying to take it one game at a time, we have a few big games this season, but we won’t look into that until we get there - first games first,” Boissy said. “I don’t think that anyone can really beat us. I think the only way we lose is if we beat ourselves.”
If Enfield hopes to win the division, they will need to find a way to bulk up and toughen the front seven on offense and defense. Head coach Jay Gaucher described the front seven as “thin,” but believes that the team will be able to get tougher physically and mentally before the season starts.
“We have to get better every day,” Gaucher said. “If we compete in every game, our kids play to their ability level and if they are coachable, we have an opportunity to win every game.”
The Raiders’ season kicks starts with their home opener at 7 p.m. on Sept.14 versus Granby Memorial.