Wolverines to start, end football season against Plainfield
By Janice Steinhagen - Staff Writer
Griswold - posted Tue., Aug. 28, 2012
Solid leadership is what Griswold High School head football coach Glenn LaBossiere is depending on for the 2012 football season. The dozen seniors he lost last summer to graduation have been replaced with another dozen or so, spearheading his squad of 60 players.
While the Class of 2012 was “a big part of our program,” LaBossiere said he has confidence in this year’s crop of varsity players. “There’s a lot of returning players,” he said. “They’re good kids, they work hard.” The team’s first practice in pads was Aug. 25, and the staff of coaches ran the squad through the usual series of drills to build skills in blocking, running and pass reception.
At the helm as captains of the team are seniors Dylan Martel, who plays split end, defensive lineman Kyle Dombrowski at linebacker and running back, and Jordan Gionet at split end and defensive back. “All are great students and possess great character,” said LaBossiere. “I expect them to be great team leaders on and off the field. The offensive line is always a concern,” said LaBossiere. “But we have a good class of juniors who need to step up.”
Among the other Wolverine standouts are starting quarterback Adam Davis, who has played on the varsity team since sophomore year, and defensive end/running back Jermaine Fraser, who is in his fourth year as a starting varsity player.
Fraser called it “a privilege” to play for the Wolverine varsity squad. He said that team spirit is at an all-time high. “I’ve been playing on this team for three years and I haven’t seen the team more united,” he said. “We’re working extra hard. We’re more family than friends this year.”
Fraser said his personal goals this year include beating both Norwich Free Academy and Fitch, as well as winning the Thanksgiving Day game against Plainfield. “I want to keep the tradition on Thanksgiving,” he said. “This year will be my last States, and I want to go all the way. There’s no doubt, the sky’s the limit.”
The Wolverines registered a 6-4 season last year, and as always, two contests with long-standing rival Plainfield will be the bookends of the season. “We always scrimmage Plainfield early on because it’s usually late when we play them,” said LaBossiere. “I expect Plainfield to be very good. They have a strong senior class with lots of experience.”
The scrimmage with the Panthers is slated for this Friday, Aug. 31, at 3:15 p.m. at home, while the big game is – as usual – set for Thanksgiving Day at 10 a.m. Plainfield hosts the rivalry match this year.