Patriots look forward to a big season

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Coventry - posted Tue., Sep. 4, 2012
The Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton varsity offensive team prepares for a scrimmage play on Sept. 1. Photos by Melanie Savage.
The Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton varsity offensive team prepares for a scrimmage play on Sept. 1. Photos by Melanie Savage.

The Coventry/Windham Tech football team had a strong season last year, finishing with a 9-1 record and falling in the first round of the post-season to Daniel Hand, the eventual Class L champions. This year, with the addition of about a dozen players from Bolton High School, the Patriots feel they are in an even better position. Asked if he felt they could take the state title, Coventry senior Austin Ives said, “We have a good shot if we work hard."

For one thing, the Patriots have been bumped down from L to M this year. But the team also has a number of very strong players who are expected to step in and take the place of graduating teammates, including nearly the entire starting offensive back lineup.

Ives is both a thrower and a runner. “I’ll probably end up in mostly the running back position,” he said at a Sept. 1 scrimmage against Cheney Tech.

Coventry junior Devan Valdes is expected to fill the role of first-string quarterback for the season. Also expected to play a major role is tight end Tommy Myers, who has been awarded a full football scholarship to UConn. Fullback Kyle Wing and running back Vinny Marciano, both Windham Tech students, should make significant contributions to the offense.

Derrick Orange, also from Windham Tech, was sitting out the Sept. 1 scrimmage with a torn tendon in his hand, but is expected to be back in play in time to make a significant contribution to the Patriots’ defensive lineup. “I just want to play,” said an antsy Orange from the sidelines. “I’ll be in for the first game.”

Nathan Decker, a Coventry senior corner and wide receiver, is expected to see a lot of playing time, as is Bolton senior safety Ryan Janty.

This is Tony Bonito’s seventh season as the head coach of the Patriots team. “He’s the best coach in the state,” said Ives.

Catch Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton in their season-opener against Gilbert/NW Regional on Friday, Sept. 14, beginning at 7 p.m., at home in Coventry.


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