Warriors stay undefeated after homecoming win
By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Fri., Oct. 19, 2012
The Windsor Warrior football team won its 2012 homecoming game 26-7 over the visiting Simsbury Trojans (3-2) in a Central Connecticut Conference interdivision game under the lights of Jack O’Brien Stadium on Oct. 12. With the victory, the Warriors remain unbeaten on the season, outscoring opponents 158-14. The Warriors are currently in a three-way tie for the CCC Division II West conference lead with Farmington and Middletown and are second in the Class L state rankings behind Daniel Hand.
“We always want to score on every possession, but I think that it’s important to see that even when things don’t go our way we can bounce back and still do some positive things out there,” said head coach Rob Fleeting. “We are always looking to be perfect, but sometimes you have to come back to reality and say, 'Calm down.'”
The Warriors jumped out of the gate on a kick return from senior Devonte Dillon to the Simsbury 22 yard line, but the Warriors' offense stalled and failed to put points on the board. After stopping the Trojans on three consecutive runs, senior (and homecoming king) Terrell Huff blocked a punt and senior Austin Harris recovered it to give Windsor great field position. Huff then caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from senior Quinn Fleeting for the early lead. After forcing another Simsbury punt, the Warriors coughed up the ball in their own territory to give the Trojans favorable field position at the Windsor 27 yard line. After giving up a first down, the Windsor defense held Simsbury inside the red zone and did not allow them to put points on the board. Windsor drove the field and a Fleeting pass to senior Rashad Ramsey set the Warriors up at the goal line. Fleeting scored on a quarterback sneak and after a missed point after attempt Windsor led 13-0 through the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Simsbury ate up a solid chunk of time driving the length of the field, putting the Windsor defense back into the red zone. It looked like the defense was going to make a goal to go stop, when Simsbury fumbled the ball inside the Windsor 10 yard line, but the Trojans came up with it. Two plays later senior quarterback Steven Steijn scored on a one-yard run to close the Windsor lead to 13-7. Before the end of the half the Warriors received the separation they needed when Huff blocked his second punt of the game, recovering this one to give Windsor the ball back with 13 seconds left. On the final play of the half, Fleeting threw a 34-yard pass to Ryhieme Moore who beat two defenders for the touchdown. After the failed two point conversion the Warriors created the separation they needed going into the locker room up 19-7.
Huff was back at it in the second half, causing more havoc and providing a spark for the Warriors after ripping the ball loose on a run and recovering it around midfield. Windsor could not capitalize and was forced to punt. Simsbury drove the field for the entirety of the quarter, but on fourth down in Windsor territory, Ramsey broke up a pass in the end zone to force a turnover on downs.
“Our defense did great today,” Fleeting said. “We are teaching our kids to be disciplined on every play. We were just good enough to stop them when we needed to.”
Windsor would run the ball for much of the fourth quarter to run the clock down and keep the Simsbury offense from putting points on the board. The Warriors would tack on insurance points with a little less than four minutes left, when sophomore Jermaine Everett-Welcome scored on a four-yard rush. A late Simsbury fumble would seal the victory for Windsor.
Dillon ran for 60 yards on six carries and tallied 140 yards on kick returns. Fleeting completed five out of 10 passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns while running for 55 yards and a touchdown.