Warriors pick apart Falcons en route to semifinal
By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Thu., Nov. 29, 2012
The Windsor Warriors’ perfect regular season was led by a potent offense that exploded for 377 points and a strong defense that only allowed 82 points. The second-seeded Warriors (10-0) dominated both sides of the ball on their way to handily defeating the seventh-seeded Fitch Falcons (8-3) by a score of 38-7 in the quarterfinals of the Class L state tournament on Nov. 28.
The Warriors were led by a stymieing defense, forcing four interceptions and a fumble, and senior quarterback Quinn Fleeting who had a hand in all of the Windsor scores – four passing and two rushing.
Both teams came out rusty, making a number of mistakes – fumbles, dropped passes and drive-killing penalties. Windsor controlled the line of scrimmage, forcing Fitch to the air in the second quarter where the Warrior secondary took over, forcing two interceptions which led to three scores in the final 4:43 of the half.
“Our defense was huge for us tonight,” said head coach Rob Fleeting. “They held up so well and it gave us the ability to get on track and I am thankful for that. I think we complement each other on both sides of the ball. We can make big plays.”
Senior Devonte Dillon’s interception and return to the 50-yard line set up a 7-yard touchdown run by Fleeting. After forcing the Falcons to go three and out, the Warriors drove and capped off the drive with a 9-yard touchdown pass from Fleeting to junior Jaylen Berry for the 13-0 lead with 1:52 left. Dillon intercepted another pass by Fitch quarterback Devante Anderson. Windsor would go into the half up 19-0 on a 38-yard pass from fleeting to senior Rashad Ramsey.
Fitch’s only score of the game came on a 73-yard touchdown on an end reverse by Robert Johnston. Later in the quarter, senior Terrell Huff intercepted another Falcon pass, which led to a 35-yard touchdown pass from Fleeting to senior Ryheime Moore. The Warriors extended their lead in the fourth quarter to 31-7 after another Huff interception led to a 16-yard Fleeting touchdown run. Windsor closed the game with a 47-yard touchdown pass from Fleeting to Moore.
Fleeting was 20 of 30 for 280 yards, connecting with Moore six times for 110 yards and Ramsey four times for 72 yards. Fleeting also ran six times for 60 yards.
Windsor was scheduled to play sixth-seeded New Canaan (9-2) at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 at Bunnell High School in Stratford, Conn. New Canaan defeated Windsor in last year's Class L semifinal.