Windham football playing in Division S this year

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Windham - posted Tue., Sep. 3, 2013
Windham football captains Shaun Nadeau (left) and Dakota Fleming prepare to lead their team off the field for a break during an Aug. 31 scrimmage at the school. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Windham football captains Shaun Nadeau (left) and Dakota Fleming prepare to lead their team off the field for a break during an Aug. 31 scrimmage at the school. Photos by Melanie Savage.

With enrollment decreasing at Windham High School, the football team finds itself competing in Division S this year. Having captured, in the past, the championship for both Division L and Division M in the ECC, “We want to win the small division so we can claim that we have won medium, large and small,” said head coach Brian Crudden.

Crudden is entering his 38th year of involvement with the Windham football program, and has served as head coach since 1985. Last year, the state playoffs just barely eluded the team. “We tied record-wise for the ECC medium division,” said Crudden. This year, the coach would love to see his team qualify for post-season state competition, “for the first time since about 2006,” he said.

The Whips “graduated a very nice senior class last year,” said Crudden, naming Nick Martin, Ryan Luberto, Spencer Hill and Christian Clark among the most valuable seniors from the 2012-13 season. This year’s team is led by senior co-captains Dakota Fleming (a third-year tight end and outside linebacker) and Shaun Nadeau (a second-year offensive guard and defensive end).

Also expected to make a significant contribution to the season is senior top quarterback Jack Risley. Running back Isaiah Santiago and offensive tackle Miguel Navarro have also shown much promise during the early part of the season, according to Crudden.

On Aug. 31, about halfway through the team’s third scrimmage of the season against RHAM, Crudden said, “The coaching staff has job security. These guys need to be coached, but the potential is definitely there.”


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