Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby off to fast start

Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby has stolen the show in the area with their 4-1 start. At the time of release, they are still undefeated in the Pequot North and they are tied atop the division with Cromwell. The resurgence for the Raiders has been unexpected and exciting. Both Enfield and Fermi have struggled out of the gates. Enfield is 2-3 and Fermi is 0-5 as they search for their first win since 2010. The Falcons have shown improvement, they had a close loss to Bulkley 26-21 and have put some more points on the board. Enfield had dominating wins over Stafford and Granby, but struggled in losses to Windsor Locks and Ellington.

Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby

This has to be hands down the most surprising team of the year. The Raiders are 4-1—they had won just four games in the past three years combined. No one saw this coming. They beat two teams that most considered to be guaranteed losses when they shocked Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton 39-38, and Enfield 25-13.

Both teams had annihilated the Raiders in previous seasons, leading many to believe that the games wouldn’t be close. And, they added a 20-8 win over Old Saybrook/Westbrook this past Saturday. The Raiders have ridden Jarvis Miller to victory. Miller has 653 yards rushing and 6 touchdowns to begin the season. After a year off, Windsor Locks went back to their double wing offense and have let Miller carry the load. Ago Jimenez has also been a nice surprise as quarterback, as he has been able to loosen up defenses by throwing a little in their run heavy offense.

Enfield

Enfield has won games when they have been able to get quarterback Jason Davis loose. In Enfield’s two victories Davis has stolen the show with over 100 yards rushing and passing in both contests. When Davis has been contained, the Raiders have struggled.

The Raiders opened the season with an impressive 28-10 win over Granby, in which Davis split time at quarterback. After week two, he took the gig full-time and led Enfield to a dominant victory over Stafford. The Raiders had a strong offensive showing last week versus Ellington/Somers, in which Davis and Tyrik Henry were able to hook up for two scores in the first half for a total of 115 yards. However, the offense faded in the second half in a 42-21 defeat.

Fermi

The Falcons have shown some life early this season, but the same difficulties with scheduling continue to bite them. Two weeks ago, they faced off against the Bulkley Bulldogs and had an exciting matchup. Quarterback Andrew Wilcox led the Falcons to a 15-0 start behind his two TD passes, a field goal, and an extra point. Just when it looked like Fermi would grab their first win things fell apart.

They lost 26-21. In other showings they have seen strong performances from WR’s Bailey Raymond and Frank Kusta. Latin Taylor Jr. has also been solid for the Falcons offensively. They are still in search for their first win under second year head coach Joe Tata Jr.

Stafford/East Windsor

The Bulldogs have begun the season in a bit of a rut. They stand at 1-4 after beginning the year with an impressive first half against Ellington/Somers, things have fallen off. They were down 8-6 with two minutes left in the half that night. Davin Ware has been their biggest threat at both receiver and tailback. Kyle Mathieu has also played well at quarterback for the Bulldogs.

The team finally broke through this past week, posting an impressive 30 points in a 30-8 win over Housatonic/Wamogo.

Ellington/Somers

The Knights aren’t exactly where they planned to be at this point in the season. They stand at 2-3 after four games, their most losses in three years. The Knights are feeling the effects of the restructured Pequot schedule as they faced off against state powers in North Branford and Cromwell, losing in tough battles 14-6, and 20-8 respectively. In their two wins, they have been given strong efforts from quarterback Joe Leslie, who has 483 yards rushing, and tailback Christian Schneider.

So far Ellington’s strength has been defensively as they have been limiting opponents to low yardage totals and have given up 20 twice. Currently they have 15.5 sacks as a team, led by sophomore defensive lineman Kevin Barrett with 2.5 and freshman Tyrik Noel with three.

The main problem for the Knights seems to be their inconsistency and turnovers. Ball security has been an issue as in all three games their turnovers have led to scores for the opponents.

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