Raiders Run Over Bulldogs

WINDSOR LOCKS- Nothing was going to stop the Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby Raiders from completing their turn around season with a win.  Not the rain, not the cold, not the holiday traffic, and not the Stafford/East Windsor Bulldogs.  The Raiders, who were 1-10 last year, finished this season at 7-4 with a 26-8 victory over Stafford (1-10) Wednesday night.

“The intensity picked up after last season,” Locks senior quarterback Ago Jiminez said of his team’s offseason adjustment.  “After last season we said ‘no more.’”

“We brought a new attitude.  We didn’t want to lose this season,” junior running back Jarvis Miller added.

Jiminez and Miller had a lot to do with the Raiders’ success this season, but their offensive prowess would not be possible without some help.

“Our offensive line was much better this year,” head coach Marty Powers said.  “We ran the same offense and defense as last year but we had some good athletes this year.”

The Windsor Locks Raiders got it going early on offense Wednesday night, scoring on their first two possessions.  The first score came with 10:44 remaining in the first quarter when junior Jeremy Wilson ran 45-yards for a touchdown.  Wilson would finish the game with five carries for 100 yards and one touchdown.

After stopping the Bulldogs’ offense, the Raiders scored again on their next possession, this time on a 60-yard touchdown run from junior Khamri Thomas.

“We came out with a lot of energy,” Miller said.  “We had momentum coming off a win last week.”

Jiminez would give his team a 20-0 lead going into halftime with a 2-yard touchdown run.

Stafford would slow the Raiders offense down in the second half, but not before Jarvis Miller added his team’s final points of the season with a 24-yard touchdown run, giving Locks a 26-0 lead with 10:11 left in the third quarter.  Miller ended the game with eight carries for 65 yards and the touchdown.

The Key to Windsor Locks’ victory was their defense on Wednesday night.  Led by Nick Condon (10 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 fumble recovery) and Jake Lareau (10 tackles), the Raiders were able to keep the Stafford Bulldogs off the board for 37 minutes and 34 seconds, until Stafford’s Josh Schneider ran 16-yards for Stafford’s only touchdown with 26 seconds left in the game.

The Bulldogs would add two more on the conversion, bringing the score to 26-8, which would be the final.

“Defensively we played great,” Powers said.  “Our pass defense didn’t give up the big play.”

“We came out strong, we had a game plan, we executed, and we got the W,”  Miller said.

The Raiders will come up short of a postseason berth this year, but things look bright for this Windsor Locks team, which will return 17 juniors.

“I expect them to be in the playoffs next year,” Jiminez, who will graduate this year, said of the 2014 Raiders.


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