Glastonbury football seniors are one of a kind

GLASTONBURY — The Tomahawks football team got a No. 2 seed in the Class LL tournament and had high hopes for a deep tournament run. But after a 33-23 loss to Fairfield Prep Tuesday night, the talented senior class that propelled the squad to a 10-1 regular season walked off the field together for the final time.

“I’m proud of every single kid on the team,” Glastonbury head coach Scott Daniels said. “They worked hard in the offseason and all year long, it’s a great group of kids.”

The senior class is too vast to mention each player by name, but their contributions on both sides of the ball, and in the locker room were enough to make this one of the most outstanding teams coach Daniels has ever coached.

“They are awesome guys,” he said. “We have 24 graduating seniors, they are a great group of kids. I have never been around a group that has had so much chemistry. They all get along, they are great in the locker room, great in the community, great in school. I feel for them, they thought we could go pretty far.”

The Tomahawks lost in Week One, a nailbiting 16-9 defeat at the hands of Southington. But then, Glastonbury stringed 10 wins in a row, working its way into the No. 2 seed in yet another playoff appearance for the football powerhouse.

“We’ve been here,” Daniels said. “We have been to the playoffs for six years and it sets the bar when you go the playoffs and play good teams. Everything is a learning experience. You learn from yoru wins, learn from your losses, and I told our younger kids to remember this. They will take it into the offseason and we will get better.”

The Tomahawks drew the 9-2 Jesuits from Fairfield Prep, and after coughing up two turnovers in the first few minutes, were behind 13-0. But as they always have, the team, led by Jalen Ollie, mounted a comeback that eventually had the team within three points.

“We were 10-1 for a reason in the regular season, and Jalen was outstanding for us,” the coach said.

Ollie was 23-for-42 in the game, tallying 376 yards and three touchdowns. His yardage total was just 23 yards shy of 3,000 for the season, an average of nearly 250 yards per game.

One of his favorite targets in the game was Ethan Ericson, who caught seven passes for 141 yards and 2 touchdowns, giving him an impressive season total of 1,024 yards.

The 24 seniors will bid farewell to the blue and white, but the underclassmen will have great role models to emulate when 2014 comes around.

 

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