Housatonic football working its way back
FALLS VILLAGE - Housatonic Regional football is down, but it is not all the way out, not when it comes to the rest of what has been a long and trying season.
The Mountaineers are 0-9 on the season with their last four losses coming by forfeit because of injuries and low numbers. Housy last took the field as a varsity program against Avon on Oct. 19 and lost 41-6. The Mountaineers forfeited their next game to Lewis Mills and have done the same for scheduled games against Coginchaug, Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby and Granby Memorial.
Despite the obstacles in fielding a team, the Mountaineers have stuck together and have been working toward getting back to playing varsity games. They will continue to work toward that goal Saturday.
"We are going to play Granby as a sub-varsity game this Saturday at Granby at 3:30," Housatonic coach Deron Bayer said. "We will evaluate later games after that."
Those later games are two that the Mountaineers would desperately love to play. They are scheduled to host Nonnewaug on Nov. 23 and travel to Winsted and take on GN in the annual Berkshire Bowl on Thanksgiving morning.
After the forfeit to Lewis Mills, Housatonic was practicing with as few as 14 or 15 players. The Mountaineers managed to play sub-varsity games starting with Coginchaug and it has helped keep the team together and moving forward.
"We have been playing sub-varsity games since our first forfeit with the exception of the Lewis Mills game," Bayer said. "Other coaches have been extremely understanding and cooperative and have let our upper classmen play so that we can still be playing football. Their generosity has been overwhelming."
The games have helped take a little bit of the sting out of the current situation and the Mountaineers have also tasted some much-needed success. They lost to Coginchaug's sub varsity before rallying for a win over Windsor Locks, 19-14.
"They both were great games and we were very gald that our players were able to play football," Bayer said.
While the Mountaineers assuredly want to play their final two games, nothing is guaranteed at this point. There were only 13 players suited up for practice on Thursday due to some school absences but despite the trying times Bayer remains optimistic and encouraged.
"What we are most proud of is how hard our players continue to work in the weight room and on the practice field," Bayer said. "They are still there each day running the drills and sprints and trying to get better. They are inspiring."