Wolcott Tech football takes steps forward in building program. By John Nestor
Wolcott Tech quarterback Mike Ross picks up some yards on Thanksgiving Day against Abbott Tech. Ross helped the Wildcats to a pair of victories this season and will be back next year as Wolcott Tech looks to take the next step forward as a program.
Wolcott Tech football takes steps forward in building program
TORRINGTON - The Wolcott Tech football team ended the season with a tough loss to Abbott Tech on Thanksgiving morning but the Wildcats definitely showed signs that more and more victories are on the horizon.
Wolcott Tech won two games this season, the most in its five years as a varsity program, and was competitive in most of its games during the season. The Wildcats defense kept the Wolverines out of the endzone for three quarters in their Thanksgiving Day game, but a few mistakes kept them from a shot at their third win of the year.
Despite the setback, there were positives, both in the game against Abbott Tech and in the season as a whole.
"Turnovers have come back to bite us all season," Wolcott Tech Jamie Coty said. "With that said, it was the best I have ever seen our defense play. They played physical, came out hitting. I couldn't be prouder of the kids."
Competing in the CSC for the second season, Wolcott Tech was more competitive and faced some tough competition. Capital/Classical/Achievement, Prince Tech and Bullard Havens are all going to the playoffs out of the CSC this season and give the Wildcats something to aspire to.
"Last season when we went to the CSC, we didn't know what to expect and it was a tough season, we got blown out of almost every game," Coty said. "This year we were more competitive, won some games and could have had a couple more wins if we could have cut down on some of our mistakes."
And while it might not be a playoff team next season, Wolcott Tech is showing noticeable signs of improvement.
"They are always tough and always physical," Abbott Tech coach Chris Mascolo said. "They have put together some good stuff and they have gotten a lot better."
To continue their climb and get even better, Coty and the Wildcats will have to replace eight seniors. However, the Wolcott Tech roster featured close to 20 freshmen this season, some of whom saw significant action throughout the season.
For the seniors who won't be back, it's a very tough day when your high school football career comes to a close, but there is a feeling that the program is headed where it needs to go and is in good hands.
"It was a struggle the whole way but in my eyes we are a winning team regardless of what our record says," said senior Mike Sullivan, who had an 80-yard kickoff return touchdown against Abbott Tech. "We had a lot of good times together and fought every step of the way. We are leaving the program in good hands and I think they'll be successful down the road."
If the Wildcats do have success down the road, they will owe some of it to this year's seniors, who set the tone with hard work that paid off in two wins. It might not sound like much, but the two wins were the most in the brief history of the program and could end up being the spring board to bigger and better things.
"To get those wins was wonderful, it felt like a burden was lifted off our shoulders, It was magnificent to be honest," Wildcats senior Dan Fortier said. "I think we are leaving on a good note. We are builind up and I feel confident the team is going to keep progressing."
Now it is up to the returning Wildcats to build on the momentum of the 2012 season. Hitting the weights, a winter passing league and more workouts in the spring are on tap according to coach Coty. Then before you know it summer training camp will be here and returners like quarterback Mike Ross and running back Asante Maldon will be called on to keep things moving forward.
"I'm excited about where we are as a program and this has been one of the best seasons I have had here, one of the most enjoyable," Coty said. "We are moving in the right direction. We have great kids who work really hard and we will keep it going from here."