Windsor Football Celebrates Perfection
During my three-decade tenure as a Sports Writer, I have seen and written about a lot of emotional stories, covering about every level of athletic competition possible. Nothing, and I mean nothing, could compare to what I witnessed the last few years watching the Windsor High School football team compete on the gridiron. If I had authored a fictitious story about these student-athletes I'm sure the publisher would have chuckled and stated. "Nobody's going to believe that!"
Well last Saturday, November 11, on a bone chilling morning at Rutland High School, the impossible journey was completed in dramatic fashion. The Yellow Jackets claimed back-to-back Vermont Division III Championships with a gut-wrenching 13-7 overtime victory over their bitter arch-rivals, the Woodstock Wasps. That gave Windsor not only two consecutive state titles, but they went down in history by doing so without losing a single game in two seasons!! The truth is indeed stranger than fiction.
What added so much zest to this accomplishment was the long standing rivalry between these two schools has been well documented over the years. It is intense!! During the very last game of the regular season, the Wasps made a concentrated effort to knock the Yellow Jackets off their lofty perch in the last regular-season game October 21 on Windsor's home field. It was a hard fought, intense struggle that Windsor won 12-9 in overtime to take the number one seed in Division III.
The real behind the scenes story here is the players and their relationship to each other. They made this incredible journey together much like a family unit. They bonded and became true brothers. The coaching staff had become their parents every Autumn and together they accomplished the near impossible. There is a quote by Abraham Lincoln that covers what this remarkable group had achieved. "I'm a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down."