The Windsor (Conn.) football team was reliving a nightmare during last Sunday’s CIAC Class L semifinal game.
The Warriors had a substantial lead on New Canaan, just as they did last season. The Rams rallied back and were again within striking distance of taking the lead, just as they did in 2011.
Windsor flipped the script the second time around, however, as it held on to beat New Canaan, 27-21, and avenge last season’s kick-to-the-stomach elimination loss.
“I think the difference (between the two games) was not panicking,” Windsor coachRob Fleeting said. “We were up 27-7 in the fourth quarter. Then, all of the sudden, within two-to-three minutes, crazy things start happening.
“I was telling everybody, ‘Calm down. Calm down.'”
Windsor (11-0), ranked fourth in state coaches poll, will play top-ranked and defending champion Hand (Madison, Conn.) in Saturday’s final at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.