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Monday, August 20, 2012

Up North Report: Granby, Canton, Avon

Stories by Kevin D. Roberts

Rich Gadoury ready for challenges as new head coach of Bears

GRANBY – There is a new head football coach in Granby.

He may have been dressed in a similar hat, T-shirt, shorts and flip-flops that were his dress code as head swimming coach, but Rich Gadoury donned a different persona as Granby Memorial’s head football coach on Aug. 16 at Ahrens Park.

Gadoury raised his voice several times during the second day of conditioning on a warm, sunny afternoon and let his players know how he felt. The players got in line, and followed directions.

Gadoury likes what he sees out of his young football team.
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Paul Philippon looking to bring discipline, respectability in first season as Warrior coach

CANTON – There is a new leader of the Warriors.

Paul Philippon is in his first season as Canton’s head football coach. Philippon has been around Connecticut football for a long time.

He spent last year coaching at Trinity College. Before that, there were stints at Glastonbury, Bristol Eastern for five years as head coach, and Conard in West Hartford for 15 years. Philippon takes over for Roger Pearl.

Philippon looks to instill discipline in the Warriors, who have 30-35 players.

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Falcons working with less numbers, but still return talented running back Colin Moore

AVON – There are plenty of questions for the Avon football team as it enters the 2012 season.

The Falcons are down about 20 players from their normal numbers. Avon has varsity numbers in the low to mid 40s, along with about 25 freshmen, according to head coach Brett Quinion.

“That’s high school football, the ebbs and flows of it,” Quinion said during conditioning on Aug. 16.

A large group of seniors, along with players moving on to soccer or not coming back, led to the lower numbers.
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