SW Bobcats Qualify For Postseason For The First Time Since 1988


Hannah Mitchell

The South Windsor High School Football team (9-1) has qualified for the postseason for the first time since 1988 when they made it to the state championship game against Bristol Eastern.


SWHS teacher Jack Longo was teaching Biology at the time of the 1988 Bobcats, and was the Athletic Director from 1997-2010. Longo says watching this team develop has been “uplifting”.


“I can remember back then, the stadium was always filled.” Says Longo. “In past years, there have been times when we were 0-10 here, and I could count the people in the stands.”


“Having this record, I am able to look into the stands at our great student body and they are always cheering and having a good time. The more you win, the more people like you, and Coach Hodge has done a great job with this team.” Says the former AD.


Coach Dave Hodge has been working with this team since youth football. He took over the team in 2014, and has been building them up ever since.


“It’s a great feeling for the team.” Says Hodge.  “Each team is different, but this year we have great senior leadership and some underclassmen who contribute a lot to the team and where we are.”


Senior Captain Connor Kapisak says being a part of this team the past four years has been “fulfilling”.


“To help lead this team, while maintaining this record for the first time in so long, is a really good feeling.” Says the quarterback. “We have all been playing together since we were little, so we have really good chemistry. Pursuing a state championship is something we’ve always talked about.” He says.


The team will play their first state game tomorrow at East Hartford High School. Regardless of the final outcome, the 2017-2018 Bobcats have definitely made their mark.