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Guilford High School Football Touchdown Club

Welcome to the Guilford High School Touchdown Club website! 

As we approach the season this site will be your primary source of information related to the GHS Football team. Throughout the year you will find details related to family registration, annual fundraisers and team activities, schedules and other pertinent details. Check back often to learn about ways to get involved. Thank you!

Seixas Continues to Make History with Guilford Athletics

Brianna Seixas has made history as a female athlete in two male-dominated sports—football and wrestling—at Guilford High School. Photo courtesy of Brianna Seixas

Seixas Continues to Make History with Guilford Athletics | Zip06.com

Like many children in Guilford, Brianna Seixas began her athletic career on the soccer field as a youngster, although she didn’t fall in love with the sport. Brianna decided to give cheerleading a try in elementary school, and that decision wound up changing the course of her athletic career.

After speaking with one of the football players, Brianna became intrigued by the sport. When Brianna was in 4th grade, one of her friends who played football would often tell her stories about the practices and the games. This piqued Brianna’s interest enough for her to join the Guilford Youth Football program as a 5th-grader.

Now, Brianna is a member of the football team, the wrestling team, and the girls’ lacrosse squad at Guilford High School, where she recently finished her sophomore year. Brianna sure is glad that she had that all-important chat that steered her toward the gridiron.

While her family was surprised at first, they supported Brianna in her new endeavor. Brianna feels thankful to both her late grandfather, Matthew Middleton, and late great-grandmother, Shirley Middleton, for their encouragement as she started playing football. Both of them passed away earlier this year, although they were able to see Brianna continue with football as she entered high school. They also saw Brianna take up two new sports with wrestling in 8th grade and lacrosse as a freshman.“I was cheering at a game, and a player ran off the field right next to me,” says Brianna. “He was in his pads and we talked a little bit, and I thought it was really cool.”

“I picked up wrestling a lot faster than football and was the only girl since I joined the 8th-grade team,” Brianna says. “Since I was new, I didn’t win a lot, but I won my last match by pin and realized I could pin another person again. I wanted to test my motivation and continued in high school.”

Brianna also tested her mettle by signing up for the football team at Guilford High School. While Brianna and her competitors were similarly sized throughout youth football, she saw this change at the high school level as many of the other players were taller and now outweighed her by at least 40 pounds.

“The first time I got hit at that level was during practice, and I was told that I was going to be scared at first. But once I took the hit and got up off the turf, that was my adrenaline,” says Brianna, who is a tight end and outside linebacker. “One hit can’t stop my love for what I want to do. If you find love in it, there’s nothing stopping you.”

Guilford football Head Coach Anthony Salvati remembers the first time that he and Brianna met. Brianna demanded that she receive no special treatment as a female player on the team.

Coach Salvati adds that he’s eager to see Brianna hit the field and fight for playing time as a junior next season.“Brianna is amazing and has earned the respect from her coaches and teammates by working as hard as everyone, sometimes harder,” Salvati says. “She knows what her position responsibilities are on both offense and defense at all times and always helps her teammates if they are struggling to comprehend.”

“Brianna will be competing for varsity playing time this fall against players at her position who outweigh her by 50-plus pounds, but one thing is for sure: She will be ready to compete and she will not back down,” says Salvati. “Brianna and I share a common goal, and that goal is get her to be the first female to score a varsity touchdown in school history.”

Brianna is grateful for Salvati’s support in their quest to make Guilford history. Brianna is already the first female in Guilford to complete more than one season of youth football and high school football. Brianna does offseason training at Pro Limit Athletes in North Haven with Ike Igbinosun, who was a member of several NFL franchises.

Brianna has received support from many other people, including her mom Ashleigh Fritz, who Brianna says, “really pushes me,” along with her teammates, team captains, and her classmates at Guilford. Brianna recently realized that her accomplishments have inspired other people.

“I didn’t realize how many girls actually supported me and thought it was cool and I was brave,” says Brianna, who also plays the violin and shows cattle. “Last fall, a little girl from Southington messaged my mom and asked me to come to her football game. I went and her eyes lit up and she was so happy to see me and wanted pictures. I didn’t realize I had an impact on younger kids.”

 

Another lesson that has always resonated with Brianna was one from Ron Lecointe, her lineman coach. Leconite gave her an assignment of watching the 1997 film Gattaca and reporting the movie’s message to him the next day.

“The message was that genetics don’t define your potential,” Brianna says. “That is something that has stuck with me through football, wrestling, and lacrosse, and will hopefully stick with me when I’m wrestling in the Olympics.”

Brianna has been working toward her goal of qualifying for the Olympics. After earning the pin that inspired her to continue in 8th grade, Brianna joined the team at Guilford High School, where she wrestles at 145 pounds. Brianna competed in enough varsity matches to earn her varsity letter as a freshman last year. Although she got injured midway through the season, Brianna came back to compete at the inaugural Girls’ Wrestling Invitational, where she finished in fourth place for the 145-pound division.

Brianna became the first female wrestler at the high school to finish a full season and also to first to place at a state competition. When COVID-19 took away the 2020-’21 wrestling season, Brianna’s coach recommended that those interested should join a club. Brianna had previously competed among 99 wrestlers at the Women’s State Championship and became familiar with Ella Nichols, who won the state title.

“A few months after that tournament, she texted me and asked if I’d go to KT Kidz [in Rocky Hill] with her to drill,” says Brianna. “As a mediocre fourth-in-the state wrestler going against a girl who was fifth in the nation pushed me and made me see what I could work toward.”

Brianna then joined the Overcomer Training Center in Middletown, where she worked on her technique several days a week. With that club, Brianna traveled to Nationals in Virginia Beach and won a match in the women’s brackets.

Brianna went on to compete in women’s tournaments in Gatlinberg, Tennessee and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Brianna took first place in folk-style and second in freestyle at both events, making her a two-time All-American wrestler.

“I’d only worked on freestyle for about a month,” Brianna says. “So, I just wanted to test what I’d learned in those tournaments, and I ended up knowing a decent amount.”

Even with all of these achievements, Brianna is hardly satisfied and has some big goals for herself going forward.

“I really push myself a ton to get what I want. You have to be the best to stand out,” says Brianna. “I’ve made town history four or five times and state history with a record 99 girls going to the state tournament, but there’s still more I want to do.”


by posted 06/28/2021
Moving the Chains Team Clinic - July 6-9
The 2021 Moving the Chains Team Football Clinic will be held July 6-9 at Jess Dow Field on the Southern Connecticut State University campus from 5:30-8PM. Participation is encouraged but not mandatory. Each player will be responsible for registering themselves, paying the fee and securing transportation. For those players who register, Coach Salvati will be handing out equipment beginning on Wednesday June 9 (after team workout). 
 
Please register your player by clicking here. SCSU will be emailing you payment information as we get closer to the event.
 


by posted 06/08/2021
Senior Signing Day

Congratulations to our senior players on their commitments to continue their football careers beyond Guilford High School. We are all incredibly proud of your accomplishments and can't wait to watch you perform at the next level. 

Evan Chapman - Nichols College

Ian Derda - SUNY Maritime College

Sam Huffman - Mass Maritime Academy

Aeden McDermott - Canterbury School

Nico Tartagni - Nichols College

Your Guilford Football Family will be cheering you on every step of the way. Go be great!

Additional pictures from the signing day can be found by clicking on the Pictures tab in the top navigation bar.


by posted 04/25/2021
Save the Date!

We are excited to share that Guilford Youth Football & Cheerleading is hosting the first annual Guilford Football Golf Classic on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at Quarry Ridge in Portland, CT.

This is a great opportunity to bring together our Guilford Football families for an annual gathering with youth and high school parents as well as alumni families to have fun and raise money for the program. Sponsorship, foursome and individual player opportunities will be available.

Registration will open soon on the GYFC website - www.guilfordyouthfootball.com. We hope to see you on May 20th! 


by posted 03/11/2021
Thank You Class of 2021

Guilford Football Seniors 2021

Thank you to the Guilford Football Seniors!

We are sorry your high school football experience ended the way it did. You deserved better. The entire program is proud of your commitment and dedication to helping build Guilford Football into a program we can all be proud to support.

On behalf of the Touchdown Club and your parents, coaches and teammates, we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors. We are excited to watch where life takes you after high school. Good luck and we hope to see you at Kavanugh Field whenever we are able to play again.

 


by posted 01/28/2021
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