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Mitchell’s Honored to Lead the Rams as a Captain
Davonté Mitchell worked hard the past few years to earn the title of senior captain for the Old Saybrook-Westbrook football team. Davonté plays both wide receiver and defensive back for the Rams. (Photo courtesy of Davonté Mitchell )
Davonté Mitchell had a great set of expectations when he joined the Old Saybrook-Westbrook (OS-W) football team as a freshman. First and foremost, Davonté wanted to put in as much work as it took to get faster and stronger on the gridiron. As his career unfolded, Davonté made it a major goal to become a captain for the Rams by the time he was a senior.
Davonté is now entering his senior year at Old Saybrook High School. He earned his spot as one of the Rams’ captains and is primed to lead OS-W football team during the 2020 season.
“This upcoming season will be my fourth year playing football. I started playing because of two main reasons. Firstly, I wanted to try it out and see how it went and, secondly, I wanted to get stronger, and I knew that a football player’s workout regimen would get me to where I wanted,” Davonté says. “The reasons I kept playing were because the bonds I created with my teammates and coaches became so strong in such a short amount of time. And it was that year I made it my goal to be captain of the team.”
Davonté suits up at the wide receiver and defensive back positions for the Rams. Head Coach Mike Marone says that Davonté is a caring kid who can always make him laugh, but adds that Davonté also knows how to get serious and take care of business.
“Davonté is the definition of a great kid. All he cares about is the team,” says Marone. “Davonté always puts the team before himself. He’s one of the best captains I’ve ever had. Any time I ask him to do something, he is the person that I can count on to get the job done.”
Davonté has a close relationship with Coach Marone. He says that two of them always have each other’s back in any circumstance, whether it’s on or off the field.
“Ever since I started, he’s always looking out for me. We both can count on each other no matter what,” Davonté says of Marone. “He and the other coaches have taught me so much over the years, both about football and about life, and for that I am forever thankful.”
OS-W saw some ups and downs while posting a record of 3-7 last year. However, the season still featured some notable moments for the Rams, including their 35-6 victory versus rival Morgan on Thanksgiving. Davonté’s favorite moment of the year came after the final whistle, when he and several of his teammates were recognized at the Rams’ end-of-season banquet.
“My favorite moment from last season would have to be the banquet. This is because after four years of giving it my all, I achieved my goal of being elected captain of the team. Not only that, but my best friend Anthony Glorioso was with me all four years and became captain, as well,” says Davonté. “My favorite aspect of the sport is the brotherhood that is created from it. When we go out on the field to play, we are playing for each other, not for ourselves.”
Davonté has been working out on a regular basis to sharpen his football skills in preparation for the 2020 campaign. He also studies the Rams’ playbook every day.
“I improve my game by working out as much as possible, never skipping a practice, practicing on my own time, and studying our team’s playbook,” says Davonté. “I did track as well, but mainly as a workout for football. I was going to compete in track my junior year, but it got canceled due to COVID.”
Playing football means everything to Davonté, who feels honored to be leading the Rams as one of their captains this year. As much as he loves football, Davonté enjoys participating in a few other activities in Old Saybrook.
“I’m basically an average teenage boy otherwise. For fun, I like to ride my bike around town,” Davonté says. “Outside of football, I’m a musician. I currently play the saxophone and sing in my school’s band and choir.”