Windham, Maiorca set for 1 more run

Windham senior running back Phillip Maiorca has been a staple in the Bombers offense for the past three seasons. The three-year letter winner returns one last time to aid Windham on their quest for the playoffs, and their first Northeastern Athletic Conference title.

The three-sport athlete had 157 carries for 1,485 yards and 18 touchdowns last year.

He also made 17 catches for 450 yards and three touchdowns, and 10 returns for 332 yards and two touchdowns in 2017 for the Bombers. He led Windham to their first playoff win since 2003 and landed a spot on the Northeast Inland All-District team.

“I felt we did pretty good overall last season,” Maiorca said. “I thought we gave away a few games toward the end. I feel like this year, now that I’m a senior and pretty much the whole team is seniors, hopefully we all have this thought that, ‘This is our last year, so we all better play hard, and not let what happened last year happen this year.’ “

Being a star on a playoff football team leads to a spotlight, but Maiorca is no stranger to that spotlight. Earlier this year, Maiorca was approached by the high school athletics website MaxPreps for their “MaxPreps Weekly Honor Roll” series of feature stories. Maiorca, who plays on Windham’s basketball and baseball teams as well, was honored by the selection, and he wasn’t afraid to share the credit.

“It was an honor,” Maiorca said. “But I couldn’t have done it without my teammates, my dad (Windham coach Anthony Maiorca) obviously, and just working hard in the weight room. It was awesome to be a part of. I honestly didn’t even know I got it and then my dad said, ‘You got something in your email,’ and it was from MaxPreps. I was excited for a call coming, and the whole process was exciting.”

Phillip Maiorca’s thoughts headed into his final year with the Bombers are simple: Just win.

“I’m very excited heading into my senior year,” Maiorca said. “We have a bunch of returning lettermen, and we’ve been working hard in the weight room. We have a lot to prove after losing to Garrettsville and Grand Valley last year, and we’re hopefully going to take it out on the field this year.”

After this year, Maiorca is off to college, where he plans to continue to play football. He plans on heading to a Division III school, but according to the MaxPreps feature story, the University of Akron potentially had interest in the 5-foot-6 tailback.

“I’m looking to go somewhere in Pennsylvania, definitely to play football,” Maiorca said. “Somewhere like Allegheny or Clarion. Robert Morris would be cool, but if there’s a good school that wants me to play football for them, I wouldn’t back down from it.”

Whatever school Maiorca chooses, that team will be getting an on-and-off-the-field worker. Maiorca boasts a 3.9 GPA and is active in the community, always lending a helping hand to those who need it. On Friday in Sebring, Maiorca will extend his hand once more and help his teammates achieve their goal and take the Bombers back to the playoffs for the third season in a row.