FCIAC Football 2015: Norwalk preview

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Above: Highlight reel for Norwalk’s top-returning defender and captain Eddie O’Hara, who’ll lead the Bears’ defense at linebacker in 2015. Vitals Coach: Sean Ireland (4th year, 22-20) Conference: FCIAC East Playoff Class: LL (817 boys enrollment) Home: Testa Field, Norwalk 2014 Record: 5-6 (5-5 FCIAC) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 18 at Fairfield Warde, 7 p.m. Captains: Brendan Brown, Harrison Heffernan, Eddie O’Hara, Anthony Wooten, Luis Maturana […]

Police charge juvenile in Cromwell / Portland football hazing probe

Cromwell police Capt. Denise Lamontagne speaks at a press conference Thursday on the probe of alleged hazing on the Cromwell/Portland football team. JEFF MILL -- THE MIDDLETOWN PRESS

CROMWELL >> A 16-year-old football player has been charged with breach of peace and hazing in connection with an Aug. 25 incident that has cast a pall over the Cromwell/Portland football team. Police announced the arrest of the student at a 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon press conference held in the community room at headquarters. Capt. Denise Lamontagne said […]

CCC Football 2015: Manchester preview

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 Above: Sophomore year highlights for Manchester quarterback Edison Galan. Vitals Coach: Roy Roberts (2nd year, 5-6) Conference: CCC Division I East Playoff Class: LL (741 boys enrollment) Home: Memorial Field at Manchester High School 2014 Record: 5-6 (1-3 CCC D-I East) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 at Southington, 7 p.m. Captains: Jordan Fletcher Team website: MaxPreps page Top players Edison Galan, Jr., QB Jordan Fletcher, Sr., DE/OLB Lisandro Maysonet, Sr., CB/WR […]

CCC Football 2015: RHAM preview

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Above: Highlight reel for RHAM senior Ben Burke, one of two big targets who’ll help new quarterback Jack Tillinghast this year. Coach: Thomas Hammon (8th year, 22-41) Conference: CCC Division II East Playoff Class: L (580 boys enrollment) Home: RHAM High School 2014 Record: 3-8 (3-2 CCC D-II East) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 at Newington, 6:30 p.m. Captains: Ben Burke, Ben Haas, Austin Drexler. Team website: RHAM Sachems Football, Facebook page, […]

2015 SCC Football Team Preview Capsules

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DIVISION I WEST Amity Former all-stater Ted Czepiga takes over his alma mater after an assistant coaching stint at West Haven. He has Mike DeVito, the son of former Amity coach Mike DeVito, at QB, junior RB Colin Beaulieu at tailback and big lineman Nick Photos. But, overall, Amity is one of the least experienced team in […]

NVL Football 2015: Wilby preview

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Above: Wilby defensive back Andre Williams highlights from last season. Vitals Coach: LaMar Kennedy (First year) Conference: NVL Brass Division Playoff Class: L (670 boys enrollment) Home: Municipal Stadium, Waterbury 2014 Record: 1-10 (1-3 NVL Brass Division) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 at Wolcott, 7 p.m. Captains: Daniel Speer Team website:  MaxPreps Top players Daniel Speer, 5-11, […]

SCC Football 2015: Hamden preview

Hamden captains Angelo DiMonaco, left, and Kwadir Delgado-McIntyre and head coach Todd Dowty
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Vitals Coach: Todd Dowty (3rd year, 5-17) Conference: SCC Division I West Playoff Class: LL (937 boys enrollment) Home: Hamden High Turf Field 2014 Record: 2-9 (0-4 SCC Division I West) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 at Cheshire, 7 p.m. Captains: Kwadir Delgado-McIntyre, Angelo DiMonaco Team website: MaxPreps Top players Kwadir Delgado-McIntyre, 5-7, 145, Sr., RB/WR Angelo […]

SWC Football 2015: Barlow preview [updated]

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Above: Highlight reel for senior QB Axel Efinger, who will have a hand in directing Barlow’s new spread option offense in 2015. Vitals Coach: Rob Tynan (23rd year) Conference: SWC Patriot Playoff Class: L (540 boys enrollment) Home: Barlow Field I Complex, Redding 2014 Record: 4-7 (4-6 SWC) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 vs. Bethel, 7 p.m. Captains: Zach Raposo, Steve Gordon, Connor Mignone Team […]

ECC Football 2015: Waterford preview

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Above: Waterford 1,400-yard rusher and All-ECC back Chase Speller, who returns along with a veteran class hoping to move Waterford up the standings for new coach John Strecker. Vitals Coach: John Strecker (1st year) Conference: ECC Division II Playoff Class: M (411 boys enrollment) Home: Alumni Turf Field, Waterford High School 2014 Record: 5-6 (5-5 ECC) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 at Windham, 6:30 p.m. […]

Pequot Football 2015: Coginchaug preview

Coginchaug's Parker Tregoning (22) looks for some running room against Old Saybrook-Westbrook last year. He returns in a backfield after rushing for 700 yards last season. Photo by Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press

Vitals Coach: Nick D’Angelo (first year) Conference: Pequot East Playoff Class: S (283 boys enrollment) Home: Coginchaug Stadium, Durham 2014 Record: 9-2 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 12 vs. Cromwell/Portland, 1 p.m. Captains: Brendan Rushford, Cam Powers, Wes Benjunas Team Website: MaxPreps Top Players Brendan Rushford, 6-3, 225, Sr., OL/DL Cam Powers, 5-9, 175, Sr., RB/LB Wes […]

ECC Football 2015: Norwich Free Academy preview

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Highlight reel for Jawaun Johnson sophomore season at NFA. The junior will be the focal point of the Wildcats’ offense in 2015.  Vitals Coach: Jemal Davis (8th year, 56-21) Conference: ECC Division I Playoff Class: LL (1,140 boys enrollment) Home: NFA Turf Field, Norwich 2014 Record: 8-3 (Class LL-Large runners-up) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 18 at Waterford, 6:30 p.m. Team website: MaxPreps Top players Jawaun […]

Football: Cromwell/Portland players under investigation for hazing; Eckert suspended [UPDATED]

Cromwell/Portland's Chris Eckert, shown in practice last year, has been suspended indefinitely as the school investigates allegations of hazing. (Photo Catherine Avalone)

The Cromwell/Portland co-operative football team practiced Wednesday without head coach Chris Eckert. Eckert has been placed on paid administrative leave while the allegation of hazing involving Cromwell High School and Portland High School football players is under investigation by the Cromwell High School administration, the Cromwell Police Department and the state Department of Children and […]

Football: The not-so-official official preseason scrimmage schedule [Updated Sept. 3]

Bobby Drysdale takes a handoff during a recent Brookfield practice (Photo via Francesco Graziano - CPTV Sports)

By now you should know how this works. A lot of high school football teams list their scrimmage schedules before the season kickoff. Some don’t. These can also change on a whim and a phone call. Regardless, below is a list of 2015 preseason scrimmages that have been reported on the CIAC’s website. The scrimmage […]

CCC Football 2015: Northwest Catholic preview

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Vitals Coach: Brett Quinion (1st year; 68-37 in 10 years at Avon) Conference: CCC Division III-West Playoff Class: S (293 boys enrollment) Home: Neil J. Brewer Field 2014 Record: 10-2 (4-0 CCC D-III West; lost to North Branford in Class S-Small semi-finals) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 12 vs. Rockville, 12 p.m. Captains: Dan Adebimpe, Jon Granata, Clayton Stewart. Team website: Facebook page, MaxPreps page Top players Dan Adebimpe, Jr., LB/HB (5-11, […]

CCC Football 2015: Bristol Central preview

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Above: Junior year highlights of Bristol Central quarterback Noah Cruz. The second year starter will be in control of the young Rams offense as they look to be competitive in the CCC D-II West in 2015. Vitals Coach: Jeff Papazian (2nd year, 7-3) Conference: CCC Division II West Playoff Class: L (668 boys enrollment) Home: Muzzy Field 2014 Record: 7-3 (2-3 CCC D-II West) […]

FCIAC Football 2015: Staples preview

Staples' Ethan Burger returns as the top rusher. Photo by Mary Albl

Vitals Coach: Marce Petroccio (167-52, 23 years) Conference: FCIAC West Playoff Class: LL (925 boys enrollment) Home: Staples Field, Westport 2014 Record: 7-4 (7-3 FCIAC) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 18 vs Danbury, 7 p.m. Team website: StaplesFootball | MaxPreps Top players Ethan Berger, Jr. RB (5-10, 185) Ryan Fitton, Jr. TE (6-5, 235) Jackson Ward, Sr. C (6-4, […]

NVL Football 2015: Sacred Heart / Kaynor Tech preview

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Above: Highlight reel for Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech’s Donald Streater, who’s expected to lead the Hearts’ offense in 2015. Vitals Coach: Phil Dawson (1st year) Conference: NVL Brass Division Playoff Class: M (395 boys enrollment) Home: Municipal Stadium, Waterbury 2014 Record: 0-11 (0-4 NVL Brass Division) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 at Holy Cross, 7 p.m. Captains: Donald Streater, […]

FCIAC Football 2015: Wilton preview

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Above: Highlight reel for Wilton senior captain and lineman Brennan Ryan, who’ll lead the Warriors on both offense and defense in 2015. Vitals Coach: Bruce Cunningham (7th year, 23-39) Conference: FCIAC West Playoff Class: L (675 boys enrollment) Home: Fujitani Field, Wilton 2014 Record: 3-8 (1-8 FCIAC) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 18 vs. McMahon, 7 p.m. Captains: R.J. Romeo, Brennen Ryan Team website: WiltonWarriorFootball.com | MaxPreps Top […]

Football 2015: Prep school the right route for Hamden’s Tarik Black, other area standouts

Cheshire Academy standouts, from left to right, Brandon Sebastian, Tarik Black, CJ Lewis and CJ Holmes 
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CHESHIRE Five members of Cheshire Academy’s junior class already have offers from FBS schools. Four of those standout players live in Greater New Haven. The most prized recruit of that group is 6-foot-3, 198-pound receiver Tarik Black, a Hamden resident. Black attended Notre Dame-West Haven as a freshman before enrolling and reclassifying at Cheshire Academy […]

CCC Football 2015: Platt preview

Platt quarterback Joseph Mwamba leads the Panthers up to Division II in 2015 and looks to keep the string of recent success alive. Photo via Platt Panthers Football on Facebook.

Vitals Coach: Jason Bruenn (9th year, 55-31) Conference: CCC Division II West Playoff Class: L (583 boys enrollment) Home: Falcon Field 2014 Record: 8-3 (3-1 CCC D-II West) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 at Middletown, 7 p.m. Captains: Joseph Mwamba, Bernard Figueroa, Fernando Rivera. Team website: Facebook page, MaxPreps page, Platt Football Booster Club Top players Joseph Mwamba, Sr., QB/CB (5-10, 175) Tylon Papallo, Jr., WR (5-10, 165) Quincey Carraway, Jr., S (5-10, 170) Bernard Figueroa, […]