Coach: David Dykeman (2nd year, 7-2)
Last Year: 7-2
Home games: Simosa Field
Power Source: Lights
Top players: Matt Torrey, 6-4, 225, Sr., TE; Patrick Kehoe, 6-4, 220, Jr., QB; M.J. Kehoe, 6-6, 235, Sr., TE; Alex Bell, 6-3, 270, Sr., OL; Grant Lewis, 6-4, 210, Sr., WR; Alec Keener, 6-4, 255, Sr., DE; Sean Herdman, 5-10, 175, Sr., CB.
Outlook: The Cats are expected to have another successful season. The performance of the offensive line will likely determine just how well Cheshire Academy does this season. Defensively, the Cats are quick, and will play an up-tempo, aggressive style. Torrey, from Cheshire, is being recruited by several Division I programs, including Boston College, UConn and UMass. Keener, from Wallingford, is another top prospect. Teammate Austin Allen, is the son of NFL great Eric Allen while another Cat, Chris Rodgers, is the son of former University of California standout and current Carolina Panthers special teams coordinator Richard Rodgers.
Coach: Joe Linta (3rd year, 8-10)
Last Year: 5-5
Home games: Sonny Coughlin Field, Hamden
Power Source: Lights
Top players: Mike Whalen, 5-10, 175, Sr., WR; Mike Breuler, 6-2, 180, Sr., WR; T.J. Linta, 6-4, 225, Sr., QB; Jason Criscio, 6-0, 252, Jr., DE; Brandon Ginnetti, 6-2, 230, Jr., DE.
Outlook: Coach Linta says that if the Hornets can improve defensively from last year, it should be a solid season. Hamden Hall allowed more than 35 points per game last season, although they averaged the same amount offensively. In 2012, the Hornets averaged 324 passing yards per game. T.J. Linta completed 192 of 340 passes (56.5 percent) for 3,110 yards and 28 touchdowns against just eight interceptions. T.J. Linta has Division I talent, although he’s more likely to go the Ivy League route. The Hornets return three of their top four receivers. Whalen and Breuler are both 4.5 sprinters in the 40-yard dash. Breuler caught 63 passes for 1,089 yards and 14 touchdowns, while Whalen caught 44 passes for 792 yards and 11 scores last season. Joe Linta thinks the Hornets should challenge Kingswood-Oxford and King for the Fairchester League title.
Coach: Tom Parr (32nd year, 203-63)
Last Year: 3-3
Home games: Lovell Field, New Haven
Power Source: No lights
Top players: Jim Martino, 6-2, 220, Sr., capt., FB/LB; Quinn Ferguson, 6-0, 175, Sr., capt., QB/DB; Brian Keller, 5-10, 180, Sr., capt., DB; Sasha Possick, 5-11, 220, Sr., capt., OL/DL; Jay Fiedler, 5-9, 150, Sr., TB/CB; Bennit Amador, 5-9, 160, Sr., TB/CB; Dan Rivera, 5-9, 150, Sr., TB/CB; Kamsi Nwangu, 5-10, 185, Jr., FB/LB; Zachary Lozon, 5-10, 195, Sr., OL/DL; Kevin Shannon, 5-11, 175, Sr., TE/LB; Walker Schneider, 6-2, 180, Jr., HB/LB; Will Lowrie, 6-1, 215, Jr., C; Brian Shaffer, 6-1, 170, Sr., SE/DB.
Outlook: The veteran Parr says his line on both sides of the ball are young and inexperienced and need time to develop. If they can, the Hilltoppers will be in the hunt for the Fairchester League title. Martino, who Parr calls one of the best players he has ever coached, rushed for 680 yards and 15 touchdowns in six games last season. Martino was also one of the team’s top defenders. Ferguson will begin his first year under center.