Sean Kelly is one of the state’s most prolific quarterbacks, and he has returning weapons at his side. But the Bobcats could use a defense if they want to make any headway among heavyweights like New London or NFA.
Only five starters are back for Rudy Bagos’ third year at the helm. So the coach figured he’d stir the pot by switching from the Vikings’ traditional Wing-T to a multiple-set offense based around a spread attack. Hey, whatever works. C/DT Andrew Brown is a standout.
Once-mighty Fitch sunk to a unthinkable low when it went winless in 2014. Luckily for the program, Waterford’s Mike Ellis was willing and able to take over. The Falcons are starting all over. But at least everyone returns, including all-ECC players Parker Gibson and Luke Letellier. The defense needs serious help.
All-state RB JoJo Shumaker and the Thomas twins are gone, but junior QB Ty Ebdon returns to run the show. He’s backed by three, top returning O-linemen. That’ll give the offense time to find new playmakers. Defense, at the moment, is TBA. They’re still a solid favorite.
The Whalers bring back just about every lineman and a host of TEs led by prospect D. Major Roman. So you’ll see a lot more tight end sets. What NL doesn’t have is experience elsewhere, though it is expecting big things from new QB Melquann Gomez.
Jawaun Johnson had a breakout 2014 season, but he was a raw talent. Now, with a year of practice and a All-New England track season under his belt, Coach Jemal Davis believes his junior quarterback will be a star. He has a massive line including wrecking balls in tackles J’Von Brown and Noah Brown. The Wildcats are able and anxious to make another playoff run.
Coach Clay Killingsworth continues the rough task of building a football program. It won’t help, then, that the Centaurs graduated its quarterback and almost its entire line. Numbers continue to be an issue, as well. Fortunately, Woodstock doesn’t play Division I cohorts NFA, Ledyard or New London. But this season still should be a trial.
Thirteen starters, including QB Cole Mileski and four of five linemen return should make the Wolverines a strong offensive club if new playmakers are found. But the defense only returns one starter. If that somehow comes together, Griswold should contend. Otherwise, it might be a weird season.
Coach Chad Neal has a wealth of experience returning from last year’s 2-9 team. Twenty — count ’em, 20 — starters return including Jr. QB Kyle Derosier, LB Austin Caffrey and OL/DL Conner Lemley. The Redmen could be in the thick of this race.
All-purpose all-state senior Jonathan McCray and all-state lineman Kevin Murtha headline an experienced group, especially on the lines and at linebacker. But who will lead the offense now that Tyler Quidgeon is gone? It might just be McCray doing his thing. [Update Sept. 10 – McCray is no longer part of the program, so Montville will look elsewhere. TBA.]
Last year’s sterling 9-2 club that upset New London but was edged from the playoffs by rival Griswold, was gutted by graduation. Twenty-one seniors are gone, including all-state QB Steven Jankowski. Back Tyler Ballard and end Isaiah Fort will have to show the newcomers the way.
Tall quarterback Amadi White returns for his second year as a starter alongside talented end and punter Seamus Wallace and linebacker Tyler Burnside. Wallace, however, will miss the first few games due to a lacrosse injury. Stonington’s hoping they can hold down the fort until he returns.
There’s a new coach in town, longtime assistant John Strecker, but many of last year’s faces remain the same. Chase Speller, who ran for 1,400 yards and 14 TDs returns alongside QB Jake Manguel and WR Justin Keating. Defense should be strong, too. This team’s a sleeper.
Windham is looking for back-to-back state playoff berths and returns many of last year’s stars, including QB (and three-sport standout) Brody Labbe, RB Cullan Contos and hulking fullback and linebacker Seiji Azuarga. The Whippets also have nice size on the lines. They’ll need them to compete with some of the monsters on their schedule.