Armed with 2,000-yard passing QB Adam Wojenski and up-coming stars at the skill positions, Bunnell looks to put last year’s coaching turmoil behind it and build off of last year’s strong finish under new coach Sean Mignone.
Is Masuk still Masuk? All-state end and receiver Joe Capodagli and versatile junior threat Nick Dellpiano are two of eight starters returning, mostly on defense. But the Panthers — one of the league’s youngest teams — must break in a a new quarterback, sophomore Matt Hersch, and replace its entire offensive line.
Tyler Hansen returns for his third year at QB after setting school records last season. He’ll have plenty of returning weapons, like Matt Ryan at WR. But almost the entire O-Line is new. The defense must improve if New Milford is going to make a move up the standings.
Junior Justin Dunn takes over at QB for the Hawks, who have mastered the SWC and are determined to take the next step. Only three starters return on offense. But the defense, which stars junior all-state stud Ben Mason at linebacker, promises to be one of the state’s best.
All-SWC defensive end Jimmy Christiano and standout lineman Griffin Namin return to lead a group of relative unknowns looking to replace all of last year’s skill players. Joe LaCava, who rallied the team to its best victory last year, takes over at QB.
Fourteen starters return from last year’s team, which, under first-year coach T.J. Cavaliere, won five games for the first time since 2008. The Devils look to the Davidson twins to replace leaders QB Gueber Docteur and FB/LB Sam Breiner.
The Falcons graduated 15 seniors, but they do have beef up front with senior captains Connor Mignone and Steve Gordon. But the entire backfield and much of the defense will be new. Barlow, which has dropped its traditional triple option for a spread option, looks to senior Axel Efinger, captain Zach Raposo and sophomore Trevor Furrer to get it moving.
If anyone’s going take down Brookfield in the Patriot Division, Bethel has as good a shot as any. The Wildcats return 10 starters, including top QB Jared Piatnik, E Will Daniels and OL Eric Almonte in the vaunted option. We’re already looking forward to Thanksgiving.
The senior class, headlined by all-state RB/LB and Bobby Drysdale, all-state DE Matt Melby and LB Austin Reich, has finally come of age. Seventeen starters return from last year’s Class M-Large title squad, potentially making Brookfield the league’s best team and a good bet to go out again as champions in Class M. They still have to prove they can beat Newtown.
New Fairfield’s fearsome threesome — versatile all-state WR/SS Greg Radovic, RB/LB James Lewis and WR/FS Zach Tripodi — headline a team that returns just about everyone from last year’s 7-4 squad. On paper, the Rebels look like a contender, but they still must prove they can beat one of the big boys. They go to Brookfield Week 1.
The Lancers have 11 returning starters and new coach Chris Sadler can build around hulking, four-year starter RB/LB Hakim Fleming. Also of note is QB/WR/LB transfer Mike Bevino, the son of Foran coach Jeff Bevino. Still, ND has a long road ahead.
Weston graduated Peter Lummis and Spencer Turkel, more than two-thirds of its total offense. Lummis’ brother Bobby takes over at RB and Alex Fruhbeis at QB. Defense should be a strength led by front-liners Zac Spencer, Kris Dammen-Brower and James Milne.
2015 Team Schedules