- COACH — JARRETT SHINE (10th season)
- CONFERENCE — Erickson
- PLAYOFF CLASS — NEPSAC A
- HOME —Robert L. Cosby Field on Brunswick’s King St. Campus
- 2017 RECORD — 5-3 (5-2)
- 2018 OPENER — Sept. 14 vs. Loomis Chaffee, 7:30 p.m.
- TEAM WEBSITE
- CORNELIUS JOHNSON, Sr. WR (6-3, 197)
- NICK VILLIS, Sr. MLB (6-2, 225)
- KEVONNE WILDER, Sr. WR/CB (5-9, 150)
- MICHAEL GOTTLIEB, Sr. RB (5-10, 175)
- FIN SIGNER, Sr. QB
- NICK WINEGARDNER, Jr. QB (6-0, 180)
- JALEN MADISON, Jr. RB/DB (5-8, 190)
- HOWARD POWELL, Jr. DL (6-0, 270)
- CLAYTON OSTROVER, Jr. LB
- GEORGE HILL, So. OL/DL (6-0, 220)
QB Nick Henkel, (NEPSAC All-New England Class A First Team selection, playing quarterback at Yale University, All-Erickson League honors), WR Sean Amill (All-Erickson League selection), TE/DL Harrison Caponiti (All-Erickson League honors), DL/OL Nick Mosher, DL/OL Lachlan Rosato, WR Jack Montinaro, DB Michael Reilly, DB Chris Burdick
This is, indeed, a season of change for Brunswick, which graduated 23 players from last season’s squad – the biggest senior class the team graduated since Jarrett Shine took over as coach in 2009.
Despite its new-look roster, the Bruins possess depth at several positions, one of which is at wide receiver.
Senior Cornelius Johnson, who has received scholarship offers from dozens of Division I schools and is one of the premier receivers in the nation, headlines a Brunswick offense that has plenty of potential.
“We have some young guys at wide receiver this year and they are working hard with their drills to get better,” said Johnson, a NEPSAC All-New England Class A First Team selection and All-Erickson League selection in 2017. “We have already seen the improvement.”
How the offense fares relies in large part on how the quarterbacks perform in their first season as starters. Senior Fin Signer and junior Nick Winegardner are vying for the role as starting quarterback – a position Nick Henkel excelled at the past three seasons.
Henkel, who is playing at Yale University, passed for 1,910 yards and 23 touchdowns in eight games last season, earning All-New England Class A First Team honors and All-Erickson League honors.
Signer and Winegardner each played well in a recent scrimmage against Greenwich, showing their different skill sets. Senior Michael Gottlieb, who had his moments at running back last season, returns to the backfield, while senior Kevonne Wilder adds depth at wide receiver.
The addition of running back Jalen Madison and defensive lineman Howard Powell, both of whom transferred from Bunnell High School, will surely aid the Bruins, who missed out on the postseason last year, after playing in a NEPSAC championship bowl game four consecutive seasons (winning two titles).
Erickson League teams are known for their high-powered offenses, so Brunswick’s defense must limit big plays, which occurred too often for the Bruins’ taste last fall. Nick Villis, who registered a team-leading 116 tackles returns to anchor the defensive unit.
“It’s definitely challenging, because every offense we play has a different strong suit,” Villis said. “We’re excited to see how the guys come together as a unit. We lost a lot of guys, but everyone is stepping up. Howard Powell looks really good getting into the backfield and causing havoc.”
- Sept. 14 — LOOMIS CHAFFEE, 7:30 p.m.
- Sept. 22 — HOTCHKISS SCHOOL*, 3:30 p.m.
- Sept. 28 — at Cheshire Academy, 6:30 p.m.
- Oct. 6 — at Kent School*, 2:30 p.m.
- Oct. 13 — TAFT SCHOOL*, 3 p.m.
- Oct. 20 — SALISBURY*, 4 p.m.
- Oct. 27 — at Avon Old Farms,* 3 p.m.
- Nov. 3 — at Trinity-Pawling*, 4 p.m.
- Nov. 10 — WILLISTON NORTHAMPTON*, 1 p.m.
Home games in CAPS