Above: Highlight reel for Platt RB Tyzhan Leatherwood vs. Rocky Hill last year. The senior is expected to be one of the state’s best in 2014
- Coach: Jason Bruenn (8th year, 47-27)
- Conference: Central Connecticut Conference (Division III East)
- Playoff Class: Class L (boys enrollment 606)
- Home: Falcon Field, Meriden
- 2013 Record: 11-0 (CCC Div. III Champions, lost to North Haven in Class L quarterfinals)
- 2014 Kickoff: Sept. 12 at Waterford, 6:30 p.m.
- Captains: John Bernardo and Olajuwon McLeod
- John Bernardo, Sr., C (5-8, 230)
- Olajuwon McLeod, Sr., WR (5-10, 170)
- Cyrick Watford, Sr., WR (6-2, 205)
- Tyzhan Leatherwood, Sr., RB (5-6, 180)
- Joseph Mwamba, Jr., QB (5-9, 170)
- Dwayne Demace, Sr., DE (6-3, 190)
- Jovon White, Sr., FS (5-10, 165)
- Leroy Walker, Sr., DT (5-10, 230)
- Bernard Figeroa, Jr., LB (5-6, 160)
- Fernando Rivera, Jr., LB (5-9, 170)
Erlin Colon, OT; Jason Nelson, WR/LB; Scott Dargan, TE/LB; Andrew McBride, QB; Creme Watford, WR; Toledo Sharp, G; Michael Barnett, C/DE.
Platt rolled through its schedule last season to an easy 11-0 record, outscoring their opponents 464-142 an average victory of 42-13. In six of those games the Panthers allowed a touchdown or less. In 2014, the offense will run through senior running back Tyzhan Leatherwood.
A year ago, the 5-foot-6, 180 pound back amassed 1836 yards and 26 touchdowns, bursting onto the scene as one of the state’s top runners. This year look for more of what Leatherwood can do with his legs.
The Panthers will have to replace their top receiving target in Créme Watford (39 catches, 727 yards, 17 TD), but Olajuwon McLeod is back for his senior season as new quarterback Joseph Mwamba’s top target.
The quarterback position is another place where Platt will have a new body. Andrew McBride has graduated. Mwamba saw action in all 12 games the Panthers played last year although he only threw 12 passes, completing seven. He also rushed for 46 yards in limited action.
John Bernardo will anchor an offensive line that helped Leatherwood run wild last year, but does have some key losses: All-state lineman Erlin Colon, Toledo Sharp and Michael Barnett.
Defense, which allowed 143 points a year ago, will be anchored by tackle Leroy Walker (44 tackles), junior linebackers Bernard Figeroa and Fernando Rivera, and Watford, who is one of the state’s top returning leaders in interceptions (6) and had 116 total tackles last year.
The one test Platt had before the state playoffs last season was a 34-32 win over Bloomfield. This season the schedule is identical with the Warhawks posing the only challenge of a repeat perfect season.
- Sept. 12 — at Waterford, 6:30 p.m.
- Sept. 19 — at East Catholic, 7 p.m.*
- Sept. 26 — vs. Plainville, 6:30 p.m.**
- Oct. 3 — vs. Tolland, 6:30 p.m.**
- Oct. 10 — at Rocky Hill, 7 p.m.*
- Oct. 17 — vs. Bloomfield, 6:30 p.m.*
- Oct. 24 — vs. Weaver, 6:30 p.m.*
- Oct. 31 — at Berlin, 6:30 p.m.**
- Nov. 7 — at Rockville, 6:30 p.m.**
- Nov. 14 — vs. Northwest Catholic, 6:30 p.m.*
- Nov. 27 — at Maloney, 10:30 a.m.**