- Coach: Steve Calande (3rd season, 7-14)
- Conference: Central Connecticut Conference (Division III West)
- Playoff Class: Class S (373 boys enrollment)
- Home: Cheney Tech Field
- 2013 Record: 5-6
- 2014 Kickoff: September 12 at Fermi, 7 p.m.
- Captains: Alex Schaller, Pablo Colon, Jack Trainor, Luke Townsend, Jack DeSautels
- Team website: MaxPreps page | echsathletics.com
- Pablo Colon, Sr. RB/LB
- Luke Townsend, FB
- Alex Schaller, Sr., C
- Chris Amata, Jr., S/RB/LB
- Jack Droney, Jr., QB
- Jack Trainor, Sr. TE/OL/DL
- Jack DeSautels, Jr. OL/DL
Jim Droney, RB/LB; Khalid Thompson, LB; Paul Guardino, LB; Tyler Vivenzio, OL/DL
Despite fielding a relatively young team, East Catholic was competitive during its 5-6 2013 season. It hung tough in narrow losses to Plainville and Bloomfield and only looked overmatched in a handful of games.
Many of the same starters return to help East take the next step. Though it lost several key starters, the offensive line could be a strength again. It will be led by three-year starter Alex Schaller, Jack DeSautels and Jack Trainor. They return after helping the Eagles amass 3,538 yards a year ago, fifth most among Class S schools.
Though 1,000-yard back Jim Droney has graduated, the run-heavy Eagles figure to hand the ball off to senior wingback Pablo Colon. A lot. A bruising All-CCC pick, Colon ran for 960 yards and 13 touchdowns in a season was limited to eight games due to injury. He has a chance to become the school’s all-time leading rusher.
Fullback Luke Townsend, who ran for nearly 600 yards and scored eight touchdowns, also returns. Chris Amata, who did a little bit of everything last year as a sophomore, should also contribute.
Droney won four games as a sophomore last year at quarterback and returns bigger, faster and stronger according to Calande.
On the defensive side, Amata returns after leading the team in tackles as a sophomore. He’ll be teamed with Colon in the front seven. DeSautels and Trainor will help man the defensive lines.
Overall, depth remains an issue for East and it can’t afford too many injuries. To compensate, many of the starters know multiple positions.
East kicks off at Fermi and then gets a major test when it heads home to face Platt and Rocky Hill, two of the CCC Division III’s four 2013 playoff teams, in Weeks 2 and 3. Another key stretch vs. Bloomfield and Berlin comes late in November. Rival (and former Co-op partner) Cheney Tech is off the Thanksgiving menu. The Eagles will instead face Bulkeley/HMTCA in the season finale.
- Sept. 12 — at Fermi, 7 p.m.*
- Sept. 19 — vs. Platt, 7 p.m.*
- Sept. 27 — vs. Rocky Hill, 1:30 p.m.**
- Oct. 3 — vs. Weaver, 7 p.m.**
- Oct. 10 — at Plainville, 7 p.m.*
- Oct. 18 — at Northwest Catholic, 10:30 a.m. (Time subject to change)**
- Oct. 24 — at Rockville, 6:30 p.m.*
- Oct. 31 — vs. Tolland, 7 p.m.*
- Nov. — 7 at Bloomfield, 7 p.m.**
- Nov. 15 — vs. Berlin, 1:30 p.m.*
- Nov. 22 — at Bulkeley/HMTCA, 12 p.m.*