- Coach: Mike Drury (4th season, 28-6)
- Conference: Central Connecticut Conference (Division I West)
- Playoff Class: Class LL (1,001 boys enrollment)
- Home: Fontana Field
- 2013 Record: 12-1 (Class LL state champions)
- 2014 Kickoff: Sept. 12 vs. Glastonbury, 7 p.m.
- Captains: Alex Jamele, Matt Maxwell, Matt Thomson, Matt Koczera.
- Team websites: SouthingtonFootball.com | MaxPreps page
- Alex Jamele, Sr., WR/FS (5-11, 180)
- Matt Maxwell, Sr., WR/DB (6-2, 190)
- Kyle Borawski, Sr., WR (6-2, 185)
- Jasen Rose, Jr., QB (6-3, 225)
- Austin Morin, Jr., WR (5-10, 175)
- John Meade, Jr., WR (6-0, 180)
- Alessio Diana, Jr., RB (5-10, 175)
- Matt Steeves, Sr. OL (6-4, 304)
- Vance Upham, So., RB (5-11, 200)
- Matt Thomson, Sr., LB (6-1, 200)
- Steve Hamel, Sr., LB (5-11, 190)
- Matt Koczera, Sr., DE (5-11, 205)
- Dan Williams, Sr., DE (5-11, 210)
- Zack Spooner, Sr., DL (5-11, 195)
- Peter Majchrzak, Sr., DB (5-10, 180)
- Drew Barmore, Sr., DB (5-11, 175)
- Jake Thayer, Sr., DB (5-8, 165)
- Dan Parzych, Sr., K (5-9, 160)
Stephen Barmore, QB; Zach Maxwell, DE/RB; Zak Jamele, LB; Tyler Hyde, RB/DB; Kyle Smick, K; Jim Nardi, OL; Carlos Gil, OL; Jon Rauch, OL; Joe D’Agostino, OL; Joe Daigle, WR; Mike Lange, DB; Sal Conti, OL.
It didn’t take long for coach Mike Drury to bring Southington back to the top of the Connecticut football world. In just his third season as coach, Southington dominated Norwich Free Academy, Ridgefield and Fairfield Prep by a combined score of 149-48 to win its first state title since 1998.
Defending Class LL champions have a squad that looks every bit as mighty as it was a season ago. The Blue Knights returns several starters on both sides of the ball and boasts a deep roster to plug the gaps.
The biggest loss may be at quarterback. Steve Barmore (now at Yale) started all 13 games for the Blue Knights in 2013 and threw for 3,088 yards and 42 touchdowns. Jasen Rose, who was Southington’s No. 2 receiver last year, has the tall task of replacing Barmore under center.
But Rose won’t be much of a step back, if at all. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound junior is already receiving Division I attention from UConn and will surely get some more during this season, especially while throwing to one of the states best wide receivers in Alex Jamele.
In 2013, Jamele set the Connecticut receiving touchdown record with 29 and his 1,623 receiving yards are 562 more than the next closest returning player in Connecticut and was a unanimous first-team All-State player. His playmaking ability on both offense and defense, where he made three interceptions and had 66 tackles as a defensive back, will be tough to stop for any opponent.
Southington loses a weapon in all-state kicker Kyle Smick and also needs to replenish its offensive line. Luckily, the new starters appear ready. They average 257 pounds, led by 320-pound Matt Steeves, and should give Rose the time he needs working out of a spread offense to find his receivers down field.
Leading tacklers Zac Jamele (126 tackles) and Zack Maxwell (86 tackles, 17 sacks) will be missed on defense. But Steve Hamel (77 tackles, 5 sacks), Matt Thomson (75) and Zack Spooner (65) should fill the gap nicely.
The Blue Knights had one blemish in their championship campaign last year: a 49-37 loss to Hall. The two will meet on Oct. 10, this time in Southington. The other game to circle on the schedule is opening night at home vs. Glastonbury. Besides that, the Blue Knights figure to be favored against the rest of their 2014 opponents. If everything goes as it’s supposed to, expect to see Southington once again vying for a state championship.
- Sept. 12 — vs. Glastonbury, 7 p.m.*
- Sept. 19 — at Manchester, 6:30 p.m.*
- Sept. 26 — at Simsbury, 7 p.m.**
- Oct. 10 — at New Britain, 7 p.m.**
- Oct. 17 — vs. Hall, 7 p.m.**
- Oct. 24 — vs. Conard, 7 p.m.**
- Oct. 31 — vs. Newington, 7 p.m.*
- Nov. 7 — at East Hartford, 7 p.m.*
- Nov. 15 — at South Windsor, 11 a.m.*
- Nov. 27 — vs. Cheshire, 10 a.m.