Preseason hype video for Wethersfield’s football team for 2015
- Coach: John Campanello (11th year, 58-47)
- Conference: CCC Division II West
- Playoff Class: L (598 boys enrollment)
- Home: Cottone Field
- 2014 Record: 11-1 (5-0 CCC D-II West)
- 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 at Farmington, 7 p.m.
- Captains: Not chosen yet
- Team website: MaxPreps page
- Rich Williams, Sr., RB/ILB (6-0, 205)
- Devon Smith, Sr., QB (6-1, 185)
- Kyle Klavins, Sr., WR (5-10, 140)
- Ian Gingrave, Sr., OL (5-10, 220)
- Nick Cusano, Sr., OL (6-0, 245)
- Elijah Young, Sr., CB (6-1, 195)
- Navarre Pratt, Sr., S (5-10, 165)
- Jaequan Brown, Sr., CB (5-10, 180)
- Ajani Sampson, Sr., DL (6-0, 250)
Matt Sanzaro, QB (Southern Connecticut State); James Malizia, LB; Andrew Cravero, LB; John Tapia, DL.
In 2014, Wethersfield had its best season since 2004, going a perfect 11-0 in the regular season to win the CCC D-II West. The Eagles ran into state power New Canaan in the Class L-Large semifinals to end the dream season.
Despite losing two all-state performers in quarterback Matt Sanzaro and defensive lineman John Tapia, Wethersfield is returning a solid core of seniors that played large roles last year and know what it takes to win. It starts with the third all-stater, running back Rich Williams.
On offense, Williams was the backup to Tyler Nelson and, in limited duty, he rushed for 316 yards and two touchdowns. As a linebacker, he led the team with 84 tackles and added two sacks. This season he should see much more action on the offensive side of the ball and be the back lining up with new quarterback Devon Smith.
Smith, primarily a receiver last season, takes over as the signal-caller for Campanello’s spread offense this year and has big shoes to fill. Sanzaro threw for 2,281 yards and 32 touchdowns in 2014, seven of which went to Smith.
But he will have Kyle Klavins to throw to. Klavins, a senior wideout led the Eagles with 716 receiving yards and 10 scores in 2014 and is looking to have an even stronger senior campaign.
On the defensive side of the ball Elijah Young, Navarre Pratt and Jaequan Brown will lead a secondary that intercepted 23 passes last year and was a big part in allowing just 85 points all season.
Campanello sees Bristol Eastern as the biggest competition in the division in 2015, but believes Wethersfield will be contenders once again.
|Sept. 11||at Farmington*||7 p.m.|
|Sept. 18||vs. Middletown*||7 p.m.|
|Sept. 25||at Bristol Eastern**||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 2||at Bristol Central**||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 17||at RHAM*||1 p.m.|
|Oct. 23||vs. Platt**||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 30||vs. Windsor*||7 p.m.|
|Nov. 6||vs. Maloney**||7 p.m.|
|Nov. 13||at Manchester*||6:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 25||vs. Newington**||6 p.m.|