- COACH — JEFF REDMAN (1st year)
- CONFERENCE — CCC Division III East
- PLAYOFF CLASS — L (519 boys enrollment)
- HOME — Avon High School Field
- 2017 RECORD — 3-7
- 2018 OPENER — Sept. 8 at East Catholic, 1:30 p.m.
- TEAM WEBSITE — Maxpreps
- HENRY SCHRECENGOST, Sr., OL/DL, (6-6, 290)
- JADON FOLKWEIN, Sr., RB/DB, (5-8, 155)
- DAN QUICK, Sr., RB/LB, (5-11, 205)
- FRANCESCO LONGO, Jr., LB/FB, (5-10, 170)
- CHRIS CHUTE, Sr., TE/LB (5-11, 185)
QB Dylan Burgos, LB Tucker Gill, TE/LB Ryan Ollestad,
Avon will run to one side of the field this season: Whichever side Henry Schrecengost is on.
The towering, 6-foot-6, 290 pound senior offensive tackle is an imposing figure who tosses defenders aside with ease.
“We just run over towards him,” Avon coach Jeff Redman said. “All our play calls run behind him.”
“You think I am kidding,” he added with a laugh.
The senior is getting Division I looks from Boston College, Villanova, Bryant and CCSU.
“His feet have gotten so much better,” Redman said of Schrecengost, who also wrestled last season. “Wrestling helped, he trimmed down.”
Getting to run behind Schrecengost will benefit senior running back Jadon Folkwein. “He’s a very coordinated kid, (with) a lot of experience,” Redman said. “He’s got some skill. He’ll be alright.”
Folkwein will be joined by fellow senior Dan Quick in the backfield. “He’s built really well. Good speed, good hands,” Redman said. “He’s a very aggressive kid.”
Francesco Longo will play fullback and Chris Chute will start at tight end.
All players mentioned above will play on the defensive side of the ball as well. That’s what happens with a program like Avon who has small numbers.
Avon finished last year with just 49 players in the program, 17 of them were seniors, according to the Collinsville Press.
“The kids are great. I wish I had more numbers. Nothing I can do,” Redman said. “We are going to do the best we can this year.”
This isn’t Redman’s first trip on the Avon sidelines either.
Redman coached the Falcons from 1995 to 1998. After that he coached as an assistant at Conard from 1999 to 2016.
When former Avon coach Sal Cintorino stepped down after last season, Avon reached out to Redman.
Redman said he declined, originally. He spent last season watching his former players play at the collegiate level and said he enjoyed his time away from field.
When Avon came back said they couldn’t find anyone to take over the program, Redman agreed, saying he couldn’t do that to the kids.
Avon is coming off a 3-7 season and a 1-9 season the year before that.
“I have what I have,” he said. “We’re doing things a lot like I did at Conard.”
The Falcons open up the season on the road for the the first three weeks, including their season opener against East Catholic, which went winless last season.
- Sept. 8 — at E.Catholic*, 1:30 p.m.
- Sept. 15 — at Tolland**, 6 p.m.
- Sept. 22 — at RHAM**, 1 p.m.
- Sept. 28 — NORTHWEST CATHOLIC*, 6:30 p.m.
- Oct. 6 — BERLIN**, 2 p.m.
- Oct. 20 — BLOOMFIELD*, 1 p.m.
- Oct. 27 — at Bulk/HMTCA/Weaver**, Noon
- Nov. 3 — ROCKY HILL*, 2 p.m.
- Nov. 9 — at Plainville*, 6:30 p.m.
- Nov. 20 — SIMSBURY*, 6 p.m.
Home games in CAPS