- COACH — ANTHONY JULIUS (3rd year, 2-18)
- CONFERENCE — CCC Division II West
- PLAYOFF CLASS — L (568 boys enrollment)
- HOME — Alumni Field, Bristol Eastern HS
- 2017 RECORD — 2-8
- 2018 OPENER — Sept. 7 vs. E.O. Smith, 6 p.m.
- TEAM WEBSITE — MaxPreps | TWITTER — @behsfootball1
- JADEN LAPRISE, Sr. WR/DB (5-10, 175)
- TRINIDAD GONZALEZ, Sr. LB/FB (5-11, 225)
- JUSTIN MARSHALL, Sr. QB/DB (5-10, 170)
- ZACH GIBLIN, Sr. OL/DL (5-10, 240)
- JAMES DAUPHINEE, Sr. OL/DL (6-0, 215)
- ELIJAH GAGLIARDO, Jr. WR/DB (6-0, 180)
- EDGAR SANTIAGO, Jr. DE/TE (5-10, 205)
- MATT D’AMATO, Jr. RB/LB (5-9, 185)
- DYLAN GARCIA, Jr. DE/RB (6-0, 190)
- BRYCE CURTIN, Jr. QB/WR/DB (6-1, 180)
- JAKE DAUPHINEE, Jr. OL/DL (5-11, 265)
RB Ariza Kolloverja (All-CCC), MLB Tyler Mason, T Andrew Consalvo, OLB Rajon Collins, FB Steven Hopkins, John McPhee
Bristol Eastern won just two games last season, its second under coach Anthony Julius. But while the record didn’t quite show it, the Lancers showed improvement from their winless campaign the season before.
Six starters return on both sides of the ball, including a strong senior core that includes two-year starting quarterback Justin Marshall and three All-CCC returners, lineman Zach Giblin, linebacker/fullback Trinidad Gonzalez and receiver/defensive back Jaden Laprise. “We expect big years from them,” Julius said.
Marshall — who, along with Gonzalez, was a state champion on Eastern’s Class L championship wrestling team — threw for 1,472 yards and 12 touchdowns in his second year running Eastern’s pro-style offense. The Lancers improved their offensive output by more than 70 points. “(He) gives us a great deal of experience at quarterback,” Julius said.
Marshall will be protected by a veteran line where three starters return: senior center Zach Giblin, guard James Dauphinee and tackle Jake Dauphinee on the right side. The Lancers are looking to shore up the left side.
Overall, Julius loves his returning talent and thinks it could mean another leap up the standings. Eastern will have to find a replacement for graduated All-CCC back Ariza Kolloverja, who led the team with over 600 yards on the ground last year.
“We have experience up front and at the skill positions,” Julius said. “The wide receiver group is a talented group and the offensive line is much improved.”
Defense, while not quite a strength after allowing 250 points last year, did improve its points-allowed average by 10 per game. This season, the defense will be led by a veteran secondary.
If there’s a weakness, it’s depth, Julius said. “(We have) unproven depth at all positions, we are continuing to teach and get our young players ready for varsity action.”
Though Bristol Eastern is anxious to turn the page on last year — which saw it lose four-consecutive games to end the season, including a narrow 33-27 loss to arch-rival Bristol Central in Thanksgiving’s Battle of the Bell — the start of the 2018 season figures to be a tough one.
Bristol Eastern plays its first three games at home, but against E.O. Smith, Middletown and Maloney, who were three of the better teams in CCC Division II last season. Still, there’s plenty of opportunity for this group to make some noise.
- Sept. 7 — E.O. SMITH,* 6 p.m.
- Sept. 14 — MIDDLETOWN,* 6:30 p.m.
- Sept. 21 — MALONEY,** 6:30 p.m.
- Sept. 29 — at Farmington,* 2 p.m.
- Oct. 12 — at Newington,** 6:30 p.m.
- Oct. 19 — PLATT,** 6:30 p.m.
- Oct. 26 — HARTFORD PUBLIC,* 6:30 p.m.
- Nov. 2 — at Wethersfield,** 7 p.m.
- Nov. 9 — MANCHESTER,* 6:30 p.m.
- Nov. 22 — vs. Bristol Central** (at Muzzy Field), 10:30 a.m.
Home games in CAPS