- COACH — KEVIN FREDERICK (5th year, 28-14)
- CONFERENCE — CCC Division II West
- PLAYOFF CLASS — L (609 boys enrollment)
- HOME — Falcon Field, Meriden
- 2017 RECORD — 9-2, lost to Windsor in Class L quarterfinals
- 2018 OPENER — Sept. 7 vs. Windsor, 6:30 p.m.
- TEAM WEBSITE — Maxpreps | TWITTER — @MaloneyFootball
- VICTOR MARQUEZ, Sr., WR/DB, (6-0, 195)
- ELLIOT GOOD, Sr., QB, (6-0, 175)
- FREDDY HIDALGO, Jr., RB, (5-7, 185)
- RYAN MARTEL, Sr., C, (6-5, 340)
- DJ POSEY, Sr., OL, (6-4, 285)
- TREVOR SANTIAGO, Jr. OT/DL, (6-5, 313)
- ELIJIAH STEVENSON, Jr. LB/FB, (5-8, 200)
- JAYLON NIXON, Sr., LB, (6-1, 180)
- MAURICE BRACKETT, Sr., DB/WR, (5-7, 141)
QB Larue Graham, LB Mitch McEwen, DB Cruz Lenhart, DE Desmond King, DE O’Neal Ward
Good luck to opposing CCC defenses trying to get to Maloney quarterback Elliot Good this season.
You’re going to need it.
The average weight of the Spartans’ offensive line is 264 pounds.
“It all starts with offensive line and defensive line,” coach Kevin Frederick said. “When you have big guys who go after it, it bodes well.”
Four of the five starting offensive lineman this year started on last year’s 9-2 Maloney team, which dropped its opener to Windsor, won nine-straight games to qualify for the Class L playoffs, only to lose to Windsor again in the quarterfinals.
“We haven’t had this in the past,” Frederick said of his line. “Another year of experience helps.”
Leading the way on the line is senior center Ryan Martel (6-foot-5, 340 pounds). Junior Trevor Santiago (6-foot-5, 313) is back at left tackle while DJ Posey (6-foot-4 285) returns to right tackle. Inside the line Max Ganter (5-foot-10, 200) is at left guard and first-year starter Andy Cruz (5-foot-11, 180) is playing right guard.
“We have some good size up front,” Frederick said. “That’s going to help us.”
It’s definitely going to help Good, who is entering his first season as the starting quarterback. Last season, despite being the backup, Good didn’t dress once because of a back injury.
“He was injured last year and missed a lot of time,” Frederick said. “He’s a good leader, smart kid, good decision maker.”
Joining Good in the backfield is Freddy Hidalgo, who also missed all of last season with an injury. The junior running back rushed for over 500 yards as a freshman and was expected to contribute to the Spartans a year ago. A knee injury sidelined him.
With two major position players coming back from season-long injuries, a lot is going to be asked of three-year starter, senior wide receiver Victor Marquez.
Last season the senior wide-out made 60 receptions, for 743 yards and nine touchdowns according to the Record-Journal. “He’s a dynamic player with bright future ahead of him for sure,” Frederick said.
Defensively the Spartans have upwards to 30 sacks to replace. The pass rushing combination of Desmond King and O’Neal Ward terrorized opposing quarterbacks all season while linebacker Mitch McEwen was all over the field and Cruz Lenhart made plays. They’ve all graduated.
“It’s hard to replace guys like that,” Frederick said.
The Spartans are going to have to if they want to make a return to the Class L playoffs.
Posey and Toby Canales will be tasked with replacing King and O’Neal. Jaylon Dixon and Elijah Stevenson are going to be called on, along with Quanell Grimes, to fill the linebacking corps. Maurice Brackett and Sergio Muniz return at cornerback.
“We’re looking for the 11 hungriest guys on the defensive side of the football,” Frederick said. “We got a lot of guys on the team this year. A lot of competition for playing time, which is good. No one is comfortable.”
This season the Spartans open up against — you guessed it — Windsor again.
Despite the two losses, Frederick wouldn’t have it any other way.
“We like to play Windsor,” he said. “they have been the most successful program in our conference … for a long time. They’re the best team and we want to play the best teams. Hopefully we can get over the hurdle this year. We have to execute.”
- Sept. 7 — WINDSOR,* 6:30 p.m.
- Sept. 15 — at Hartford Public,* 1 p.m.
- Sept. 21 — at Bristol Eastern,** 6:30 p.m.
- Sept. 28 — at E.O. Smith,* 6 p.m.
- Oct. 12 — at Bristol Central,** 6 p.m.
- Oct. 19 — WETHERSFIELD,** 6:30 p.m.
- Oct. 26 — FARMINGTON,* 6:30 p.m.
- Nov. 2 — NEWINGTON,** 6:30 p.m.
- Nov. 9 — at Conard,* 7 p.m.
- Nov. 22 — PLATT,** 10:30 a.m.
Home games in CAPS
** Division games