- COACH — ROY ROBERTS (5th year, 15-26)
- CONFERENCE — CCC Division I East
- PLAYOFF CLASS — LL (796 boys enrollment)
- HOME — Memorial Field at Manchester High School
- 2017 RECORD — 3-7
- 2018 OPENER — Sept. 7 vs. Enfield, 7 p.m.
- TEAM WEBSITE — Maxpreps, Facebook
- LOGAN TOMLINSON, Sr., QB (6-3, 180)
- ELI FORD, Sr., RB/CB (5-10, 160)
- WESLEY ALLISON, Sr., RB/LB (6-0 165)
- JAHEIM CARR, Jr., WR/LB (5-9, 180)
- ERIC TANN, Jr., G/DE (5-10, 270)
- KAYLEM COLLAZO, Sr., OT/DE (6-1, 268)
- JALEN COLLAZO, Sr., OT/DT (6-1, 310)
WR/FS Jevin Frett (All-State), QB/LB Jamelle Ryals
From 2008 to 2013, Manchester was 39-22 with five winning seasons in six years and a run of notable players — Andrew Isaacs went to Maryland, Marquis Little to Boston College, and Seth DeValve to Princeton and eventually the Cleveland Browns.
But the program has not had a winning record since. Manchester, coming off a 3-7 season, is 15-26 the past four years.
Head coach Roy Roberts is optimistic things could be trending in the right direction, for good reason. Manchester returns seven starters on offense and six on defense.
On offense, senior quarterback Logan Tomlinson returns after suffering a season-ending ankle injury in the third game. Yet in his limited action, Tomlinson was productive with 559 yards and six touchdowns while completing 53 of 84 passes.
Manchester should have a productive running game with seniors Eli Ford (654 yards, four touchdowns) and Wesley Allison (348, two touchdowns). Roberts calls them his team’s “two-headed monster.”
Who will catch passes from Tomlinson?
All-Stater Jevin Frett, one of the best receivers in program history, has graduated to Monroe College after catching 57 passes for 881 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. Roberts is expecting a breakout season from junior Jaheim Carr.
A strength on offense is an experienced line, which includes twin brothers Kaylem and Jalen Collazo at tackles. Kaylem is 268 pounds, Jalen 310.
The twins will also anchor the defensive line. Allison, a linebacker, had 65 tackles and three sacks last season.
Junior defensive end Eric Tann (270 pounds) also had three sacks.
Roberts came to Manchester from Newington in 2014. Before Newington, he spent five seasons at Bloomfield and coached his team to two playoff appearances, including a trip to the 2006 Class S title game.
His assessment of his 2018 Manchester team?
“We believe we can compete for the [CCC Division I East] championship this year,” Roberts said.
- Sept. 7 — ENFIELD**, 7 p.m.
- Sept. 14 — at New Britain*, 6:30 p.m.
- Sept. 21 — SOUTHINGTON*, 6 p.m.
- Sept. 28 — at Conard, 7 p.m.
- Oct. 5 — SOUTH WINDSOR**, 6 p.m.
- Oct. 19 — GLASTONBURY**, 6:30 p.m.
- Oct. 26 — HALL*, 6:30 p.m.
- Nov. 2 — at Simsbury*, 7 p.m.
- Nov. 9 — at Bristol Eastern*, 6:30 p.m.
- Nov. 21 — at East Hartford**, 6:30 p.m.
Home games in CAPS
* Conference game
** Division game