- COACH — JASON PACE (2nd year, 3-7)
- CONFERENCE — CCC Division II West
- PLAYOFF CLASS — LL (690 boys enrollment)
- HOME — Alumni Field, Newington
- 2017 RECORD — 3-7
- 2018 OPENER — Sept. 7 vs. Amistad, 6:30 p.m.
- TEAM WEBSITE – Maxpreps, Football.NewingtonAthletics.com | TWITTER — @NHS_INDlANS
- BRANDON KAMANSKY, Sr., RB/ILB (5-8 215)
- DYLAN NEES-FAIR, Sr., RB/DB (5-8 165)
- RASHEED PATTERSON, Jr., OL/DL (6-1 310)
- JULIAN MULERO, Jr., RB/ILB (6-0 220)
- IZAYAH CIARCIA, Jr., WR/DB (5-7 150)
- KEENAN ESAU, Jr., WR/DB (5-10 170)
QB Rob Sanchez, DT Damon Stewart (All-State), OT Kamani Chambers, LB Connor Brennan, WR CJ Caldwell
Things will not be easy for Newington this fall. The team brings back just six starters on both sides of the ball from a team that only won three games in 2017. Indians did, however, snap a seven-game losing streak by beating Wethersfield, 17-13, in the season finale. It was their first win over Wethersfield in four years.
This season, Newington makes the leap to Class LL, making its chances of qualifying for a state playoff spot even more remote. The team will be learning on the fly this fall according to second-year coach Jason Pace.
“Being that we graduated many seniors that were starters, our strength lies in the player’s eagerness to earn playing time,” Pace said. “We anticipate the level of intensity in practice to be high as players are competing on a daily basis.”
Senior Brandon Kamansky will lead a running back corps out of the spread offense, which includes senior Dylan Nees-Fair and junior Julian Mulero. All saw limited time last season. The team also has a beast of an offensive lineman in 6-foot-1-inch, 310-pound junior Rasheed Patterson to open holes for the runners.
Newington lost a big piece of the defense when it graduated all-state lineman Damon Stewart. Mulero returns at linebacker after finishing third on the team in tackles. He’s joined by Kamansky on a young defense that also will be finding its way.
The schedule does not offer Newington any rest with matchups against three state playoff teams (Middletown, Maloney and East Hartford) from last season. Those games come in the second half of the season when the young roster might be ready for the challenge.
The good news for Newington is that its first two games are at home against Amistad-New Haven and Farmington, giving the team a chance to find its way early on.
“The team that has earned to start Week 1 will be inexperienced, so there may be mistakes made early in the season,” Pace said. “The key to the success of season is how well and quickly we growth from those mistakes.”
- Sept. 7 — AMISTAD, 6:30 p.m.
- Sept. 14 — FARMINGTON*, 6:30 p.m.
- Sept. 21 — at Platt**, 6:30 p.m.
- Sept. 28 — at South Windsor*, 3:45 p.m.
- Oct. 12 — BRISTOL EASTERN**, 6:30 p.m.
- Oct. 19 — BRISTOL CENTRAL**, 6:30 p.m.
- Oct. 26 — at Middletown**, 7 p.m.
- Nov. 2 — at Maloney*, 6:30 p.m.
- Nov. 9 — at East Hartford*, 6:30 p.m.
- Nov. 21 — WETHERSFIELD**, 6 p.m.
Home games in CAPS