- COACH — MICHAEL LENZ (1st year)
- CONFERENCE — CCC Division III West
- PLAYOFF CLASS — S (273 boys enrollment)
- HOME — Neil J. Brewer Field, NWC, West Hartford
- 2017 RECORD — 3-7
- 2018 OPENER — Sept. 7 at Rocky Hill, 7 p.m.
- TEAM WEBSITE | TWITTER — @nwc_athletics
- MARCELINO BELLA, Sr. CB/ WR
- PARIS CARPENTER, Sr. CB/WR (5-11, 165)
- TYLER CONNELL, Sr. OLB/WR (5-9, 155)
- SKYE DOLCE, Jr. TE/ILB
- DEAN EDWARDS, Sr. TE (6-2, 205)
- COLBY LANCASTER, Soph. OL/DL (6-1, 265)
- DARIO LARAIA, Sr. C (5-8, 215)
- THOMAS MILLER, Sr. OL (5-8, 195)
- CONNER RICH, Jr. QB
- ISAAC RILEY, Jr. RB/DE
OLB Teyshawn Jackson, S Cooper Lorenz (All-CCC), RB Spencer Merkel (All-CCC), OL Jay Mota.
New head coach Michael Lenz is no stranger to the Northwest Catholic football program.
An NWC graduate, he spent 17 years as an assistant there, left for two seasons at Hall before returning to take the helm this season.
Lenz inherits a team coming off a 3-7 season, but has the pieces in place for a potential turnaround. He’s brought in seven other former NWC players as assistants, including former longtime coach Mike Tyler.
““We are trying hard to get the players to understand how much pride there is in the program and the effort it takes to be successful,” Lenz said.
Though he is learning a new offensive system, junior Connor Rich returns at quarterback after leading the Lions in passing (688 yards, TD) and rushing (707 yards, 4 TDs) last year. He is only one of four returning starters.
Senior Paris Carpenter also returns after rushing for 510 yards and five touchdowns. He’s now listed at receiver as the team is hopes to balance an offense that scored just 146 points last year. NWC will also have a big target in 6-foot-2, 205-pound senior end Dean Edwards.
It helps that NWC returns three starters on the offensive line, including Dario Laraia, Thomas Miller and Colby Lancaster, a 6-foot-1, 265-pound sophomore who started as a freshman.
The coaches know it will not be an overnight transformation.
“The O-Line needs to work on cohesion and more physical play, but has shown improvement as camp has moved along,” Lenz said. “Overall, the offense needs to learn how to finish drives and how to pick up the intensity in the red zone. Depth is also an issue.”
Defensively, the team is anchored by All-CCC inside linebacker Skye Dolce, who made 72 tackles and led the team with six sacks last year. Isaac Riley, another All-CCC pick and the team’s top-returning tackler (89), will anchor the defensive line.
The Lions will be tested right away vs. Rocky Hill in Week 1. The Terriers have dominated Northwest Catholic recently, outscoring the Lions 145-21 the past three seasons. Dates with state-playoff contenders Bloomfield and Berlin also loom.
- Sept. 7 — at Rocky Hill,** 7 p.m.
- Sept. 14 — RHAM,* 6:30 p.m.
- Sept. 22 — BERLIN,* 10:30 a.m.
- Sept. 28 — at Avon,* 6:30 p.m.
- Oct. 6 — TOLLAND,* 10:30 a.m.
- Oct. 19 — at Plainville,** 6:30 p.m.
- Oct. 27 — BLOOMFIELD,** 10:30 a.m.
- Nov. 3 — at Bulkeley/HMTCA/Weaver,* noon
- Nov. 9 — at Wethersfield,* 7 p.m.
- Nov. 22 — EAST CATHOLIC,** 10 a.m.
Home games in CAPS