- COACH — MIKE DRURY (8th year, 70-10)
- CONFERENCE — CCC Division I West
- PLAYOFF CLASS — LL (996 boys enrollment)
- HOME — Fontana Field, Southington
- 2017 RECORD — 8-2
- 2018 OPENER — Sept. 7 vs. Glastonbury, 7 p.m.
- TEAM WEBSITE — Maxpreps, Twitter @SouthingtonFB, @BKFGridiron, Instagram @SouthingtonFootball
- JACOB DRENA, Sr., QB, (6-1, 200)
- TANNER LAROSA, Sr., RB/DB, (5-10, 185)
- WILL DOWNES, Sr., WR, (6-0, 160)
- JACOB FLYNN, Sr., WR, (6-1, 180)
- JAMIE LAMSON, Sr., WR/DB, (6-1, 195)
- MATT THOMPSON, Sr., DB, (6-1, 190)
- JOHN MILLER, Sr., DE, (6-1, 205)
- RYAN GAVRONSKI, Sr., DL, (6-1, 200)
- DILLON KOHL, Jr., RB, (5-11 185)
- ANGELO PLANTAMURO, Jr., LB/RB, (5-10, 180)
- SAM MCCARTY, Sr., OL, (6-4, 280)
QB Will Barmore, RB/LB Ryan Montalvo, WR Tim O’Shea, OL Jake Monson, OL Jimmy Starr, OL JJ Clark, LB Ian Hall, LB Joe Koczera, CB Sam Thomson
Heading into its Thanksgiving game vs. Cheshire last season, the Blue Knights needed to win and get some help to reach the postseason. The Blue Knights won, but they didn’t get the help they needed around the state and they missed out on the postseason for the first time since 2011.
A majority of offensive and defensive contributors graduated. That would hurt a majority of programs across the State, Southington isn’t many programs.
The depth that the Blue Knights have has helped them year in and year out replace key players every year.
This year should be no different.
Jacob Drena is the new starting quarterback for the Blue Knights and follows in the footsteps of some impressive quarterbacks — Stephen Barmore, Jasen Rose and Will Barmore — before him.
Drena will have a ton of weapons at his disposal this season.
Senior running back Tanner LaRosa is back after leading the team with nine rushing touchdowns last season. LaRosa saw the majority of the carries last season while Ryan Montalvo worked his way back from injury.
With the top two receivers — Tim O’Shea and Jim Ringrose — from last season gone, Will Downes (24 catches), Jamie Lamson (20 catches) and Jacob Flynn (12 catches) are expected to slide in and contribute to the high-flying Blue Knights’ offense.
“Offensively, we have several versatile and skilled players,” coach Mike Drury said. “Our wide receivers and running back corp has depth and talent.”
Pair the skill players with four offensive lineman who bring back experience and the Blue Knights offense should resemble the one that scored 36.4 points per-game last year.
While everyone who talks about Southington football always talks about how great its offense is, the defense typically gets forgotten.
Last season was no different as the Blue Knight’s defense was really good, allowing just 133 points all season.
It helped having three excellent linebackers in Ian Hall, Joe Koczera and Ryan Montalvo along with defensive back Sam Thomson. But they’ve all graduated.
“We graduated three All-State caliber linebackers last year,” Drury said. “We have a good group of guys who will look to fill those shoes.”
Defensive end John Miller is one of the three returning starters. Miller had 40 tackles and 13.5 for a loss last season.
“We have some inexperience on defense,” Drury said. “But we are very impressed by their progress during spring football, 7-on-7 leagues and our team camp.”
Southington also has the benefit of having an excellent kicker in Evan Johanns. The senior kicker, who kicked three, clutch field goals in the Cheshire game, is now just five field goals away from setting the school record.
The Blue Knights’ schedule once again plays into their favor. You can bet the games vs. East Hartford on Oct. 26 and South Windsor on Nov. 9 will be circled. Both teams beat Southington last year on their way to the state playoffs.
- Sept. 7 — GLASTONBURY*, 7 p.m.
- Sept. 14 — at Simsbury**, 7 p.m.
- Sept. 21 — at Manchester*, 6 p.m.
- Sept. 28 — HALL**, 7 p.m.
- Oct. 5 — at New Britain**, 6:30 p.m.
- Oct. 19 — CONARD**, 7 p.m.
- Oct. 26 — at E.Hartford*, 6:30 p.m.
- Nov. 2 — at Enfield,* 7 p.m.
- Nov. 9 — SOUTH WINDSOR*, 7 p.m.
- Nov. 22 — CHESHIRE, 10 a.m.
Home games in CAPS