- COACH — SCOTT CADY (1st year)
- CONFERENCE — CCC Division III East
- PLAYOFF CLASS — M (393 boys enrollment)
- HOME — Tolland High School Field
- 2017 RECORD — 4-6
- 2018 OPENER — Sept. 7 vs. RHAM, 7 p.m.
- TEAM WEBSITE — Maxpreps | FACEBOOK — @tollandeaglesfootball
- DILLON D’AMATO, Sr., OL/DL (6-3 255)
- RYAN CASSIDY, Sr., OL/DL (6-2 220)
- JON GLICK, Sr., RB/DB (6-1 175)
- NOAH BLACKBURN, Sr., DB (5-9 160)
- COLLIN COOK, Sr., RB/LB (5-11 190)
- RYAN CARLSON, Jr., QB/LB (5-9 185)
- ALI DIABY, Jr., WR/DB (5-11 170)
- TOBY MOSHER, Jr., OL/DL, (6-1 320)
- AIDAN D’AMATO, Jr., RB/LB (6-1 195)
- JAMES DEFFELY, Jr., OL/LB (6-0 190)
- BRADY GORDON, Jr., WR/DB (6-0 160)
G/DL Dan Servadio, WR/DB Jonny Lindquist, WR/DB Cole Suchecki, G/DE Jack Doherty, T/DL Cain Van Scoy
The 2017 Tolland football team was marching toward its first winning season in six years, facing the final stretch of its season with a 4-2 record.
But the season unraveled, starting with an Oct. 21 loss to playoff-bound Berlin. That was the first of four defeats to end the season, with a 51-0 loss to E.O. Smith the finale.
As the Eagles return this fall, there’s a new — well, sort of new — coach on the sideline. Scott Cady takes over for Alex Backus, who resigned after two season at the helm.
But Cady knows the terrain. He was an assistant on Backus’ staff and he takes over a roster with a returning core.
The Eagles returns five starters on offense and five on defense. While the offensive line is inexperienced, there’s optimism as three year starters Collin Cook and Jon Glick return in the backfield. Cook rushed for 224 yards, Glick for 187.
At quarterback, junior Ryan Carlson threw for 430 yards and was the team’s leading rusher with 456 yards. Junior Brady Gordon, listed as a receiver this season, also took snaps at quarterback.
Carlson, a linebacker, also led Tolland with 80 tackles. Senor defensive back Noah Blackburn had 58 tackles and an interception, while Cook and Glick also contributed on defense.
Eleven years ago, Tolland was 9-3 and lost to Seymour in the Class SS title game. Under coach Patrick Cox, the Eagles were 8-3 in 2008. From 2005 to 2008, Tolland was 30-14.
But there’s been just one winning season over the past nine seasons (6-4 in 2011). And Cady is the fourth head coach over that stretch.
Cady, though, is optimistic. He sees Berlin, Bloomfield and Rocky Hill as the class of the league, but he’s not discounting his own team.
“Tolland returns a number of experienced players are expected to contend for the CCC East title,” he said.
- Sept. 7 — RHAM,** 7 p.m.
- Sept. 15 — AVON,** 6 p.m.
- Sept. 21 — at Bloomfield,* 7 p.m.
- Sept. 28 — at Rocky Hill,* 7 p.m.
- Oct. 6 — at Northwest Catholic,* 10 a.m.
- Oct. 19 — at East Catholic,* 6:30 p.m.
- Oct. 26 — BERLIN,** 6 p.m.
- Nov. 2 — at Plainville,* 6:30 p.m.
- Nov. 9 — BULKELEY/HMTCA/WEAVER,** 7 p.m.
- Nov. 20 — E.O. SMITH,* 7 p.m.
Home games in CAPS