- COACH — L.J. SPINNATO (5th year, 38-0)
- CONFERENCE — Central New England
- PLAYOFF CLASS — NEPSAC A
- HOME — J.J. Maher Field, Wallingford
- 2017 RECORD — 9-0 (6-0)
- 2018 OPENER — Sept. 15 vs. St. Thomas More, 2 p.m.
- TEAM WEBSITE
- JAMES MCCARTHY, Sr. OT (6-4, 290) (Dartmouth commit)
- CLAY ZACHERY, Sr. DB (6-0, 205)
- DARYAN MCDONALD, Sr. DB (6-0, 215) (Army commit)
- HUNTER BURNS, Sr. DB (6-0, 195)
- NORTH PETERS, Sr. DL (6-4, 260) (Harvard commit)
- RASHAUD CONWAY, Sr. RB (5-11, 210)
- MICHAEL MONIOS, Sr. WR (5-10, 185)
- WILL POWERS, K/P Sr. (6-2, 190) (Princeton commit)
- SPENCER WITTER, Sr. TE (6-5, 230)
Joe Young QB (Harvard), Jeremy Lucien WR/CB (UConn), John Tessitore K/P (Boston College), Shane Sweitzer LB/RB (UPenn), Peter Fitzgerald OL (Fordham)
Five years ago, Choate Rosemary Hall began a historic run under, at the time, new head coach L.J. Spinnato. Under his leadership, the team has been perfect, with a 38-0 record and four consecutive NEPSAC championships.
This season, the Wild Boars will look to continue their run of perfection despite losing 14 collegiate-level starters to graduation, highlighted by the loss of starting quarterback Joe Young, who is now at Harvard.
Young had a monster season while Choate outscored its opponents 407-68. He leaves a large gap that must be filled this year. Senior Maley will be charged to replace him. Last season as a backup, Maley completed 17 out of 20 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns, showing a high level of success in his small body of work.
On offense, the team is returning a handful of seniors including running back Rashaud Conway (Manchester), wide receiver Michael Monios (Canada), tight end Spencer Witter (West Hartford) and offensive tackle James McCarthy (West Haven), the youngest son of former West Haven coach, Ed McCarthy.
Conway had 106 carries for 620 yards and 11 touchdowns and was named the second team All-CNE running back in 2017.
Monios caught 25 passes for 350 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 14 yards per reception.
At tight end, Spencer Witter caught 12 passes for 220 yards and three touchdowns and will be a key part to Choate’s offense, as well.
Choate’s defense allowed under eight points per game last year while shutting out opponents five times in nine games.
This season, team returns four major pieces of that impenetrable defense with senior defensive back Hunter Burns (Orange), senior linebacker Clay Zachery (Fairfield), senior defensive end Noah Peters (Mystic), and senior defensive back Daryan McDonald (Leominster, Mass.).
Kicker and punter Will Powers also returns for his senior season. He has been selected to play in the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, on January 5. According to Spinnato, Powers is considered one of the top punters in the United States.
Choate will be challenged to keep its undefeated record in tact. “Our league will be competitive this year.” Said Spinnato, “Deerfield academy and Suffield Academy seem primed for huge seasons. Our out of league opponent, St. Thomas More is likely the most talented team ever assembled in Connecticut recently. We are excited about the opportunity to try and compete with a team of that caliber.”
Choate opens up its season against St. Thomas More in what should be one of the biggest matchups of the year.
- Sept. 15 – ST. THOMAS MORE, 2:00 p.m.
- Sept. 22 – at Lawrenceville School, 2:00 p.m.
- Sept. 29 – at Phillips Exeter Academy*, 4:30 p.m.
- Oct. 6 – PHILLIPS ANDOVER ACADEMY*, 6:45 p.m.
- Oct. 13 – RICC (ROYAL IMPERIAL COLLEGIATE OF CANADA), 12:00 p.m.
- Oct. 20 – at Worcester Academy*, 3:30 p.m.
- Oct. 27 – SUFFIELD ACADEMY*, 3:00 p.m.
- Nov. 3 – at Loomis Chaffee School*, 6:00 p.m.
- Nov. 10 – DEERFIELD ACADEMY*, 1:15 p.m.
Home games in CAPS.