- Coach: Gregg Wilcox (1st year)
- Conference: ECC Small
- Playoff Class: S (308 boys enrollment)
- Home: Griswold HS Field, Jewett City
- 2013 Record: 6-4 (5-0 ECC Small champions)
- 2014 Kickoff: Game
- Captains: if applicable
- Team website: MaxPreps page
- Zachary Hankins, Sr. WR/LB
- David Jackson, Sr. RB/S
- Dakota Pedro, Sr. WR/LB
- Chaz Strickland, Jr. OL/DL
- Calvin Knowles, Jr. OL
- Cole Mileski, Jr. QB
- Jordan Baker, Jr. WR/CB
- Javon Dyer, Jr. WR/CB
- Brandon Yeaton, Jr. WR/CB
- Gabe Barthelemy, Sr. OL/DL
- Dakota Light, Sr. OL/DL
Adam Davis, QB; Harrison Bernard, LB; James Walsh, OL/DL; Cole Pelletier, OL/DL; Jake DeRosa, OL/DL; Sam Finley OL, Paxton Ings, RB/DE; Zach Labbe, RB/DE
There’ll be some slight changes at Griswold this season. In May, nine-year head coach and athletic director Glenn Labossier stepped aside after taking an assistant principal job at Griswold Middle School. Gregg Wilcox, LaBossier’s half brother and 10-year assistant coach, is the new man in charge, but the rest of the staff and philosophy that helped the Wolverines win 55 games and a 2006 state playoff berth with LaBossier remains intact.
Griswold graduated a strong core that led the team to a 6-4 record and 5-0 ECC Small title a year ago. Only a handful starting seniors — mostly skill players — return to defend the title and attempt to tackle some of the ECC’s best programs: receiver/linebackers Zach Hankins and Dakota Pedro, David Jackson at back and safety and two-way lineman Gabe Barthelemy.
The Wolverines, Wilcox said, are rebuilding on the offensive and defensive lines. It should be slow going to start, but he expects progress. The Wolverines are also breaking in a new quarterback, junior Cole Mileski.
They’ll have a sharp learning curve to start the season with back-to-back game vs. ECC and state playoff contenders New London and Ledyard. The Wolverines also face Norwich Free Academy in Week 3.
Despite that, losing seasons have been rare at Griswold for the past decade. Their last was LaBossier’s first season in 2005. The rest of the schedule is favorable and Wolverines should a shot to make it nine-straight winning seasons if everything goes well. “Hopefully (the early tests) will pay benefits for the rest of the season,” Wilcox said.
Sept. 12 — at New London, 6:30 p.m.*
Sept. 19 — Ledyard, 6:30 p.m.*
Oct. 3 — at St. Bernard/Norwich Tech, 6:30 p.m.**
Oct. 10 — Norwich Free Academy, 6:30 p.m.*
Oct. 17 — Windham, 6:30 p.m.**
Oct. 25 — at Woodstock Academy, 1:30 p.m.**
Oct. 31 — Waterford, 6:30 p.m.*
Nov. 7 — Killingly, 6:30 p.m.*
Nov. 15 — at Bacon Academy, noon p.m.*
Nov. 27 — at Plainfield, 10 a.m.**