Above: Highlight reel for Killingly’s Kyle Derosier, a 6-1 QB who returns to lead the Redmen offense after a starting as a freshman.
- Coach: Chad Neal (11th year)
- Conference: ECC Medium
- Playoff Class: M (420 boys enrollment)
- Home: Killingly Sports Complex
- 2013 Record: 4-7 (3-6 ECC, 2-3 ECC Medium)
- 2014 Kickoff: Sept. 12 at Tolland, 6:30 p.m.
- Captains: Austin Caffrey, Michael Elsey
- Team websites: MaxPreps page
- Michael Elsey, Sr. RB/CB (5-7, 165)
- Chace Wood, Jr. WR/S (5-8, 160)
- Devon Moulton, Jr. WR/CB (5-9, 170)
- Kyle Derosier, Soph. QB (6-1, 155)
- Austin Caffrey, Jr. FB/LB (5-7, 180)
- Zach Gloria, Jr. G/LB (5-9, 215)
- Matt Cavallo, Jr. G/DT (5-9, 220)
- Justin Lasher, Jr. C/LB (5-10, 195)
- Connor Lemley, Jr. T/DT (5-11, 205)
Tyler Stucke, RB; Nick Hewitt, WR; Travis Zurowski, WR; Mitch Conroy, T; Troy Chappell, LB; Noah Gebo, G
Killingly started 2013 with two victories, then standout back Tyler Stucke injured his ankle before a critical game vs. Ledyard. He missed the majority of the next few weeks and the Redmen struggled to score. By the time he returned, Killingly was about to face the roughest part of its schedule. Once looking good at 3-2, the Redmen lost five of its last six games, including four straight to end the year.
The good news for Killingly in 2014 is that three-fifths of the offensive line returns: Connor Lemley, Matt Cavallo and Justin Lasher. And they’re all juniors. The Redmen also return veteran quarterback Kyle Derosier, a 6-foot-1 sophomore who threw for 690 yards and 6 touchdowns in nine games as a freshman.
The bad news is the Redmen are still exceptionally young, they’ll have to find someone to replace Stucke’s 1,052 yards of rushing offense and they’ll have to find new receivers. Judging by Killingly’s success at the Northeast passing league over the summer, it seems on the right track. As for the run game, coach Chad Neal is looking to senior Michael Elsey, who ran for 570 yards and 5 touchdowns as a backup, to fill the RB role full-time.
Defense, led by LB Austin Caffrey (120 tackles) and Zach Gloria (63), returns five starters. It played well in spots a year ago, but was roughed up by some of the ECC’s bigger, better teams.
Killingly’s schedule is slightly more favorable than it was a season ago. The Redmen dropped Norwich Free Academy (a 56-12 loss), Windham (L, 54-22) and Woodstock Academy (W, 40-0) in favor of Plainfield, Fitch and Griswold. Killingly still has to contend with ECC Medium favorite Ledyard, Stonington and New London.
While that seems to be tall order for this young group, Killingly won’t face any of those teams until the season’s second half. If Killingly can play above expectations early, it might have a shot at a winning season.
Sept. 12 — at Tolland, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 19 — Plainfield, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 26 — Fitch, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 3 — at Waterford*, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 11 — at Bacon Academy*, 2:30
Oct. 17 — Stonington*, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 24 — Ledyard*, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 31 — at Montville*, 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 7 — at Griswold, 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 14 — at New London, 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 27 — at Quinebaug Valley, 10:30 a.m.
* Division games