- COACH — DAVE MASON (3rd year, 7-13)
- CONFERENCE — ECC Division II
- PLAYOFF CLASS — M (410 boys enrollment)
- HOME — Bacon Academy High School Field, Colchester
- 2017 RECORD — 5-5
- 2018 OPENER — Sept. 8 vs. Griswold, 2 p.m.
- TEAM WEBSITE — Maxpreps | TWITTER — @FootballBobcats
- BEN GROTTOLE, Sr., OL/DT, (5-11, 235)
- JON-MIKE MURRAY, Sr., RB/DB, (5-10, 175)
- SCOTT FRIES, Sr., C/LB, (5-11, 205)
- YIANNI KOUTSOFAVAS, Sr., OL/LB, (6-0, 215)
- NOAH VIOLETTE, Jr., WR/DE, (5-10, 175)
- TERRANCE GIGNAC, Soph., WR/CB, (5-8, 155)
- SEAN BALDYGA, Jr., RB/FS, (5-8, 165)
- ETHAN PUETZER, Jr., OL, (6-3, 260)
RB Quama Piper, OL Ryan Guire, LB George Tsakiris, DB Cole Brackett, WR/DB Ashton Destin
Bacon Academy isn’t too far removed from its glorious ECC Division I championship team in 2015. And, after a rough, 2-8 first season under coach Dave Mason, the Bobcats followed up with a 5-5 mark in 2017.
Bacon returns 15 starters from last year’s squad, giving the Bobcats a solid foundation as they continue to move back up the ECC hierarchy.
Like the past two seasons under Mason, Bacon will be driven by a three-headed running attack. Senior Jon-Mike Murray and juniors Sean Baldyga, Jake Cavallo all saw time last season in the backfield for the Bobcats. They’ll be called on to replace graduated starter Quama Piper, who led Bacon with 808 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior.
The top returning rusher is Murray, who ran for 340 yards and four touchdowns last year. Murray also saw some time at quarterback last season and should do so again, Mason said.
Regardless of who gets the ball ball, they will have the pleasure of running behind an veteran offensive line. Four starters return there, including seniors Yianni Koutsofavas, tackle, Scott Fries, center, Ben Grottole, guard and junior Ethan Puezter, tackle.
Sophomore wide receiver Terrance Gignac enters the fold this season, transferring from New London, and he will join Noah Violette as the wideouts for the Bobcats.
A lot of the starters on offense will see double duty on defense.
Violette starts on the defensive line while Murray and Baldyga are at safety. Giganc will start at cornerback along side Justin Kelsey. The linebacker group is still coming around for the Bobcats.
“(The) linebackers are young but there is a lot of competition for these spots,” Mason said. “We have seen some great playmakers already.”
Killingly, NFA and Fitch are considered to be the top teams in the ECC this season. Bacon Academy gets to play them in its third, fourth and sixth games of the season.
“We have a very competitive conference every year,” Mason said. “Killingly, Fitch and NFA have always been great teams to match up against — but we are excited to play those teams.
“If we want to be the best we have to play the best opponents. If we are able to keep everyone healthy and compete the way I know we can, I think we can be battling for a playoff spot in November.”
- Sept. 8 — GRISWOLD*, 2 p.m.
- Sept. 14 — at Plainfield*, 6:30 p.m.
- Sept. 21 — at NFA*, 6:30 p.m.
- Sept. 28 — at Killingly*, 6:30 p.m.
- Oct. 13 — WATERFORD**, noon
- Oct. 19 — at Fitch*, 6:30 p.m.
- Oct. 27 — WINDHAM*, 2 p.m.
- Nov. 3 — STONINGTON**, 2 p.m.
- Nov. 10 — LEDYARD*, noon
- Nov. 21 — at RHAM*, 6 p.m.
Home games in CAPS