- COACH — GREGG WILCOX (5th year, 23-17)
- CONFERENCE — ECC Division III
- PLAYOFF CLASS — S (275 boys enrollment)
- HOME — Griswold HS Field, Jewett City
- 2017 RECORD — 7-3
- 2018 OPENER — Sept. 8 at Bacon Academy, 2 p.m.
- TEAM WEBSITE —Maxpreps
- ANDREW KOZIOL, Jr., QB/DB/P (6-0, 175)
- STEPHEN SIMS, Sr., C/DL, (5-10, 182)
- MICHAEL SIMS, Jr., TE/LB, (5-9, 155)
- LOGAN CHAPPELL, Jr., WR/DB, (6-0, 160)
- CORY CARR, Sr., OL/DL, (6-0, 220)
- PAT STRAIN, Sr., OLB/WR, (6-0, 175)
- JOHN FALCO, Sr., OL/DL, (5-10, 195)
- DAVONTE FONTAINE, Jr., RB/OLB, (5-10, 170)
- CJ MATTSON, Jr., WR/CB, (5-8, 155)
WR Davaughn Luty, WR Zach Tetreault, DE/OL Dane Taylor, RB/LB Bryce Mileski
There is good news and bad news for Griswold this season.
The good news is that the Wolverines are bringing back all but four starters, including all five of their starting offensive lineman and their starting quarterback.
Seniors Stephen Sims, Corey Carr, John Falco, Jayden Ellis and Shamari Richards return on the line for the Wolverines.
“The line was relatively new last season. They were all juniors and they came together well,” coach Gregg Wilcox said. “We expect big things from them.”
The bad news is that their out-of-conference schedule is brutal. Griswold travels to a Class M favorite — Sheehan — in late October and then they play host to Class LL team and the FCIACs Trumbull.
“We have a real tough schedule,” Wilcox said. “Trumbull a LL school and Sheehan always has a good team.
“We have our work cut out for us.”
The Wolverines should still be excited though. Coming off a seven-win 2017 campaign and with all but four starters back the Wolverines have a chance to return to the postseason for the first time 2006.
“I’d hate to be premature on that,” Wilcox said when asked his opinion on the subject. “We have some untested skill areas.”
Both top receivers Davaughn Luty and Zach Tetreault have graduated as well as starting running back Bryce Mileski.
“Bryce was huge for us last year. Luty was huge was for us too,” Wilcox said. “We’re pretty young at skill positions.”
Senior Pat Strain and junior Logan Chappell will be called upon to fill the voids at wide receiver while junior Davonte Fonatain will slide into the starting spot at running back.
Leading the offense for the second straight season is Andrew Koziol.
“He’a quarterback,” Wilcox said. “In the past we have had athletes who played quarterback. But he is a quarterback. He thinks like a quarterback. I think he gets better every day.”
On the other side of the ball most of the offensive starters are back on the field.
Koziol is in the secondary along with Chappell and CJ Maxon. Stephen Sims, Carr and Falco will man the line while Michael Sims, Strain and Fontain are the linebackers.
Sept. 8 — at Bacon Academy*, 2 p.m.
Sept. 14 — KILLINGLY**, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 — MONTVILLE*, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 28 — WATERFORD*, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 12 — at Windham**, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 20 — at CREC, 11 a.m.
Oct. 26 — at Sheehan, 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 2 — AMISTAD, 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 9 — TRUMBULL, 7 p.m.
Nov. 22 — at Plainfield**, 10 a.m.
Home games in CAPS
* Conference game
** Division game