- COACH — A.J. MASSENGALE (15th year)
- CONFERENCE — ECC Division II
- PLAYOFF CLASS — S (373 boys enrollment)
- HOME — Donald Palmer Field, Stonington
- 2017 RECORD — 3-7
- 2018 OPENER — Sept. 7 at Montville, 6:30 p.m.
- TEAM WEBSITE — Maxpreps
- NATE MILLER, Sr., LB/FB, (5-10)
- RILEY BURNSIDE, Sr., RB/DB, (5-10, 170)
- LUCAS FALCONE, Sr., LB/OL, (6-2, 190)
- MARCO TEDESCHI, Jr., QB, (5-10, 165)
- JOSH CURTIN, Jr., RB/WR/DB
- JON CURTAIN, Sr., RB/WR/DB
- BEN COOK, Sr., OL, (6-4, 240)
- EVAN CHAMPANGE, Sr., LB
C Jon Humphrey, OL Josh Georgetti, OL Jack Corely, DE Travis Pacheco, Jared Rudzinski, Hayden Parrilla, Kevin Ferrer
Coming off of a 3-7 record last season, there is some hope for Stonington as it heads into 2018: The Bears have 10 starters returning, including a majority of their skill players.
Riley Burnside, Stonington’s starting running back since his sophomore season, and Nate Miller at fullback, bring back experience in the running game. Junior Marco Tedeschi returns as the Bears’ quarterback.
Josh Curtain and Jon Curtain will also seem time in the backfield as well as at receiver. Seniors Lucas Falcone and Ben Cook are the two returning offensive lineman and will lead a group of Bear cubs.
“We have some pretty good skill position players,” Stonington coach A.J. Massengale said. “The big question for us is the ability to bring along our line and get them going.
“We’re bring some sophomores along, to get them ready,” he added. “It’s been a challenge, but they’re working. They’re getting better.”
Burnside also will lead Stonington from the defensive secondary, which should be one of Stonington’s strengths with the Curtains also returning.
“(He) plays multiple positions on both sides of the ball,” Massengale said of Burnside. “It’s very important for us. It gives us some depth because he play multiple positions.”
Evan Champange and Falcone will shore up the linebacking group.
Massengale said the program has grown in recent years and, even though many of the it will pay off as the season goes along.
“We’re super young,” he said. “We have a lot of kids playing ball in our program. A lot of freshman and sophomores, which is great.
“I feel like if we come along and really bring our young guys along, as they gain experience, we should put ourselves in good position,” Massengale added.
The veteran coach said Killingly and East Lyme are the teams to watch for in the ECC this season. The Bears meet Killingly, the defending Class M champion, on Oct. 12.
“Killingly has taken it to another level,” he said. “They’re the one that everyone has as the benchmark.”
Sept. 7 — at Montville**, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 14 — BRANFORD, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 — at Ledyard*, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 28 — at Plainfield*, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 12 — KILLINGLY*, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 19 — WINDHAM*, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 26 — WATERFORD**, 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 3 — at Bacon Acad.**, 2 p.m.
Nov. 9 — NEW LONDON*, 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 22 — at Westerly (RI), 10 a.m.
Home games in CAPS