- Coach: Vincent Camera (2nd year, 6-5)
- Conference: FCIAC (FCIAC Central)
- Playoff Class: LL (710 boys enrollment)
- Home: Taft Field, Ludlowe High
- 2013 Record: 6-5 (4-5 FCIAC)
- 2014 Kickoff: Sept. 12 vs. Lyman Hall, 7 p.m.
- Captains: George Harris, Cole Gottblieb, Tanner Hibberd, Alex Zeko
- Team website: MaxPreps page
- Pat O’Leary, Sr., WR (6-0, 155)
- Greg Buturla, Sr., WR (5-10, 155)
- Daleek Chambers, Sr., RB (5-7, 155)
- Jack Dailey, Sr., WR (6-1, 160)
- Spencer Foley, Jr. ILB (5-10, 185)
- Tanner Hibberd, Sr., LG/MLB (6-1, 205)
- George Harris, Sr., RT/DE (6-4, 215)
- Cole Gottblieb, Sr., OLB (6-0/185)
- Alex Zeko, Sr., OL (6-2, 205)
- Christian Ghiorzi, Sr., WR/RB (6-2, 230)
Matt White, QB; Stephan Zadravec, WR; Warren Davis, RB; Jake Garrell, DL, Jimmy Gasper
It was a strong beginning to the Vince Camera era for Fairfield Ludlowe last fall. In his first year at the helm, the Falcons went 6-5, their first winning record since 2009. This year, Camera and the Falcons will be faced with the challenge of continuing the winning culture on Unquowa Road.
“So far, so good,” Camera said. “We’re low in numbers but it’s quality over quantity right now. We set a standard all summer, we set it in the preseason and the guys are rising to the challenge. So we may not be that deep right now but right now we’re starting to make strides.”
The biggest challenge for the Falcons entering the season is who will replace three-year starting and dual threat quarterback Matt White, who threw for more than 1,000 yards and rushed for over 1,000. As of last Thursday, Camera said they had not named a starting QB. Four individuals were still fighting it out.
Camera acknowledged the fact his team isn’t going to be a one-man committee this fall as it was previously with White. And that’s OK.
“Football isn’t a one-person sport, you need to be like a well-oiled machine and really work together to succeed,” senior and co-captain George Harris said.
Camera said the one main goal for his players this past offseason was to bulk up.
“We made it a point of emphasis to get bigger and stronger and some guys really responded well to that challenge,” he said.
Despite the loss of White and some other key skill players, the Falcons do bring back many familiar faces. Three of the five offensive linemen return as well as a crop of wide receivers. Camera mentioned a handful of offensive players who have stepped up and matured, including senior back back Daleek Chambers, who could become a key part of the offense for the Falcons.
They key for Ludlowe this fall will be its veteran defensive unit.
“We bring the heart of the defense back,” Camera said. “We’re really buying into a scheme, we’re really buying into team defense, a point of emphasis was better communication and we’re doing a much better job at that.”
Cole Gottblieb returns at outside linebacker, inside linebacker is Spencer Foley, up front return the Falcons return Harris, Billy Stapleton and captain Tanner Hibberd.
“I think we’re installing a defense and getting all the technique down now,” Hibberd said. “We are low on personnel but we work with what we go and what it comes down to is it’s 11 on 11 on the field.”
- Sept. 12 – Lyman Hall, 7 p.m.
- Sept. 19 – Ridgefield, 7 p.m.**
- Sept. 26 – at Bridgeport Central, 7 p.m.*
- Oct. 2 – at Harding, 3:30 p.m.**
- Oct. 10 – Staples, 7 p.m.*
- Oct. 18 – Norwalk, 2:30 p.m.**
- Oct. 24 – Westhill, 7 p.m.*
- Oct. 31 – at McMahon, 7 p.m.**
- Nov. 7 – at East Haven, 7 p.m.
- Nov. 14 – at Stamford, 6 p.m.**
- Nov. 27 – at Fairfield Warde, 10 a.m.*