- Coach: Rich Albonizio (18th year, 150-35)
- Conference: FCIAC West
- Playoff Class: LL (1,328 boys enrollment)
- Home: Steve Young Stadium
- 2013 Record: 8-3 (7-3 FCIAC, 4-1 West)
- 2014 Kickoff: Sept. 12 at West Haven, 7 p.m.
- Captains: Austin Longi, Jack Weigold, Matt Marzulla, Justin Montier
- Team website: GreenwichFootball.com | MaxPreps page
- Austin Longi, Sr. RB/WR/FS (5-9, 150)
- Jack Weigold, Sr. LB (6-1, 210)
- Griffin Tiedy, Sr. SS (6-1, 200)
- Matt Marzulla, Sr. QB (6-1, 185)
- Scooter Harrington, Jr. TE/DE (6-5, 245)
- Ryan Pasquali, Sr. RB/CB (5-10, 160)
- Kevin Woodring, Jr. T (6-2, 245)
- Justin Montier, Sr. G (5-11, 205)
- Ian Bannon, Jr. OL (6-1, 250)
Jose Melo, WR/FS; Jack Wynne, DL; Jack Harrington, DE/TE; Kendrick Pozo, LB; Justin Gaccione, OT
Greenwich had a weird 2013 season. The Cardinals pulled the West Haven game out of their rear ends, but promptly got steamrolled in their first two FCIAC games of last season: to Darien (42-21) and New Canaan (66-20). That was just about that for the Cardinals… and there was a whole season left to play.
Greenwich used the time well. It made a change at quarterback, throwing Matt Marzulla into the role during the disastrous first-half vs. New Canaan. He led the Cardinals to a 7-1 record the rest of the way. The defense shook off its woes toward the end of the season. And, perhaps, most important, Austin Longi became an unstoppable force at tailback.
Six starters return on both sides of the ball for Greenwich in 2014, but it’s practically the same starring cast: Marzulla, Longi, end Scooter Harrington, linebacker Jack Weigold, back Ryan Pasquali, safety Griffin Teidy and three offensive linemen. The rest is just details. The Cardinals took their lumps a year ago, now they want to contend for a few titles.
It’s been awhile since Greenwich commanded fear on the state stage. The Cardinals reached the state playoffs in 2012, but weren’t nearly at Darien or New Canaan’s caliber.
This club could be. “I hope so,” Greenwich coach Rich Albonizio said. “I think we have a good, core group coming back.”
It starts with Longi, the blazing fast and elusive senior who bolted into a Fordham scholarship last season. Longi started with 238 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns in the season’s first five games. He wrapped up the final six with 1,357 yards and 21 touchdowns. “He’s the most unique player I’ve ever coached,” said Albonizio, whose career is in its fifth decade.
Greenwich will run Longi behind an offensive line anchored by tackle Kevin Woodring, guard Justin Montier and junior Ian Bannon. Albonizio likes his depth in that department, too. “We have a young group who, as the season progresses, should give us some help,” he said.
At quarterback, Marzulla takes the controls again after throwing for 754 yards and 5 TDs in eight games. “He’s very good,” Albonizio said. “The thing about him, besides his leadership, is that he can run and throw. That’s a big plus.”
Marzulla will have the benefit of a fine receiving corps led by Harrington at end. A 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, the junior is a Division I prospect who already has offers from Virginia, UConn, Boston College and Yale. “He had great size and he catches the ball real well.,” Albonizio said. “He runs great patterns and just gets better and better.”
The Cardinals, however, will be without WR Devin McGrath indefinitely. The senior has been out with viral infection, Albonizio said.
Defensively, Albonizio hopes linebacker Jack Wiegold (71 tackles), safeties Griffin Tiedy (2 INT) and Longi (4 INT) will help the Cardinals cut down on the 267 points allowed last year. Harrington, who played linebacker a year ago, moves up to end to shore up a young defensive line. “He kind of grew out of the position,” Albonizio said.
Albonizio is well aware that Greenwich’s 2014 season will all come down to its first three games. The Cardinals start with West Haven in the SCC/FCIAC Challenge, then play FCIAC favorites Darien and New Canaan back-to-back. “We just want to beat West Haven now,” he said. “But those are three huge games in a row. If can win those three games, we could have a special year.”
- Sept. 12 — at West Haven, 7 p.m.
- Sept. 19 — Darien, 7 p.m.*
- Sept. 27 — at New Canaan, 1:30 p.m.*
- Oct. 2 — Trinity Cath., 7 p.m.*
- Oct. 10 — at Norwalk, 7 p.m.*
- Oct. 18 — Trumbull, 2 p.m.**
- Oct. 24 — at Fairfield Warde, 7 p.m.*
- Nov. 1 — Bridgeport Central, 1:30 p.m.**
- Nov. 8 — at Westhill, 2 p.m.**
- Nov. 14 — Danbury, 7 p.m.**
- Nov. 27 — Staples, 10 a.m.**