Above: Highlight reel for Kentrell “Ju Ju” Snider, who led McMahon with nearly 1,000 all-purpose yards a year ago. He’s one of just several returning starters hoping to continue the Senators’ winning ways.
- Coach: A.J. Albano (5th year, 23-17)
- Conference: FCIAC Central
- Playoff Class: LL (818 boys enrollment)
- Home: Jack Casagrande Field, Norwalk
- 2013 Record: 8-2 (7-2 FCIAC)
- 2014 Kickoff: Sept. 11 at Wilbur Cross, 4 p.m.
- Captains: Timmy Hinton, Kentrell Snider, David Daniel, Ryan Restivo
- Team websites: McMahonfootball.com | MaxPreps page
- Timmy Hinton, Sr. RB/LB (6-0, 190)
- Kentrell “JuJu” Snider, Sr. RB/DB/KR (5-7, 150)
- David Daniel, Sr. TE/DE (6-0, 195)
- Ryan Restivo, Sr. OL/LB (5-8, 185)
- Drew Pace, Sr. OLB (5-6, 150)
Tre Forney, RB/CB; Kenny Keen, FB/LB; Matt Downey, QB; Matt Hargrove, DT; Brian Gayle, SS;
McMahon football came out of nowhere in 2013. Despite losing top tailback Tre Forney early in the season, the Senators rallied together to post their best record in 10 years and came within an inch of qualifying for its first state playoff berth since winning it all in 1994. A blowout loss to Ridgefield and shootout loss to eventual Class M champ St. Joseph kept the Senators from the postseason.
No one was prouder than A.J. Albano, an McMahon alum and fourth-year head football coach who had come over from Darien just four years prior.
“We worked real hard to get this program back to the level it was playing back when it was winning championships,” said Albano, who played and learned under former McMahon coach Rob Trifone at Darien. “We came percentage points from getting in that Class LL tournament. My charge to the kids now is they have to keep this thing going.”
McMahon returns a core group of seniors that starred in last year’s run, especially both tailbacks who spelled Forney for the remainder of the year. Timmy Hinton is back after running for 810 yards and 12 touchdowns. Speedster Kentrell Snider, affectionately known as “Ju Ju,” is also back after rushing for 431 yards, among his 907 all-purpose yards, and 11 touchdowns. They’ll be the focal points of McMahon’s Wing-T offense, which has become a rare sight in the pass-happy FCIAC. “We run the ball and we play good defense,” Albano said. “That’s what we do.”
After that, however, McMahon graduated just about everybody else, including the entire offensive line and virtually the entire defense, including standout linebacker Kenny Keen, tackle Matt Hargrove and safety Brian Gayle. But Albano is encouraged. The Senators have a roster of over 50 players ready to take up the cause.
Senior and captain OL/LB Ryan Restivo will be a guide the newcomers on both offense and defense. He was fourth on the team with 83 tackles a year ago and will join Hinton (linebacker, 78 tackles) and Snider (defensive back, 61) on the defense.
It’ll be an extremely young team. But, fortunately for McMahon, the schedule is filled with similar rebuilding teams. Just like last season, they won’t play an FCIAC heavyweight until Ridgefield or St. Joseph in November.
“They’re a great group of kids and they’ve been working hard,” Albano said. “There’s a sense around here that we have unfinished business.”
Sept. 11 — at Wilbur Cross, 4 p.m.
Sept. 19 — Bridgeport Central, 7 p.m.
Sept. 27 — Danbury, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 3 — at Westhill, 2:30 p.m.
Oct. 10 — Harding, 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 17 — at Stamford, 6:00 p.m.
Oct. 31 — Fairfield Ludlowe, 7 p.m.
Nov. 7 — Ridgefield, 7 p.m.
Nov. 15 — at St. Joseph, 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 27 — at Norwalk, 10:30 a.m.