- COACH — DERRICK LEWIS (1st year)
- CONFERENCE — FCIAC East
- PLAYOFF CLASS — Class LL (819 boys enrolled)
- HOME — Kennedy Stadium
- 2017 RECORD — 2-8
- 2018 OPENER — Sept. 7 vs. Staples, 7 p.m.
- TEAM WEBSITE — Maxpreps | TWITTER: @CHSFBPRIDE
- RICKY REID, Sr., OL/DL, (6-2, 277)
- SAM MONTANEZ, Sr., WR/DB, (6-0, 203)
- TAHJ JENNINGS, Sr., WR/DB, (5-7, 167)
- JEAN DESIR, Jr., RB/DB, (5-8, 155)
- ALFRED FLEMMING, Jr., QB/DB, (5-10, 173)
- PRESTON DEBOSE, Sr., RB/DB, (5-10, 188)
- NATHANAEL BRUNO, Sr., RB/DL, (6-3, 224)
- MARCUS ALEXANDER, Jr., OL/DL, (6-3, 282)
- NATHANIEL COLE, Soph., WR/DB, (5-9, 162)
- IBRAHIMA CAPO-CHICHI, Sr., OL/DL, (6-2, 303)
RB/LB Dimitrie Ivey, OL/DL Austin Arounsack-Colon (Class LL All-State)
Derrick Lewis is back in Bridgeport, determined to mold one of Bridgeport’s oft-struggling teams into a consistent winner.
This time, however, he’s at a different address.
Lewis, the former head coach at Bassick and Jonathan Law, now finds himself at the helm of Bridgeport Central. He takes over for Mike Farrell, who went 2-8 last season and saw his team outscored by more than 28 points a game.
While the Hilltoppers have fallen far since reaching the FCIAC championship game in 2009 under longtime coach Dave Cadelina, Lewis believes the idea of a turnaround isn’t all that far-fetched. He’s optimistic about the roster following an offseason in which participation surged throughout the program.
“We’re definitely very excited. It’s exciting because the response we’ve had for the program is a little overwhelming,” said Lewis, explaining that there are now more than 60 players between the junior varsity and varsity levels. “Kids are very interested in playing and participating. … The kids are chomping at the bit.”
Junior quarterback Alfred Flemming returns this season. So, too, do four starters along a physically imposing offensive line, including seniors Ricky Reid (6-2, 277) and Ibrahima Capo-ChiChi (6-2, 303).
The Hilltoppers will graduate Class LL All-State lineman Austin Arounsack-Colon.
“Our line is big, said Lewis, a former all-state lineman at West Haven and an All-American at Southern Connecticut State. “We’ve got big daddies up front.”
The Hilltoppers’ road back to relevancy won’t be easy, especially in the FCIAC. Their schedule is daunting, beginning with a Week 1 visit from Staples. They also host defending Class S champion St. Joseph in October and visit three-time defending Class LL champion Darien in November.
Fortunately for Central, which is just 8-44 since Cadelina resigned in 2012, Lewis is no stranger to rebuilding projects. While he won only four games over three seasons at rival Bassick, Lewis experienced a glimmer of success during his next stop as a coach.
In 2014, Lewis went 5-6 at Law and was named SCC Coach of the Year. At the time, it was the program’s winningest season in seven years. After a 1-9 mark the next season, he resigned to become the offensive line coach at SCSU.
Sept. 7 — STAPLES**, 7 p.m.
Sept. 14 — at Platt, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 — RIDGEFIELD**, 7 p.m.
Sept. 29 — WARDE**, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 5 — at Wilton**, 7 p.m.
Oct. 19 — at McMahon**, 7 p.m.
Oct. 26 — ST. JOSEPH**, 7 p.m.
Nov. 2 — at Stamford**, 7 p.m.
Nov. 10 — at Darien**, 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 22 — at Harding, 10 a.m.
Home games in CAPS
* CONFERENCE game