- COACH — AUGUSTINE TIERI (1st year)
- CONFERENCE — FCIAC West
- PLAYOFF CLASS — Class LL (1,603 boys enrollment)
- HOME — Danbury Stadium
- 2017 RECORD — 1-9
- 2018 OPENER — Sept. 7 vs. Trinity Catholic, 7 p.m.
- TEAM WEBSITE — MaxPreps TWITTER — @CoachTieri
- JAH JOYNER, Jr. DE/T (6-4 225)
- R.J. HOPKINS, Sr. WR/RB/S (5-11, 185)
- KILE JACKSON, Jr. DE/T (6-2, 240)
- JACK POMPEA, Sr. RB/OLB (5-10, 180)
- D.J. DONOVAN, So. RB/LB (6-2, 220)
- TAYLOR HEADY, Sr. WR/OLB (6-2, 215)
- JUAN JIMENEZ, Sr. FB/LB (6-2, 220)
- MALACHI HOPKINS, Jr. QB/S (5-11, 190)
- BERNIE DELACRUZ, Jr. WR (6-1, 170)
- MALIK THOMAS, Sr. RB/WR/OLB (6-0, 210)
Solomon James (Graduated), Diante Vines (Transferred to Taft)
Augustine Tieri – who arrives after two seasons at Kennedy High School in The Bronx – is the latest to try to extract the potential held by the largest school in the state after several, lean seasons.
The Hatters have gone 4-25 since posting a surprising 8-3 mark under Mark Ecke in 2014.
A track to the middle pack of the league will likely be the primary goal for the Hatters, who will still have their depth tested with a short roster of players, many of whom lack significant varsity experience. Danbury this season opens with Trinity Catholic, which won the matchup 27-13 a year ago.
Danbury will operate a run-based offense behind talented backs Jack Pompea, D.J. Donovan and playmaker R.J. Hopkins. Malachi Hopkins will take over at quarterback after Diante Vines transferred to Taft.
The Hatters will return about 50 percent of their starters. The loss of Vines, however, will be felt on both sides of the ball. He was one of the best defensive backs in the state during his time with Danbury.
Success in the trenches has been one of the main reasons for the struggles of the Hatters of late. They do have several interesting lineman prospects in Jah Joyner and Kile Jackson. Tieri has tried to install an emphasis on toughness in the weight room, and added that speed will be a strength for his group.
Danbury faces three of the elite FCIAC squads in New Canaan, Greenwich and rival Ridgefield. But it has an opportunity to be competitive against most of its remaining schedule. After just four wins in the last three seasons, each triumph will be a building block towards the future.
- Sept. 7 — TRINITY CATHOLIC** 7 p.m.
- Sept. 14 — at New Canaan** 7 p.m.
- Sept. 22 — at Westhill** 1 p.m.
- Sept. 28 — CAPITAL PREP/ACHIEVEMENT 7 p.m.
- Oct. 5 — WARDE* 7 p.m.
- Oct. 19 — at Trumbull** 7 p.m.
- Oct. 26 — at Norwalk** 7 p.m.
- Nov. 2 — at Ludlowe** 6 p.m.
- Nov. 9 — GREENWICH** 7 p.m.
- Nov. 21 — RIDGEFIELD* 6 p.m.
Home game are in CAPS
* CONFERENCE game