- COACH — JOHN MARINELLI (4th year, 23-10)
- CONFERENCE — FCIAC West
- PLAYOFF CLASS — Class LL (1,368 boys enrolled)
- HOME — Cardinal Stadium, Greenwich HS
- 2017 RECORD — 12-1 (lost to Darien in Class LL championship)
- 2018 OPENER — Sept. 8 vs. Trumbull. 4 p.m.
- TEAM WEBSITE — GreenwichFootball.com | Maxpreps | TWITTER — @GreenwichFB | INSTAGRAM — CardinalFootball | FACEBOOK — GreenwichCardinalFB
- GAVIN MUIR, Sr., QB (6-3, 210)
- JACK FEDA, Sr., MLB (5-11, 215)
- TYSEN COMIZIO, Sr., RB (5-11, 190)
- MOZI BICI, Sr. DE/OLB (6-2, 200)
- CHARLIE DUCRET, Sr. FS/WR (5-11, 170)
- RYAN RAYBUCK, Sr. CB (6-3, 185)
- HUNTER CUSIMANO, Sr. WR/CB (6-2, 200)
- NICK VERONIS, Sr. FS/WR (6-2, 180)
- LANCE LARGE, Sr. WR (6-1, 180)
- STEPHEN BENNETT, Sr. WR (5-11, 175)
- EDDY IUTERI, Jr. DT (6-1, 275)
- JACK MCBREAIRTY, Sr. OL (6-3, 235)
- JACK WARREN, Jr. RB (6-3, 220)
K Zach Moore (All-State), WR Jael Negron, WR Henry Saleeby, C/DL Kyle Woodring (First-team all-state), WR Elias Gianopolous, LB Robert Lanni, LB Finbar Doyle, DL Nick McIntosh
After qualifying for the Class LL Tournament during a 2016 season in which it went 7-4, Greenwich continued its upward trend in 2017, registering a record of 12-1, while making its first appearance in the state finals since 2007.
Now, the Cardinals, who dropped a 31-22 decision to rival Darien in the snowy Class LL championship game, are determined to play for the title again this fall.
“Our expectations are to be back in the championship game,” Cardinals coach John Marinelli said. “Whenever you lose a game like that in the state finals, you tend to want to circle that date, or that game.
“But we are not making it about that. It’s not about last year. Right now, we’re trying to fill some voids that some seniors who graduated and are playing college football, left. But it’s always fun when you develop a new personality with a new group.”
Despite graduating key contributors from last season’s successful squad, Greenwich has a load of depth on its roster, which includes well more than 100 players. So if any team can absorb such losses to graduation, it’s the Cardinals. Senior quarterback Gavin Muir is one of the squad’s numerous returning players.
In his first season as the team’s starting signal caller, Muir set seven team passing records, two of which were most passing yards in one season (2, 902 yards) and most touchdown passes in a season (33).
Senior running back Tysen Comizio also produced a breakout junior season in 2017, amassing 1,379 yards on the ground with 20 touchdowns. The return of junior running back Jack Warren should also boost the Cardinals, who averaged more than 40 points per game last fall.
“We do have a lot of depth and we have a lot of underclassmen coming up, which is a good thing,” Comizio said.
Senior Lance Large, one of the Cards’ leading receivers, and senior Stephen Bennett add to the team’s aerial attack, which proved to be a tough matchup for all of Greenwich’s foes last season.
Defensive lineman Mozi Bici (14 sacks last season) and linebacker Jack Feda (130 tackles in 2017), both of whom helped power a unit that yielded just 185 points in 13 games in 2017, are among some of key returning players. The Cardinals are captained by Muir, Bici, Feda, defensive back Charlie Ducret and Comizio.
“We feel great about our defense, since we have three captains on that side of the ball,” Marinelli said. “We have a captain at defensive line, at linebacker and in the secondary, which is great. Because of our athleticism, defensively, we can do different things.”
Speed on both sides of the ball, an asset for Greenwich a season ago, is also one of the team’s strengths this season.
- Sept. 8 — TRUMBULL**, 4 p.m.
- Sept. 15 — TRINITY CATHOLIC**, 4 p.m.
- Sept. 28 — at Norwalk**, 7 p.m.
- Oct. 6 — at New Canaan**, 6 p.m.
- Oct. 20 — at Westhill**, 2 p.m.
- Oct. 27 — FAIRFIELD LUDLOWE**, 5 p.m.
- Nov. 2 — at Ridgefield*, 7 p.m.
- Nov. 9 — at Danbury**, 7 p.m.
- Nov. 15 — vs. Xavier at West Haven, 7 p.m.
- Nov. 22 — STAPLES*, 10 a.m.
Home games in CAPS