- COACH — JEFF QUEIROGA (1st year)
- CONFERENCE — FCIAC East
- PLAYOFF CLASS — Class LL (871 boys enrolled)
- HOME — Jack Casagrande Field, Norwalk
- 2017 RECORD — 1-9
- 2018 OPENER — Sept. 7 vs. Wilton, 7 p.m.
- TEAM WEBSITE — Maxpreps | TWITTER — @McMahonFootball
- THADDEUS BURRUS, Sr., OL/DL (5-9, 295)
- MIKE MACARI, Sr., RB/LB/S (5-10, 175)
- ANDREW TRUJILLO, Sr., TE/S (5-11, 165)
- SEAN MILLER, Sr., RB/CB (5-11, 145)
- NENO BROWN, Sr, LB (5-9, 185)
- TSAI ZOE, Sr., RB/DB (5-11, 190)
- JERMAYNE DANIEL, Jr., FB/LB (5-10, 250)
- PATRICK COULTER, Jr., QB/LB (5-8, 160)
OL/DL Cam Kelly; QB Chris Druin; OL/DL Peter Ripperger; WR/FS Justin Forde (track)
Mike Macari and his fellow Brien McMahon football seniors know it’s now or never.
The senior captain for the Senators also knows that three previous senior classes have said the same thing, yet McMahon has won just three football games over the last three seasons.
So what will make the fall of 2018 any different?
“Every day, you just have to remind everybody on the team,” Macari said. “I’ve been starting since my sophomore year, playing all 10 games that year and last year, my junior year, but now I know we have to get this thing rolling. It has to start now. We have to turn it around and it has to be now.”
Jeff Queiroga steps into the head coaching role after spending years as an assistant coach and his No. 1 goal is to help his players change the culture.
“The thing is these kids aren’t dumb,” Queiroga said. “They know they’ve only won three games in the last four years. They’re taking it upon themselves to change it. For my seniors, it’s now or never.”
To get to the future, the Senators are returning to the past.
The team is returning to its Wing-T days in an effort to play straight-up hard-hitting football.
“There is nothing pretty about what we’re doing,” Quieroga said. “We’re changing the culture, but we’re just going out and playing smash-mouth football.”
The Senators do return 14 starters on both sides of the ball, so experience will be a factor if the team can learn how to win again.
Quieroga thinks his team’s strengths will be defense and the running game as the Senators focus on the Wing-T.
Senior Tsai Zoe is the team’s leading returning rusher from a year ago. Also in the mix will be 5-foot-10, 250-pound fullback Jermaine Daniel and tailbacks Macari, Donyae Shavers and Sean Miller.
They’ll be running behind a line that is one of McMahon’s biggest in years. Seniors Thaddeus Burress (5-9, 200) and Sam Daher (6-0, 230) lead the charge along with juniors Lucky Paul (6-0, 290), Connor Barton (5-9, 195) and Louis Tejada (5-9, 240).
“Our line averages a squat of over 450 pounds,” Queiroga said. “It’s one of the bigger lines we’ve had in years.”
Defensively, the Senators could be solid.
“We have eight returnees back on the defense and they know they have to set the table and keep us in games,” Queiroga said.
Two of the team’s top three tacklers (Macari and Nino Brown) return to solidify a group that got a lot better from 2016 to 2017.
“In the past, we’ve had kids who didn’t have a rapport (on defense),” Queiroga said. “These kids have a rapport. They want to be nasty. They look for contact. They’re extremely physical and they just work and grind.”
Where the Senators could struggle, though, is inexperience in some key spots.
Three-year starting quarterback Chris Druin has graduated and is playing at Utica College. First-year starter Patrick Coulter, a junior, is his replacement.
“Listen, Patrick’s been so impressive,” Queiroga said, adding that Coulter has been named a captain this season.
In addition to last year’s seniors, a couple of other key Senators opted not to return to the squad this season, including top wide receiver Justin Forde, who is focusing on track for his senior season.
Queiroga, though, is focused on the future.
“We’re not like everybody else,” the coach said. “We’re not doing spread. We’re just coming out and pounding the rock. The kids are playing with a chip on their shoulder and the kids are taking the mantra that they’re just grinding. That’s what it is.”
All told, more than 90 players (including freshmen) are listed on the team’s Maxpreps roster — up from 54 a year ago.
- Sept. 7 — WILTON,** 7 p.m.
- Sept. 14 — DARIEN,** 7 p.m.
- Sept. 21 — at Staples,** 7 p.m.
- Sept. 28 — FAIRFIELD LUDLOWE,* 7 p.m.
- Oct. 5 — at Stamford,** 7 p.m.
- Oct. 19 — BRIDGEPORT CENTRAL,* 7 p.m.
- Oct. 26 — at Ridgefield,* 7 p.m.
- Nov. 2 — FAIRFIELD WARDE,** 7 p.m.
- Nov. 10 — at St. Joseph,** 1:30 p.m.
- Nov. 22 — at Norwalk,* 10:30 a.m.
Home games in CAPS