- COACH – SEAN IRELAND (7th year, 31-29)
- CONFERENCE — FCIAC
- PLAYOFF CLASS — LL (920 boys enrolled)
- HOME – Testa Field, Norwalk
- 2017 RECORD – 6-4
- 2018 OPENER — Sept. 7 at East Lyme
- TEAM WEBSITE — Maxpreps | TWITTER — @NorwalkHighFB
- KYLE GORDON, Jr., QB/S (5-9, 160)
- JAKARI WALKER, Jr., RB/CB (5-9, 180)
- SAM PAPP, Jr., OL/DL (6-5, 250)
- KHALIL EASON, Soph, WR-CB (5-9, 150)
- IZAYAH VALENTINE, Soph., RB-LB (5-10, 190)
- AJ ROBINSON, Soph., WR-CB (5-10, 160)
- AUSTIN HALL, Soph., WR-CB (5-6, 140)
- JAKI ELLIOT, Sr., WR-OLB (5-11, 160)
LB/RB Marlon Brown,WR/CB AJ Hall, WR/DB Jalen Elliott, OL/DL Jeremy Jiminez, RB/LB Ishwa Entzminger, WR/Lb Akbar Khan, OL/DL Niar Brown.
If Norwalk coach Sean Ireland is excited about the future, he has every right to be.
The Bears have a lot of talent hitting the gridiron this fall and, while it’s young talent, a handful of players are already experienced at the varsity level — especially at the skill positions.
If Ireland has anything to worry about this season, though, it’s in the trenches where only one starting offensive lineman returns.
When asked what the team’s strength will be, Ireland said the Bears are “fast and athletic.”
The weakness, he admitted, was “experience” — though his most talented returnees saw a lot of varsity action a year ago.
Kyle Gordon (136-for-235, 1743 yards, 17 TDs) returns for his second year as the starting quarterback. He also rushed for 456 yards and three scores.
Jakari Walker (88 carries, 691 yards, 6 TDs) is back and was Norwalk’s leading ball carrier a year ago.
Who will catch the ball? While a concern, Norwalk features a bevy of talented and fast wideouts who are looking to step up and replace Jalen Elliott and AJ Hall, two of the top receivers Norwalk has produced in the 21st century.
Early candidates include, Khalil Eason — he had one catch a year ago, but was a starting DB as a freshman and had a team-high five picks — and AJ Robinson.
On defense, Norwalk is a year older after losing most of its starting group entering the 2017 season.
Sam Papp, who is already getting Division I looks, and Valentine, who saw late-season starting time as a freshman, were monsters last season.
Izayah Valentine finished fourth on the team in tackles despite playing just six of the 10 games.
The Bears were very susceptible to the big play last season and gave up a whopping 281 points last season (28.1 points per game). That is something the D-unit will have to improve on this season to use 2018 as a stepping stone to the future.
Norwalk might be “a year away” from a very special season, Ireland said, but the Bears have enough talent that if the line comes together, it could surprise a few people along the way.
- Sept. 7 — at East Lyme, 7 p.m.
- Sept. 15 — at Westhill**, 1 p.m.
- Sept. 22 — at Fairfield Ludlowe**, Noon
- Sept. 28 — GREENWICH**, 7 p.m.
- Oct. 5 — TRUMBULL**, 7 p.m.
- Oct. 19 — at Staples*, 7 p.m.
- Oct. 26 — DANBURY**, 7 p.m.
- Nov. 2 — at New Canaan**, 7 p.m.
- Nov. 10 — at Trinity Catholic**., 11 a.m.
- Nov. 22 — MCMAHON*, 10:30 a.m.
Home games in CAPS