Team-by-Team Central Connecticut Conference preview pages with links to complete 2016 team previews. Compiled by Derek Turner. Based on interviews and coaches who responded to a preseason survey.
Third-year starting quarterback Declan Flaherty leads a strong offense into 2016. If the defense can hold its own, the Chieftains should make a run at a second straight playoff berth.
The Warriors offense runs through running back Theo Blaschinski. Hall will see an improved record if the defense can hold up.
A year after reaching the state playoffs, head coach Tebucky Jones hopes a strong defense can get the Golden Hurricanes back to their winning ways.
Coach Dave Masters has plenty of returning starters and aspirations of making a push for .500 or better.
Vance Upham and Ryan Montalvo will be a two-headed monster at running back easing the burden off the new quarterback’s shoulders.
Pablo Oritz takes over as the sole head coach of the co-op after sharing the duties with Kevin Quinn, who took the vacant job at SMSA/University/Classical.
It should be a rebound year for the Hornets with large lines and explosive skill players.
At long last, it’s the first year of the Fermi/Enfield merger. Former Fermi coach James Lyver takes control of the program in hopes to bring more wins to a struggling football town.
Going to be tough to replace big-time skill players in Keyion Dixon and Jake Madnick, but Scott Daniels always has his team ready.
Edison Galan looks to lead a more explosive Indians offense this year.
Running back Luis Medina ran for over 1,200 yards last year and could go for more this season behind an experienced offensive line.
Assistant coach and alumnus A.J. Julius quietly assumed control over the program from Paul Philippon, whose second stint as head coach ended after one year and a 1-9 record.
The Spartans are replacing big skill players, but coach Kevin Frederick really likes the new guys to step up and make some noise this year.
Despite losing QB (and school basketball standout) Nick Guadarrama, the Indians are a confident team with an experienced defense. Quarterback competition has sparked the Indians throughout training camp.
The Panthers are looking for a bounce-back year and it all starts with Tylon Papallo in all three facets of the game. Coach Jason Bruenn is excited about speedy skill players.
The Eagles lost nearly all of their contributing skill players from last two playoff teams, including New Haven Register All-State LB Richard Williand and QB Devon Smith. The Eagles will be young, but they’re eager.
Duel-threat quarterback Ryan Kaeser is starting for his third straight season behind an experienced offensive line.
Experienced offensive line should help quarterback Zac Conrad and running back Brian Buono lead the charge.
Strong and experienced defense should limit points. Offense is a work in progress with new quarterback Joemar Scott and running back Lavarey Banton.
Coach Sal Morello returns a load of skill players including Tyshaun James at quarterback with designs of returning to the state playoffs after a year’s respite. The Dragons begin the season ranked No. 5 in the GameTimeCT / New Haven Register Top 10 Poll.
Coach Dave Hodge and the Bobcats should see some improvement with many starters returning after a 4-6 year in 2015.
Jason Pinnock — Boston College commit — is the Warriors playmaker this year on both sides of the ball. Jahkari Grant returns at quarterback and the defense, as always, will be big and tough.
The defending champs l on offense by Syracuse-bound receiver Russell Thompson-Bishop. Dexter Lawson takes over at quarterback.
The Eagles took a big graduation hit, but Steve Calande has seemingly been able to plug anyone into his double wing offense and make it work.
The Lions have solid athletes, but coach Brett Quinion will have to figure out how to deal with low roster numbers.
New coach Tim Shea, last seen in the high school ranks leading Woodland to the Class S title game in 2013, has four returning offensive linemen and is excited about the senior leadership he has seen.
he double wing run by Grant Nieves and Co. should be as strong as ever as the Terriers look to rebound from a near playoff season and finally get that postseason game.
It’s a rebuilding year for the Falcons as seventeen seniors graduated, including Teddy Allmendinger (now at UConn) and TE Geoff Kirk, leaving former CCSU coach Sal Cintorino a clean slate with which to work.
With a nightmare 2015 season behind them, the Redcoats look to start fresh with great team speed and leadership. Your new coach is Connecticut state majority leader (and former freshman coach) Joe Aresimowicz.
Some solid returning starters in quarterback Jack Tillinghast and fullback Tommy Doyle should help the Sachems improve upon their 1-9 2015 campaign.
The Rams are vying for a winning season with Josh Foster and Tyler Allen as two explosive offensive players.
New coach and former player Alex Backus has seen great senior leadership as he attempts to turn the Eagles program around.
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