Team-by-team looks at the 2018 Central Connecticut Conference football season. Compiled by the GameTimeCT staff.
CHEAT SHEET — Raquan Tompkins, one of the best all-around players in the state, is back to lead the Hornets. He was a major reason why the Hornets made their first playoff appearance since 1988, and he will be a big reason if they make a return trip.
CHEAT SHEET — The Eagles have nine starters back from last season’s 1-9 team. But they must replace two significant players in quarterback Mason Dumas and wide receiver/quarterback Xavier Copening.
CHEAT SHEET — The Tomahawks look to rebound from its first losing record in 10 years. They return plenty of veterans on the offense, including Drew Daniels at QB. Defense still has work to do.
CHEAT SHEET — Coach Roy Roberts is optimistic things could be trending in the right direction, for good reason. Manchester returns seven starters on offense and six on defense.
CHEAT SHEET — Over 20 seniors graduated from last season’s team that reached the postseason for the first time since 1988.
CHEAT SHEET — If Conard hopes to compete in the always tough CCC, it might have to rely on the defense to carry it.
CHEAT SHEET — The good news for Hall is that eight offensive and seven defensive players return. The defense, in particular, should be a strength of the squad with three-returning starters who were named All-CCC.
CHEAT SHEET — The Hurricanes are emboldened by the return of 1,100-yard rusher Shawn Robinson, receivers Tahje Yopp and Kaiyon Gunn, and most of their offensive linemen.
CHEAT SHEET — The Trojans are going to need to find replacements for their skill players, all of whom graduated. Coach Dave Masters does have the benefit of three returning offensive lineman from a 7-3 team.
CHEAT SHEET — Coming off its first season since 2011 without a playoff appearance, the Blue Knights will have new faces up and down its depth chart. But it’s Southington, and each time there is turnover the Blue Knights are just fine — this time should be no different.
CHEAT SHEET — Kobe Stigler returns after rushing for over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. The Panthers will have to replace Rondell Bothroyd who terrorized quarterbacks his entire career, but is now at Wake Forest.
CHEAT SHEET — Farmington will be heading into the season with a new quarterback, running back and wide receiver. The Indians, though, will be returning plenty of beef up front, perhaps, making the transition a bit smoother.
CHEAT SHEET — Coach Harry Bellucci will put the ball in the hands of the best returning offensive player and see what he can do. Senior Jermaine Jones had 42 receptions last season and is an athletic player, but Bellucci needs to get him the ball.
CHEAT SHEET — Back Xzavier Reyes returns after posting a 1,000-yard rushing season. He should have plenty of room to run with a veteran line returning. The Dragons will look to him and new QB to get them back to the state playoffs
CHEAT SHEET — If past seasons are any indication, it figures to be a short rebuilding process. Six starters return on offense — including four on the offensive line — and another five are back on the defense, giving Windsor a solid foundation.
CHEAT SHEET — Six starters return on both sides of the ball, including a strong senior core that includes two-year starting quarterback Justin Marshall and three All-CCC returners, lineman Zach Giblin, linebacker/fullback Trinidad Gonzalez and receiver/defensive back Jaden Laprise.
CHEAT SHEET — Central will look to Justus Fitzpatrick, an All-CCC playmaker in his own right who played receiver and corner last year, to spell Dathan Hickey this season. The elusive and speedy senior is already dangerous with the ball in his hands.
CHEAT SHEET — The Indians bring back just six starters on both sides of the ball from a team that only won three games in 2017. They did, however, snap a seven-game losing streak by beating Wethersfield, 17-13, in the season finale. It was their first win over Wethersfield in four years.
CHEAT SHEET — The Spartans have been picked by many to be a top team to watch in the CCC this season. One of the reasons? The Spartans massive offensive line. The average weight of the Spartans’ offensive line is 264 pounds.
CHEAT SHEET — No team is impervious to injuries. For the Panthers though, they lost star running back EJ Dudley and transfer running back Ian Angnew to season-ending injuries before the season even started. Next man up is what coach Jason Bruenn said the Panthers were going to do. Will it work?
CHEAT SHEET — This could be a year when the Eagles return to contention. With seven starters returning on offense and seven on defense, Wethersfield doesn’t have many questions.
CHEAT SHEET — Watch Henry Schrecengost’s highlight video. That is all.
CHEAT SHEET — Seventeen starters (nine offense, eight defense) return in Berlin’s ongoing quest to get over the that playoff hump and into its first state final since 2014. Berlin hasn’t won a state championship since 2009.
CHEAT SHEET — The Bulldogs look to improve on last year’s 2-8 record. Their only wins were vs. East Catholic (28-22) and Tolland (14-9) last season.
CHEAT SHEET — The seven returning starters on offense includes 6-foot-5, 230-pound quarterback Cal Redman (446 yards passing, 1,441 rushing), who already has offers from Bryant, Sacred Heart and Central Connecticut State.
CHEAT SHEET — The Eagles returns five starters on offense and five on defense. While the offensive line is inexperienced, there’s optimism as three year starters Collin Cook and Jon Glick return in the backfield. Cook rushed for 224 yards, Glick for 187.
CHEAT SHEET — On paper, at least, the Warhawks look as if they have the right pieces in place. Seven, mostly two-way starters return to push this club back over the top. It starts with senior Ky’Juon Butler, whom coach Ty Outlaw calls the “one of the best, if not the best running back in the state, by far.”
CHEAT SHEET — The program is experiencing something of a reboot. Coming off an 0-10 season, the Eagles are rebuilding with four starters returning on each side of the ball.
CHEAT SHEET — New coach Michael Lenz inherits a team coming off a 3-7 season, but has the pieces in place for a potential turnaround. He’s brought in seven other former NWC players as assistants, including former longtime coach Mike Tyler.
CHEAT SHEET — You could probably count on your fingers the amount of schools bringing back a three-year starting quarterback in Connecticut. Plainville is one of those schools with All-CCC Division III senior signal caller Frank Griffin back for his third year taking snaps.
CHEAT SHEET — A large and talented class, which produced two-straight Class S playoff appearances and one final, has graduated, leaving Mark Fritz’s program with precious few players with experience. Fritz expects these Terriers, led by returners Belall Matar, Alex Boutin and Ja’quan Graham, to step up.