Team-by-team looks at the 2018 FCIAC football season. Compiled by the GameTimeCT staff.
CHEAT SHEET — Derrick Lewis returns to Bridgeport in hopes of reversing the Hilltoppers’ slide into irrelevance. He has the QB, Alfred Flemming, and four imposing linemen to help this year’s cause.
CHEAT SHEET — All-State QB Gavin Muir, All-State RB Tysen Comizio, first-team All-State DL Mozi Bici… we could go on. Suffice it to say the Cardinals, who went unbeaten until running into Darien in the Class LL championship game, are a strong contender to win it all this season.
CHEAT SHEET — Second-year coach Mitch Ross says numbers are way up, which bodes well for the future of the struggling Falcons. In a more immediate outlook, the return of QB Colin Wilson, RB Kevin Quinn and top receiver Aidan Wykoff gives Ludlowe a nice starting cast.
CHEAT SHEET — How often do you see four, legit FBS recruits on one public school roster? With massive linemen Jack Conley (Boston College) and Jack Stewart (Michigan), LB Garrett Braden (Rice), and junior QB Drew Pyne (Notre Dame), the Rams seem destined to contend for their fifth state title in six years. But they been bumped to Class LL for the first time in school history, and that means running through you-know-who for the title.
CHEAT SHEET — 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.
CHEAT SHEET — The Tigers bring back a dangerous weapon in Jackson Mitchell, who had 80 catches for 1,124 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. The 6-foot-2 UConn commit will provide a security blanket for whoever is throwing him the ball.
CHEAT SHEET — The talent on offense gives Trinity reason to be optimistic,. Quarterback Sam Pensiero returns alongside wide receiver Anthony Anderson, slot receiver Jason Svec and Chris Amboise, who can line up in the backfield, split wide or in the slot.
CHEAT SHEET — Marce Petroccio returns to Trumbull, where he once played and later coached under Jerry McDougall. The Hall of Fame coach, who won 210 games, three state championships and five FCIAC titles over 25 years at Staples, inherits a proud program that has fallen on hard times.
CHEAT SHEET — Joe Devellis takes over as head coach after several seasons spent coordinating the defense. The Vikes suffered heavy graduation losses, but the returning players feel they can once again finish above .500 and win a city championship.
CHEAT SHEET — A track to the middle pack of the league will likely be the primary goal for the Hatters, who will still have their depth tested with a short roster of players, many of whom lack significant varsity experience.
CHEAT SHEET — Despite graduating yet-another a state-championship class. Darien has proven year in and year out that is has no trouble reloading. First team All-State linebacker Connor Fay, sure-handed receiver Tyler Herget and new QB Cooper Hancock lead the Blue Wave’s drive for an unprecedented fourth-straight Class LL championship.
CHEAT SHEET — Assistant Jeff Queiroga takes over for A.J. Albano. He’ll has a total of 14 starters returning on both sides of the ball, so experience will be a factor as the team learns how to win again. Back Tsai Zoe leads Queiroga’s wing-T offense.
CHEAT SHEET — It’s not every year that coach Joe Della Vecchia has the luxury of barking orders to a heralded Division-I bound quarterback. David Summers made life easier for everyone in maroon and gold last year. He passed for 3,227 yards and a school-record 49 touchdowns, including four in the second half of St. Joseph’s 42-36 come-from-behind win over Ansonia last December.
CHEAT SHEET — With just two starters back on offense and five on defense, the Stamford football team is going to be young at many positions and will be throwing the inexperienced players into a trial by fire in the daunting FCIAC.
CHEAT SHEET — Longtime coach Marce Petroccio stepped down to take over at Trumbull. Phil Treglia comes over from Archbishop Stepiniac (N.Y.) to guide the young Wreckers — led by Kevin Rabacs, George Harrington and Blake Runkel — into a new era in Westport.
CHEAT SHEET — A lot of that will depend on the play of junior quarterback Joe Gublin, who replaces the departing Matt Cerminaro. DellaVolpe said that “inexperience at quarterback and running back” could be team weaknesses this season.
CHEAT SHEET — Coming off back-to-back winning seasons and with the return of a number of key players, with 28 seniors leading roster numbers not seen in a long, long time at Fujitani Field, hope springs eternal for the Warriors this fall.