Team-by-team looks at the 2018 Pequot League football season. Compiled by the GameTimeCT staff.
CHEAT SHEET — In coach Dante Boffi’s first season at the helm last year, the Warriors went 1-9 and notched their first win three seasons. Boffi said he feels like the team is starting to turn the corner, and for good reason.
CHEAT SHEET — A majority of last year’s unbeaten Uncas Division championship team has graduated, including all-staters Nick Pronovost and Jacob Carlson. The Patriots will be rebuilding around returning linemen Nick Grimaldi and Sid Green.
CHEAT SHEET — Two starters return from last year’s 5-5 team. Fortunately, one of them is senior QB Jonathan Conte. The other is 6-3, 220-pound senior lineman Ryuan Anderson.
CHEAT SHEET — The Yellowjackets graduated 17 kids last year; they added just six freshmen; and their overall roster is down to 40 from 50 a year ago. But coach Scott Salius and his staff, with just two losing seasons in 10 years, balanced by two playoff appearances, have a knack for turning paper assessments into dust.
CHEAT SHEET — A wealth of skill players, including QB Jackson Rome, RBs Sam Attianese and Keon Lawrence, return in the triple option offense. Ben Kibby and Conor Hogan lead the charge up front as the Bears look for their first winning season under Erik Shortell.
CHEAT SHEET — Erick Knickerbocker slides over from Ellington looking to infuse enthusiasm into the long-dormant power, which hasn’t had a winning season since 2004. Six starters, including QB Ben Ambro, return to help.
CHEAT SHEET — Dual threat QB Devin Hill and WR Naseim Harrison lead a talented core of returning skill players from last year’s surprising Class M semifinal run. The Tigercats hope they can rebuild their line to make another playoff push.
CHEAT SHEET — All-State QB Colton Engel, LB Johnny Kopek, WR/DB Julien Rivas and WR Jeff Kology headline a strong returning class of 14 seniors and seven All-Pequot selections. The Bulldogs are vying for their third-straight Class S playoff berth. They’re the team to beat in the Pequot Uncas.
Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby
CHEAT SHEET — The Raiders went 4-6 last year, but lost its last four games — three to playoff teams. It was an improvement over the previous two seasons’ records as the team looks to have its first winning season since going 8-3 in 2014. Jameson Gill returns at QB and is surrounded by a relatively large junior class.
CHEAT SHEET — Some of that good feeling comes from a roster that has a nice blend of experience, size, power and a little speed that might just make Coginchaug a player in the Pequot Conference. And, after a run of three coaches in three seasons prior to coach Erik Becker’s arrival, the roots of continuity are beginning to take hold.
CHEAT SHEET — Coach Randall Bennett says three-year starting quarterback Bryce Karstetter is the “key to everything,” but plenty of other contributors return to help the Panthers make another state playoff run after narrowly missing out last season.
CHEAT SHEEH — A veteran class returns for Mike Baklik’s squad, including All-Pequot defensive lineman Aiden Maher, from a quad that knocked off OSW late last season to finish a surprising 6-4.
CHEAT SHEET — First-year coach John Oko and his assistants have a coaching mountain to climb, coming off a 1-9 Spartan season with just four experienced returners, including one who is injured and another who serves exclusively as Mills’ excellent kicker.
CHEAT SHEET — Coming off a 0-10 the Pequot League squad could bounce back in a big way with 16 returning starters, including nine on offense.
CHEAT SHEET — All-Pequot RB/LB Nick Mancini returns along with linemen Colby Anastasio and Tyler Sibley among seven returning offensive starters and eight returning on defense to help the T-Birds march back up the Pequot standings after a 4-6 finish last season.
CHEAT SHEET — The Rams are coming off stellar, back-to-back 8-2 seasons under Mike Marone, but are still looking for that elusive playoff berth. It doesn’t help that stars Vincent Dyer and Victor Pascoe graduated, taking 3,200 yards of offense with them.
CHEAT SHEET — Despite losing a bunch of playmakers from last year’s state playoff team, the Warriors will likely be in the hunt again if the program’s history under Tim King is any indication. Wideouts Jason O’Brien, Jalen Arnum and Brian Rankin will catch passes while Ryan Santos will contribute at quarterback.