Star running back Jack Roberge is transferring from Masuk to Cheshire Academy, his father, Chris, confirmed to Hearst Connecticut Media on Monday.
The 5-foot-9, 195-pound Roberge rushed for 1,299 yards and 13 touchdowns on 161 carries last year, helping lead Masuk to an 11-2 record and the program’s first appearance in the state finals since 2010.
“He will be reclassifying into the class of 2020 (in other words, repeating his junior year),” his father said in an email.
Roberge, a Class L All-State and Third Team New Haven Register selection, had six 100-yard rushing games, including 149 yards in a 43-7 victory over Fitch in the Class L quarterfinals. The Panthers later beat four-time defending state champion New Canaan 28-14 in the semifinals, but lost to Daniel Hand 35-21 in the final.
Roberge also caught 34 passes for 406 yards and three scores last year, and started at linebacker.
His departure means the Panthers will head into next season needing to fill some significant holes on offense. Quarterback Matt Hersch and three of the Panthers’ top four receivers — Ryan Shaw, Nick Lorusso and Michael Zuk — are set to graduate, and offensive coordinator Steve Christy is leaving to coach in the town’s youth program.