Somers football players — like Nate LaJoie — will have a place to play this fall. So will interested football players at Career Magnet in New Haven.
Just a few months after the CIAC disbanded its co-op arrangement with Ellington, Somers has joined up with nearby Stafford/East Windsor to form the Stafford/Somers/East Windsor Bulldogs cooperative football team. Stafford/Somers/East Windsor also hired former Ellington assistant Brian Mazzone to coach the team. He was introduced Thursday and a drive to begin recruiting Somers players to their new team has begun.
— Bulldogs Football CT (@staffordbulldog) May 8, 2015
Stafford/Somers/East Windsor will compete in the new Pequot East Division (the league realigned recently) alongside Ellington. Elsewhere in the division, Portland was approved to join Cromwell in another new co-op, Cromwell/Portland. Cromwell coach Chris Eckert made the announcement on Twitter.
It’s official! Cromwell and Portland HS have been approved by CIAC to enter into a CO-OP for Football.
— Cromwell/Portland FB (@CoachEckert) May 8, 2015
Portland is one of the few Connecticut high schools without a football team. Cromwell, meanwhile, has been one of the better Class S programs since beginning 15 years ago. The Panthers have won one state title in four appearances. Cromwell is also a part of the Pequot East division.
In the Pequot South division, Hyde Leadership was approved to merge with Whitney Tech and Career Magnet. Hyde, like Cromwell, has been around since 1997 and has won a couple of state championships. Whitney Tech struggled to field a football team in the CSC and played a junior varsity schedule last year. Career has never fielded a football team.
Finally, the CIAC also approved Norwich Tech/St. Bernard/Grasso Tech as a cooperative. That team, which used to trade under St. Bernard/Norwich Tech in the Eastern Connecticut Conference, will play in the Constitution State Conference.