As its first five games have illustrated, the Greenwich High School football team’s strengths are many.
And one of the Cardinals’ strong points, stems from the players who do the heavy lifting up front — the offensive line.
Ranked second in Class LL, Greenwich (5-0) has excelled each week offensively, with junior quarterback Gavin Muir throwing touchdown passes to an array of receivers and junior running back Tysen Comizio frequently reaching the end zone.
But without the offensive line, the players moving the opposition up front, not as much would get done.
“They have jelled right away,” said GHS coach John Marinelli, whose squad visits Fairfield Ludlowe Friday at 7 p.m. “We have three guys who played together on the Cos Cob Crushers (GYFL), so being on the same line growing up has paid dividends for us.”
The Cardinals’ offensive line consists of senior center Kyle Woodring (6-2, 263), junior left guard Jack McBreairty (6-1, 218), junior right guard Tyler Dietrich (6-1, 217), sophomore right tackle Callum Abernathy (6-5, 235) and junior left tackle Nolan Connerty (6-2, 200). The unit certainly isn’t the biggest offensive line in the FCIAC, but they’ve gotten the best of the opposition thus far.
“Both of our tackles have been outstanding against the pass rush,” Marinelli said. “They both put on a lot of muscle in the offseason and no one has been able to put their hands on Gavin much so far this season. Our guards inside have done a tremendous job each week.”
Woodring, one of the Cardinals’ captains is the leader of the group and one of the key components of the team’s offense.
“Kyle is the smartest offensive lineman I have ever coached,” Marinelli said. “He knows the progression of plays like a quarterback and he is going to make some college coach proud one day.
Behind the quarterback, the center has the hardest job on offense in terms of mental preparation. Kyle makes calls and helps make sure the most dangerous guys on defense get blocked. His football IQ is extremely high and he has a lot on his plate each game.”
Coached by Anthony Morello and Jordan Capitanio, the offensive line has improved by lining up against the team’s defensive line in practice.
“Our defensive line is so talented, so every day they’re going up against Gramoz Bici, Tyler Blizzard and Emilio Camou,” Marinelli said. “They put in a lot of hard work each day against a physical bunch and because of that, they have become really physical line.”
As for Friday night’s road game, the Cardinals are facing a Ludlowe team that is 0-5, but has shown a lot of skill offensively. Senior quarterback Josh Evans has passed for more than 1,000 yards and junior Colin Wilson has over 300 yards passing. Junior Aidan Wykoff has 32 receptions in five games.
“They do a lot of good things offensively and are way more improved than a year ago,” Marinelli said of Ludlowe. “We have to stay focused, be prepared and play our game.”