- COACH — DAVE DYKEMAN (10 seasons, 58-27)
- CONFERENCE — Independent
- PLAYOFF CLASS — NEPSAC A
- HOME — Armando Simosa Field, Cheshire
- 2017 RECORD — 8-1
- 2018 OPENER — Sept. 8 at The Hun School, Princeton, N.J., Noon
- TEAM WEBSITE
- BRYCE SEBASTIAN, Sr. WR/RB (5-9, 165)
- MALACHI BURBY, Sr. DL (6-3, 275)
- CLETUS MATHURIN, Sr. DL (6-2, 290)
- TANNER DAVIS, Sr. DB (6-3, 195)
- ANTONIO GIANO, Sr. OL (6-0, 225)
- JAY LAROSA, Sr. K (6-1, 170)
Ethan Kornacki (OL), Chase Kinzly (WR), Zach Spencer (LB), Sean Eilertsen (OL)
Cheshire Academy has graduated 45 players who have gone on to play Division I football since 2012 and boasts a 45-10 record in that span.
The Cats will look to continue their run of dominance this season, returning key pieces on both offense and defense.
Senior Bryce ‘Bug’ Sebastian will be a player to watch this season. In his junior season, the Boston College commit rushed for 505 yards and four touchdowns at running back and eight catches for 120 yards and three touchdowns as a wide receiver. This bug can fly, and he will will be a big part of Cheshire Academy’s success.
Three other Division I commits will be on the roster in safety Tanner Davis to Old Dominion, post graduate from Demascus, MD, Jordan Funk to Army as an offensive tackle, and Tyler Dilenno. A wide receiver and defensive back who transferred from Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, New Jersey and is committed to Yale.
Jared Martino will be rejoining Sebastian on offense. The runningback rushed for 935 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.
Malachi Burby returns on the defensive line coming off of a junior season in which he recorded 81 tackles and 12 sacks in eight games.
In total, the team will return five starters on defense and five starters on offense, including two offensive lineman.
Cheshire Academy suffered a big loss at quarterback in Josh Commune, who suffered a torn ACL and will miss the entire season.
Jack Brandon, a junior transfer from Canisius High School in Buffalo, NY will be the man called into action at quarterback this season with a lot of pressure on his shoulders.
The Cats look primed for another big season with a large core of returning starters if they can get contributions from transfers in key positions.
Cheshire Academy’s difficult schedule features games against Suffield, Deerfield and St. Thomas More. “We will play a strong conference and out of conference schedule with the goal being to qualify to play in a New England Bowl Game.” Said head coach Dave Dykeman.
(Bryce Sebastian Junior Season Highlights. via: hudl)
- Sept. 8 – at Hun High School, 12:00 p.m.
- Sept. 15 – WORCESTER ACADEMY, 12:00 p.m.
- Sept. 28 – BRUNKSWICK, 6:30 p.m.
- Oct. 5 – SUFFIELD ACADEMY, 7:00 p.m.
- Oct. 12 – at Capital Prep Harbor, 7:00 p.m.
- Oct. 19 – CLARKSON FOOTBALL NORTH, 7:00 p.m.
- Oct. 27 – at Mater Dei, 2:00 p.m.
- Nov. 3 – at Deerfield Academy, 3:30 p.m.
- Nov. 9 – ST. THOMAS MORE, 7:00 p.m.
Home games in CAPS.