- Coach: Tom Brockett (9th year, 100-7)
- Conference: NVL Copper Division
- Playoff Class: S (334 boys enrollment)
- Home: Jarvis Stadium
- 2013 Record: 15-0 (NVL Brass Division champions, NVL champions, Class S champions)
- 2014 Kickoff: at Oxford, Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m.
- Captains: Jai’Quan McKnight, Witold Gul, Larry Cafaro, Paul Makinano, Tyler Reese, Tyler O’Connell
- Team website: AnsoniaFootball.com | MaxPreps page
- Jai’Quan McKnight, 5-11, 197, Sr., QB
- Tajik Bagley, 5-11, 188, Jr., RB
- Tyler Bailey, 5-11, 186, Jr., WR
- Tyler Reese, 5-11, 215, Sr., OL
- Angel Falero, 6-3, 218, Jr., TE
- Larry Cafaro, 5-11, 200, Sr., OL/DE/LB
- Paul Makinano, 6-0, 223, Sr., OL/LB
- Tyler O’Connell, 6-0, 215, Sr., OL/DE/LB
- Witold Gul, 6-0, 184, Sr., WR/DB
Arkeel Newsome, RB/DB; Saiheed Sanders, RB/DB; Matt Simon, OL/DL; Ryan Hovan, OL/DL; Antone Mack, OL/DL; Cory Dzienkiewicz, OL; Tom Majchrzak, TE/DB.
The life without Arkeel Newsome era begins in Ansonia. Newsome, now playing at UConn, finished his sensational career as the state’s leading rusher, tallying 10,672 yards, scoring 187 total touchdowns and amassing 1,162 points, all state records. He set single-season state records with 3,867 yards, 68 touchdowns and 422 points last season while being named the Register All-State and All-Area MVP.
But the Chargers lost more than just Newsome. Ansonia must replace four of its five offensive linemen, including Hovan, a Register All-State selection, and Simon, a Register All-Area pick. Sanders, a Register All-Area choice last season, is also among those that have graduated.
But don’t feel too sorry for Ansonia. The Chargers are blessed with the return of some of the state’s top skill players. McKnight returns for his third year at quarterback. He passed for 1,008 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushed for 555 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior. He also made 51 tackles and five interceptions while earning Register All-Area honors.
Bagley is projected to be the next great Ansonia tailback. Bagley rushed 61 times for 716 yards and nine touchdowns playing behind Newsome last season. He also caught 10 passes, including three for touchdowns. Bailey (178 rushing yards, three touchdowns, two touchdown receptions) and Gul (three touchdown receptions) will also contribute offensively.
O’Connell is the only returning starter on the offensive line. Cafaro, who saw action at tight end last season, will move to right guard, while Makinano will also be apart of Ansonia’s new-look line. Falero, a big target, will get the call at tight end.
Defensively, the Chargers appear loaded with seven returning starters. Bailey, Bagley, Gul and McKnight all return in the secondary, while Makinano will be one of the NVL’s top defenders at linebacker.
Three-time defending state champ Ansonia enters the season on a 43-game winning streak. It has not lost since losing to St. Joseph in the Class S state championship game in 2010. The Chargers are closing in on Cheshire’s state record for consecutive wins (49). If Ansonia wins its first five games, the Chargers can tie the record with a victory over highly-touted Newtown on Oct. 17 in a game part of the NVL-SWC Challenge. If Ansonia defeats Newtown, it can set the record with a victory over Holy Cross at home on Oct. 24.
- Sept. 11 — at Oxford, 6:30 p.m.*
- Sept. 19 — Derby, 7 p.m.**
- Sept. 26 — at Wilby, 3:30 p.m.*
- Oct. 2 — Seymour, 6 p.m.**
- Oct. 10 — at St. Paul, 7 p.m.**
- Oct. 17 — at Newtown, 7 p.m.
- Oct. 24 — Holy Cross, 7 p.m.*
- Oct. 31 — Wolcott, 7 p.m.*
- Nov. 7 — at Woodland, 6:30 p.m.*
- Nov. 14 — Kennedy, 7 p.m.*
- Nov. 27 — Naugatuck, 10:30 a.m.*