- Coach: George French (5th year, 20-21)
- Conference: NVL Copper Division
- Playoff Class: S (198 boys enrollment)
- Home: DeFilippo Field
- 2013 Record: 5-6
- 2014 Kickoff: at St. Paul, Sept. 12, 7 p.m.
- Captains: Ben Slowik, Brian Eliasson
- Team page: Max Preps page
- Michael Kreiger, 6-2, 190, Sr. QB
- Andy Sanchez, 5-10, 210, Sr., OL
- Richard Bartone, 5-10, 185, Jr., RB
- Jose Santamaria, 5-10, 240, Jr., OL
- Brian Eliasson, 5-9, 175, Sr., DB
- Mike Mauro, 5-8, 160, Sr., LB
- Ben Slowik, 5-10, 175, Sr., DB
- Charlie Sampson, 5-10, 200, Jr., LB
Tyler Dobek, WR/DB (52 catches, 714 yards, nine touchdowns); Josh Russell, WR/LB (24 catches, 349 yards); Jordan LaRue, WR/DB (27 catches, 441 yards, six touchdowns); Sal Frosceno, WR/DB (28 catches, 543 yards, six touchdowns).
Derby, which has one of the state’s smallest boys enrollment, will benefit from the return of Kreiger, who completed 148 of 262 passes for 2,214 yards and 24 touchdowns against just eight interceptions as a junior. Kreiger also rushed 108 times for 728 yards and eight scores. Kreiger, though, has battled mono in the preseason, and his status for Week 1 won’t be determined until Sept. 4. French is confident Kreiger won’t miss any action.
The Red Raiders, though, have to replace most of their receivers. Dobek, Russell, LaRue and Frosceno combined for 131 catches and 21 touchdowns. All have graduated. The maturation of a new crop of receivers will be key to Derby’s success.
The Red Raiders will also have to replace their top running back, Tyrae Small, who graduated after rushing 86 times for 756 yards and seven touchdowns, despite missing five games with injury. Bartone and junior Josh Parks are expected to handle the bulk of the carries out of the backfield.
The offensive line is expected to be a strength with the return of Sanchez and Santamaria. That, and the promise of Bartone and Parks in the backfield, should help lighten the load on Kreiger.
If Derby can fill those holes at receiver, and at defensive back, and play more consistently on defense, French believes Derby will be a serious threat to compete in the NVL Copper Division and in the NVL as a whole. The Red Raiders’ early-season schedule is favorable.
Derby can realistically be 5-1 (it plays rival Ansonia on Sept. 19) heading into a home game with Seymour on Halloween. The Red Raiders then conclude the season at home against Naugatuck, at Wolcott, home against Woodland and then at rival Shelton.
- Sept. 12 — at St. Paul, 7 p.m.**
- Sept. 19 — at Ansonia, 7 p.m.**
- Sept. 26 — Crosby, 7 p.m.*
- Oct. 10 — at Torrington, 7 p.m.*
- Oct. 17 — Oxford, 7 p.m.*
- Oct. 24 — at Kennedy, 7 p.m.*
- Oct. 31 — Seymour, 7 p.m.**
- Nov. 7 — Naugatuck, 7 p.m.*
- Nov. 14 — at Wolcott, 6:30 p.m.*
- Nov. 21 — Woodland, 7 p.m.*
- Nov. 27 — at Shelton, 10:30 a.m.
* — conference game
** — division game