Above: Highlight reel for Holy Cross’ tailback and defensive end Gerron Pendarvis, who is one of the state’s best linemen and figures to be a force in the Crusaders’ drive at returning to the state playoffs after a two-year absence.
- Coach: Mike Giampetruzzi (6th season, 41-15)
- Conference: NVL Copper Division
- Playoff Class: S (291 boys enrollment)
- Home: Municipal Stadium
- 2013 Record: 8-3 (5-1 Copper)
- 2014 Kickoff: Sept. 11, Wilby 6 p.m.
- Team website: MaxPreps page
- Gerron Pendarvis, Sr. RB-DE
- Joe Kalosky, Sr. QB
- Breonte Nealy, Sr. WR-LB
- Juwan Hall, Sr. RB-LB
- Drew Bialoglowy, Sr. RB
- Aaron Velasquez, Jr. OL-DL
- Tyler Cremin, Jr. OL-DL
- Justin Witherspoon, Jr. WR-DB
- Zach Mason, Jr. WR-LB
- Mike Gugliotti, Sr. LB-OL
- Jordan Perry, Sr. WR-DB
- Justice McDaniel, Sr. RB-DL
Trai Weaver (All-Copper), WR-DB; Bryan Burnette (All-NVL), RB-LB; ; Kyle Broderick (All-Copper), K; Curtis Wickline OL-DL; Brandon Black, WR-DB; Anthony Lucia, OL-DL.
The Crusaders will look to build on last season’s 8-3 finish. Joe Kalosky returns under center and will have his fair share of weapons this season. All-State senior Gerron Pendarvis, who is among some of the state’s best players, returns along with three-year starter Joe Kalosky, Breonte Nealy, Juwan Hall and Drew Bialoglowy, giving the Crusaders a strong nucleus that should challenge fellow contenders Ansonia and Naugatuck. Holy Cross must fill holes left by the graduations for Trai Weaver (All-Copper) and Bryan Burnette (All-NVL).
- Sept 11 — Wilby, 6 p.m. **
- Sept. 19 — At Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech, 7 p.m. **
- Sept. 26 — At Naugatuck, 7 p.m. *
- Oct. 3 — Oxford, 7 p.m. *
- Oct. 9 — Kennedy, 6 p.m. **
- Oct. 17 — Pomperaug, 7 p.m.
- Oct. 24 — At Ansonia, 7 p.m. *
- Oct. 31 — At Watertown, 7 p.m. *
- Nov. 6 — Crosby, 6 p.m. **
- Nov. 14 — At Woodland, 6:30 p.m. *
- Nov. 27 — Wolcott, 10 a.m. *
*Conference game **Division game