Above: Highlight reel for Naugatuck senior quarterback and three-year starter Jason Bradley, who’s one of the state’s top-returning quarterbacks and the key to the Greyhounds hopes of reaching the state playoffs for the first time since 2010.
- Coach: Craig Bruno (2nd year, 9-2)
- Conference: NVL Iron Division
- Playoff Class: L (670 boys enrollment)
- Home: Veterans Field
- 2013 Record: 9-2
- 2014 Kickoff: Torrington, Sept. 12, 7 p.m.
- Team website: MaxPreps page
- Jason Bradley, 6-0, 170, Sr., QB
- Bryan Coney, 6-2, 190, Sr., WR/S
- Chris Quarles, 6-3, 175, Sr., WR/LB
- P.J. Murphy, Sr. OL/LB
- Maleek Brooks, Sr., WR/DB
- Logan Bond, Jr., OL/DL
- Jack Reardon, Sr., OL/DL
- Will Paul, Sr., OL
Ryne Griesenauer WR/DB; Rick Plasky WR/DB; Bryan Burke DB; Matt Burke LB; Kevin Mariano OL/DL; Tom Douty RB/LB; Mark Cavagnulo OL/DL.
Naugatuck won nine games and just missed out on a state playoff berth in Bruno’s first season a year ago. In Year 2, the Greyhounds should be fully adjusted to Bruno’s system.
With most of their skill players returning, it’s easy to see why Naugatuck is being pegged as one of the top contenders in the NVL.
The Greyhounds will put points on the board, for sure. Naugatuck averaged 41 points per game last season. Bradley and Coney just may be the best quarterback-receiver duo in the league. Quarles and Brooks give Bradley options besides Coney in the open field.
The biggest question mark is on the offensive line. If the line can play more physical, and give Bradley time to throw, Naugatuck will be difficult to stop.
Defensively, the Greyhounds will be led by Murphy, who’s projected to be one of the top linebackers in the league.
Big tests for Naugatuck include a Week 2 meeting against Holy Cross (Sept. 26), Wolcott (Oct. 10) and Thanksgiving Day rival Ansonia (Nov. 27). The Greyhounds travel outside of the league to take on SWC member Barlow on Oct. 17. Naugatuck does not play Valley rival Seymour, who’s expected to be a league contender.
- Sept 12 — Torrington, 7 p.m.**
- Sept. 26 — Holy Cross, 7 p.m.*
- Oct. 2 — at Kennedy, 6 p.m.*
- Oct. 10 — at Wolcott, 6:30 p.m.**
- Oct. 17 — at Barlow, 7 p.m.
- Oct. 24 — Woodland, 7 p.m.**
- Oct. 30 — Crosby, 7 p.m.*
- Nov. 7 — at Derby, 7 p.m.*
- Nov. 14 — at Watertown, 7 p.m.**
- Nov. 21 — St. Paul, 7 p.m.*
- Nov. 27 — at Ansonia, 10:30 a.m.*