- Coach: Tom Lennon (6th season, 17-34)
- Conference: NVL Copper Division
- Playoff Class: S (320 boys enrollment)
- Home: DeBarber Field
- 2013 Record: 6-5 (6-3 NVL)
- 2014 Kickoff: Amity. Sept. 11, 7 p.m.
- Team website: MaxPreps page
- Joey Salemme, 5-8, 180, Sr., RB
- Greg Chase-Patrick, 5-9, 170, Sr., RB
- Julian Falcioni, 5-10, 180, Sr., DL
- Jack Osiecki, 6-3, 175, Sr., WR
- C.J. Falcioni, 6-0, 215, Jr., OL
- Jake Bleau, 6-0, 165, Jr., WR
- Tyler Sirowich, 6-1, 200, Jr., OL
- Jaylen Kelley, 5-10, 180, So., QB
- Chris Abate, 5-9, 170, Sr., LB
- Matt Vartelas, 6-0, 175, Sr., LB
- Bryan Rossetti, 6-1, 175, Sr., DB
- Brandon Otero, 6-1, 205, Sr., DL
Zack Sirowich, OL/LB (101 total tackles, five sacks); Jack Briggs, FB/DB; Dan Hink, OL/LB (88 total tackles, two sacks); Christian Thurmond, WR/DB (20 catches, 537 yards, 11 touchdowns).
The mission for the Wildcats this season is to finish games. Last season, Seymour lost several heart breakers:
Amity scored three straight touchdowns to take the lead for good, then held on to preserve a come-from-behind, 24-21 victory in the season opener.
Down 34-6 in the second quarter, Wolcott rallied for a 48-41 victory.
Perhaps most devastating, Seymour missed a field goal with less than two minutes remaining that allowed rival Ansonia to remain unbeaten. The Chargers won that game 21-20 and went on to finish 15-0, including the NVL and Class S championship, and the No. 1 ranking in the final Register Top 10 Poll.
With several talented starters returning, there’s potential for Seymour to be in the hunt for a state playoff berth. Among the returnees is Salemme, who rushed 305 times for 1,913 yards and 21 touchdowns. Salemme is expected to be one of the state’s top running backs. He also excelled on defense while being named a Register All-Area selection.
There’s other options offensively, including Chase-Patrick (79 carries, 329 yards, six touchdowns last season), who is expected to get more carries this season.
“(He had) memorable carries and big carries in big spots for us last year,” Lennon said.
With the transfer of Frankie Marcucio, last year’s starter at quarterback, to Westhill, Kelley is expected to get the call at that position this year. He is untested, but has potential, Lennon said. Kelley started at catcher on the baseball team this past spring.
“He’s grown by leaps and bounds,” Lennon said. “He certainly has a good arm. He can do some things. He has some saavy, he has some moxie, those are some of the things that excite us.”
Bleau and Osiecki. the younger brother of former Seymour stars Mike and Ryan Osiecki, will lead the receiving corps.
“He (Bleau) opened some eyes in the spring,” Lennon said. “And Osiecki is a huge target with great pedigree.”
Julian Falcioni (58 tackles, 11 sacks as a junior) is one of the top defensive linemen in the NVL. He’ll anchor what’s expected to be a strong defensive unit. Abate (78 tackles, seven sacks), Vartelas (32 tackles) and C.J. Falcioni (five sacks) also return on that side of the ball.
“He (Julian Falcioni) is a defensive monster and a blocking machine at the tight end spot,” Lennon said. “He’s a match up nightmare.”
- Sept. 11 — Amity, 7 p.m.
- Sept. 19 — St. Paul, 7 p.m.**
- Oct. 2 — at Ansonia, 6 p.m.**
- Oct. 10 — at Wilby, 3:30 p.m.*
- Oct. 17 — Bethel, 7 p.m.
- Oct. 24 — Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech, 7 p.m.*
- Oct. 31 — at Derby, 7 p.m.**
- Nov. 7 — Torrington, 7 p.m.*
- Nov. 14 — Oxford, 7 p.m.*
- Nov. 21 — at Watertown, 7 p.m.*
- Nov. 26 — at Woodland, 6 p.m.*