- Coach: TOM BROCKETT (11th year, 123-10)
- Conference: NVL Copper Division
- Playoff Class: S (347 boys enrollment)
- Home: Jarvis Stadium
- 2015 Record: 12-1 (Class S finalist)
- 2016 Kickoff: Sept. 9 at Wolcott, 7 p.m.
- Team website: AnsoniaFootball.com | MaxPreps | Twitter: @AnsoniaFootball
- BRYSON CAFARO, Sr., QB (6-2, 190)
- MALCOM MARTIN, Sr., FB/LB (6-1, 239)
- CHAZZ SANDERS, Sr., OL/DL (5-8, 328)
- JOSEPH DECIUCIS, Sr., OL/DL (6-1, 280)
- CHRISTOPHER ROWLEY, Sr., TE/LB (5-10, 184)
- MARKELL DOBBS, Jr., RB/DB (5-11, 170)
- MICHAEL LAROVERA, Jr., OL/DE (6-1, 205)
- CODY TEODOSIO, Jr., WR/LB (6-0, 190)
- JUSTIN LOPEZ, Jr., WR/DB (5-9, 160)
- TERJUAN BURNEY, So., TE/DE (6-1, 242)
Tajik Bagley, RB/DB; Tyler Bailey, WR/DB; Angel Falero, TE/DE
The Chargers lost their three most talented players (Tajik Bagley, Tyler Bailey and Angel Falero) to graduation. Bagley, who was a GameTimeCT/Register All-State and All-Area selection, rushed for 219 times for 2,083 yards and 31 touchdowns. Bailey, who made 37 tackles and three interceptions in addition to rushing 88 times for 790 yards and 19 touchdowns and catching 29 passes for 642 yards and five touchdowns, and Falero (63 tackles and 12 sacks) were All-Area picks. The trio led Ansonia to an unbeaten regular season, the NVL title and an appearance in the Class S state championship game before losing to Bloomfield.
They will be difficult to replace. Regardless, the Chargers are expected to be a talented, skilled and aggressive unit in 2016. The only thing Ansonia lacks is experience.
Brockett believes Malcom Martin (17 carries, 111 yards, three touchdowns) will be one of the top two-way players in the state. Martin will anchor the defense and be the fullback in the Chargers’ I-formation on offense. Martin’s production on offense should increase a lot this season. Markell Dobbs, the brother of former Ansonia standout Montrell Dobbs, has the talent and potential to have a breakout season at running back this year.
Bryson Cafaro is back for his second season as the team’s starting quarterback. Brockett says he looks “much improved.” Cafaro completed 37 of 66 passes for 954 yards and 11 touchdowns against just four interceptions last season.
“The kids work extremely hard and will compete everyday,” Brockett said.
Brockett said until his young offense jells, the Chargers could struggle to put up points. Ansonia has very little experience returning offensively and its without any proven skill players. The Chargers do not return a receiver who caught a pass in a varsity game last season. Justin Lopez and Cody Teodosio will head the receiving corps.
Ansonia must replace four of five on the offensive line in addition to Falero at tight end.
With Chazz Sanders expected to miss the early part of the season with injury, Ansonia returns just two starters (Martin and Lopez) on defense. Lopez made two interceptions last season, including one he returned for a touchdown. Lopez had an auspicious debut on defense as a sophomore and should be one of the Chargers’ top defenders this season.
Ansonia plays traditional Valley rivals Oxford, Seymour and Derby as part of its NVL Copper Division schedule in addition to a division game against what should be an improved St. Paul. The Chargers also have contests with Wolcott, Torrington, Holy Cross and Naugatuck, Ansonia’s Thanksgiving Day rival.
Seymour returns quarterback Jaylen Kelley and running back Bobby Melms.
“You have to believe Seymour should be ahead of the pack returning most of (its) team from last season, including two of the top skilled players in the league and state,” Brockett said.
Ansonia has made the state playoffs in every season during Brockett’s tenure. Brockett had guided the Chargers to five state titles. Ansonia has played in six straight state championship games. Although the Chargers may struggle a bit early, if they remain healthy, they should be a dangerous team come mid-season. It’s likely that Ansonia qualifies for the state playoffs yet again.
|Sept. 9||at Wolcott*||7 p.m.|
|Sept. 16||vs. Waterbury Career*||7 p.m.|
|Sept. 23||at Oxford*||6 p.m.|
|Sept. 30||at Torrington*||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 6||vs. Kennedy*||6 p.m.|
|Oct. 14||at St. Paul**||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 27||vs. Seymour**||6 p.m.|
|Nov. 4||at Derby**||7 p.m.|
|Nov. 11||vs. Holy Cross*||6:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 24||vs. Naugatuck*||10 a.m.|