- COACH — KEVIN QUINN (3rd year, 12-10)
- CONFERENCE — Pequot Uncas
- PLAYOFF CLASS — M (co-op)
- HOME — University High Athletic Fields, Hartford
- 2017 RECORD — 8-4, lost to Barlow in Class M semifinals
- 2018 OPENER — Sept. 7 vs. Haddam-Killingworth, 6:30 p.m.
- TEAM WEBSITE — Maxpreps
- DEVIN HILL, Jr.,QB (5’11 185)
- NASEIM HARRISON, Sr., WR/DB (6’3 180)
- HAYDEN JORDAN, Sr., WR/DB, (5’8 180)
- LUIS GUZMAN, Sr., OL/DL (5’9 235)
- JORDAN RIVERA, Jr., RB-LB (6’0 185)
- JOSH MCLEGGON, Sr., RB (5’8 165)
LB Devon Daniels (All-Pequot), OL John Pintavalle (All-Pequot), WR Jordan Young, LB Kevin Done, DL Alex Swan
With six returning starters on offense and seven on defense, the co-op squad from SMSA/Classical/University has the base to build off of last year’s 8-4 campaign, which was the program’s first winning record and included a state playoff berth and its first playoff victory.
Of those returnees, a bunch of them return at skill positions, including starters at quarterback, running back and wide receiver.
“We bring back our starting QB, RB, and two top receivers all of which are in their third year in the system,” Quinn said. “No doubt a team strength is our team speed on both sides of the ball.”
Hill, an All-Pequot selection a year ago as a sophomore, threw for 2,388 yards and 28 touchdowns. He also proved himself to be a dual threat with his legs as he scored seven more touchdowns while amassing 588 yards rushing.
Two of Hill’s favorite targets return in Harrison and Jordan, two seniors who caught 21 of his 28 TD tosses.
Harrison, a Class M All-State selection last fall, caught 46 passes for 960 yards and scored 12 touchdowns.
Jordan is a two-time all-conference choice who caught 56 passes for 794 yards and nine touchdowns.
Last season, Quinn said, Hill broke the school’s passing record and he expects either Jordan or Harrison will break the school’s receiving record this season.
Don’t think this is just a one dimensional team, however.
When Hill hands the ball off, it’s usually going into the belly of McLeggon, a senior. He led the team in total yards last year with 1,052 — 807 on the ground and another 245 through the air. He totaled 15 touchdowns, 13 on the ground and two via receptions.
The one question mark Quinn faces this season is how those skill players will do behind an offensive line that graduated a trio of seniors, including John Pintavalle, an All-Conference choice.
Quinn feels last year’s understudies might be ready.
“As a staff, we have been working on (coaching) up our offensive line after graduating three starting offensive lineman,” Quinn said. “We are fortunate to have some underclassmen ready to step up.”
With more starters returning on defense, SMSA-Classical-University should be in a good position to stop opponents.
Guzman (74 tackles, 10 for loss) and Rivera (99 tackles, 5 sacks) will headline that unit along with Harrison, who also proved to be a threat on defense has he intercepted eight passes.
All told, it’s a squad that could once again find the postseason.
- Sept. 7 — HADDAM-KILLINGWORTH*, 6:30 p.m.
- Sept. 14 — LEWIS MILLS*, 6:30 p.m.
- Sept. 21 — ELLINGTON**, 6:30 p.m.
- Sept. 28 — at Stafford/Somers/East Windsor**, 6:30 p.m.
- Oct. 5 at — at Rockville**, 6:30 p.m.
- Oct. 18 — GRANBY**, 6 p.m.
- Oct. 26 — at Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby**, 6:30 p.m.
- Nov. 2 — at Canton**, 7 p.m.
- Nov. 10 — at Gilbert/Northwestern**, 1 p.m.
- Nov. 16 — COVENTRY/WT/BOLTON/LYMAN**, 6 p.m.
Home games in CAPS