The phrase “defending CIAC Class LL champions,” has a nice ring to it for the Greenwich High School football team.
And Sunday, it was ring day, as the Cardinals received their rings.
Following a free football clinic for youngsters, Greenwich’s football team got and displayed their rings for winning the 2018 Class LL championship at a ceremony held at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich.
The Cardinals finished a perfect 13-0 this past fall and won the state title by defeating FCIAC rival New Canaan, 34-0, in the Class LL finals.
“Getting these rings today — it feels like the right ending to the season,” said senior Gavin Muir, the Cardinals’ starting quarterback the past two seasons. “We had such a dominant team. Our season was so much more than these rings. The practices, the games, we will cherish them all.”
Muir, who was selected as a member of the New Haven Register All-State Team, leaves Greenwich as the school’s all-time leader in numerous passing categories, including completions (401) and touchdown passes (71). In 2018, Muir passed for 2,474 yards and 31 touchdowns.
The Dartmouth-bound Muir served as one of five captains for coach John Marinelli’s Cardinals during the championship 2018 season.
“It was coach Marinelli’s first year when we were freshmen and he always told us that we were his most important class, because we were the class that would have four years of his philosophy, his coaching and his teaching. It really came together and these rings are the result.”
Tysen Comizio, a senior captain who excelled at running back for the Cardinals, will continue his football career at the University of Pennsylvania.
“Wearing this ring on my finger — I’ve been dreaming of this since I was in kindergarten,” Comizio said. “To finally be here feels amazing. Now that everything is winding down, it’s time to continue to shift my attention to college like I’ve been doing the past couple of months.”
Mozi Bici, the New Haven Register All-State Player of the Year this past season, fondly recalled his Cardinals gridiron days.
“This is a memory that will live for the rest of our lives,” Bici said. “We’ll always look back at this moment and the state championship game. This is the best way to end it — with a ring. We wouldn’t want it any other way.”
Bici, a defensive end, has opted to do a postgraduate year at Suffield Academy before attending college.
“I felt like it was the best option for me in my recruiting process,” said Bici, also a 2018 captain. “It gives me an extra year to develop as an athlete and learn the game more. I am excited to go through the process again.”
Jack Feda, who helped the Cardinals’ defense dominate as a senior linebacker the past several seasons, will play lacrosse at Bucknell. He also was a team captain.
“I wanted to end my football career on a high note and that’s what I did here at Greenwich High School,” said Feda, the lacrosse team’s leading scorer. Our goal since freshman year of high school was to get a ring and win a championship. The support we received from the town was unbelievable. I’m excited for the next chapter of my life at Bucknell.”
Charlie Ducret, also one of the five 2018 captains, will compete in both football and track and field at Trinity College.
“These guys are all my best friends, so it means so much to be here today and close the chapter,” Ducret said. “This is what it’s all about, it’s a fairy tale ending for us. Next year’s kids will look to this and it will motivate them.”
For an hour, the Cardinals’ football players and coaching staff conducted a clinic for a large group of youngsters, many of whom play in the town’s GYFL.
“My captains from last year said they wanted to do something different and give back to the community,” Marinelli said. “It was our way of giving back to a community that’s been so good to us. It’s our way of saying thank you very much to the community.”
CARDINALS OFF TO PLAY IN COLLEGE
The following Greenwich High seniors will play football in college this fall.
Jacob Belmont (Salve Regina), Emilio Camou (Union), Comizio (Penn), Nolan Connerty (Dickinson), Hunter Cusimano (Villanova), Ducret (Trinity), Lance Large (John’s Hopkins), Gavin Muir (Dartmouth), Ryan Raybuck (Saint Anselm), Toby Turnbull (Stonehill) and Christopher Wint (Castleton).