- Coach: Ed McCarthy (32nd season at West Haven, 44th overall. 326-114-9)
- Conference: SCC Division I East
- Playoff Class: LL (773 boys enrollment)
- Home: Ken Strong Stadium
- 2013 Record: 10-3 (Class LL semifinalists)
- 2014 Kickoff: Greenwich, Sept. 12, 7 p.m.
- Captains: Frank Cushing, Tayvon Gibbs, Zatrell Lyons
- Team website: MaxPreps page
- Zatrell Lyons, 6-1, 170, Sr, SE
- Marshont Little, 5-7, 147, Sr., RB
- Anthony Godfrey, 5-5, 154, So., RB
- Juwan Rollins, 6-0, 300, Sr., OL
- Bryon Dickens, 6-1, 298, So., OL
- Tayvon Gibbs, 6-0, 227, Sr., DE
- Frank Cushing, 6-2, 227, Sr., DL
- Elijah Todd, 6-0, 196, Sr., DE
- Adrian Jaynes, 5-9, 182, Jr., LB
- Brandon Sebastian, 6-0, 163, So., S
Ervin Philips, RB; Duane Gary, QB/DB; Jesse Ridgway, OL/DL; Dave Cinti, OL; Eli Gaskins, OL/DL; Nyrell Moore, FB; Norm Doss, OL/DL.
This will be the final season for the veteran McCarthy, the state’s all-time winningest coach, who last month announced he will retire at the end of the season.
The Westies lost several talented starters to graduation, including Philips, who rushed 257 times for 1,812 yards and 29 touchdown. Philips, now at Syracuse, was a Register All-State and All-Area selection as a senior. Fellow All-Area picks Cinti and Ridgway also graduated.
McCarthy says this is probably the youngest team he’s ever had at West Haven, but there is talent. Lyons and Little are two explosive players, as good as any in the league. Little rushed 120 times for 824 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior, while Lyons caught 23 passes for 545 yards and two scores. McCarthy’s son, Tim, a sophomore, is expected to be the team’ starting quarterback.
Gibbs (48 tackles), Rollins (21 tackles) and Cushing (19 tackles) bring some stability and experience to the defensive side of the ball. Little (two interceptions) returns in the secondary.
The big question is whether or not West Haven can overcome its roster’s lack of varsity experience. If it can, the Westies will certainly be a contender despite a daunting schedule.
- Sept 12 — Greenwich, 7 p.m.*
- Sept. 19 — at Foran, 7 p.m.*
- Sept. 26 — Cheshire, 7 p.m.**
- Oct. 2 — Guilford, 7 p.m.*
- Oct. 10 — at Notre Dame-Haven, 7 p.m.**
- Oct. 18 — at Xavier, 1 p.m.*
- Oct. 24 — Hamden, 7 p.m.*
- Oct. 31 — Wilbur Cross, 7 p.m.**
- Nov. 7 — at Hand, 7 p.m.**
- Nov. 14 — at Shelton, 7 p.m.*
- Nov. 27 — Fairfield Prep, 10:30 a.m.*