- Coach: BRANDON McCORMICK (2nd year, 6-4)
- Conference: SCC Division III
- Playoff Class: M
- Home: Bowen Field
- 2015 Record: 6-4
- 2016 Kickoff: Sept. 9 at Hillhouse, 7 p.m.
- Team website: MaxPreps
- JHAVION HADDOCK, Sr., HB/OLB (5-7, 160)
- TYRESE THOMAS, Sr., HB/FS (6-0, 165)
- JONATHAN BROWNE, Sr., WR/CB (6-0, 155)
- DeSHAWN STOKES, Sr., OL/DL (5-10, 195)
- WYATT JACKSON, Jr., QB/CB (5-7, 140)
- NICK MAY, Jr., TE/LB (5-10, 185)
- JOSH MORALES, Sr., OL/DL (5-9, 300)
- NEAL ELEY, So., HB/OLB (6-1, 155)
- KENNY ANDERSON, Sr., RB (5-10, 145)
Ralik Garvins, FB/OLB; Latrell Alston, OL/DL; Jeremiah Wright, TE/DL
A new era begins at Creed/Career/Whitney Tech, the team formerly known as Hyde.
The school’s contract with Hyde Schools ran out this past offseason and the school was rebranded as the Creed School of Health Sciences and Sports Medicine, named for Dr. Cortlandt V.R. Creed, the first African-American to graduate from Yale Medical School in the mid-19th century.
The school’s nickname will still be the Howling Wolves and they will still co-op with Career and Whitney Tech. The program captured four state titles (2000, 2004, 2005 and 2009) under the Hyde name.
That wasn’t the only change.
Creed/Career/Whitney Tech moved over from the Pequot Conference to the SCC. This move is only for football. Creed will remain in the Shoreline Conference for all other sports.
The Howling Wolves were placed in the newly-formed SCC Division III.
“I think even some of the seniors last year were a little bit upset that we had not made the change earlier,” Creed coach Brandon McCormick said. “It was definitely something — competition-wise — that they wanted to do. They are very excited about that.”
The Howling Wolves open the season against Hillhouse, a fellow New Haven school, on Sept. 9. It’s the first meeting between the two schools in football.
“I’ve been wanting to play in the SCC for a long time now,” Creed senior running back Jhavion Haddock said.
The Howling Wolves also play SCC Division I member West Haven (Sept. 23) and Division II member Wilbur Cross, another New Haven school, on Oct. 15.
“We’re going to be in the mix, in the soup, right away,” McCormick said. “They’re excited about the Hillhouse thing. It’s an inner city thing, and it’s the first time it’s ever going to happen. We’re going to put our best foot forward when it comes to that and see what we can do.”
McCormick is confident about his team’s chances playing in the SCC, one of the top conferences in the state.
“We feel like we can step on the field with pretty much anybody and at least compete, and put an effort forward that is probably going to surprise some people,” McCormick said.
Haddock is one of the state’s most talented returning players. Haddock rushed 143 times for 1,522 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior. He had three kickoff returns and two punt returns go for touchdowns and finished with 1,917 total yards and 27 touchdowns while being named a GameTimeCT/Register All-Area pick.
“He worked his tail off in the weight room,” McCormick said. “He’s been probably to six or seven one-day camps at colleges and worked out with those guys. He’s really got a chip on his shoulder.”
Despite Haddock’s success last season he was not named to the Class M coaches all-state team, which fueled him in the offseason.
“Most definitely it did,” Haddock said. “I just have to come out this year harder than I did last year.
Haddock said he worked in the offseason on improving in several areas.
“I worked on my (football) IQ, better communication skills with my teammates, footwork, taking on hits and bouncing off of them,” Haddock said.
Senior Tyrese Thomas moves from quarterback to half back/receiver this year. Thomas played receiver/tight end during Pop Warner and was a quarterback during middle school and throughout high school until this year.
“I feel like I can do more with the ball,” Thomas said. “Last year I didn’t have as much chances, but now I can get out and work and see the field more. I like getting out catching the ball, running the ball.”
Junior Wyatt Jackson takes over at quarterback.
“We think with him (Jackson) there at the helm, we can probably do some more throwing, and be better in that area. We were probably 90 percent run last year. We think he can get the ball to some of the guys.”
Senior Jonathan Browne will be a split end, while Senior Josh Morales returns at center.
“Believe it or not, and I don’t want to jinx myself, but we didn’t have a fumbled snap all last year,” McCormick said. “That’s big for us, obviously, from the turnover deal.”
Junior Nick May will play at tight end. He was a guard last season. May also made 41 tackles.
“He’s probably our quarterback of our defense, as we like to say, at middle linebacker,” McCormick said. “We’re looking for big things from him, for sure.”
Note: The team recently lost one of its former players, Devante Sealy, who was a captain in 2012. The former two-way starter was killed in a motorcycle accident on August 13. Creed will be dedicating the season in his name. There will be a short reading by one of his former teachers and a moment of silence at the Hillhouse game. Sealy had recently graduated from the University of New Haven and had enlisted in the military.
|Sept. 9||at Hillhouse (Bowen Field)*||7 p.m.|
|Sept. 15||vs. Lyman Hall (Bowen Field)**||7 p.m.|
|Sept. 23||at West Haven*||7 p.m.|
|Sept. 30||at Law**||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 6||vs. Guilford (Bowen Field)**||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 15||at Wilbur Cross*||1 p.m.|
|Oct. 28||vs. Branford (Bowen Field)**||7 p.m.|
|Nov. 3||vs. East Haven (Bowen Field)**||7 p.m.|
|Nov. 11||at Sheehan**||6 p.m.|
|Nov. 17||at Foran*||7 p.m.|