- Coach: Tom Unger (7th year, 25-37)
- Conference: SCC Division II West
- Playoff Class: L (549 boys enrollment)
- Home: Kavanaugh Complex
- 2013 Record: 5-6 (SCC Division II West champions)
- 2014 Kickoff: at Wilton, Sept. 11, 7 p.m.
- Team page: Guilfordfootball.com | Max Preps page
- Tony Pensa, 6-0, 175, Sr., WR
- Tom Stokes, 6-0, 220, Sr., OL
- Charlie Reynolds, 6-0, 205, Sr., OL
- Jack Jankura, 6-1, 180, Jr., QB
- Casey Huffman, 5-10, 175, Jr., QB
- Tyler Mulone, 6-2, 205, Sr., DL
- Nash Singleton, 6-0, 170, Sr., C
- Jake Lundberg, 5-10, 185, Sr., DL
Joe Nault, QB (now at Tufts); David Knapp, RB; Ford Linell, LB; Ian Robinson, OL; Fred Trotta, LB; Dane Lawrence, OL/DL.
The Indians, the defending SCC Division II West champions, suffered heavy graduation losses.
Among them is Nault, a three-year starter at quarterback and a two-time all-SCC selection. Last season, Nault rushed 128 times for 1,021 yards and 11 touchdowns in addition to passing for 680 yards and 13 scores. Guilford will also have to replace its top running back in Knapp, who rushed 142 times for 1,063 yards and 13 touchdowns.
The Indians must also adjust to life without two of their top linemen (Robinson and Lawrence) and linebackers (Trotta and Linell). Linell made 91 tackles, while Trotta made 56 last season.
Replacing two 1,000-yard rushers will not be an easy task. Staying healthy and getting better each week are two of Guilford’s goals. The graduation of a very good senior class means the young Indians will have to grow up and mature quickly.
Unger says the Indians have some athletes to fill the void at running back, and that Jankura and Huffman have both worked very hard in the off season at quarterback. There’s depth and experience at wide receiver with the return of Singleton and Pensa. Singleton caught three touchdown passes last season, while Pensa made a team-high 22 catches for 487 yards and 10 scores.
The offensive line returns four players that started last year: Mulone, Stokes, senior Matt Eckman and junior Nick Moscato.
Pensa (55 tackles), Mulone, Singleton and Lundberg all return on defense. Singleton made two interceptions as a junior.
As usual in the SCC, the schedule is daunting. The Indians open on the road against Wilton, which handed Guilford a 21-20 loss in the season opener last year. The Indians also play traditional powers Shelton, North Haven and West Haven in addition to Thanksgiving week rival Hand to end the season.
Despite the brutal schedule and the inexperience, Guilford should again be in contention for the division title. Its road game at Hillhouse on Nov. 7 may very well decide the division title.
- Sept. 11 — at Wilton, 7 p.m.
- Sept. 19 — Shelton, 7 p.m.*
- Sept. 26 — at Lyman Hall, 7 p.m.**
- Oct. 2 — at West Haven, 7 p.m.*
- Oct. 10 — Branford, 7 p.m.**
- Oct. 17 — East Haven, 7 p.m.*
- Oct. 24 — North Haven, 7 p.m.*
- Oct. 30 — Law, 7 p.m.**
- Nov. 7 — at Hillhouse, 4 p.m.**
- Nov. 14 — at Foran, 7 p.m.*
- Nov. 26 — at Hand, 7 p.m.*
* — conference game
** — division game