The Pequot League
The Pequot League is, much like many of its members, a cooperative football conference of small schools and co-ops mainly from North Central Connecticut Conference, Shoreline Conference and Berkshire League. It was formed in 1980, giving a home to small, football-playing schools from conferences that had too few. The league is located along the northern Connecticut (closely mirroring the NCCC) and throughout Middlesex County (mirroring the SLC). The league's membership has been volatile over the years. Co-op programs change their makeups often while other programs simply outgrow the league and align elsewhere. But there has been significant growth since its early years. In 1993, the Pequot split into two divisions of six schools apiece, named the Uncas Division and Sassacus Division. It grew to as large as 22 teams spread over four divisions in 2012. Its membership has since dropped back to 18 teams, with Rockville added from the CCC. Lewis Mills' departure for the CCC in 2019-20 will again leave the Pequot with 17. The Pequot's football programs are frequent CIAC playoff participants the most recent state champion was Valley Regional/Old Lyme in the 2014 Class S-Small title game.