- Coach: Rich Angarano (15th year, 106-65)
- Conference: SWC Patriot
- Playoff Class: M (441 boys enrollment)
- Home: Brookfield Stadium Field
- 2013 Record: 11-4 (SWC runners up, Class M runners up)
- 2014 Kickoff: Sept. 12 at Masuk, 7 p.m.
- Captains: Gabe Pompette
- Team website: MaxPreps page
- Bobby Drysdale, Jr. RB/LB (6-1, 210)
- Austin Reich, Jr. RB/LB (5-9, 215)
- Dan Jackson, Sr. WR/DB (6-0, 180)
- Gabe Pompette, Sr. WR/DB (6-0, 185)
- John Roscigno, Jr. QB (5-10, 155)
- Nick Seis, Jr. TE/DE (6-1, 190)
- Nick Anquanita, Jr. OL/DT (6-0, 265)
- Brock Broullianne, Sr. DB (6-0, 170)
- Zach Della, Jr. OL (6-0, 265)
- Sam Flynn, Jr. OL (5-11, 225)
- Kyle Madden, Jr. OL/DT (6-1, 300)
- Ben Gross, Jr. OL (6-5, 295)
- Peter Manesis, Jr. LB (6-0, 175)
- Matt Melby, Jr. DE (5-9, 190)
- Tom Petrellese, Sr. LB (5-10, 185)
- Matt Biondi, Sr. LB (6-0, 201)
- Hafeez Yussuf, Sr. DB (5-10, 160)
- Andrew Collins, Jr. DB (5-11, 175)
Brad Westmark, QB; Louie Rodrigues, OL/DL (CHSCA All-State); Liam Clancy (CHSCA All-State), WR/DE; Justin Lyons, NT; Ben Martone, DB; Eric Rodriquez, OL
A year ago observers wondered how long it would take Brookfield’s heralded Pop Warner class to come of age at the high school level.
The answer: Immediately.
From the get-go, Brookfield’s sophomores headlined by Bobby Drysdale, Austin Reich, Nick Seis (et cetera, et cetera, et cetera) seamlessly integrated with the veterans. There was a setback or two, but Brookfield eventually muscled its way into the SWC championship game and the state championship game in one, glorious season. They didn’t win a title but, hey, they were only sophomores.
Now, they’re all junior veterans. The logical progression dictates that Brookfield 2014 is in for one heck of an encore.
“The juniors really progressed as sophomores,” said Angarano, whose program has been to five state finals and won a state championship in 2008. “Our expectations are high for their continued development. While we’re still finalizing our football team… We could have as many as nine juniors playing on offense and as many as eight on defense this year.”
The class starts with Drysdale, an all-stater as a sophomore who ran for 2,000 yards and 27 touchdowns, including the winning scores in both the quarterfinals and semifinals. He returns in the backfield alongside Reich, another all-stater who added 900 yards and 9 TDs. They’ll be backed by a big and strong offensive line, which returns three starters, but must replace all-state tackle Louis Rodrigues and Eric Rodriquez.
There are holes to fill, for sure. The biggest is at quarterback, where Brad Westmark graduated after setting school passing records as a junior and then yielding the floor in a converted Wing-T offense designed to make the most of the talented sophomores. Johnny Roscigno is in line for the job, but Angarano says the junior has to win it in training camp. Effectiveness at the position is critical for Brookfield’s success.
Senior Dan Jackson, who had a breakout season as a runner, receiver and kick-returner and compiled 1,419 all-purpose yards, teams with captain Gabe Pompette to give the new QB reliable targets.
Defense is where Brookfield really could shine. Juniors Drysdale and Reich are two of the SWC’s best linebackers. Reich was in on 111 tackles last year, and Drysdale 81. Junior Nick Seis, who led the Bobcats with 10 sacks and had 89 tackles, leads the defensive line. Pompette leads the secondary. He made five interceptions last year.
Brookfield appears far ahead of every other SWC team in 2014, with the exception of one: Newtown. The Bobcats were dominated by their southern rivals both in the regular season (34-7) and in the SWC championship game (28-7). Brookfield gets another shot Oct. 24 at Blue and Gold Stadium in what’s already billed as the league’s matchup of the year.
Of course, they could also face each other in the final SWC championship game in Week 11. Brookfield kicks off the season with a potentially dangerous game vs. revitalized Masuk on Sept. 12.
“We think we have a chance to be pretty good,” said Angarano, noting that Newtown remains king until proven otherwise. “As always, we expect to compete for the SWC championship and a state playoff berth. We have a long way to go.”
Sept. 12 — at Masuk*, 7 p.m.
Sept. 19 — at Stratford*, 7 p.m.
Sept. 26 — New.Fair.**, 7 p.m.
Oct. 2 — Bunnell*, 7 p.m.
Oct. 10 — Joel Barlow**, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 — Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech, 7 p.m.
Oct. 24 — at Newtown*, 7 p.m.
Oct. 31 — at Pomperaug*, 7 p.m.
Nov. 7 — Weston**, 7 p.m.
Nov. 15 — at Notre Dame-Fairfield**, 1 p.m.
Nov. 27 — Bethel**, 10 a.m.