- COACH — ROB TYNAN (26th year)
- CONFERENCE — SWC Division II
- PLAYOFF CLASS — Class M (484 boys enrolled)
- HOME — Joel Barlow HS
- 2017 RECORD — 9-4, lost in Class M finals to Killingly
- 2018 OPENER — Sept. 7 vs. Stratford, 7 p.m.
- TEAM WEBSITE — JBFootball.org, Maxpreps
- BRETT HUGO, Jr., QB, (6-2, 185)
- TYLER STARRETT, Sr., RB/DB (5-11, 185)
- WILL BREY, Sr., WR/LB (6-0, 180)
- HENRY SHABAN, Sr., RB/WR (5-11, 185)
- KEVIN RICHETELLI, Sr., WR/LB (6-5, 215)
- DAVE CUSICK, Jr., RB (5-11, 165)
- HENRY EUBANKS, Sr., RB/DB (6-1, 165)
- WILL DENNY, Sr., OL/DL (6-1, 280)
QB Trevor Furrer (All-State), RB/LB Will Cusick, RB/LB Alex Stillman (All-State), RB/LB Cal Peterson, OL/DE Daniel Brey (All-State).
One of the best seasons in Rob Tynan’s 26-year tenure as Barlow coach culminated in the Falcons winning the SWC Division II crown and advancing to its first state championship game.
Repeating that is now the goal for the Falcons. But it will also require a new cast.
Barlow must replace about 80 percent of its production from a triple option attack that torched opponents late last year to the tune of six straight victories. Graduated quarterback Trevor Furrer rushed for almost 1,800 yards alone.
“Unfortunately in high school there’s this thing called ‘graduation,’” Tynan said. “We lost a lot of really good players but we’re trying to build on the tradition from last year. We do things differently than everyone else, being an option football team, and we’re proud of that. We’ve had a great offseason conditioning doing our speed and agility programs.”
Junior Brett Hugo will take the quarterback reins for Barlow, which features an offense that takes a year of varsity experience to master, Tynan said.
“He’s a very smart kid and unflappable. He doesn’t get stressed,” Tynan said of Hugo. “You have to live for the next play. There’s not a game I don’t make a mistake on a call. It happens and it’s the same with players. You have to move on to the next play.”
Hugo will have a host of running backs from which to choose. Wingbacks Tyler Sterrett, Henry Eubanks, David Cusick and sophomore fullbacks Aidan Gale, Frankie McNeary will all vie for the potentially 50-plus carries the Falcons hope to average for a second straight season.
Senior receiver Kevin Richetelli — all 6-foot-5, 215 pounds of him — will provide a reliable target in an offense that, Tynan admits, will throw “more than we usually do.” Richetelli, an All-State lacrosse player at Barlow, has committed to play the sport at UPenn.
The Falcons will also look to seniors Will Brey and Henry Shaban to catch passes. Shaban, who is coming off an ACL injury suffered midway through last year, has been moved to receiver where Tynan hopes to take advantage of his athleticism.
A holdover from last year will be the offensive line, which has helped Hugo get into the right looks in preseason, Tynan said. Four of five starters return, all of whom paved the way for last season’s hot streak. Will Denny, Joe Francoletti, Dakota Koopman, Cassidy Koopman are the returners.
The Falcons will visit Sheehan in a rematch of last season’s Class M quarterfinals on the same field as part of the SCC-SWC challenge. A visit to Brookfield Sept. 21 could decide the Division II championship, just like it did last year when the Falcons claimed 24-21 win. That matchup will be the first game under the new lights at Brookfield High.
“I think it puts a bull’s eye on your back. Barlow isn’t used to being a big time dog,” Tynan said. “We have to play Stratford (Sept. 7), then you take it from there. We trying to build a tradition. … We’ve talked to the kids. State playoffs is a goal. Once you get to a state final you want to win it. You feel like there’s unfinished business.”
- Sept. 7 — STRATFORD*, 7 p.m.
- Sept. 21 — at Brookfield**, 7 p.m.
- Sept. 28 — at New Milford*, 7 p.m.
- Oct. 12 — at Sheehan, 7 p.m.
- Oct. 19 — NOTRE DAME-FAIRFIELD**, 7 p.m.
- Oct. 26 — at Bethel**, 7 p.m.
- Nov. 2 — at Masuk*, 7 p.m.
- Nov. 10 — NEW FAIRFIELD**, 1 p.m.
- Nov. 15 — BASSICK, 7 p.m.
- Nov. 22 — WESTON** 10 a.m.
Home games in CAPS