- COACH — SEAN MIGNONE (4th year, 24-11)
- CONFERENCE — SWC Division I
- PLAYOFF CLASS — Class L (596 boys enrolled)
- HOME — Bunnell Turf Field, Stratford
- 2017 RECORD — 8-2
- 2018 OPENER — Sept. 8 at Notre Dame-Fairfield, 12 p.m.
- TEAM WEBSITE — BunnellBulldogs.com, Maxpreps | TWITTER — @REALBunnell_FB
- ELI ALEXANDRE, Sr., WR/DB, (5-10, 160)
- CHRIST N’DABIAN, Sr., RB/DB, (5-6, 160)
- JOSH LISI, Sr., WR/DB, (5-6, 165)
- CJ FALOTICO, Sr., OL/DL, (5-10, 265)
- ANDREW GERIAK, Sr., OL/DL, (5-10, 300) (Transfer from ND-Fairfield)
- TYREEK SMITH, Jr., RB/DB, (6-0, 190)
- JAMES SAVKO, Jr., WR/LB, (5-10, 190)
- BRIAN CARRAFIELLO, Jr., QB, (5-8, 170)
- CJ NEWTON, Jr., OL/DL, (6-0, 285)
- JOVAN EGGLESTON, Jr., RB/LB, (5-10, 210)
QB/FS Tyler Phommachanh (Transferred to Avon Old Farms), DL Howard Powell (Transferred to Brunswick), RB/SS Jalen Madison (Transferred to Brunswick), RB/MLB Jarrod Davis, LB/TE Richard Souffrant (All-State), WR/FS Armstrong Antoine (All-State), OL/DL Taalmyn Staton (All-State), DL/OL David Vereen (All-State), RB/WR/LB Xavier Edwards, OL Nick Zdru
Bunnell bulldozed its way to a share of the South-West Conference championship last season behind a punishing ground game that saw three players run for more than 600 yards.
If the Bulldogs want to repeat that success this fall, they will need some new faces to step up.
Jalen Madison, the team’s second-leading rusher in 2017, has transferred to Brunswick Academy, along with defensive tackle Howard Powell. Tyler Phommachanh, the starting quarterback for four games last year, has joined his brother, Taisun, a Clemson commit, at Avon Old Farms. All-State lineman David Vereen has graduated.
“We have the potential to contend for the conference championship, but both our veterans and young players have a lot to prove before we can do that,” Bunnell coach Sean Mignone said in an email.
The Bulldogs, coming off an 8-2 season, are somewhat of a mystery. They return only five starters on offense and three on defense, and have very little depth in the trenches. Brian Carafiello, their quarterback who has only 28 passing attempts at the varsity level, is relatively inexperienced.
Yet, Mignone sees a roster packed with potential.
“Our skill positions on both sides of the ball … have the potential to be explosive,” he said.
Christ N’Dabian and Tyreek Smith are slated to share carries in the backfield, while Eli Alexandre will see time at wide receiver. The trio will also contribute on defense.
“We have speed at all those positions,” Mignone said. “N’Dabian, Alexandre and Smith were standout track athletes last spring.”
Mignone believes both the offensive and defensive lines can be good, but cautioned that they’ll need time to develop.
“The potential is there, but they need to come together as a group,” he said. “That takes time.”
- Sept. 8 — at Notre Dame-Fairfield,* 12 p.m.
- Sept. 14 — LEDYARD, 7 p.m.
- Sept. 21 — at New Milford,** 7 p.m.
- Sept. 28 — at New Fairfield,* 7 p.m.
- Oct. 12 — at Foran, 7 p.m.
- Oct. 19 — MASUK,** 7 p.m.
- Oct. 26 — NEWTOWN,** 7 p.m.
- Nov. 2 — BETHEL,* 7 p.m.
- Nov. 9 — at Pomperaug,** 6:30 p.m.
- Nov. 21 — STRATFORD,** 7 p.m.
Home games in CAPS