- COACH — JOHN JOHNSON (1st year)
- CONFERENCE — SWC Division II
- PLAYOFF CLASS — S (242 boys enrolled)
- HOME — McCarty Stadium at Notre Dame HS, Fairfield
- 2017 RECORD — 4-6
- 2018 OPENER — Sept. 8 vs. Bunnell, 12 p.m.
- TEAM WEBSITE — Maxpreps
- JOHN FASSET, Jr., QB, (6-0, 180)
- ZIAIR WILLIAMS, Sr., RB/LB, (6-1, 190)
- JEREMY REID, Jr., WR/DB, (5-10, 160)
- DAWIN MAGLOIRE, Sr., OL/DL, (6-1, 260)
- FRITZ MESIDOR, Sr., OL/DL, (6-0, 210)
- DALOND BIDONNE, Jr., OL/DL, (6-2, 280)
QB/S Micah Brantley (Honorable Mention All-State), WR/SS Tavon Simpson, OL/DL Wesley DaSilva, OL/DL Ryan Craft.
John Johnson is ready to try his hand at building another program.
After 13 years at Bullard-Havens Tech in Bridgeport, including the last 10 as head coach, Johnson is changing addresses. He now finds himself at Notre Dame-Fairfield, taking over for Chris Sadler.
While ND-Fairfield is only four years removed from back-to-back, one-win seasons, the future is not all that bleak. The Lancers made small but crucial steps in three years under Sadler, going 5-5 in 2016 and 12-18 overall. They were 4-6 last year.
After Sadler resigned in January, citing family commitments, the Lancers quickly pivoted to Johnson to replace him.
Johnson had come off another impressive season at Bullard-Havens, in which the Tigers went 9-2 and reached the Class S quarterfinals.
“He [Sadler] was able to make that program competitive on a weekly basis,” Johnson said shortly after being hired. “It’s now our goal to take that program to the next level.”
Whether Johnson — who was 34-10 with three state playoff appearances over his last four years with the Tigers — can do that will depend on how quickly he can get the Lancers’ youthful roster up to speed.
With only five seniors on the roster, there could be some early growing pains, especially in the always competitive South-West Conference.
To replace dual-threat quarterback Micah Brantley, who threw for 16 touchdowns and ran for five scores last season, the Lancers will turn to junior John Fasset. Johnson expects him to work behind a strong offensive line, which returns two starters.
The Lancers also return running back Ziair Williams, who rushed for a team-high 546 yards and four touchdowns as a junior.
Six starters are back on defense, including linemen Dawin Magloire, Fritz Mesidor and Dalond Bidonne.
ND-Fairfield opens its season Sept. 8 against Bunnell at home.
Sept. 8 — BUNNELL,* noon
Sept. 15 — EAST HAVEN, noon
Sept. 21 — at Weston,** 7 p.m.
Sept. 29 — MASUK,* noon
Oct. 12 — at Guilford, 7 p.m.
Oct. 19 — at Barlow,** 7 p.m.
Oct. 27 — BROOKFIELD,** noon
Nov. 3 — NEW FAIRFIELD,** 2:30 p.m.
Nov. 9 — at Bethel,** 7 p.m.
Nov. 21 — at Pomperaug,* 6:30 p.m.
Home games in CAPS