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Area High School Football Capsules

Capsule looks at area high school football teams. Schools which responded to The Courant's request for preview information are listed:

CCC DIVISON IGLASTONBURY

Last year: 13-0

Coach: Peter Pfeffer

Top players: Joe Ghergurovich, sr., lineman; Sean McQuillan, sr., quarterback; Mike Habzda, sr., tight end; Ryan McCarthy, sr.,wide receiver/defensive back.

A note: Will try to fill holes left with the graduation of running back Jordan Brown, quarterback Eric Pfeffer and tight end/linebacker John Pinone.

HALL-WEST HARTFORD

Last year: 7-4

Coach: Frank Robinson

Top players: Wayne Brookbanks, sr., running back; Tom Einhorn, sr., lineman; Brendan McGoldrick, sr., wide receiver.

A note: Should be strong on the defensive front.

MIDDLETOWN

Last year: 5-6

Coach: Eric Marszalek

Top players: Jason Woods, sr., quarterback; Vincent Quintiliano, jr., running back.

A note: Quintiliano looks to improve on his 5.05-yards-a-carry average.

NEW BRITAIN

Last year: 8-3

Coach: Paul Morrell

Top players: Chris Linares, sr., cornerback/wide receiver; Tebucky Jones Jr., sr, wide receiver; Kaiuway Boima, sr., running back; Martin Pomykala, jr. tackle.

A note: Last year Boima had 1,227 rushing yards and an 8.1 average per carry.

NEWINGTON

Last year: 10-2

Coach Clay Hillyer

Top players: Robert Esposito, sr., offensive lineman/linebacker; Mike Buonocore, sr. linebacker; Anthony Szwez, sr. wide receiver/free safety; Malik Golden, jr. running back.

A note: Offense lost a lot with the graduation of quarterback Spencer Parker (2,769 passing and rushing yards)

SIMSBURY

Last year: 9-3

Coach: Jeff Osborne

Top players: Zach Bradley, sr., lineman; Kevin Kucinskas, Sr. running back/linebacker.

A note: Bradley is attracting interest from Ivy League schools.

WINDSOR

Last year: 9-3

Coach: Rob Fleeting

Top players: Pierre Narcisse, sr., quarterback; Jazz Wright, sr., lineman; Jalen Hill, sr., wide receiver, linebacker.

A note: Fleeting, who came from Weaver-Hartford, has a talented QB in Jones.

CCC DIVISON IIBULKELEY-HARTFORD

Last year: 3-8

Coach: Brian Dulak

Top players: Amari Osborne, sr., running back; Deneco Porter, sr., linebacker; Joe Murphy, sr., quarterback/defensive back; Reinaldo Reyes, sr., fullback/linebacker.

A note: Dulak is interim coach for Jeff Larson who went to New London.

FARMINGTON

Last year: 1-10

Coach: Chris Machol

Top players: Mark D'Annibale check, sr. fullback/linebacker; Curtis Nonken, sr. tackle; Ben Edelson, jr., fullback/linebacker; Derek Beaupre, sr., wide receiver/defensive back.

A note: Machol is in his first season with the Indians.

HARTFORD PUBLIC

Last year: 6-5

Coach: Harry Bellucci

Top players: Marquis Brown, sr., lineman; Kevin Alecia, sr., lineman; Shane Anane, jr., running back/safety; Devon Campbell, sr., running back/safety.

A note: Offensive linemen average 272 pounds.

MANCHESTER

Last year: 7-4

Coach: Marco Pizzoferrato

Top players: Tom Collins, sr., center/nose guard; Seth Devalve, jr., quarterback; Orlando Gaspard, sr., wide receiver/center; Jovan Fudge, sr., wide receiver/safety.

A note: Has massive offensive line that averages 6-2 and 300 pounds.

SOUTH WINDSOR

Last year: 7-4

Coach: Mike Bullock

Top players: Milton Jackson, jr. fullback/kicker.

A note: Bobcats open the season against Manchester at Rentschler Field.

CCC DIVISION IIIBERLIN

Last year: 6-4

Coach: John Capodice

Top players: Max DeLorenzo, jr., running back; AJ Marsiglia, sr., lineman; Taylor Tavarozzi, sr., running back.

A note: DeLorenzo ran for 1,323 yards and 15 TDs.

ROCKY HILL

Last year 10-2

Coach: Dave Coyne

Top players: Joe Carducci, sr., linebacker; Joey Cavallaro sr., kicker/defensive back; Bryan MacDonald, sr., quarterback; Rich Hansen sr., linebacker/running back.

A note: The Terriers are without leading returning rusher Mike Mancini, who's sidelined with a torn ACL.

TOLLAND

Last year: 8-3

Coach Pat Cox

Top players: Alex Backus, sr., quarterback; Luke Halgren, sr, linebacker; Patrick Zangari, sr., lineman; Brendan Zangari, sr., lineman.

A note: Backus missed last year with a broken collar bone.

WETHERSFIELD

Coach: John Campanello

Last year: 5-6

Top players: Tyler Murphy, sr., quarterback; Anthony Sanzaro, sr., tight end/defensive end; Pat Dillon, sr., tackle; Andre Stanford, sr., running back/linebacker.

A note: Murphy passed for 1,023 yards and 10 TDs and rushed for 951 and 15 TDs.

CCC DIVISION IVBLOOMFIELD

Last year: 5-6

Coach: Roy Roberts

Top players: Denzell Jones, sr., quarterback; Juan Crespo, sr. linebacker; Jazz Wright, sr, lineman.

A note: Jones is attracting college attention for his quarterback and basketball skills (as a leaping, scoring inside player)

EAST CATHOLIC-MANCHESTER

Last year: 3-8

Coach: Bill Baccaro

Top players: Pat DeSautels, sr., lineman; Cory Edsall, jr., quarterback; Tre Morrison, jr., running back.

A note: New coach Baccaro directs Eagles for first time in the CCC.

FERMI-ENFIELD

Last year: 2-9

Coach: Pat Welkley

Top players Jake Lavender, sr., running back/linebacker; Dalton Branter, jr., quarterback/linebacker; Matt Provencher, jr, lineman.

A note: Lavender had over 1,300 rushing yards last season.

PLAINVILLE

Last year: 1-10

Coach: Rocky Gagliardi

Top players: Quintan Wells, sr., quarterback/defensive back; Nick Faniola, sr., lineman/linebacker; Kevin Spence, jr., lineman; Nick Labella, sr., punter/wide receiver/defensive back.

A note: The Blue Devils return only eight players with varsity experience.

ROCKVILLE

Last year: 1-10

Coach: Dave Jedidian

Top players: Bryant Davis, sr., running back; Tim Smith, sr., lineman; Chris Majdan, sr., linebacker; Corey Cinamella, sr., linebacker.

A note: Davis was an all CCC East running back last year.

CONSTIUTION STATE CONFERENCECHENEY TECH-MANCHESTER

Last year: 10-1

Coach: Roger Pulito

Top players: Johadd Easterling, sr. quarterback/defensive back; Dakota Wilson, sr. lineman; Al Colon, jr., running back/defensive back.

A note: Pulito moved here from East Catholic to replace Bill Baccaro.

PRINCE TECH-HARTFORD

Last year 6-5

Coach: Bob McNamara

Top players: Julio Nieves, sr., lineman; Justin Torres, sr., wide receiver, defensive end; Henry Meneses, sr., running back; Kevin Manning, jr., quarterback/free safety.

A note: Meneses rushed for 1,638 yards last season.

EASTERN CONNECTICUT CONFERENCE MEDIUMBACON ACADEMY-COLCHESTER

Last year: 3-8

Coach: Duane Maranda

Top players: Brian Hogan, sr., wide receiver/defensive back; Corey Gallagher, sr., linebacker/running back; Tom Dadona, sr., wide receiver linebacker.

A note: Quarterback Brendan Cullen and Hogan are a potent passing combination.

SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT CONFERENCEDIVISION I-WESTXAVIER-MIDDLETOWN

Last year: 7-4

Coach: Sean Marinan

Top players: Julian Hayes, sr., running back; Conor Brownell, sr., tight end; Graham Stewart, jr., linebacker; Eric Mischke jr., defensive end.

A note: Left tackle Hayden Stanton (270 pounds) is poised to be the team's best lineman.

PEQUOT CONFERENCE UNCASAVON

Last year: 9-2

Coach: Brett Quinion

Top players: Ross McDonald, jr., running back; Sonny Porelance, sr., lineman; Chris Rogers, sr., lineman; Dan Matthews, sr., defensive end.

A note: McDonald had 801 rushing yards on 99 carries.

CANTON

Last year: 2-9

Coach: Roger Pearl

Top players: Mike Frazer, sr., fullback; Nick Grabowski, jr. quarterback; Tyler Plourd, sr., wide receiver; Nate Scott, jr., linebacker

A note: Looks for improved record with the loss of only three starters.

ELLINGTON/SOMERS

Last year: 7-4

Coach: Keith Tautkus

Top players: Nate Tembi, sr., running back/linebacker; Cody Anselmo, sr., running back/defensive back; Tanner Tate, sr., guard/linebacker.

A note: Anselmo averaged 6.9 yards and Tembi 5.7 a carry last season.

STAFFORD/EAST WINDSOR

Last year: 3-7

Coach: Marty Powers

Top players: Ben Tweedie, jr., running back; Colby Dobransky, sr., running back; Matt Dugan, sr., running back; Ian Learned, sr., lineman.

A note: Learned leads solid offensive line.

PEQUOT CONFERENCE SASSACUSCROMWELL

Last year: 12-1

Coach: Sal Morello

Top players: Bobby Jordan, sr., quarterback; Jamie Scott, sr. linebacker; Matt Colangelo, sr., linebacker; Calvin Winston, sr., linebacker/receiver.

A note: The Class S champion surrendered a state-low 5.8 points a game last year.

HADDAM-KILLINGWORTH

Last year: 6-5

Coach: Dennis O'Rourke

Top players; Robert Flynn, sr., quarterback/safety; Tyler Scovill, sr. running back/defensive end; Mike DiGregorio, sr., running back/free safety.

A note: Deep backfield possesses good speed.

VINAL TECH-MIDDLETOWN/COGINCHAUG-DURHAM

Last year: 6-5

Coach: John Bozzi

Top players: Nick D'Aquila, sr., halfback; Conor Finley, sr., quarterback; Dylan Gervais, sr., tackle.

A note: Looks like rebuilding year with half the team being sophomores.

PEQUOT CONFERENCE INDEPENDENTENFIELD

Last year: 7-4

Coach: Jay Gaucher

Top players: Ray Smith, sr., offensive lineman; David Smith, sr., offensive lineman; Travis McNulty, sr, wide receiver.

A note: Plays teams from both divisions in its first year in the conference and will be placed in a division after the season in a conference realignment.

NAUGATUCK VALLEY LEAGUEST. PAUL-BRISTOL/LEWIS MILLS-BURLINGTON/GOODWIN TECH-NEW BRITAIN

Last year: 9-2

Coach: Jude Kelly

Top players: Byron Jones, sr., wide receiver; Mike Vitrano, sr., lineman; Bob Romano, sr., running back/linebacker

A note: Jones has given oral commitment to UConn

INDEPENDENTSPORTS SCIENCES-HARTFORD

Coach: Scott Green

Last year: 1-10

Top players: Tylon George, sr., quarterback; Curtis Knighton, sr. cornerback; Orett Rubie, sr., wide receiver.

A note: Tigers' road schedule includes games in Stonington, Bridgeport, Danbury and Miford

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