Prep football looks for SCC repeat

Fairfield Prep football coach Tom Shea and team captains took part in the Southern Connecticut Conference 2014 Football Media Night at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven on Sunday. Pictured (l-r) are John DelliSanti, A.J. Mansolillo, Shea, Colton Smith and Anthony Palazzolo. (Photo by Bill O'Brien)

Fairfield Prep football coach Tom Shea and team captains took part in the Southern Connecticut Conference 2014 Football Media Night at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven on Sunday. Pictured (l-r) are John DelliSanti, A.J. Mansolillo, Shea, Colton Smith and Anthony Palazzolo.
(Photo by Bill O’Brien)

Southern Connecticut Conference football coaches agreed on one thing — how tough it was to come away with a victory during the league season — at the SCC’s 2014 Football Media Night at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven on Sunday, Aug. 24.
SCC Commissioner Al Carbone greeted 13 of 16 league teams in attendance (Xavier of Middletown, East Haven and Lyman Hall of Wallingford didn’t make an appearance), along with captains from the represented teams.
Carbone pointed out the overall success of the league, football in particular, and brought up the importance of year two of the upcoming SCC-FCIAC Football Challenge that dominates week one. The FCIAC took year one, 9 wins to 8.
Fairfield Prep, the defending champion, will play in the SCC Division I West alongside Shelton, Amity of Woodbridge, Hamden High and Xavier.
Prep coach Tom Shea said, “We started our team from ground zero and enjoyed success last year. We lost some outstanding players, but we’re excited with the players we have coming back on offense.
“Colton Smith (quarterback) ran for 1,900 yards and threw for 1,700 to account for 40 touchdowns. John DelliSanti had 40 receptions for about 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns.
“Joe Ganim is back at running back and our offensive line is strong. We know it is going to be a challenge, and we look forward to meeting it.”
Prep (11-3) will open its season when Stamford High (2-8) visits Fairfield Warde’s Tetreau-Davis on Thursday, Sept. 11.
Shelton High’s Jeff Roy, whose team defeated Trumbull High 57-20, in week one of the challenge a year ago, said, “We have a veteran team coming back. The players have done all that we asked for in the weight room and the passing leagues.
“We have good size up front and our defense is the same (as the offense) with six or seven starters coming back.”
Shelton (7-4) will open the season with a visit to Trumbull High (8-2) on Friday, Sept. 12.
Amity coach Bert Mozealous’ Spartans went 5-6 a year ago.
He said, “We have five guys back on defense and six guys back on offense. We lost 19 seniors and the schedule is brutal. We welcome it. We’ll work our butts off to be competitive every year.”
Amity will visit Seymour High in a non-Challenge game on Thursday, Sept. 11.
Hamden High coach Todd Dowty said of his 3-8 Green Dragons, “We’re trying to grow a new Hamden program and the players and coaches are working hard toward restoring it. The players all did a good job in the offseason.”
Hamden visits Danbury High (3-7) on Friday, Sept. 12.
Xavier (7-3) will visit Staples of Westport (8-2) on Friday, Sept. 12.

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