Southern Connecticut Conference football coaches agreed on one thing — how tough it was to come away with a victory during the league season — and no one put it into words better than Foran High coach Jeff Bevino at the SCC’s 2014 Football Media Night at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven on Sunday, Aug. 24.
“It has been said, and I agree, that other leagues fear us (for cross scheduling purposes),” said Bevino, who was the final coach to take to the podium. “But I think a lot of teams in this league fear playing each other. Not to downplay other leagues, but I know top to bottom every week we are going to get whacked and have to be ready to whack the other team.”
Foran (8-3) will visit Fairfield Warde (3-7) on Friday, Sept. 12.
Jonathan Law coach Derrick Lewis, fresh out of coaching at Bassick of Bridgeport, said: “We are enthused about this coming season. We have done a lot of legwork to generate a positive feeling.
“We are very young as a football team, but the varsity is at the 43-44 player mark and we have 40 freshman. It is great to be at a new place with new beginnings. We are looking to compete as one to the highest degree.”
Law (4-7) will host Harding of Bridgeport (3-6) on Wednesday, Sept. 10.
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, nine wins to eight.
Foran will compete in SCC Division II East with defending champion North Haven, Sheehan of Wallingford and East Haven.
North Haven (10-3) will open at home with Bridgeport Central (0-10).
Coach Anthony Sagnella said, “We lost an outstanding group of seniors and we lost a rough, rough group of guys. The program standards at North Haven are high.”
Sheehan coach John Ferrazzi said, “We are bringing back a double-digit group of seniors for the first time. Being the smallest school in the league, we have to prepare every day and the guys have been doing that.”
Sheehan (6-5) will travel to play Trinity Catholic-Stamford (0-10) on Saturday, Sept. 13 for a 1 p.m. game.
East Haven (2-9) visits Bassick High on Thursday, Sept. 11.
Law is in the SCC Division II West, alongside defending champion Guilford, Hillhouse, Lyman Hall and Branford.
Guilford coach Tom Unger spoke of his Guilford Indians (5-6).
“We have two 1,000-yard rushers we have to replace,” he said. “I’m happy with the guys we got and have half of our starters returning. We have two juniors competing for quarterback.
“This league is extremely challenging and we open with a good Wilton High (3-7) team (on the road, Thursday, Sept. 11).”
Hillhouse High went 5-6 a year ago and coach Reggie Lytle’s Academics will play Darien High (9-1) at Wilbur Cross Field on Friday, Sept. 12.
“If you are going to win states you are going to do it by going through this conference,” Lytle said. “We want to get back to our winning ways.”
Branford High coach John Limone came right to the point regarding his team’s 0-11 season.
“We struggled mightily,” he said. “Our guys are working hard to put that behind them. I couldn’t be happier with the effort…The guys are really getting after it.
“We had 16 sophomores starting last Thanksgiving morning. The outlook is positive and we look forward to getting ourselves right.”