Southern Connecticut Conference football coaches agreed on one thing \u2014 how tough it was to come away with a victory during the league season \u2014 and no one put it into words better than Foran High coach Jeff Bevino at the SCC\u2019s 2014 Football Media Night at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven on Sunday, Aug. 24. \u201cIt has been said, and I agree, that other leagues fear us (for cross scheduling purposes),\u201d said Bevino, who was the final coach to take to the podium. \u201cBut I think a lot of teams in this league fear playing each other. \u201cNot 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.\u201d 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: \u201cWe are enthused about this coming season. We have done a lot of legwork to generate a positive feeling. \u201cWe 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.\u201d 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\u2019t 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. Shelton High\u2019s Jeff Roy, whose team defeated Trumbull High 57-20, in week one of the challenge a year ago, was the first coach from the SCC Division West to provide a quick insight into his team and its expectations. \u201cWe have a veteran team coming back,\u201d Roy said of his Gaels, who finished 7-4 in 2013 and will open the season with a visit to Trumbull High (8-2) on Friday, Sept. 12. \u201cThe 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.\u201d Tom Shea from Fairfield Prep said, \u201cWe started our team from ground zero and enjoyed success last year. We lost some outstanding players, but we\u2019re excited with the players we have coming back on offense. \u201cColton 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. \u201cJoe 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.\u201d Prep (11-3) will open its season when Stamford High (2-8) visits Fairfield Warde on Thursday, Sept. 11. Amity coach Bert Mozealous\u2019 Spartans went 5-6 a year ago. He said, \u201cWe 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\u2019ll work our butts off to be competitive every year.\u201d 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,\u201d We\u2019re 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.\u201d Hamden visits Danbury High (3-7) on Friday, Sept. 12. Division I East boasts two of the SCC\u2019s most successful coaches in West Haven and Milford native Ed McCarthy and Daniel Hand of Madison\u2019s Steve Filappone. McCarthy said, \u201cI really like our team. We had a great winter. It\u2019s so different. Forty four years ago when I started, after Thanksgiving you would say, \u2018See you in the spring.\u2019 \u201cNow its 365 days of the year and our guys have answered the call. The effort is great, we are young, but have a lot of skilled kids. This is the best sophomore class we\u2019ve had, but that\u2019s it, they are only sophomores. \u201cWe have 11 maniacal teams we are going to play. We know our league, we know what our opponents are all about, and I\u2019m hoping we\u2019ll be ready.\u201d West Haven (10-3) will host Greenwich High (7-3) on Friday, Sept. 12. Daniel Hand finished 8-4 and will play host to New Canaan (13-0) on Friday, Sept. 12. \u201cWe have a veteran team returning with 27 seniors,\u201d Filappone said. \u201cWe look at ourselves and we\u2019re a fine football team. Then, we look at who we have to play, and you realize you have to be a great football team to be successful. \u201cEvery team in this league improves every year because of the level of competition. Every team that comes out of this league and gets to states in going to compete and represent the best football league in Connecticut.\u201d Notre Dame of West Haven\u2019s Tom Marcucci, in his second tenure leading the Green Knights, admitted he has had to change. \u201cI\u2019m getting with it,\u201d he said. \u201cWe\u2019re going to wear wrist bands. I know we did before, put they only read, \u2018Block and Tackle.\u2019 Now we have plays written down. \u201cWe\u2019re optimistic. We lost six games last year, five to state playoff teams and the other one to Xavier. \u201cWe are relatively small, but its our fastest team since the 90s. This too, is our best sophomore class, they went unbeaten as freshman. \u201cThere is nothing better than going to an SCC football game, no matter who is playing Division I or Division II, whatever you want to call it, and see two tough teams go at it.\u201d Notre Dame will host St. Joseph of Trumbull (12-1) on Thursday, Sept. 11. Wilbur Cross posted a 4-7 record a year ago. Coach John Acquavita said, \u201cI was looking through our record book, and I think this is the fifth straight year we have no one returning on our offensive line. We are working hard and excited to play these teams.\u201d Wilbur Cross hosts Brien McMahon of Norwalk (7-2) on Friday, Sept. 12. Cheshire High coach Don Drust\u2019s Rams, coming off a 4-7, campaign, will greet Ridgefield High (8-2) on Wednesday, Sept. 10. \u201cWe return 23 letterwinners and 21 seniors,\u201d Drust said. \u201cWe understand that to survive you have to work your tail off. It is truly an honor to represent this conference on Wednesday night with Ridgefield.\u201d The Division II West Division\u2019s Tom Unger spoke of his Guilford Indians (5-6). \u201cWe have two 1,000-yard rushers we have to replace,\u201d he said. \u201cI\u2019m 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).\u201d Hillhouse High went 5-6 a year ago and coach Reggie Lytle\u2019s Academics will play Darien High (9-1) at Wilbur Cross Field on Friday, Sept. 12. \u201cIf you are going to win states you are going to do it by going through this conference,\u201d Lytle said. \u201cWe want to get back to our winning ways.\u201d Branford High coach John Limone came right to the point regarding his team\u2019s 0-11 season. \u201cWe struggled mightily,\u201d he said. \u201cOur guys are working hard to put that behind them. I couldn\u2019t 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.\u201d Division II East champion North Haven (10-3) will open at home with Bridgeport Central (0-10). Coach Anthony Sagnella said, \u201cWe lost an outstanding group of seniors and we lost a rough, rough group of guys. The program standards at North Haven are high.\u201d Sheehan of Wallingford coach John Ferrazzi said, \u201cWe 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.\u201d Sheehan (6-5) will travel to play Trinity Catholic-Stamford (0-10) on Saturday, Sept. 13 for a 1 p.m. game.