Home Field: Jarvis Stadium at Nolan Field
Home Surface: Natural grass
Class/Division: S/NVL Brass
Head Coach: Tom Brockett (eighth season, 85-7)
Online: Website | @AnsoniaFootball
2013 Schedules: Varsity, Freshman
2012 Results: 14-0 overall, 9-0 NVL, 6-0 NVL Brass; Class S state champion, NVL champion
Returning Starters: 7 – Arkeel Newsome (Sr., RB), Matt Simon (Sr., OL/DE), Antone’ Mack (Sr., OL/DL), Cory Dzienkiewicz (Sr., C/DL), Saiheed Sanders (Sr., FB/LB), Jai’Quan McKnight (Jr. QB/DB), Tyler O’Connell (Jr., OL)
Other Players to Watch: Ryan Hovan (Sr., OL/DE), Witold Gul (Jr., WR), Tom Majchrzak (Sr., S), Larry Cafaro (Jr., TE/LB), Chris Devine (Sr., NG)
Chat with Coach
NVL Blog: Most NVL fans know what to expect from quarterback Jai’Quan McKnight and running back Arkeel Newsome. Who is flying under the radar this season that everyone will be talking about a few weeks into the season?
Coach Brockett: “Ryan Hovan. He returns after missing his junior season with a broken leg. We expect him to be one of the best linemen in the state.”
NVL Blog: How excited are you that the Masuk Panthers are on the schedule this season for the NVL-SWC Challenge? How did your team react when they realized Masuk would be one of its opponents?
Coach Brockett: “I think the Masuk game will be great for Connecticut high school football. Over the past 15 seasons they have been one of the elite programs in the state! We haven’t spoken to the team about Masuk yet. That’s not a knock on them but we haven’t discussed anyone on our schedule yet with the team. Once we finish the Shelton scrimmage, we will start to focus on Torrington.”
NVL Blog: As a coach, what is your biggest concern this season? Is it on offense, defense or special teams?
Coach Brockett: “We need to be more physical in all three areas of the game. Losing Arthur Kwaskiewicz to a torn ACL will really hurt our kicking game. He had an outstanding junior season kicking and would have started on both sides of the ball for us this season. Defensively we need to start playing much faster than we have in the preseason.”
Ansonia opens the season Sept. 13 against Torrington at Jarvis Stadium.