Home Field: Veterans Field
Home Surface: Artificial turf
Class/Division: L/NVL Copper
Head Coach: Craig Bruno (first season)
2013 Schedules: Varsity, JV, Freshman
2012 Results: 9-2 overall, 8-1 NVL, 5-1 NVL Brass
Offense: 6 – Jason Bradley (Jr., QB), Ryne Griesenauer (Sr., WR), Will Paul (Jr., OL), Aaron Yourison (Jr., OL), Jack Reardon (Jr., OL), Mark Cavagnuolo (Sr., OL)
Defense: 4 – Bryan Coney (Jr., DB), Yourison (Jr., LB), Maleek Brooks (Jr., LB), Kevin Robinson (Jr., DB)
Other Players to Watch: Jordan Hopkins (Jr., RB/LB), Tom Douty (Sr., RB/LB), PJ Murphy (Jr., LB), Kevin Mariano (Sr., OL/DL)
Chat with Coach
NVL Blog: You have one of the best quarterbacks in the NVL in junior Jason Bradley. As a coach who has developed plenty of great quarterbacks, what has impressed you about Bradley?
Coach Bruno: “Not only is he performing on the field, but he performs in the huddle and off the field. He’s a natural-born leader. He has ability and character. The passing game is the strength of our team right now. Bryan Coney and Ryne Griesenauer have been playing pretty well. We have a few other guys who can make plays, too, but they’re going to highlight the offense.”
NVL Blog: With so many good offenses in the league, what can we expect from your defense?
Coach Bruno: “They’ve done well. They’re coming along. Jordan Hopkins is tough in the middle and we have some other guys doing well. We have a long way to go, there’s no doubt, but I think we’ll be OK.”
NVL Blog: It has been a long time since Naugatuck has consistently played competitive football against Ansonia on Thanksgiving. Do you have a sense for the importance of bringing back the rivalry’s mystique?
Coach Bruno: “I got a sense about it when I was hired. I did know the history of the rivalry and I know what the task is, but we have to get there first. But I do want everybody to know how seriously I’ll be treating that game.”
Naugatuck opens the season Sept. 13 at Crosby.