Sep 062013

wilby 2013About the Team

Home Field: Ray Snyder Sr. Field at Municipal Stadium
Home Surface: Artificial turf
Class/Division: LL/NVL Brass
Head Coach: Gino Capuano (second season, 5-5)
2013 Schedules: VarsityJVFreshman

2012 Results5-5 overall, 5-4 NVL, 2-4 NVL Brass
Returning Starters: 6 – Jacob Thomas (Sr., RB/DB), Dave Hills (Sr., FB/LB), Bryan Ballenilla (Sr., OL/DL), Kasseme Smith (Sr., TE/LB), Gregory Thompson (Sr., OL/DL), Alex Guzman (Sr., OL/LB)
Other Players to Watch: Darrien Bell (So., QB/DB), Martin Pierce (Sr., RB/DB), Treyvonn Moffet (Sr., WR/DB), Darren Cook (Sr., OL/DL), Willie Sylvestry (Sr., OL/DL)

Chat with Coach

NVL Blog: You put together a solid season in your interim role last fall. How do you think having a whole offseason with your team will end up helping the Wildcats’ potential for this fall?

Coach Capuano: “It’s definitely better than last year because we already have our system in. There were some coaching changes so there are some hurdles to leap over. All you can do is keep pushing forward and have faith.”

NVL Blog: Gregory Thompson and Bryan Ballenilla could be among the best tackle combinations in the league. How do you foresee them shaping your offense — particularly your running game?

Coach Capuano: “They will be a big part of any success we have this year. They can seal the edge and they can both pull. Jacob Thomas loves running behind them.”

NVL Blog: There doesn’t appear to be a city team in the preseason that stands head and shoulders above the rest. Does your team have what it takes to be the best in Waterbury?

Coach Capuano: “We did lose some very important players this year to transfers, graduation and ineligibility, so it will not be easy, but we feel that anything is possible with hard work. When city teams play each other, records don’t matter as much as you might think. City bragging rights are at stake so I always expect every city team to bring their A-game against us.”

The Wildcats open the season Sept. 12 against Kennedy at Municipal Stadium.