Sep 062013

woodland 2013About the Team

Home Field: Woodland Regional High School
Home Surface: Natural grass
Class/Division: S/NVL Copper
Head Coach: Tim Shea (sixth season, 32-22)
Online: Website | @WRHShawks
2013 Schedules: VarsityJV
2012 Results: 8-4 overall, 7-2 NVL, 6-0 NVL Copper; Class S semifinalist, NVL Copper champion

Returning Starters:
Offense: 4 – Tanner Kingsley (Sr., QB), Levi Fancher (Sr., TE), Max McSperrin (Jr., OL), Jake Laliberte (Jr., OL)
Defense: 4 – Fancher (LB), Will Flormann (Jr., DL), Coby Vaccarelli (So., DB), Taylor Tucciarone (Jr., LB)

Other Players to Watch: Jack Pinho (Sr., WR/DB), Sean McAllen (So., RB/DB), Chris Slavin (Sr., RB/LB), Dylan Abarzua (Jr., WR/DB), Mike Kenney (Jr., WR/DB), Gage Rek (Sr., OL/DL), Austin Clarke (Sr., DL), Jake Boncal (Sr., DL), Alik Bures (Sr., OL), Zack DeBrizzi (Sr., LB), Rob Paternoster (Sr., WR/DB), Mike Gondola (Sr., RB/DB), Jason Rodrigues (Jr., RB/LB), Alex Varhol (Jr., OL/DL), Pat Hale (Jr., WR/DB), Joe Poeta (Jr., WR/DB), Chris McDonald (Jr., TE/LB), Connor Shaw (Jr., WR/DB), Dylan Fidalgo (Jr., OL/DL)

Chat with Coach

NVL Blog: Although you bring back quarterback Tanner Kingsley from your record-setting offense, you lost some of his top playmakers. Will the offense change at all this year, and how do you make up for those losses?

Coach Shea: “We will do what we do on offense. We will have some new wrinkles in like everyone else. Coach Tim Phipps and the staff have been doing a great job getting the kids up to speed. We’ve gotten better every day. The faster we play the better we will be.”

NVL Blog: Your defense had some good outings last year but was also inconsistent. What do you expect from that side of the ball this season?

Coach Shea: “We are trying to build some consistency on that side of ball. We only have four kids back and three of them missed time last year due to injuries. We aren’t using that as an excuse, though. We preach to the kids accountability and expect them to get the job done. The kids are starting to buy in to that. All 11 have to be on the same page with the same goal. You have to want to get to the ball. If we can do that it will take some pressure off of the offense.”

NVL Blog: Three of the best passing offenses in the state are in the NVL Copper Division, with Naugatuck and St. Paul alongside you. Why do you think we’re seeing such strong passing games in the NVL, and what are the challenges in stopping them?

Coach Shea: “We’ve been lucky to have some good quarterbacks over the years. I think as a staff you have to run what best suits your personnel. Right now this suits what we’ve got. We’ve always done that. But it’s also the nature and evolution of the game. There are some good coaches in the NVL right now with histories of throwing the ball, Coach Jude Kelly especially. This challenges defenses to have to play in and execute in space. It’s a way of spreading the ball around to all of your players at any given time. Defenses have to respect that and defend the field at the same time. When these things are clicking it’s a fun thing to watch.”

Coby Vaccarelli is among the Hawks who will replace the skill players Woodland lost to graduation. Credit: Kyle Brennan

Coby Vaccarelli is among the Hawks who will replace the skill players Woodland lost to graduation. Credit: Kyle Brennan

The Hawks open the season Sept. 12 at home against Branford.