By no means is this a definitive list, and I’m still short on specifics …but here goes.
1. Does New Canaan have enough horses to reload (especially at QB for the fifth-straight time) to win their fifth-straight state championship …in Class L this time? Bringing back 6-4, 305 OL/DL and Notre Dame recruit Conor Hanratty and 6-1 WR Kevin Macari is a good start. Their gunslinger-elect this year is junior Matt Milano. And, no, there’s no word on any exotic transfers… yet. ;)
2. St. Joseph returns a stud in Tyler Matakevich, and the most experienced team in the league. But how will the former Class SS champion Cadets handle their new-found fame (complete with a rather large bull’s eye on their backs), the loss of big WR Jason Mawicke to Staples and much of their defense?
3. Is the winner of Ridgefield-Staples in Week 3 a lock for the FCIAC championship game? Ridgefield – which has a name in Florida recruit DT/OT Tommy Jordan, but many starting spots to fill — or Staples — which is in the same boat, especially on an offense that recently lost back Ryan Burke is out with an ACL injury.) Still, outside of that game both teams have primrose paths to the postseason.
There is, however, a wildcard…
Will Trumbull have anything to say about that half of the FCIAC draw? The Eagles bring back a green squad led by RB/DB Frank Gaines and DB Phil Terio, but lost their QB and have some linemen to replace.
5. Is it rebuild or retool at Greenwich? Lots of new faces in starting places on a team that lost three games by a combined 4 points? (I think this is a softball.)
And, now the non-pressing questions: Where does Darien fit into all of this? The Wave were an opening-day loss to Warde from reaching the playoffs. …Will the Norwalk schools be any good this year? McMahon has a new coach in former Darien defensive coordinator A.J. Albano. …What does Central do without catalyst Christon Gill? Is Shabazz McIntosh going to be enough? …Who’s boss in Fairfield? Lots of new faces at both Warde and Ludlowe. …
Oh… and one more thing: and like many of you, I was caught by completely by surprise when Trinity Catholic receiver Shawn Robinson started showing up on recruiting radars. I think my response was something along the lines of who????
The problem here is A) I rarely get to see Trinity Catholic since it generally hasn’t been a serious force in the FCIAC and B) They run a Wing-T offense. He caught 12 passes for 250 yards last year. It’s tough to shine as a receiver when your playbook is a sheet of paper.
But there the 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior is, narrowing his choices to Rutgers and UConn in recent recruiting stories.
Here’s his recruiting tape:
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