Beginning today, Ye Olde Football Blog begins a sporadic and random series on local spring games. Today: Norwalk.
Norwalk kicked off the first official spring football game ’round these parts and reporter Emery Filmer filed a report for Hearst CT Inc.
Coming off a glorious state semifinal appearance the season before, Norwalk, in Year 2 of the Sean Ireland regime, took a step backward as it adjusted to injuries and other misfortunes. They finished 2-8 on the field, 3-8 in the standings adjusted for the Westhill forfeits.
We’ll step aside for a moment and let Emery give you the story on Norwalk following its green/white game.
For those of you on the go, here are the essentials:
- The Bears sound pretty high on QB Jeremy Linton. He’s tabbed as an “athletic” quarterback who will be counted on to make plays with his feet as well as his arm. The junior, who was fourth-string when 2012 began, started the last few games of the year and was 1-2 as a starter, beating Harding, losing to Ludlowe in OT followed by the 29-12 Testa Bowl loss to McMahon.
- The Bears are looking to replace 10 seniors. But Ireland says they have experience returning.
- Other key players: running backs Clifford Joseph and Harrison Hefferan; linemen Tom LaRosa (5-10, 265), Evan Adams (6-5, 280), Darius Barrett (5-9, 170); Jacques Alexis (5-9, 270) and Aiden Whelan (5-8, 195).
- Not mentioned in the story is DL Corey Barrett, a soon-to-be senior who’s easily one of their best players.
“Last year left a sour taste in our mouths Hopefully we can turn it around. Linton will be a key for us. You can’t teach the things he does.”
The Bears schedule is favorable, all things considered. They play Westhill, Danbury, Harding and Trumbull before running into Greeniwch. But they follow with Ludlowe and Central. Five of those first seven games are at home. If they emerge from that stretched relatively unscathed, they’ll be ready for a rough road finale that includes games at Ridgefield, at Staples and at McMahon.