Greenwich football names new captains, presents awards at banquet

The Greenwich High football captains for 2013, from left to right: Jack Harrington, Justin Gaccione, Jack Wynne and Jose Melo.

The Greenwich High School football team officially put the finishing touch on its successful 2012 season Sunday at its annual Awards Dinner.
The Cardinals finished an impressive 8-2 for the second straight season, but this year they qualified for the CIAC Class LL playoffs for the first time since 2007. Greenwich’s only losses came to Staples in the FCIAC finals and to three-time defending Class LL champi

Greenwich High’s Taylor Olmstead was the recipient of the Big Red Trophy and Hatchet awards.

on Xavier in the state quarterfinals. Prior to the postseason, the Cardinals breezed past each opponent, streaking to a record of 8-0.
The Cardinals bid farewell to their five captains — Taylor Olmstead, Joe Kelly, Alex McGee, Liam O’Neil and Alex McMurray at the Football Awards Dinner — and welcomed their new captains. Guard Justin Gaccione, defensive lineman/offensive lineman Jack Wynne, defensive end Jack Harrington and quarterback/wide receiver Jose Melo will each serve as captains for the Cardinals during the 2013 season.
Olmstead, a free safety/receiver who registered a team-high five interceptions, was presented with the Big Red Trophy — an award that goes to the Big Red Player of the Year (Team MVP). Making his mark on defense each game, Olmstead was also selected the Hatchet Award winner, which goes to the team’s defensive player of the year. Olmstead was presented with the James C. Cabrera Memorial Scholarship.
McMurray, the team’s leading rusher, received the Chuck Zion Scholarship award. Kelly, a star tight end who caught 12 touchdown passes, and senior guard Damien Orellana received the Coaches Award.

Dave Fierro