Avon Football has new coach, same expectations

Jim Caouette takes the reins over at Avon and he expects the Falcons to soar this season. He will lean heavily on linebacker Jimmy Murphy to provide senior leadership and experience to an always tough squad. Simsbury looks to be in the rebuilding mode and Canton should build on an impressive 7-3 campaign from last season.

Avon

Head Coach: Jim Caouette (1st year 0-0) Last Season: 10-1 (lost in Class L quarterfinals to New Canaan)

The Falcons are coming off of a perfect regular season, but are in the situation where they are welcoming in a first time head coach. Caouette comes to Avon via Wolcott. He replaces Brett Quinion who had a terrific ten year run as the head coach. The Falcons are always a favorite for the league title. They have won four of the last five Pequot Uncas Division championships and have made three state playoff appearances.

They are led by stud linebacker Jimmy Murphy, who may be small in stature, but he plays like a giant on the edge. Murphy will also be teamed with senior captain Noah Hahn at quarterback, and Stephen Griffin a RB/LB.

The team graduated 21 seniors from last season and 19 starters. However, the team is always deep and should continue to be one of the top teams in the league.

“ We need to play great defense and protect the football on offense. We have a lot of new starters on both sides of the ball so we need to focus on fundamentals,” Cauoette said. “We look forward to competing against some tough, well coached teams every week. We just want to give a great effort.”

In Week 1 action, the Falcons just outlasted rival Canton 16-13.

Simsbury

Head Coach: Jeff Osborne (7th year 35-26) Last Season: 6-4

Jeff Osborne sees his team in a rebuilding mode after graduating 22 seniors from last year’s 6-4 squad. He also sees a lack of depth and experience hindering the possible success of the team.

Some bright spots for the Trojans this season will be Brad Helmkamp, a senior lineman who is approaching the school record for tackles in a career. He is also their leading returning rusher from last season at fullback, as he scored 11 touchdowns last season.

Aside from Helmkamp, Osborne will rely on Justin Gray a senior lineman, Noah Lamothe a senior end, and James Hermsen who will take the reins are quarterback after playing as a corner the past few years.

Osborne also hopes to get a strong contribution from punter Kyle Dougherty, who led the state in punting statistics last season.

After leading while play was stopped in the Trojans opener against Farmington, Simsbury gave up a 14-13 lead, starting the season 0-1 after the 26-14 loss.

Canton

Head Coach: Paul Philippon Last Season: 7-3

The Warriors had an excellent season in Philippon’s first. They went from 0-10 to 7-3 with huge wins over Enfield and Coventry. The team has a both a strong junior and senior class and they will look to compete with Avon and Gilbert for the division title.

Canton dropped its opener against Avon 16-13, but was encouraged by competitive play after a long-offseason of hard work and preparation.

Farmington

Head Coach: Chris Machol (4 years 18-12) Last Season: 8-2

Farmington is back for another season of tough competition in the always rugged CCC.

The Indians have enough depth to be near the top of the league standings again this year.

The Indians’ Ivan Guadalupe was a workhorse in Farmington’s 26-14 win over Simsbury to open the 2013 season. They are back at things again in Week 2 when they host RHAM on Septermber 20 at 7 p.m.

 

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