WESTPORT — It was a late January day, and Kevin Rabacs didn’t think much when the members of the Staples football team were called together for a meeting. The Wreckers were two months removed from a year that ended with a 6-4 record, and the players who would be returning were already in the weight room, in the early stages of their preparation.
NORWALK — Consider the outlook for the Norwalk football team to be like a wavering scale. On one side is inexperience. On the other is tremendous athleticism.
When the FCIAC football coaches meet together in two weeks for the first time, it was suggested committee chairman Doug Marchetti come equipped with nametags.
DARIEN — While their teammates spent the winter in indoor facilities and the last month traveling the area competing in 7 on 7 tournaments, the linemen on the Darien football team have been working behind the scenes going through the same regimen to get ready for the start of a new season.
As others weighed in with advice on how to best navigate his future, Michael Collins was always firmly behind the wheel. After his freshman season Collins seemed primed to take over as the quarterback at the University of Pennsylvania.
NEW CANAAN — Garrett Braden did not build up a reputation as a strong-armed thrower. He is not a stud lineman that stands out by towering over all of the other players on the field.
NEW CANAAN — Somewhat overshadowed by a busy offseason of major Division I verbal commitments, David Summers, the strong-armed St. Joseph quarterback, joined the list in May when he announced his intention to continue his career at Maryland.
NEW CANAAN — The annual Grip It & Rip It Tournament in early July at New Canaan High School serves as a sort of final local appetizer before the start of the season, a chance to see a number of FCIAC teams in person.
RIDGEFIELD — Because he led the state in receptions, many overlooked Jackson Mitchell’s skills on the other side of the ball. A fierce linebacker with an ever-running motor made the Ridgefield star a coveted and versatile recruit.
In this fifth and final episode, Bella reports from the spring game, talking to coach John Marinelli, captain Tysen Comizio, No. 1 fan Ben McFadden…and gets interviewed herself.