Thomas Milone, Masuk, MVP
Senior 5-foot-10, 160-pound receiver was one of state's most dynamic players, leading Masuk to the SWC title game and state playoffs for third straight year. ... On offense, touched the ball 105 times, amassing 1,033 yards and 19 TD rushing (17.2 yards per carry), and 1,094 yards and 13 TD receiving (27.4 yards per catch). ... Returned 11 kickoffs and punts for 800 yards and three touchdowns. ... Also made 42 tackles and had two interceptions on defense. ... Two-time CHSCA All-State first team, all-SWC. ... Will attend UConn on baseball scholarship.
QB: Jake Kasuba, Foran
Sophomore had a prolific season, leading Foran to a 6-4 record. ... Was one of state's top passers with 2,547 yards and 24 touchdowns against 13 interceptions. ... Completed 70 percent of his passes (192 of 276) and averaged 254 yards per game. ... Also ran for 555 yards and scored three touchdowns. ... All-SCC Division II offense. ... CHSCA Class M all-state.
QB: Jordan Vazzano, St. Joseph
Junior 6-3, 210-pound quarterback directed St. Joseph's 8-3 playoff season on offense. ... Completed 125 of 222 passes for 2,110 yards and 27 touchdowns against 12 interceptions. ... Also added 237 yards on 46 carries and a pair of touchdowns. ... CHSCA Class M all-state, All-FCIAC East Offense.
RB: Joe Pacheco, New Fairfield
Senior back was one of the state's most exciting players. ... Played in nine games, ran 204 times for 2,001 yards for an average of 9.8 per carry and 222.3 per game. ... Scored 21 touchdowns. ... Also played defensive end, making 11 tackles, two sacks, two quarterback hurries and two passes defensed. ... Returned four kickoffs for 193 yards, including touchdowns vs. Masuk and Brookfield. ... CHSCA Class M all-state. ... All-SWC first team.
RB: Joe Zelkowitz, Staples
Senior 5-10, 175-pound running back and defensive back was one of the Wreckers' primary offensive threats. ... Ran for 1,105 yards and 15 touchdowns on 85 carries (12.7 yards per carry), including an FCIAC championship record 318 yards vs. Greenwich. ... Also caught five passes for 98 yards and a touchdown. ... Made 29 solo and 53 total tackles, an interception and nine passes defensed as a defensive back. ... CHSCA all-state first team; All-FCIAC West offense.
RB: Arkeel Newsome, Ansonia
Junior 5-8, 180-pound back fought through a midseason injury and helped the Chargers to a second consecutive 14-0 state championship season. ... Played in 13 games and rushed for 2,245 yards and 34 touchdowns on 227 carries. ... Ran for over 200 yards in five games, including a 237-yard, three-touchdown performance in the Class S championship victory over North Branford. ... Also caught three touchdown passes, finished with 38 total touchdowns. ... Also a standout at defensive back. ... CHSCA all-state first team, all-NVL.
AP: Davell Cotterell, Westhill
Senior 6-0, 185-pound back led Westhill to a resurgent 6-4 season (until four victories were forfeited due to use of ineligible player). ... Ran for 1,663 yards and 16 touchdowns on 222 carries (7.5 average). ... Best performance was a 338-yard, five-touchdown outing vs. Wilton. ... CHSCA Class LL all-state, All-FCIAC West offense.
AP: Sean Brown, Trinity Catholic
Versatile back and linebacker transferred from Westhill to help power Crusaders to a 8-3 playoff season. ... Ran for 887 yards and nine touchdowns on 78 carries, an 11.37 yards per carry average. ... Also caught 13 passes for 255 yards and six touchdowns. ... On defense made 51 tackles, three sacks, four interceptions and a forced fumble. ... Finished season with 15 total touchdowns. ... Second team All-FCIAC East Defense.
WR: James Frusciante, Staples
Senior receiver and defensive back had a prolific season for the FCIAC champions. ... Caught 45 passes for 932 yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging 20.7 yards per catch. ... Had over 100 yards of receiving five times, including three straight games to end the season. ... Also made 29 tackles on defense, two interceptions and had 12 passes defensed. ... Returned eight punts for 243 yards and two touchdowns. ... CHSCA All-State first team, All-FCIAC West offense.
WR: Dan Hebert, Newtown
Senior reciever and defensive back concluded outstanding three-year career as starter, leading the Nighthawks to a 10-0, SWC championship regular season. ... Played eight games before breaking left arm vs. Bunnell. ... Ran for 329 yards on 28 carries and six touchdowns, caught 15 passes for 378 yards and three touchdowns. ... On defense, made 15 tackles, had an interception and three passes defensed. ... Also totaled over 250 yards on punt and kickoff returns. ... CHSCA all-state first team, all-SWC.
WR: Jake Pelletier, St. Joseph
Senior 5-9, 160-pound receiver was one of state's best threats. ... Caught 48 passes for 907 yards, an average of 18.9 yards per catch, and 14 touchdowns. ... Also ran for 83 yards and three touchdowns and completed 2 of 3 passes for 94 yards and a touchdown. ... Was also a solid kick returner, with 17 kickoff returns for 408 yards, 15 punt returns for 141 yards, and four touchdowns. ... CHSCA All-State Class M. ... All-FCIAC East offense.
TE: Joe Kelly, Greenwich
Senior 6-2, 190-pound end was a top offensive threat during the Cardinals' 8-2 playoff season. ... Had 27 receptions for 660 yards and 12 touchdowns. ... Also played defensive end.
AP: Andrew Matos, Ansonia
Senior 6-1, 200-pound receiver had a breakout 2012 season, leading Chargers to a 14-0, Class S championship season. ... Primarily a receiver, caught 39 passes for 1,049 yards (26.9 per catch) and 14 touchdowns. ... Also ran for 319 yards and 10 touchdowns on 36 carries. ... Also a standout safety and kick returner. ... Finished with 25 touchdowns. ... CHSCA all-state first team. ... All-NVL.
OL: Alex McGee, Greenwich
Senior 6-1, 210-pound guard was a cog on both offense and defense for the 8-2 Cardinals. ... Helped Greenwich average over 400 yards of total offense per game. ... Registered a team-high eight sacks. ... CHSCA Class LL all-state. ... All-FCIAC West First team.
OL: Peter Serencsics, Bethel
Senior 6-2, 250-pound lineman and linebacker made 102 tackles, had eight sacks and 12 passes defensed for the 4-6 Wildcats. ... Also helped Bethel's offense compile 3,573 yards and 31 touchdowns. ... All-SWC first team.
OL: Jh'mel Trammell, Ansonia
Senior 5-9, 217-pound lineman was a keystone on Ansonia's front lines. ... Helped Chargers amass 5,590 yards of total offense (4,005 rushing, 1,585 passing, ) and 89 touchdowns. ... On defense was team's best lineman, helping Ansonia hold opponents to 16.3 points per game. ... All-State Class S
OL: Kyle Vaughn, Staples
The 6-4, 280-pound senior was one of state's best two-way linemen. ... Anchored a line that amassed 5,506 total yards of offense, including 3,922 on the ground (356.5 per game) and 1,584 through the air. ... Staples scored 70 offensive touchdowns. ... On defense, made 14 tackles and two passes defensed. ... CHSCA All-State first team; FCIAC West Offense.
OL: Andrew Barton, Ridgefield
Senior 6-2, 235-pound two-way lineman was one of FCIAC's best. ... Helped anchor a line that compiled 4,055 yards of total offense. ... On defense, made 29 tackles (23 solo) for an average of 3.2 per game. ... Also had a sack, a pass defensed, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. ... All-FCIAC Central Offense.
DL: Pieter Hoets, Staples
Senior 6-2, 225-pound defensive end was one of the region's best pass rushers and defensive stoppers. ... Amassed 57 solo tackles, 95 overall and made 8 1/2 sacks, including three against Trumbull. ... Averaged 11 tackles in final three games of season. ... Also had 11 quarterback pressures, three passes defensed and recorded a safety vs. Central. ... CHSCA All-State Class LL. ... All-FCIAC West Defense.
DL: Bryan Monaco, Masuk
Senior 6-foot, 220-pound defensive lineman was one of 10-2 Masuk's best players. ... Finished with 35 solo tackles and 66 overall, had 14 sacks, a pass defended, a fumble recovery and four forced fumbles. ... CHSCA Class L All-State. ... All-SWC first team.
DL: Matt D'Andrea, Darien
Senior 6-1, 275-pound two-way lineman was dominant for the 7-3 Blue Wave. ... Had 44 solo tackles, 83 overall, three quarterback hurries, five sacks and an interception. ... CHSCA Class L all-state. ... All-FCIAC East Defense.
DL: Jared Levi, Staples
Senior 6-3, 215 defensive lineman was one of state's best. ... Made 41 solo tackles and 73 overall. ... Had 7 1/2 sacks for 35 yards lost, and nine quarterback hurries. ... Also had an interception for a touchdown and three passes defensed. ... Caught three passes as a tight end and was also the team's kickoff specialist late in the season. ... CHSCA All-State first team, All-FCIAC West Defense.
LB: Brennen Diaz, Oxford
Senior, 5-11, 195-pound quarterback/linebacker was the sparkplug on Oxford's school-record 8-2 season. ... As a linebacker, totaled 39 solo tackles, and 63 overall, with 2 1/2 sacks, two interceptions, two passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble. ... On offense, was one of SWC's most prolific players. ... Completed 111 of 191 passes for 1,731 yards and 18 touchdowns against five interceptions. ... Also ran for 355 yards and five touchdowns on 86 carries. ... Caught a pair of passes, one for a 43-yard touchdown against Stratford. ... Also the team's punter, averaging 32.4 yards, and kicker, with 37 extra points. ... CHSCA Class S all-state. ... All-SWC first team.
LB: Mike Pulaski, St. Joseph
Senior 5-10, 210-pound fullback and linebacker was a major component of St. Joseph's 8-3 playoff season. ... Amassed 32 solo tackles and 88 overall, including three sacks and five quarterback hurries. Also had an interception, four passes defensed and a forced fumble. ... Was a short-yardage specialist with nine rushing touchdowns. ... Also caught a touchdown pass. ... CHSCA Class M all-state. ... All-FCIAC East Defense.
LB: Cole Harris, New Canaan
Junior 6-0, 200-pound linebacker was the Rams' primary stopper during the team's 10-3, Class L semifinal season. ... Made 27 solo tackles, and was in on 116 more. Also had a pair of interceptions, two fumble recoveries, four passes defensed and two forced fumbles. ... CHSCA all-state first team, All-FCIAC East Defense.
LB: Lance Lonergan, Staples
Senior 6-2, 190-pound linebacker was a key part of Staples' defense. ... Made 56 solo tackles and 98 overall, averaging 8.9 per game. ... Also made five interceptions, including three for touchdowns, and had two sacks, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble. ... All-FCIAC West Defense.
DB: Taylor Olmstead, Greenwich
Senior 6-3, 200-pound free safety was one of state's best defensive players. ... Led the team with five interceptions, one of which he returned 99 yards for a touchdown. ... Also had 13 receptions for 142 yards and a touchdown. ... CHSCA All-State first team, All-FCIAC West Defense.
DB: Nick Kelly, Staples
Versatile senior 6-2, 200-pound back was a critical component of Staples' FCIAC championship, Class LL semifinal season. ... Ran for 625 yards and 10 touchdowns on 46 carries (13.6 average). ... Caught 11 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown. ... On defense, made 17 solo tackles and 26 overall, intercepted two passes and batted away six. ... Returned seven kickoffs for 125 yards. ... CHSCA All-State first team, All-FCIAC West Defense.
DB: Tyler Hassett, Weston
Versatile senior 6-0, 170-pound quarterback, defensive back and punter was the architect of Weston's 9-3 Class M semifinal season. ... Completed 127 of 188 passes for 1883 yards and 17 touchdowns against just three interceptions. ... Also ran for 904 yards and 13 touchdowns on 156 carries. ... Made 65 tackles and had five interceptions on defense. ... Also averaged 32 yards per punt, with four downed inside 20. ... Returned five punts for 148 yards and eight kickoffs for 204 yards. Had two special teams touchdowns. ... Finished with 15 touchdowns. ... CHSCA Class M All-State. ... All-SWC first team.
DB: Jack Shaban, Barlow
Junior 5-6, 150-pound quarterback and defensive back was a sparkplug for Barlow's outstanding 8-2 season. ... Ran for 1,125 yards and 13 touchdowns on 117 carries (9.6 yard average). ... Threw for 158 yards and four touchdowns in 34 attempts. ... On defense made 19 tackles and had a pair of interceptions. ... All-SWC first team.
AP: Sam Gravitte, Ridgefield
Senior 6-2, 200-pound utilityman did it all for the 8-2 Tigers. ... Amassed 1,349 all-purpose yards (568 rushing, 781 receiving) and 23 touchdowns. ... Also made 21 solo tackles and 30 tackles overall on defense. ... Made three interceptions and batted away eight passes, had a forced fumble. ... Also the Tigers' primary punter/kicker, averaged 34 yards per punt with five downed inside 20. ... 13 of 62 kickoffs were touchbacks. ... CHSCA Class LL All-State. ... Will attend Princeton.
AP: Jai'Quan McKnight, Ansonia
Sophomore 5-10, 180-pound quarterback assumed starting role after injury to Tyler Lester in preseason and was a standout during Chargers' 14-0 state championship season. ... Completed 60 of 113 passes for 1,481 yards and 25 touchdowns vs. just six interceptions. ... Also ran for 505 yards and 8 touchdowns on 43 carries. ... Had four interceptions as a defensive back. ... Scored 10 touchdowns. ... All-State Class S, All-NVL.
P/K: Ed Groth, Shelton
Was one of state's best kickers, made 6-of-8 field goals and 28 of 28 extra points. Field goals were from 41, 39, 32, 24, 38 and 49 yards out. ... 49-yarder vs. Hand is a school and SCC record. ... Had 11 touchbacks on kickoffs. ... Averaged 35.2 yards per punt. Six were downed inside the 20-yard line. ... All-SCC Division I offense.
Coach of the Year
Joe Lato, Weston
Seventh-year coach guided Weston to a 9-3 record, an SWC Patriot Division title and one of the best seasons in school history. The Trojans won nine games and reached the state playoffs for the first time in 23 years and only the second time in school history. ... Weston earned the school's first playoff victory with a 29-22 victory over Ellington/Somers. The Trojans advanced to the Class M semifinals where they lost to Berlin 21-7. ... Weston won five games by seven points or less in the regular season, only losses were to New Fairfield (42-21) and Masuk (49-0). ... Lato was named the New York Giants Lou Rettino High School Coach of the Week for Oct. 15. ... Three Weston players made all-state, Tyler Hassett, Justin Schaffer and Austin Gomar. ... A graduate of Newtown, where he set the school single-season rushing record and won two state championships under Bob Zito, Lato attended Nichols College and is a physical education teacher at Weston. He spent 10 years as an assistant at Newtown and Masuk before taking over at Weston in 2006.