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North Branford T-Birds’ Football Opens Tonight at Valley

The NBHS football team will be tested early in the 2011 season.

In Mark Basil’s 10th season at the helm of the T-Birds, there will certainly be challenges as North Branford graduated 19 from last year’s 6-4 team, including nine of 11 from the starting offensive team. Add to that a season-opener tonight at Valley Regional, last year’s league champion.

“We bring back some good skilled players and need to rebuild our offensive line, but the talent should be good enough to contend,” said Basil. “Our opener is the biggest game of the season, though Coginchaug will be good, as well as Hyde, Cromwell and HK.”

Cory Onofrio (SE/DB), Damoy Hunter (OT/DT), Anthony Franco (G/LB) and Christian Perrotti (G/LB) captain the team with Eric Berlephsch (C/DT), Ryan Magnotti (SE/DB) and Steve Saunders (G/DE) rounding out the senior class.

The junior class includes Brandan Basil (QB), Chris Caron (RB/DB), Joe Delucia (RB/DB), Dale Hausman (RB/LB), Gary Falanga (RB/LB) and Alex McGuigan (SE/DB).

North Branford T-Birds Football Schedule

DateOpponentH/A-FacilityTime/Result Fri., 9/16  Valley Regional/Old Lyme  Away - Valley Regional High School
[Directions]  6:30 p.m.  Fri., 9/23  Haddam-Killingworth  Home - Colafati Field - NHBS
[Directions]  6:30 p.m.  Fri., 9/30  Morgan  Away - Peters Complex
[Directions]  6:30 p.m.  Sat., 10/15  Old Saybrook/Westbrook  Away - Old Saybrook High School
[Directions]  1:00 p.m.  Fri., 10/21  East Hampton/Vinal Tech  Home - Colafati Field - NBHS
[Directions]  6:30 p.m.  Fri., 10/28  Cromwell  Home - Colafati Field - NHBS
[Directions]  6:30 p.m.  Fri., 11/4  Coginchaug  Home - Colafati Field - NHBS
[Directions]  6:30 p.m.  Sat., 11/12  Nonnewaug  Away - Nonnewaug High School Football Field
[Directions]  1:00 p.m.  Thu., 11/17  Lewis Mills  Home - Colafati Field - NHBS
[Directions]  6:30 p.m.  Wed., 11/23  Hyde Leadership  Away - Wilbur Cross Athletic Complex
[Directions]  6:00 

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