Last year, after a – North Branford opens the 2012 season by hosting Valley tonight at 6:30 p.m.– the T-Birds’ football team was to earn a berth in the state championship where .
The 2012 season marks Coach Mark Basil’s 10th year with the team during which he holds a 70-37 record. With several top players returning, Basil is expecting his team to compete for a league title.
“We’re rebuilding our offensive line from last season, but we’ve got a strong group of seniors with good football IQ,” said Basil. “We have a good balance of experience, strength and speed.”
North Branford’s senior captains are Joe DeLucia, Brandan Basil, Chris Caron and Gary Falanga. Here’s a look at the captains’ stats from the 2011 season, along with some other key players.
5-9, 170 pounds
1,571 all-purpose yards, 22 TDs
5-10, 200 pounds
1,051 all-purpose yards, 17 TDs
6-2, 190 pounds
2,113 passing yards, 31 TDs
5-9, 180 pounds
34 receptions, 438 receiving yards
6-3, 180 pounds
6-0, 185 pounds
5 defensive TDs, 63 tackles
5-11, 220 pounds
6-0, 208 pounds
6-2, 212 pounds
6-0, 165 pounds
In addition, other key seniors include Andrew Calamito (center), Andrew Sgambato (DT), Steve Nardini (DB), Ralph Acquarulo (G), Dylan Baldino (DT), Kris Marra (G), Nick Whited (DT), Jimmy Vitale (DT) and Mitch Nowak (DE).
Basil, who expects his team to compete for the league title, is looking forward to games against perennial rivals Valley, and .
Here's a look at the 2012 schedule, courtesy of the CIAC.DateOpponentH/A-FacilityTime/Result Fri., 9/14 Valley Regional/Old Lyme Home - Colafati Field - NBHS
[Directions] 7:00 p.m. Fri., 9/21 Haddam-Killingworth Away - Haddam Killingworth HS
[Directions] 6:30 p.m. Fri., 9/28 Morgan Home - Colafati Field - NBHS
[Directions] 6:30 p.m. Fri., 10/12 Old Saybrook/Westbrook Home - Colafati Field - NBHS
[Directions] 6:30 p.m. Fri., 10/19 East Hampton/Vinal Tech Away - Palmer Field--Middletown
[Directions] 6:30 p.m. Sat., 10/27 Cromwell Away - Pierson Park
[Directions] 1:00 p.m. Sat., 11/3 Coginchaug Away - Coginchaug Regional High School
[Directions] 2:00 p.m. Fri., 11/9 Nonnewaug Home - Colafati Field - NBHS
[Directions] 6:30 p.m. Sat., 11/17 Lewis Mills Away - Muzzy Field - Bristol
[Directions] 2:00 p.m. Wed., 11/21 Hyde Leadership Home - Colafati Field - NBHS
[Directions] 6:00 p.m.