Trumbull at Shelton at 5:30
The Trumbull High football team certainly knows where the end zone is located, returning a team that scored more than 30 points in four games last season.
For the Eagles to get back to the postseason for the first time since 2010 when they finished 10-2 as runner-up in Class LL, however, they will need to tackle the problem on defense.
In four losses last season, Trumbull allowed opponents to score an average of 56 points, and they will need to put a lid on that to be competitive.
Trumbull did show resolve, defeating Darien 39-26 and holding on to a 44-42 win over Bridgeport Central.
According to head coach Bob Maffei, the key to success revolves around playing within yourself, staying healthy, having a reasonable schedule in a tough FCIAC conference, and certainly a little luck along the way.
“We have looked pretty good in our scrimmages,” said Maffei, now in his 16th season at the helm. “But scrimmages are just another day in practice. You can’t really tell until you start playing games.
“We can’t get caught up in worrying about our opponents and who we are playing. We just need to concern ourselves with our team and how we are playing. If everyone comes out and does their job we will be okay.”
One thing Trumbull need not concern itself with is an offense that will start a three-year quarterback in senior Nick Roberts.
The targets down field will be plentiful, with seniors Eric Anderson, Jeff Sam and TJ Hayduk, along with Quentin Brunetti, Liam Moore and Hunter Sharkey making their way through the secondary.
The Eagles have three solid options on the ground, with senior running back Marc Cesare and Andrew Marino teaming up with junior Adam Angelucci.
With 23 seniors on the roster Trumbull will have more than enough experience to go around.
“I think the biggest help for us is having our weight room back,” Maffei sad. “We haven’t had that in three years with the renovations. Last year we were dragging the equipment out and lifting in the concession stand
“The kids are working hard, and now that we have our weight room back you can see the difference in the strength and conditioning.”
The key to the offense will be up front in the trenches, where senior three-year starters Phil Reardon and Zach Thompson will lead the way, along with juniors Greg Goldman, Mike Shea and sophomore Corey Haslam.
Trumbull gets the season underway tonight at 7 at Shelton High, and will be away next Thursday at Fairfield Warde.
The Eagles will play their first home game on Friday, Sept. 27, against Stamford High.
Sept. 12 at Shelton, 5:30
Sept. 19 at Warde, 7
Sept. 27 Stamford, 7
Oct. 5 at Norwalk, 3
Oct. 12 at Westhill, 1:30
Oct. 18 Greenwich, 7
Oct. 25 at Wilton, 7
Nov. 1 Staples, 7
Nov. 8 Danbury, 7
Nov. 15 Central, 7
Nov. 28 at St. Joe, 10:30