2009 Season Preview

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July 13, 2009



2009 Season Preview

General Update


Byron Knox

General Manager

Bernie Armstrong

Head Coach

Aaron Hairston (1st season)

Home Field

Riccitelli Field-Sheehan HS, 142 Hope Hill Rd, Wallingford




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OFFENSIVE SUMMARY: Trevor Hairston heads the Bearcats pass heavy offensive attack. With Jason Davis’ experience and Naciki Reid’s “big play” ability, Hairston has two reliable receivers. Incredibly deep at running back, Eric Brown and the 235-pound PerQuan Moore provides a “Dash and Smash” element for the ground attack. The offensive line boast 10 players that may find their way in the line up throughout the season. Former Ithaca College’s Paul Cataldo and SCSU’s Walt Gibbs gives this group proven leadership up front.


2009 Offensive Depth Chart: Offensive Coordinator Dom Colovito


Jason Davis (9) 2008 All-Star has 248 career catches


Naciki Reid (18) Ultra – talented receiver has deep threat ability


Reserves: Chris Blackwell (13), Erik Jones (80), Kevin Taylor (87)


Walt Gibbs (77) Long-time center is moved to secure QB backside


Reserve: Larry Bowden (75)


Cliff Pollard (63) Former Arena lineman is offensive lines best athlete.


Reserve: John Hill (78)


Paul Cataldo (73) Former Ithaca product can play any position on the line


Reserve: Mike Rudewitz (58)


Tim Reese (65) Great overall ability with great size and strength


Reserve: Zack Locke (64)


Adrian Lena (74) At 6’4” 310, Lena combines size with aggressiveness.


Reserves: Eric Alicia (71)


Ken Sullivan (6)


Reserves: James Wish (88), Scott Holcomb (84), Anthony Ellison (81)


Marlon Blackwood (43) Veteran will open holes for talented running backs


Reserve: AJ Sandella (29), John D’Alesio (44)


Eric Brown (22) One of the talented backs Bearcats will feature this year


Reserves: PerQuon Moore (46), Anthony Avery (26), Akeem Wright (23)


Trevor Hairston (11) Consistent passer heads a powerful offensive attack


Reserve: Richie Snowden (3), Joey Ambrosini (7)



Defensive Summary: The Bearcats defense is built on both speed and aggressiveness. Defensive linemen Jay Dowdell and Richie LaFontaine could be the best tandem in the league. Linebacker Gerald Patrick led team in tackles in the pre-season. Secondary is headlined by 2008 All Star Courtney Sutherland and college All-American Sir Snowden.


2009 Defensive Depth Chart: Defensive Coordinator Jeryl Gray


Jamar Rawles (21) 24 career INT’s, has returned to All-Star form


Leo McTaggart (24) Superior athlete that’s becoming a lockdown corner


Reserves: Jacquoi Belin (3), Cory Fanin (37), Steve Charles (31)


Sir Snowden (41) At 6’3”, Snowden has incredible range in the secondary


Reserves: Joe Burns (12)


Court Sutherland (2) Aggressive tackler with great football IQ


Reserve: Daurice Elliott (47)


DJ Phifer (56) The prototype middle linebacker is a great run-stopper


Reserves: Maurice Edwards (8), Mike McGraw (55)


Dave Calor (36) Team’s most versatile defensive player


Reserves: Mike Galish (33), Anthony Lucas (42)


Gerald Patrick (45) Great sideline-to-sideline tackler


Reserves: TJ Palmer (25), Joe Ducrane (51)


Tory Newton (91) Great motor, will improve as the season progresses.


Reserve: David Reese (58)


Jay Dowdell (96) Super-quickness for a interior lineman


Reserve: Eric Gifford (70), Danny Hernandez (76)


Greg Lesperance (92) Rookie that has the potential to be special


Reserve: Adam McKinney (72), Tony Cyrulik (70)


Richie LaFontaine (66) 2008 AAA First Team All-American


Reserve: Dean Frasier (97), Byron Knox (17)


Special Teams Summary: Can Roberts get players who would be starters elsewhere to become special teams standouts? That will be the answers to his success this season. Mike Hominick can place the ball anywhere on the field and Andy Benzowitz is one of the country’s top kickers. Akeem Wright is incredibly explosive and will field every ball kicked his way.

2008 Special Teams: Coach Riko Roberts


Mike Hominck (19) Veteran punter with great accuracy


Andy Benzowitz (51) 2008 All-Star is 100% healthy


Akeem Wright (23) Fearless returner with great quickness




2009 Outlook: With over 90 players participating in training camp, the Bearcats have reduced their roster and are seen as an incredibly talented group. With extreme depth at running back and every position on defensive, they are two-deep at every offensive line position, which is priceless at any level of football.

If they can utilize the two-headed quarterback attack of Hairston and Richie Snowden, the Bearcats will make a lot of noise both in the NEFL and on their quest for a National Championship. However, internal strife and so many talented players finding their role may hurt the Bearcats in big games.


Projected Record: 8-2 regular season