CANTON, Sept. 9 — Since the Canton High football program was reborn in 2007 as a varsity program, the Warriors have had one winning season in four campaigns, going 6-4 in 2009.
A year ago, the Warriors went 3-7 with a team sprinkled with some veterans and a lot of young players. This year, Canton is set to field another relatively young squad with a few veterans and a host of younger players. The roster is peppered with sophomores and freshmen.
The future looks bright. However, this year might be a campaign of little triumphs and growing pains. “We’re getting better every day,” fourth-year coach Roger Pearl said. “We’re young and the attitude is fantastic. It’s 100 percent better than it was last year. They are all working hard as a team and we have some young talent.”
Canton has five starters returning including All-Pequot Conference running back Kyle Mullins (64 rushes, 516 yards, 2 TDs). Center Josiah Durbois, guard Erick Latvis, fullback Rob Grillo (33 rushes, 127 yards) and receiver Tim Gavin return.
Sophomore quarterback Eric Scott should start for the Warriors along with senior guard Ryan Glynn and senior wide receiver Zach Powell.
Defensively, Canton will be young. Still, look for junior linebacker Jesse Lachance to make some plays along with Tim Gavin, a two-year starter at cornerback and Latvis at defensive end.
Sophomores Terrance Brady (wide receiver, running back), Mike Amoroso (linebacker, guard), Jake Wood (linebacker) and Miller Pachen (left tackle) should see playing time along with freshman Henry Bonini.
“They’re working well together,” Pearl said. “There are no superstars on this team. They’re all working together as one.”