A year ago, the Farmington High football team posted their first winning season since 2013 with a 6-4 record – losing to four teams that qualified for the CIAC playoffs (Middletown, Windsor, Maloney, Platt).
Behind returning quarterback Jake Conrad, the Indians are looking for their second straight winning campaign. Conrad completed a school-record 146 passes for 1,518 yards and 14 TDs. It is the second-highest number of yards in a single season. Only Jeremy Buck in 2013 threw for more yards (1,633).
Conrad has the top three receivers from last year’s team returning to the squad – Niko Bouzakis (36 receptions, 383 yards, 3 TDs), Michael Gregory (20-336, 4 TDs) and Mitchell Guglielmo (22-226, 1 TD).
Linebacker Finn Sposato, last year’s leading tackler with 75 tackles and three sacks, returns along with defensive end Jordan Martin and senior tri-captain Nick Greco at defensive line.
RHAM was added to the CCC Division III East Division, giving the Indians five divisional contests. Middletown, Windsor look strong again and Maloney is coming off an appearance in last year’s Class M championship game.
The Indians open the season on Friday night at George Bennett Field at the high school when they host Maloney at 6:30 p.m.
NOTES: Farmington closed out last season with three straight wins including a 18-17 win over Plainville on Thanksgiving morning. The Indians erased a 10-point lead scored the game-winning touchdown in a three-yard pass from Conrad early in the fourth quarter.
Program: 373-440-33 since 1930 First season: 1895
Playoff appearances: 3, (1-3) Last appearance: 2013
League championships: 10 Most recent title: Nutmeg Conference, 1999
Winningest coach: Paul Maskery, 70-56-5, 14 years (1969-82) and Bruce Wearne, 70-93-4, 19 years (1983-90, 1994-99, 2007-08)
Opening Day record: 37-49-3 Last win: 2013, Farmington 26, Simsbury 14
Last year: 6-4, 0-4 CCC Division II West
Head coach: Chris Machol, 11th year (53-49)
Friday, Sept. 13: MALONEY, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 20: at Pomperaug, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 27: at E.O. Smith*, 6 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 4: WETHERSFIELD, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 11: WINDSOR*, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 26: MIDDLETOWN*, 2 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 1: at Bristol Eastern, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 9: at Hartford Public* (Dillon Stadium), 1 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 15: RHAM*, 6 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 28: at Plainville, 10 a.m.
*CCC Division II East game
2019 CCC Division II