Photos by Dylan Goodman and David Fierro: Top row left, Chason Barber received All-FCIAC First Team Offense honors. Top row, right, Jake Kiernan (No. 76) earned All-FCIAC First Team offense accolades. Second row, left, seated (No. 60), Michael Sinisi was a First Team All-FCIAC Defense selection. Second row right, Dominic DeLuca received All-FCIAC First Team Defense honors. Third row, left, John Scarlata was selected as an All-FCIAC First Team defensive player, third row right, Tyler Cusimano received All-FCIAC First Team defense honors.
Numerous Greenwich High School football players received All-FCIAC awards recently. The Cardinals concluded their 2021 campaign last week and finished the season with a record of 7-4. Coached by Anthony Morello, Greenwich qualified for the CIAC Class LL Tournament, where it lost to Fairfield Prep, 21-14, in the tournament’s quarterfinal-round.
Senior Chason Barber and junior Jake Kiernan each received All-FCIAC First Team Offense honors. Barber, who will continue his football career at Brown University, had 30 receptions during his senior season for 493 yards, both of which led the Cardinals. Barber also caught a team-best eight touchdown passes to help pace the Cardinals’ offense.
Junior Jake Kiernan emerged as an outstanding offensive lineman for Greenwich. A tackle, the 6-foot-2, 255-pound Kiernan provided excellent protection for Greenwich quarterback Jack Wilson and helped the team’s running game with his effective blocking throughout the season.
Senior captain Michael Sinisi (6-1, 290) was an imposing force on the defensive line for Greenwich. He started at center for the squad during the first half of the season, where he had excelled since his sophomore season. Coach Morello and the Cards decided to shift him to the defensive line to add strength to the unit and Sinisi stepped up, registering several sacks and a number of tackles resulting in lost yardage. Sinisi was presented with All-FCIAC First Team Defense accolades.
Another member of Greenwich’s defensive line – junior Dominic DeLuca, was also named to the All-FCIAC Defense First Team. DeLuca, a defensive end, registered three sacks for the season and posted a number of pressures and quarterback hits. He also made it difficult for the opposition to get its passing game in rhythm with the pressure he provided off the edge.
Senior cornerback John Scarlata’s standout play in the secondary earned him First Team All-FCIAC Defense recognition. Scarlata intercepted three passes during the season, two of which he returned for touchdowns. He ran back an interception for a touchdown in Greenwich’s win against Westhill and returned an interception to the end zone in the team’s triumph against Trumbull.
Tyler Cusimano, who served as one of the Cards’ senior captains, received All-FCIAC First Team defense honors for helping lead the squad’s defensive unit from his safety position. Cusimano broke up numerous passes during the season and was in on plenty of tackles, as he provided support against the run and pass.
Junior Logan Galletta was named to the All-FCIAC Second Team Offense. Galletta, a wide receiver/returner and defensive back, totaled 19 receptions for 228 yards and one touchdown. He emerged as a big threat in the Cardinals’ return game. Galletta ran back a punt for a touchdown in a victory against Ridgefield, took a kickoff to the end zone against St. Joseph and returned a punt for a score vs. New Canaan.
Photos by Dylan Goodman and David Fierro: Top row left and right: Jack Wilson was an All-FCIAC Honorable Mention selection. Second row left, James Babb received All-FCIAC Honorable Mention recognition. Second row right, Cameron Doyle was an All-FCIAC Honorable Mention selection. Bottom row, left, Zach Mantione was received All-FCIAC Honorable Mention recognition, as did James Babb, right.
Junior Jack Wilson and seniors Cameron Doyle, James Babb and Zach Mantione each received All-FCIAC Honorable Mention recognition. Wilson passed for 1,543 yards and threw 19 touchdown passes, while starting every game for Greenwich.
Doyle was one of Greenwich’s anchors on the defensive line. He was tough to block throughout the season and often pressured the opposition’s quarterbacks and wrapped up the running backs.
Babb, a versatile running back/receiver, had 16 receptions for 233 yards and hauled in three touchdown passes. Mantione, who was one of the Cardinals’ captains totaled 19 receptions for 242 yards and a touchdown as one of the team’s key wide receivers.