Greenwich High School’s football team took the first step toward reaching its lofty goals when it opened training camp on Monday and it hit the field running, as its athletes took part in numerous conditioning and skill-based drills. The Cardinals held practices on Monday and Tuesday at Cardinal Stadium.
Though the Cardinals graduated more than 20 players from last season’s playoff squad, they are never lacking in numbers, as numerous athletes are returning to the field, after gaining a year of valuable playing experience.
The 2021 season saw Greenwich register a record of 7-4 and qualify for the CIAC Class LL Tournament, where it was edged by Fairfield Prep in the quarterfinal-round, 21-14, in a game in which it held a 14-7 third-quarter lead. Guided by head coach Anthony Morello, the Cardinals have the components in place to once again, make their mark in the FCIAC and state, while making a run toward a state title. Greenwich last won the CIAC Class LL state tournament championship in 2018, going undefeated while accomplishing the impressive feat.
Captained by seniors Jack Wilson, Matthew Trimmer, Dominic DeLuca and Jake Kiernan, Greenwich opens its 2022 season with a game on the road against Newtown on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. The Cardinals will remain on the road Week 2, traveling to rival Ridgefield on Sept. 16 for a 7 p.m. FCIAC matchup.
Week 3 will mark the Cardinals’ home-opener, as it will host non-conference foe Southington at 3 p.m. – an unfamiliar opponent – at Cardinal Stadium. Greenwich will then host FCIAC opponents Westhill (Oct. 1) and St. Joseph (Oct. 14) and Trumbull (Oct. 20).
Three of Greenwich’s last four games of its regular season will take place on the road, as it will visit rival Darien on Oct. 29, Stamford (Nov. 12) and will travel to Staples Nov. 24 for its the team’s annual Thanksgiving Day meeting. Danbury will visit the Cards on Nov. 5.
In 2022, Greenwich was 4-3 after seven games with its losses coming against Shelton, St. Joseph and New Canaan. They defeated Danbury, Stamford and Staples in their final three games of the regular season to qualify for the Class LL Tournament.
The Cards’ captains, DeLuca, Kiernan, Trimmer and Wilson all received plenty of action as juniors last fall, sparking the squad from their respective positions. DeLuca will lineup at both tight end and defensive end this upcoming season, Kiernan is a standout offensive/defensive lineman, Trimmer helped lead the linebacker corps a season ago and Wilson is primed to begin his second season as the team’s starting quarterback.
Wilson had a number of big passing games for the Cardinals a season ago, helping the team average more than 27 points per game. He’ll have a lot of receivers and tight ends to throw to this fall and the Cardinals should also have a formidable group of running backs.
Greenwich Sports Beat will have a season preview article on the Cardinals, with comments from players and coaches, in a couple of weeks as the regular season draws closer.