Fall sports

Greenwich High School football team holds first two days of practice

Photo courtesy of Dylan Goodman Photography: From left to right: Matthew Trimmer, Jack Wilson, Jake Kiernan and Dominic DeLuca are senior captains of the Greenwich High School football team.

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.

Photo by Dylan Goodman Photography: Greenwich senior quarterback Jack Wilson throws a pass during the team’s practice at Cardinal Stadium on August 16, 2022, in Greenwich. Wilson is the Cardinals’ starting quarterback.

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.

Photo courtesy of Dylan Goodman Photography: Dominic DeLuca, right (red shirt) is one of the captains of Greenwich’s football team. Here he is going through blocking drills with his teammates.

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.

Photo by Dylan Goodman Photography: The Greenwich High football team is primed for another successful season.

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).

Photo by Dylan Goodman: The Greenwich football team’s offensive and defensive linemen line up during practice on Aug. 16, 2022 at Greenwich High School. The Cardinals open their 2022 season against Newtown.

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.

Photo courtesy of Dylan Goodman Photography: Anthony Morello, Greenwich’s head football coach, looks on during the Cardinals’ practice on August 16, 2022, at Greenwich High School. The Cardinals open their season on Sept. 9

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.

Photo by Dylan Goodman Photography: Greenwich High School special teams coach John Woodring writes down some team goals during the squad’s practice on Aug. 16, 2022, at Cardinal Stadium in Greenwich.

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.

Photo courtesy of Dylan Goodman Photography: Charlie Dixon is one of the wide receivers Greenwich will rely upon.

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.

Photos by Dylan Goodman Photography: Greenwich football players do push-ups during a recent practice.

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.

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