Inside the huddle: Hand
Coach: Steve Filippone
Last season: 10-2 (Class L semifinalists)
Joe Demichele (6-1, 290, Sr., DL)
Kevin Frey (5-11, 175, Sr., TB)
Nick Vitale (5-9, 175, Sr., WR)
Henry Foye (6-2, 180, Sr., QB)
Talented skill players, a Division I prospect in Demichele, strong program tradition.
Have to replace skill players such as QB Zach Miller, RB Casey Dowd and WR Alec Pacelli.
The Tigers have the talent to compete for the SCC Division I East title as well as a return trip to the Class L playoffs. Foye will have to adjust to being the team's full-time starter under center.
Hand plays the same schedule as last season. The Tigers must endure a brutal October schedule which includes games at Cheshire (10/6), home against Notre Dame-W.H. (10/14), at Wilbur Cross (10/22) and home against West Haven (10/28). The Tigers went 3-1 during that stretch last season, losing only to ND.