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The 90th Annual New Haven Register All-State Football First Team Rosters

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Player of the Year
DANNY SHABAN, Joel Barlow

The triple-option quarterback led the Falcons to their first CIAC championship, scoring five touchdowns in a 61-6 win over Valley Regional/Old Lyme in the SS Class Championship Game. … Ran the ball 219 times for 2,067 yards, the second most in Connecticut, and 35 touchdowns, the best in the state. … His 214 points led the state. … Completed 25 of 44 passes, including 11 for touchdowns, for 721 yards; his 2,788 total rushing yards was a school record, and so was the 46 combined touchdowns. … On defense, credited with 41 solo tackles and 27 assisted, with 20 tackles for loss and 10 sacks, forcing four fumbles. …Also an all-state lacrosse midfielder.

Honors: CHSCA Top 26 player. … All-SWC twice. … Twice student with honors. … Third team New Haven Register all-state in 2021.

Following: Undecided; wants to play Division I football.


JOHN NEIDER, Law

Led the Lawmen to the SCC Tier III championship, their second appearance in the CIAC tournament and their first win in a playoff game. … Law scored 75 touchdowns; he participated in 55 of them. … Completed 155 of 236 passes for 2,289 yards and 30 touchdowns against six interceptions. .. Ran for 1,696 extra yards on 131 carries, scoring 24 touchdowns. … Also caught a 16-yard touchdown pass. … Also plays basketball and baseball at Law. … Law’s first New Haven Register first-team state selection since punter Fred Baldieri in 1989.

Honors: Two-time CSC Tier 3 Player of the Year. … CHSCA Top 26 player. … New Haven Register All-State honorable mention in 2021. … First student with honors.

Following: Looking at Sacre Coeur and Stonehill.


LINCOLN CARDILLO, Southington

Ran for 1,690 yards on 244 carries for the first seed in the LL class. … Scored 24 touchdowns. … Ran for at least one touchdown in the Blue Knights’ 11 games, including a season-high four in their playoff loss to Trumbull. … Had eight 100-yard games and four 200-yard games. … Was also 39 for 46 on extra points as a kicker and had four punts inside the 20. … Caught 15 passes, two for touchdowns. … Also plays lacrosse for Southington.

Honors: CHSCA Top 26. … Honor roll student.

Following: Undecided.

DAVID CASSETTI, Ansonia

Ran for 2,204 yards and 33 touchdowns to lead the Chargers, the state’s only undefeated team, to the Class S championship, their first since 2016. … Also had 85 tackles and five sacks at linebacker, plus one interception. … Ran for 171 yards, threw a touchdown pass and scored the two-point conversion in the championship game. … Scored all three touchdowns in a Thanksgiving win over Naugatuck. … Cassetti is Ansonia’s eighth running back named to the state first team since 2003 and ninth since 1997; two of them were chosen three times.

Honors: CHSCA Top 26. … All-NVL. … National Honor Society. …MaxPreps Player of the Year.

Following: Undecided; looking at Central Connecticut, University of New Haven, Bryant and Springfield.


TYLER CLARK, Staples

Led the CIAC with 80 receptions in 11 games, tied for 18th in the Connecticut high school football record books, helping the Wreckers to their first CIAC tournament berth since 2015. … His 1,256 receiving yards were only 5 away from the state lead. … Caught 11 touchdown passes, including the game-winning touchdown reception against Trumbull, who finished a day for 222 yards. … Set school records for single-season receptions and yards as well as single-game records, catching 12 passes against Stamford (for 208 yards). … Got 160 yards or better in four of the first six games.

Honors: CHSCA Top 26. … FCIAC Top 45.

Following: A second-team All-FCIAC lacrosse player (he scored the goal in overtime in last year’s CIAC Class L semifinals en route to the Wreckers’ first championship), he’s committed to the Army.

DAVIEN KERR, Bloomfield

Junior lost just under 1,000 receiving yards, catching 42 passes for 992 yards. … Those catches included 13 touchdowns, three against RHAM, two against Berlin and two each in playoff games against Seymour and Woodland. … Also gained 855 yards on 71 carries with rushing touchdowns in every playoff game. … Had three interceptions at safety, one he returned 83 yards out. He also recovered two fumbles and forced one. … In 73 tackles, 12 for a loss, with three sacks. … Took three punt returns and one kickoff return for touchdowns; the kickoff and one of the punt returns were both against Farmington, 85 and 83 yards, respectively. … Also plays basketball for the Warhawks.

Honors: CHSCA Top 26.

BEN JAX, killing

Caught 18 touchdowns, second in the state; according to the Connecticut High School Football Record Book, only 19 players have caught more in a season. … Led the state with 1,261 receiving yards for the MM class runners-up. In Killingly’s famous “Run People Over” offense in recent years, he set school records for receptions, yards and touchdowns while amassing more receiving yards this year than the entire Killingly team since 2014. … Five catches for 181 yards and two touchdowns in the wild 54-51 semifinal win over Masuk. … Had eight touchdowns in 2021 to help his team to the Class M championship. … Had two interceptions at defensive back, scoring one for a touchdown, and blocked two punts.

Honors: CHSCA Class MM/M all states. …Division 3 All-ECC twice. … All-conference baseball player. …Volunteers in a food pantry in November.

Following: Undecided; looking at Assumption, American International, Southern Connecticut, Central Connecticut and Nichols.


JAKE KIERNAN, Greenwich

Left tackle for the LL-class champions helped the team rush for over 2,000 yards. … Credited with 38 tackles, including 23 solo, on defense.

Honors: CHSCA Top 26, one of only two linemen named. … FCIAC Top 45. … Was a New Haven Register second-team selection last year. … Student on the honor roll.

Following: Undecided.

JOSH KUCZYNSKI, Notre Dame-West Haven

Left guard and defensive lineman for Class M champions. … Green Knights rushed for 2,000 yards and rushed for over 2,700. … Had 46 tackles in his senior year, including four and a half for a loss. … Had 110 career tackles. …Also a Notre Dame wrestler.

Honors: CHSCA Class MM/M all-state, his second all-state selection. … Twice All-SCC Tier 1. … National Honor Society; English National Honor Society; Foreign Languages ​​Honor Society, Mathematics Honor Society.

Following: Undecided.

ALEX ROMANOWSKI, Ansonia

The right tackle and nose guard helped the Chargers win the Class S championship. … The team rushed for over 2,000 yards.

Honors: CHSCA Top 26, one of only two linemen named. … Twice all-state. … All-NVL. … Honor student.

Following: Undecided.

GIOVANNI CHULLI, Southington

Tackle helped the Blue Knights rush for nearly 2,000 yards and throw for nearly 2,400. … Southington was the No. 1 seed in the LL Class and was No. 1 in the GameTimeCT Top 10 poll for eight weeks this season.

Honors: CHSCA Class LL/L all states. … Second honors in the first quarter of this year.

Following: Undecided; given by Husson University.

PETER VOMVOLAKIS, Greenwich

Two-way lineman Sophomore helped the Cardinals rush for over 2,000 yards and throw for nearly 2,500. … The Cardinals also rushed for 46 touchdowns. … Credited with 16 tackles.

Honors: CHSCA Class LL/L all states. …Top 45 All-FCIAC. … Freshman All-American last year. … Student on the honor roll.


TY GROFF, New Canaan

He capped off his senior season with a 16-13 victory in the Class L final and two records: by scoring three field goals that day, including the match-winner, he became the all-time leader of the state in field goals with 27, breaking a tie with Middletown’s Michael Aresco (who had been the All-State last kicker twice, 2016-17). He also set the single-season record with 15, overtaking Zach Moore of Greenwich. … Finished his season 46 for 47 on extra points and 92 for 93 for his career, according to MaxPreps. … Field goals included some 48 yards (a school record), a 45 yard and a 41 yard kick to open the scoring in the championship game. …Recorded 23 touchbacks on 73 kickoffs; pinned seven punts on 32 inside 20, averaging 37.4 yards. … Scored four field goals in a game last year to claim a share of that state record. … The broken hand cost him about half the season at quarterback; he was 65 for 107 for 578 yards.

Honors: CHSCA Top 26; all states twice. … FCIAC Top 45. … Participating in Service League of Boys (SLOBS) in the New Canaan area.

Following: Undecided.

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