Pictured: Quarterback Chris Danas throws downfield during a regular-season game at Rosek-Skubel Stadium. (Photo by Perceptions Photography)
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Middletown’s 2019 football season was unlike any other in recent memory. The roster was heavy on underclassmen, some of whom were feeling their way through the varsity experience for the first time.
The Blue Dragons won six games and lost four to teams with more size and experience/talent – Hand, Maloney, Wethersfield and Windsor. All but Windsor made the state playoffs.
“The whole year, there was a lot of learning,” coach Sal Morello said after a season-ending 35-21 loss to Windsor.
Morello had to dig deep in the finale, all the way to freshman Chili White, who got his introduction to varsity playing time in the Windsor game after a third teammate got injured. White broke up a pass in the open field and looked good doing it.
“That’s a tough time to ask a kid to go in (but) he held his own,” Morello said.
The benefit, then, to the Blue Dragons’ first non-playoff season since 2011 is that many of their regulars won’t be green in 2020.
“Now we get back to the weight room,” Morello said. “A ton of kids got a lot of varsity experience this year. That’s the good thing. And I think the seniors that were left, they did a great job. There are a lot of positives to this season. They got a taste of varsity football, and we’ll see what happens. Now it’s up to them.”