Conard comes into the season with plenty of questions after a 3-7 campaign in 2018. Atop the list is who will be starting at quarterback?
To compound the uncertainty, the Chieftains open the season against perhaps the best team in the CCC this fall, Southington.
Things will not get any easier after Southington with a crossover-game at West Haven the following week and CCC D-1 West schedule featuring Hall, New Britain and Simsbury, only one of which Conard beat last season (41-28 over Simsbury).
Conard coach Matt Cersosimo is calling the quarterback spot “an open competition” with Arsen Shtefan, Jack Kennedy, Colum Flaherty and Israel Lopez all in the running to see time there.
The running back position is also unsettled, as of now, with the team planning on taking a committee approach with Emmett Coco, Chase Fountain, Will Ball and John Calcaterra competing for touches.
The team is bringing back three of the four starting wide receivers from last season. The offensive line only returns two players but one of those is senior Peter Simplicio (6-3, 225).
Simplicio will also anchor the defense along the line. He will be joined defensively by returning players strong safety Joey Lemiuex, cornerback Silas Bridges and defensive back Jack Tousignant.
The defense will need to be stout if Conard hopes to get back above .500 this season.
“Every team in our league will be awesome,” Cersosimo said. “I think we will compete.”