Before the season even started the Newington football team was faced with a new challenge. The former Class L football team has been bumped up to Class LL for a one year trial.
Newington’s enrollment is at an all-time high. With 1,291 total students, Newington is the 36th largest high school in the state out of 187. With 690 boys, Newington was moved up a class.
“We were LL for the majority of years and just recently had dropped to L,” Newington athletic director Christopher Meyers said. “It is very common for our teams to fluctuate CIAC class placements since we seem to be right on the line of L and LL each year.”
Although it’s a change, the Indians aren’t worrying about it.
“The only impact it has on us is if we make it to the playoffs,” Newington coach Jason Pace said. “Right now we’re setting our goals, but that doesn’t necessarily fall into our goals this season. It may change as the season progresses, but right now that’s the only impact it has on us.”
Newington’s schedule will remain the same as the 2017 season, except Week 1. Like last year, the Indians had an spot open and will play Amistad High School of New Haven.
“We need to make a statement in the first game,” Indians tight end Julian Ortiz said. “Even though we’re a young team, we’re here to play.”
Ortiz likes the change, as he said more competition is better.
“To be the best, you have to beat the best,” he said.
“My goals are to be at least .500 or better. It’s my last year and I just want to play and have fun with it.”