- LOGAN BRIGGS, Sr., WR/DB (5-10, 175)
- MARK MCLAUGHLIN, Sr., QB/LB (6-1, 210)
- PATRICK RUSSOTTO, Sr., RB/LB (5-10, 190)
- EVAN MCKAY, Sr., WR/DB (5-10, 170)
- TOMMY BEAN, Sr., OL/DL (6-0, 220)
- GAVIN MILLS, Jr., WR/LB (6-2, 175)
- DYLAN MCLAUGHLIN, Jr., WR/DB (5-10, 170)
Stafford co-op coach Brian Mazzone is one of the few state coaches who can say he has an All-State player returning to his team in 2021.
Logan Briggs was a GameTimeCT/New Haven Register All-State team honorable mention selection as a sophomore.
He caught 47 passes for 645 yards and 13 TDs and added 236 yards and two more TDs on the ground. He also made five interceptions on the defensive side. Given that, he is expected to be one of the top players in the Pequot Conference and state two years later.
The senior WR/DB was actually one of the many sophomores to lead the Stafford co-op to the postseason for the fourth straight year in 2019.
Mark McLaughlin, who ran for 601 yards and 11 touchdowns as a starting tailback in 2019, figures to take over at quarterback.
“He’s really talented and has great size,” Mazzone said. “(He’s) one of the more physical runners that I’ve ever coached.”
Briggs, McLaughlin, Patrick Russotto (Sr.), Evan McKay (Sr.) and Jacob Dugan will see carries out of the backfield behind a young offensive line anchored by senior Tommy Bean.
The Bulldog defense returns three starting LBs (Dugan, Russotto and McLaughlin) and two DBs (Briggs and McKay). Mazzone said there are still some green spots on the defense but they will be aggressive.
The Bulldogs co-op will travel to play Granby/Canton in the second week of the season and then will face Valley Regional/Old Lyme and Rockville in back to back weeks later. Those two weeks will be a key part of the Bulldogs’ schedule.
- Sept. 11 — at Gilbert/Northwestern/Housatonic, 1 p.m.**
- Sept. 17 — at Granby/Canton, 6:30 p.m.**
- Sept. 24 — COVENTRY/WINDHAM TECH/BOLTON/LYMAN, 6:30 p.m.**
- Oct. 1 — COGINCHUAG/HALE RAY/EAST HAMPTON, 6:30 p.m.*
- Oct. 8 — SMSA CO-OP, 6:30 p.m.**
- Oct. 22 — at Ellington, 6:30 p.m.**
- Oct. 29 — at Valley Regional/Old Lyme, 6:30 p.m.*
- Nov. 12 — ROCKVILLE, 6:30 p.m.**
- Nov. 19 — at Cromwell/Portland, 6 p.m.*
- Nov. 24 — WINDSOR LOCKS/SUFFIELD/EAST GRANBY, 6:30 p.m.**
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