2011 All-Connecticut football team
The MSG Varsity Connecticut staff selected the top players, coaches and teams from the 2011 season across the region.
Below are the award winners, as well as the first-team and second-team all-stars.
TEAM OF THE YEAR
Player of the Year
Greenwich, Running back/Linebacker, Senior
New Canaan, Sr., 6-3, 193
The first-team All-FCIAC East signal-caller will graduate as the Rams’ all-time leader in yards, touchdowns and completions. For the season, Milano threw for 2,981 yards and 32 touchdowns while rushing for 226 yards and eight touchdowns.
Torrington, Sr., 5-10, 185
One of the state’s premier backs and greatest players in NVL history, Lytton concluded his career with an eye-opening season that saw him rush for 2,453 yards while averaging 10.1 yards per carry with 29 touchdowns – including a state-record nine in one game. Lytton totaled 35 touchdowns – two of them passing – four conversions and four interceptions in carrying the Red Raiders to a 7-3 mark.
St. Luke’s, Jr., 6-2, 185
In just seven games, Thomas rushed for 1,062 yards (14.16 average per carry) and 11 touchddowns to earn NEPSAC Class C All-New England team honors. A force on both sides of the ball, the junior also caught six passes for 167 yards, averaged 8.9 tackles per game and picked off two passes as the Storm went 6-1.
New Canaan, Sr., 5-10, 180
The first-team All-FCIAC East selection finished the year with 61 catches for 830 yards and nine touchdowns in helping the Rams reach their sixth straight state final. Newtown also had three interceptions and four passes defensed.
Bunnell, Sr., 6-1, 170
A dangerous threat on both sides of the ball, the All-SWC choice caught 46 passes for 1,047 yards and 12 touchdowns while also making 59 tackles and four interceptions for 116 yards. Penn State is among the schools that have shown interest in Chisholm.
New Canaan, Sr., 6-2, 215
The first-team All-FCIAC East selection caught a team-high 66 passes for 724 yards and seven touchdowns in helping the Rams to an 11-2 record.
Staples, Sr., 6-0, 245
The leader of the Wreckers’ powerful front wall, Gibson was named to the first-team All-FCIAC West after helping Staples rush for over 220 yards per game and compile an 11-1 record and reach the Class LL finals.
Fairfield Prep, Sr., 6-2, 277
Named Division I All-SCC, the athletic right guard helped power the Jesuits to over 207 yards per game on the ground.
New Canaan, Sr., 6-3, 264
A three-year starter at left guard, Killinger was named first-team All-FCIAC East and was a driving force in the Rams’ run to the Class L finals.
Warde, Sr., 6-5, 290
A three-year starter and two-time first-team All-FCIAC East selection, the MVP of the Schuman’s National Underclass Combine is on the radar of several Northeast Division I programs.
Barlow, Sr., 6-3, 224
The three-time All-SWC standout anchored the lines for the Falcons, who piled up over 324 rushing yards per contest.
Staples, Jr., 6-2, 220
The first-team All-FCIAC West defensive end was one of the top sack artists in the state with 14 and also recorded 112 tackles.
New Canaan, Sr., 6-4, 209
His season-saving tackle in the CIAC Class L quarterfinals on New London star Kyle McKinnon alone could get Leeming a spot on this team. But the first-team All-FCIAC East choice was far from a one-play wonder as he racked up 116 tackles and 4.5 sacks.
McMahon, Sr., 5-11, 190
The defensive end piled up 20 tackles for loss and eight sacks en route to first-team All-FCIAC xx honors. Also had 20 catches and five touchdowns.
Bassick, Sr., 6-3, 237
It may have been a lean year in terms of wins for the Lions, but definitely not stats for their star end. Williams registered 81 tackles and 7.5 sacks en route to All-FCIAC honors for the second straight season.
Stamford, Sr., 5-10, 205
A two-time first-team All-FCIAC Central selection, Corcoran averaged over 11 tackles per game to go along with three sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Staples, Jr., 6-1, 190
One of the leaders of the Wreckers’ stingy defense, Kearney averaged a team-high 13 tackles per game and had three sacks en route to first-team All-FCIAC West honors.
New Canaan, Sr., 6-1, 220
All-State a year ago,McDonough picked up where he left off by leading the Rams with 118 tackles and three interceptions. The first-team All-FCIAC East selection also scored seven touchdowns and rushed for a team-high 491 yards during the Rams’ run to the Class L finals.
Norwalk, Sr., 6-0, 171
This first-team All-FCIAC Central standout never seemed to be far from the ball. He led the Bears with 10.8 tackles per game, recorded six sacks and one interception, caused four fumbles and also blocked two punts.
Staples, Jr., 6-0, 170
A dynamic player on both sides of the ball, Fruscaiante had 37 catches for 870 yards (23.51 yards per reception) and nine touchdowns while making four interceptions, 62 tackles and two sacks. Named first-team All-FCIAC West.
Darien, Jr., 5-11, 175
The first-team All-FCIAC selection was one of the driving forces behind the Blue Wave’s 8-2 season. On offense, he rushed for 410 yards and nine touchdowns while also hauling in 24 passes for 455 yards and seven scores. Defensively, Gesualdi was among the state leaders with eight interceptions to go along with 36 tackles and 21 passes defensed.
Staples, Jr., 6-2, 188
One of the most versatile players in the region, Kelly rushed for 684 yards and 13 touchdowns, caught 17 passes for 178 yards and four scores, recorded four interceptions and 67 tackles, had four passes defensed and also blocked a field goal. Chosen first-team All-FCIAC West.
Norwalk, Sr., 6-1, 185
The converted receiver was a two-way threat at quarterback for the Bears, throwing for 1,471 yards and 14 touchdowns with just four interceptions for a QB rating of 109 while also rushing for 563 yards and five scores. Wilson, a first-team All-FCIAC Central selection, was nominated by coach Sean Ireland for All-State for his work at safety, and it’s easy to see why. In addition to calling the defensive signals, Wilson picked off six passes and had eight passes defensed.
QB: Bryan Castelot, Bunnell
QB: Tyler Vallie, Amity
RB: Nigel Beckford, Notre Dame-Fairfield
RB: Joey Zelkowitz, Staples
WR: Jared Vasquez, Bunnell
WR: Derick Edwards, Norwalk
TE: Gil Araujo, Norwalk
OL: Kwasi Duodu, Bridgeport Central
OL: Dennis Flanagan, Amity
OL: Zach McNutt, Torrington
OL: Brett O’Donnell, Darien
OL: Patrick Whalen, Norwalk K: Robbie Wolf, Staples
DL: Matt D’Andrea, Darien
DL: Adam Connolly, St. Luke’s
LB: JJ Bivona, Bunnell
LB: Connor Devane, Wilton
LB: David Wolff, Warde
LB: Kyle Camacho, Greenwich
DB: Joey Anzalone, Norwalk
DB: Sean Carroll, Wilton
DB: Eric Ford, Watertown
DB: Chandler Foster, Stamford
DB: Joey Santoro, King