In 2009, Southington won the Northeastern Athletic Conference (4-1) and finished with a winning record (5-4). Since then, the Wildcats have failed to post a winning record in each of their last 8 years and have accumulated a winning percentage of 30.0% (24-56).
2018 Southington Wildcats’ Football Preview
Head Coach: Tom Conrad, 2nd season (2-8)
Record: 2-8 (0-5), 6th place in NAC
What you need to know about the Southington Offense
Last year saw Southington go to a more-wide open offense under coach Conrad than what was in place under coach Bill Bohren. The starting quarterback Trystan Mollohan threw 211 passes last year while he accumulated 87 pass attempts in 2016. Mollohan saw his numbers increase in completion percentage (33.3% in 2016 to 42.2% in 2017), passing yards (568 in 2016 to 1099 in 2017) as he led the team in rushing a year ago (370 yards). Even though, the offensive unit saw a dip in points per game (26.2 in 2016 to 15.5 in 2017), the Wildcats did average about the same amount of yards per game (277.6 in 2016 to 268.6 in 2017). Chase Iser contributed a year ago with 339 rushing yards (led the team with 5 rushing touchdowns) as he caught 10 passes for 80 stripes. Southington’s offense has failed to post an average of 20-points per game in 9 of the last 14 years since averaging 40.9 points per contest in 2003.
Key to the Southington Offense
Can Trystan Mollohan continue to improve? Will the offense be as wide open as it was last year? The team must replace their top 3 receivers (Joey Meyers, Austin Smith, Mike Vacca).
What you need to know about the Southington Defense
The defense will return many of last year’s starters including Chase Iser and Cobe Cernuto – who were their top two tacklers last Fall. Iser led the team with 80 tackles and tied for the lead with 7 tackles for a loss (along with Aidan Ricks). Cernuto, as a freshman, finished with 76 defensive stops and a pair of quarterback sacks to go along with 6 tackles for a loss. The amount of points they allowed last year seems to be high (378) for the amount of returnees they have back in the fold this coming season.
Key to the Southington Defense
The unit returns many players who saw significant time last year as a freshman and as sophomores. This Fall should be different if those players can take the next step.
Offensive player to watch for
Senior/QB, Trystan Mollohan
…Mollohan saw his top 3 receivers (who finished with 19 catches or more) graduate. With all of the improvements that Trystan made a year ago by seeing his passing attempts increase – one figure which must come down is the number of interceptions he threw. He averaged a pick per every 8 attempts in 2016. While last year, he saw that increase to every 10.6 attempts.
Defensive player to watch for
Junior/LB, Chase Iser
…Iser was the team leader in tackles a year ago (80) as only a sophomore.
Aug. 24 – Jackson-Milton, 7
Aug. 31 – Sebring, 7
Sept. 7 – at Leetonia, 7
Sept. 14 – Conotton Valley, 7
Sept. 21 – at Grand Valley, 7
Sept. 28 – Newbury, 7
Oct. 5 – at Pymatuning Valley, 7
Oct. 12 – Mathews, 7
Oct. 19 – at Windham, 7
Oct. 27 – at St. John, 2
Last year, the Wildcats opened the year with a 2-1 mark before falling in 7 straight games to end the season. The opener against Jackson-Milton will be one which will be played at home. In 2017, the Blue Jays shut out Southington – 34-0. This time around, the ‘Cats hope for better results.
2017 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 15.5
Total Offense: 268.6
Passing Offense: 158.7
Rushing Offense: 109.9
Scoring Defense: 37.8
2017 Statistical Leaders
Passing: Trystan Mollohan – 1099 yards, 42.2% (89-211), 7 TDs
Rushing: Trystan Mollohan – 370 yards, 5.4 avg, 3 TDs
Receiving: Joey Meyers – 25 catches, 450 yards, 5 TDs*
Tackles: Chase Iser – 80
Quarterback Sacks: Austin Smith – 3.0*
Interceptions: Joey Meyers – 2*