“It will be four weeks to the day from when we started [practice] until our first game. That's a long time,” said Wilton High football head coach Bruce Cunningham, whose team begins the 2015 season Friday night (7 p.m.) at home against Brien McMahon. “It's the longest I've ever gone, and with the new FCIAC practice rules it's been challenging at times to navigate them. It will be interesting to see what will become of it all.”
Coming off a 3-8 mark last fall, one thing is certain: With the loss of 12 seniors, 10 of them starters, the elongated pre-season can only help a team suffused with youth. Fifteen juniors and 16 sophomores tilt the scales to inexperience at the varsity level. But there is talent, and combined with attitude and work ethic, it could flower quickly.