Alums continue to hit gridiron, now for NEFL

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MICHAEL LETENDRE

STAFF WRITER

 

 

Over the years, former Plainville High School football standouts Todd Carroll and Todd Warner have spent plenty of time on the gridiron together.

And amazingly in 2015, the duo is still teaming up, still competing on the same pigskin squad while also getting a little coaching in as well.

Carroll (quarterback) and Warner (defensive tackle) were key components of the Blue Devils football team from 2004-07, mostly under the watchful eye of former coach Mike Archangelo.

Long after their successful high school days, the two Todd’s are continuing to play the sport today as members of the New England Football League of the Connecticut Panthers – based out of Meriden.

The NEFL touts itself as the largest semi-profession and minor football league in the nation and the Panthers play their games at the beautiful Falcon Field.

Each year, the teams of the NEFL play 10 regular games during its season, running through July to September.

There is a league playoffs and the victor goes on to play for the National Championship, held in Florida, during the month of January.

The Panthers are in the AAA, Colonial Conference, Southern Division along with other teams from the state and Massachusetts.

The CT Panthers are the reigning National Champions for the 2013 and 2014 seasons and are planning to make it a third year in a row.

The team finished the regular season with a 9-1 record, tied for the best record in the Southern Division – along with the Western Connecticut Militia who took the division’s top seed in the playoffs via coin toss.

The Panthers played its first playoff game on Sunday, Oct. 11 against the Connecticut Chiefs from Falcon Field.

But Todd and Todd just don’t play the game, they coach it as well.

The duo are first year coaches for the Canton High School football team.

When former Canton coach, Paul Philippon, went back to run the program at Bristol Eastern for the second time, Chris Currier stepped in to take over and brought in the Todd’s along with Chris Dahmke and Jeff Wilkins.

Carroll and Warner are continuing their love for the game at the high school level as assistants to Currier and have the challenge of rebuilding the program back up off the graduation of a talented senior class from 2014.

Carroll, of course, is the QB/Offensive coach while Warner is the defensive coach.

The Warriors are still working on victory number one but Canton has a strong cast of 42 players, working on improving that 0-5 record every day at practice.

The former Plainville duo enjoys spending time with the Canton student athletes, drawing from their experiences when they were playing for the Blue Devils outstanding program.

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