STONINGTON — Six Stonington High football players earned first-team ECC Division II All-Star honors this season, and the one consistent characteristic for them all was versatility.
With only 32 on the roster, a lot of players had to be used in a lot of different ways for the Bears.
Seniors Jon Humphrey, Josh Georgetti and Jack Corley made the first team as offensive linemen. Senior Travis Pacheco and juniors Nate Miller and Riley Burnside made it on the defensive side.
Humphrey, who was an All-Star at center, might have been the most versatile of the bunch.
“He also played guard, tackle, tight end and running back. We’ve never had a kid play so many posittions. He’s very bright,” coach A.J. Massengale said. “We could play him pretty much anywhere.”
Massengale said Humphrey was most effective as a defensive lineman.
“His play on defense was outstanding. He received a lot of attention from other teams, and could create chaos for opposing teams,” Massengale said.
Georgetti played on the offensive line and excelled as a linebacker on defense.
“He was definitely a leader in the line and at linebacker. He was always putting guys in the right position or helping with blocking assignments,” Massengale said. “He was a very heady player, and the other guys leaned on him for his guidance on the field.”
Corley was another player who could do a lot of different things.
“He’s a big kid (6-foot-3, 230) and very athletic,” Massengale said. “We could pull him and run him all over the place. He could execute and make his blocks.
“He was also tough on the edge, and very versatile on the interior.”
Pacheco was a extremely active on the defensive side.
“He plays good and hard — with everything he has,” Massengale said. “He plays above his stature. He played bigger than he was for the better part of three seasons. He played a lot of good football and was a kid we could count on to make plays.
“He was was an excellent blitzer. We were able to do some things scheme-wise that were unique to him and his skill set.”
Miller was likely the best tackler on the team.
“He was an unbelievable linebacker for us,” Massengale said. “He is a textbook tackler. He is like the perfect form-tackling machine. He doesn’t miss. He is able to stop the interior run, but also track to the edge, close in space and gobble up tacklers.”
Miller also led the team in rushing with 422 yards (5.3 per carry) and five touchdowns.
Stonington also used Burnside in a lot of different ways.
“We played him all over the defense. He understands football and has a great football mind,” Massengale said. “We could do a lot of things with him, and that gives us a lot of confidence. He plays fast and loose.”
Four Bears received honorable-mention recognition — Jared Rudzinsky, Lucas Falcone, Marco Tedeschi and Hayden Parrilla.
Rudzinsky, a senior, caught 18 passes for 229 yards, averaging 12.7 per catch. He caught a 43-yard TD pass in the Bears’ Thanksgiving Day loss to Westerly.
Falcone played on both sides of the line. He received the recognition for his play on the defensive side. Massengale said he is “very strong and athletic.”
Tedeschi, a sophomore, started at quarterback for the Bears. He passed for 287 yards and showed good poise running the team. Massengale said he was the first sophomore to start at quarterback in a decade.
Parrilla rushed for 336 yards, averaging 5.3 per carry. He also played a number of other positions, ranging from receiver to defensive line. Massengale said it was “refreshing” to have a player who was so willing to accept whatever role the team required.
Stonington finished 3-7 overall and 2-1 in the league. The Bears lost to Westerly, 34-13, on Thanksgiving Day, ending a five-game winning streak against the Bulldogs.