For those schools electing to hold practice during the spring, practice is just about six weeks away.
Last season, I did not get to any spring practices, or spring games for that matter, other than Ansonia's. Spring practice didn't look so good. Even some of the Chargers' preseason scrimmages didn't look too promising. The team had plenty of questions to be answered. But, as we saw, the team came around nicely and exceeded many of our expectations. It was a very exciting year in Ansonia.
I plan to visit many of this year's spring practices to get a grasp on how each NVL squad has come along and who will be a force to be reckoned with. I will be around the league a lot more this year, in general.
So, who's the dark horse in the NVL this year? Will it be Sacred Heart? Wilby? Derby? Sacred Heart has Coggins. Wilby's head coaching job is still up in the air. And Derby has Kreiger and Tomczak. But is that enough?
T-Town has arguably the league's best RB in Brenden Lytton along with a fired-up coaching staff. Ansonia and Woodland are always solid. And Naugy is looking to defend its league crown after last year's impressive victory at Jarvis Stadium.
Do Torrington, Ansonia, Woodland, or Naugy have what it takes to win the NVL? Will the winner be one of these teams? You make the call.