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NAUGATUCK — The defending Naugatuck Valley League football champions are back to work and are getting ready for a trip north of the border—Massachusetts, not Canada—for their first game of 2011. Citizen’s News caught up with Naugy’s three seniors—Jake Yourison, Nico Cari, and Mike Giugno—at practice last week to get their thoughts on the upcoming season. Yourison and Giugno are both ready to go for the opener on Sept. 16 in East Longmeadow, Mass., but Cari will be sidelined at least a few weeks—and according to head coach Rob Plasky, maybe the season—due to a broken finger suffered in a scrimmage at Amity.
BEACON FALLS — After qualifying for the CIAC football playoffs last season for the first time in three years, Woodland is ready to take even more steps to win the program’s first league and state titles since 2005. Citizen’s News dropped in at the Hawks’ practice last week to talk to the team’s captains before their scrimmage against Guilford and North Haven. Seniors Matt Zaccagnini, Zach Plourde, and Tom Gendreau were named captains by head coach Tim Shea this off-season.