The Wolverines: OHS Football Playing in Copper Division

Seniors leading the Oxford football team this season include (front row, from left), Jason Madden, Greg Malyszko, John Biondo, Cayden Mitchell and Matthew Rich; (second row), Pat Mucherino, Matt Gresik, Colin Speaker, E.J. Ortiz; (back row), Zaid Hume, Paul Davis and Everal Wallen.

OXFORD — Joe Stochmal returns for his 13th year as football coach at Oxford. His teams have a 54-68 record so far.

The Wolverines will be playing again in the Copper Division of the Naugatuck Valley League.

Coming off a 4-6 record last year, the Wolverines have a strong quarterback, Cayden Mitchell, to build around. The team lost high-scoring Dylan Battle to graduation, but they still have plenty of weapons.

“We had 18 graduate from last year, but the [returning] kids’ work ethic has been great,” said Coach Stochmal. “Their attitude has been great...and we are going to get better as the season progresses.”

Mitchell threw for 18 touchdowns and more than 2,000 yards last season. He intends to put the ball in the air a great deal again this season.

“We just pass. We pass a lot,” said the senior quarterback, who has already thrown for 35 touchdowns in his high school career.

John Biondo, a senior wide receiver, will be an obvious target for Mitchell. Others who will be looking to catch some passes are juniors Peyton Mowry and seniors Pat Mucherino and Paul Davis.

Jason Madden and Matt Rich are a pair of senior linemen who will play important roles on both offense and defense.

Games begin on Friday the 13th of September, with Oxford playing Wilby at 6 p.m.

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