My my My my
SYF Middle School Football - Program Overview

All of Stamford’s 5 public middle schools, plus two private schools, Trinity Catholic and Trailblazers Academy, participate in SYF Football. All schools typically have varsity and junior varsity teams, with all 8th graders playing on the Varsity team, all 6th graders on Junior Varsity and 7th graders are placed on a varsity or junior varsity team by the coaching staff depending on ability, experience and team sizes. 

Stamford residents that do not attend one of the schools above are also eligible to participate, and are placed on the Trinity Catholic team. For 2009, this included students that attended Rogers Magnet as 6th graders, and this will continue in 2010.

Football practice is held every day after school at the facility on or near the school premises. Some schools provide study before practice for the students to do homework and school projects. The season runs from early September through mid-November. No transportation is provided. Games are on Saturday or Sunday, generally between 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, with games split between the turf football fields at Rippowam Middle School and Stamford High.

At most schools, grades and progress reports are made available to the head coach who, with the help of each school's administration, monitors those athletes who are not performing well in class to ensure that the activity they are involved in is not adversely affecting their academic performance . Stamford Youth Football's middle school students must meet minimum grade and effort requirements in order to remain eligible to play. A code of conduct is also signed, which is attached.

Code of Conduct/Parent-Player Contract

For questions regarding any issues with Middle School Football please contact SYF Football President Tony Spadaccini at


Middle School Rules

 Middle School football rules are attached. SYF Middle School Football Rules 2011 updated 9-22-11.doc

2010 League Championship Games

Dolan defeats Rippowam 30-13 for 2010 Middle School Varsity Title

After falling behind a tough Rippowam team 7-0 at halftime, previously undefeated Dolan stormed back to score 30 second half points and defeat Rippowam team 30-13 for the City Middle School Varsity Championship. 

Randy Polonia dominated the game offensively with three touchdowns and over 150 yards rushing. Tyree Smith also had one touchdown and Louis Maradiaga completed 3 PAT.  Quarterback Jalen Brown lead the offense with great blocking from Ryan Piersa, Michael Clark, Devon Vernazza, Fabian Garcia, Chris Hynd and Billy DeVito. The Dolan defense was lead by Darwin Leon who was all over the field with 3 sacks and over 10 tackles.  Also playing well on defense were Polonia, Andrew Antoine, Justin Venezio, Andrew Kydes (who had 1 interception & one fumble recovery) and Smith with two interceptions.

For Rippowam, Michael Elliott scored on a quarterback keeper to give Rip the early lead.  Also playing well for Rip were Thomas Costigan, Demetris Lark, Darian Mcculley, Eric Stahl, Michael Bernardelli, Andrew Chait and Dylan Lotz.


Dolan defeats Turn of River 20-12 for 2010 Middle School JV Title

Dolan J.V. won the city championship along with Dolan varsity by holding a feisty Turn Of River J.V. scoreless in the second half to earn a 20-12 victory. It was an outstanding game.

Michael Vukelic threw a touchdown pass to Daryl Henley and ran for one touchdown. Danny Meduri also scored a touchdown, and Hunter Linnen kicked one PAT.  Tyler Farris carried the offense in the second half  when he took over for an injured Michael Vukelic.  Jay DeVito quarterbacked the offense with great blocking from Johnny Somers, Greg Bortot, Scott Johnstone, Ryan Czelada, Greg Lapine & Linnen. Defense was lead by Jaden & Justin Knight, Caleb Scalfani, Dakeem Carmichael, & Devon Dotson who had a huge interception at the five yard line.

It was the first time in Dolan History, both J.V. & Varsity won the middle school championships together!

Congratulation on a great season to this year's champions, as well as all of our players and coaches.


SYF Middle School Football - League Champions

Listed below are the Middle School Champions since inception of the football program in 2001. Each year the city champions are awarded "Mathew's Cup" in honor of Mathew Kosbob.


Stamford Youth Foundation Football
Mickey Lione Jr. Middle School Football Division




30-13  Rippowam 


 20-6  Rippowam      


28-12 Cloonan
2007 DOLAN 26-13 Trailblazers
2006 RIPPOWAM 33-19 Trinity (St. Gabes)
2005 SCOFIELD 20-6 Rippowam
2004 CLOONAN def. Turn of River
2003 CLOONAN def. Trailblazers     
2002 DOLAN def. St. Gabriels     
2001    TOR                     def.    St. Gabriels
Junior Varsity

2010 DOLAN 20-12 Turn of River
2009 CLOONAN 28-6 Dolan


RIPPOWAM   13-7 Trailblazers


RIPPOWAM 8 - 6 Cloonan


RIPPOWAM 20-14 Cloonan
2005 TRAILBLAZERS 22-8 Trinity Catholic
2004 RIPPOWAM def. Cloonan
2003 SCOFIELD def. Cloonan
RIPPOWAM      def.                                                                    
 2001   No Junior Varsity



2010 Benjamin Gold Memorial Award Winners

SYF is pleased to present for the 7th consecutive year its scholar-athlete awards to our middle school cheerleaders and football players. This award is named in honor of Benjamin Gold, an exemplary student-athlete at Cloonan Middle School, and participant in SYF's football program who passed away in December 2003 during his 8th grade year. Ben was a bright and witty young man who is sorely missed by his family, friends and classmates.

SYF presents the Benjamin Gold Award to 8th grade participants in each of our programs who demonstrate excellence in academic achievement, leadership, sportsmanship and overall citizenship.  Players are nominated by their coaches, school principals and team managers. The recipients receive a plaque and $100 savings bond recognizing their achievement. We congratulate this year's winners on their achievements and conduct.


School Football Cheerleading
Cloonan Torrence Perry Samantha DeMartino
Dolan Ryan Piersa Taylor Salvatore
Rippowam Michael Bernardelli Linda Spadaccini
Scofield Magnet Jacob Scarvey Madeline Bria
Trailblazers Academy Malik Claybourne Sidney Turnier
Trinity Catholic MS Joseph Carrizzo Lindsey McMahon
Turn of River Zachary Cowit Andrea Chavez


For 2010 SYF also honored two middle school football players and one cheerleader from any grade that have shown the highest level of on field sportsmanship. The winners of this award were determined by using information given freely from referees, comments from opposing coaches and any type of positive actions witnessed by a football or cheer committee member.

This year’s football winners are Scofiled eigth grade student Brandon Gordon and Dolan 8th grader Chris Hynd. This year's cheerleading winner is Cloonan 8th grader Samantha DeMartino. Cheerleading runners-up were Rippowam's Renee Cooper and Dolan's Nicole Pease. Congratulations and well-done to all !!!