Awarded annually to Connecticut’s top high school football team as voted by the Foundation’s membership.
2018 Joseph W. Kelly Award ~ Greenwich High School
The Greenwich Cardinals, the Class LL state champion and No. 1 team in the state’s high school football season-ending polls, is the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s choice to receive the 2018 Joseph W. Kelly Award. The Kelly Award is presented annually to Connecticut’s top high school football team.
It is the first time Greenwich has won the award. It was also the fourth straight year a team from the FCIAC has earned the honor, tying the record held by the Southern Connecticut Conference (2009-2012).
“Utilizing a stingy defense and an explosive offense, Greenwich was exceptional on its way to its championship season,” said Walter Camp Football Foundation President Michael Madera. “We salute Coach John Marinelli, his staff and players on an outstanding season.”
Greenwich went 10-0 during the 2018 regular-season. The Cardinals then defeated New Britain, 34-13, in the Class LL quarterfinals on November 27. In the semifinals, Greenwich defeated Newtown, 50-0, and culminated its championship season with a 34-0 victory over New Canaan on December 8. It was the Cardinals’ first state title since 2007.
In their 13 games, the Cardinals averaged 43.4 points per game, allowing just 4.2 a game.