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Football - Varsity

Record: 8-1

Overview

Overview

The Taft Football Program is one of the most historic in all of New England. At Taft players of all levels have found success. Over the years we have had beginners who want to learn the game and accomplished athletes with major division one scholarships including Patrick Kerney, who was an All-American Defensive End and All-Pro NFL player. In short, at Taft we have a place in our football program for anyone who is willing to work hard in the classroom and on the field. With more than a century of tradition, our coaching staff has maintained a commitment to excellence through hard work and discipline.

Taft football players use some of the top facilities in the country, ranging from a picturesque game field to one of the finest locker rooms in New England. Furthermore, Taft football players have access to a spacious weight room and an advanced video editing system, making it easy to prepare films to send to college coaches.

Taft plays in the Class A New England prep school conference against some of the most challenging competition in the northeast. The Taft coaching staff prides itself on being the most prepared team in the league. Each week, the team is provided a comprehensive scouting report of their upcoming opponent. Taft's up-tempo, spread no huddle offense, and 3-4 base defense prepare our athletes to succeed at the college level.

Through an emphasis on dedication and high character, Taft football players are expected to conduct themselves with pride, honor, respect, and great sportsmanship.

If you would like more information on the Taft Football Program, please call or email Coach Tyler Whitley.


Taft Football Alumni Playing in College

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Joe Hardison (Duke University)
Eric Rooks (University of Hawaii)
Matthias Staalsoe (University of Maine)
Alex Jones (Bucknell University)
Travis Wang (University of Pennsylvania)
Zane Segalas (Tufts University)
Matt Schwartz (Union College)
Johannes Ali (Dickinson College)
Brandon Sires (Oberlin College)
Jordan Agudosi (Merrimack College)
Elliott Brown (University of Virginia)
Gerrik Vollmer (University of Virginia)
Caleb Martin (Dartmouth College)
Ricardo Llanio (Fordham University)
Marcus Alleyne (Fordham University)
Alex Akpata (Franklin & Marshall College)
Moriz Schildorfer (Grinnell College)
Dean Pope (Trinity College)
Eric Holzman (Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute)
Jon Jacobs (University of Arizona)
Pat Ford (Kent State University)
Alex Hughes (Brown University)
Chris Bedigian (Colby College)
Alex Salytchev (University of Western Ontario)
Aidan Majury (University of Western Ontario)
Sam Okpan (St. Lawrence University)
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Quentin Harris (Duke University)
Nadir Pearson (Brown University)
Rivers Cahee (Dartmouth University)
DJ Woullard (Cornell University)
Jeremy Zeitler (Lafayette College)
Bobby Nevin (Wesleyan University)
Stephen Mesh (Carnegie Mellon University)
Ricky Alvarez (Muhlenberg College)
Pedro Colon (Muhlenberg College)
Carty Campbell (Trinity College)
Bradni Black (College of the Holy Cross)
Dejion Evans (University of Massachusetts)
Mick Pernell (St. Anselm College)
Alex Huard (University of Montreal)
Adam Parker (University of Rhode Island)
David Berment (Sacred Heart University)
O'Shea Bell (Stonehill College)
Tim Drakeley (Bowdoin College)
Nick LaSpada (Bates College)
David Wolff (University of Rochester)
Bulolo Jonga (Pomona College)
Casey Kuhns (Georgetown University)
Will Pope (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
Kevin Carey (Hamilton College)
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Anthony Gaffney (Princeton University)
John Zakrzewski (College of the Holy Cross)
Demetrius Russell (Colgate University)
Jordan Stone (Wesleyan University)
Jackson McGonagle (Amherst College)

Schedule

Schedule

Opponent Date Time Location Advantage Type Details Result Score Status
vs.
Choate Rosemary Hall
Choate Rosemary Hall Away Scrimmage Details
vs.
Phillips Exeter Academy
Home View Recap Win 34-0
vs.
Salisbury School
Salisbury School Away View Recap Win 47-28
vs.
Williston Northampton School
Williston Northampton School Away View Recap Win 31-7
vs.
Trinity-Pawling School
Home View Recap Win 36-20
vs.
Brunswick School
Brunswick School Away View Recap Loss 26-33
vs.
Avon Old Farms School
Home View Recap Win 35-31
vs.
Kent School
Kent School Away View Recap Win 28-27
vs.
Hotchkiss School
Home View Recap Win 26-20
vs.
St. Sebastian School
St. Sebastian School Away View Recap Win 35-34

Roster

Roster

# Name Position Class Hometown
1 Diante Vines WR/DB 2020 Danbury, CT
2 Liam Akpata WR/DB 2019 Vancouver, BC
3 Jacob Rooks WR/DB 2021 Chicago, IL
4 Isaiah Hernandez WR/DB 2019 Stamford, CT
5 Teely Rhyne RB/LB 2019 Schererville, IN
6 Ayinde Johnson WR/DB 2020 Danbury, CT
7 Mashod Harrison 2020 Livingston, NJ
8 Adison Brown RB/DB 2019 Bloomfield, CT
9 Ishmael Cummings WR/DB 2020 Brooklyn, NY
10 Zach Derish WR/S 2020 Pennsville, NJ
12 Nolan Grooms QB/DB 2019 Lake Wylie, SC
14 Sky Bell WR/DB 2021 Charlotte, NC
15 Beau Root K 2019 Roxbury, CT
16 Peter Kenerson K 2019 Watertown, CT
17 Matthew Yamin WR/CB 2022 Middlebury, CT
18 Josh Schwartz RB/LB 2020 Armonk, NY
19 Griffin Elliott WR/DB 2021 Monroe, CT
20 Hunter Brogna QB/S 2021 Woodbury, CT
22 Jack Bryant RB/LB 2020 Fort Lauderdale, FL
23 Michael Yamin WR/DB 2020 Middlebury, CT
27 Mack Segalas RB/LB 2022 New York, NY
30 Jimmy Ayash WR/DB 2022 Naugatuck, CT
31 Justin McLeod WR/DB 2021 Bronx, NY
32 Kelvin Welbeck WR/DB 2020 Far Rockaway, NY
33 Donovan Drummer WR/CB 2022 Dacula, GA
41 Max Keller WR/CB 2022 Boise, ID
44 Mac Culbertson WR/LB 2019 Charlotte, NC
50 Jamal Ahmad RB/DB 2019 Ikoyi
51 Seamus O'Hora OL/DL 2019 New Canaan, CT
52 Mohamed Doucoure WR/OLB 2019 New York, NY
53 Lani Adedoyin OL/DL 2019 Brooklyn, NY
55 Otto Piasecki OL/LB 2019 New York, NY
60 Marshall Sinkler OL/DL 2022 Mount Pleasant, SC
61 Holden Brown OL/DL 2022 San Francisco, CA
64 Sam Blair 2022 Washington Depot, CT
66 David Brown OL/DL 2019 Waterbury, CT
68 Erik Johannesson-Perez OL/DL 2020 New York, NY
75 Ryan Last OL/DL 2019 West Hempstead, NY
77 Anim Dankwah OL/DL 2019 Brampton
80 Sam Shaker WR/DB 2021 Middlebury, CT
81 Jason Zhao RB/LB 2021 Beijing
Loren Lacruz Manager 2021 Bayside, NY
Mia Porter Manager 2019 Mableton, GA

Coaches

Coaches

About Head Coach Tyler Whitley '04

After graduating from Taft, where he was an accomplished student, athlete, and community member (three-sport varsity captain in football, basketball, and track and the winner of the Lawrence Hunter Stone Award at graduation), Tyler went on to Wesleyan University, where he was a four-year letter winner at safety on the football team. While there, he earned a spot on the New England Small College Athletic Conference All-Academic Team his senior year and was a Cardinal Club Scholar-Athlete award winner for having the highest GPA on the team. He studied in Rome for a semester; and upon earning a bachelor’s degree in government with a certificate in international relations, Tyler moved to the Salisbury School, where he worked as a tutor in the school’s learning center, served as a dormitory parent, assisted the varsity basketball team, and coached varsity football. After two years at Salisbury, he went on to study business at Sacred Heart University and worked as a graduate assistant coach for the school’s Division I football team. As an assistant, Tyler led the running backs, managed the scout defense and special teams, and recruited student-athletes from around the country. Tyler took over the head football coach position at Taft in 2012. In 2016, he earned a Master in Business Administration from Sacred Heart University. Tyler works in admissions and coaches varsity football and boys’ varsity basketball. Tyler, his wife, Randi Lawlor Whitley ’04, and his daughter, Emma, live near campus.

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Record

Record

Year Record Year Record
2010-11 3-5 2011-12 8-0
2012-13 6-2 2013-14 3-5
2014-15 3-5 2015-16 0-8
2016-17 3-5 2017-18 4-4

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