John F. Kennedy High School: Welcome

2008 NVL Copper Division Champions

2013 Seniors

WELCOME friends, family, fans and Alumni of the Kennedy Eagles Football program.  Thank you for taking the time to visit our website.  Please check out what the site has to offer, including the 2014 schedule(Coming soon!), roster, player profiles, 2013 photo/video highlights and much more!  We hope that you will follow our Eagles through the regular season as they prepare to capture the innaugural  2014 Brass Division title!  

Thanks for your support. 

Coach Sarlo
Varsity Football Head Coach

The Stephen Rockwell Memorial Award

In 2005, Coach Sarlo dedicated an award to honor the memory of his close friend Stephen Rockwell.  The Stephen Rockwell Memorial Award, known as the 'ROCK' is given to the player who serves as the 'ROCK' of the Kennedy Football program.  He may not be the best athlete, but he models the foundation of the program, which is TEAM, COMMITMENT and HARD WORK.  He is committed to working hard for the success of the team.  He attends practice every day and leads with his actions.  He makes that same commitment in the classroom as well.  Above all, he is the player who can still crack a smile and make others laugh, even after a tough loss, or a rigorous day of practice. He is passionate not only about football, but about life itself.

Stephen Rockwell had those same passions.  A former football player and 1982 graduate of Kennedy, Steve was killed in 1988 in a motorcycle accident.  He left us way too early, but during his time on this Earth he made everyone in his life smile.  One of his favorite songs was Bobby McFarren's 1988 hit, 'Don't worry, be happy'.  That is exactly how Steve lived his life. No matter what life threw at him, Steve never let anything or anyone bring him down.  He had a contagious smile and he made others laugh along with him.

The student-athlete honored with the 2012 Stephen Rockwell Memorial Award  was senior, Steven M. Perrone Jr.  

Steve only played in our program for one year, but he earned a starting Offensive Line position during the pre-season.  His hard work and commitment to the team continued throughout the year which led the coaching staff to honor him as 'Game Captain' for the Thanksgiving day game against rival Crosby. 

Steve worked hard on and off the field, taking on the highest academic coursework that Kennedy offered in its SOAR program and balancing that with the expectations demanded from a student-athlete.  He displayed courage and intelligence on the practice and playing fields that will be difficult to replace.  Steve demonstrated  to his teammates the foundation of the program, TEAM, COMMITMENT and HARD WORK.  Good Luck Steve! 

We wish you well in your future.

The 'ROCK' honorees

2005-Nevin Thomas

2006-Queshaun Harvin

2007-Steve Anton, Ken Fermin, James McColl

2008-Ronald Naraine

2009-Devin Myers

2010-Oscar Jean-Baptiste, Travis Johnson, Ryan Boland 

2011-Cody Colon-Dudeck

2012-Steven M. Perrone Jr. 


Saturday, February 8
Off-season local clinic offer

Here's a great opportunity to develop your football skills in the off-season.  Coach Ortiz, former Sacred Heart Varsity Football coach, has started the C.O. Sports Academy.  He offers training sessions every Sunday for football skill positions, QB and Receivers.  This will more than likely transition into his 7 on 7 passing league that he runs every summer.  Check out the photo that I have attached for more info.

Personally I know Coach Ortiz was a Waterbury public school student who excelled in athletics and went on to play football at SCSU and later the NFL.  He is a great teacher and coach with knowledge of the game and he knows what it takes to prepare for 'Friday Night Lights'.  His passion for the game is obvious by his commitment to our local student-athletes.  And this is an offer than anyone can afford.  Check out the flyer for more information and to contact Coach Ortiz with any questions or concerns. 



2013 Football Awards Night


Please join the Kennedy Eagles Football program for the 2013 Football Awards' Night this Monday February 10th in the JFK Cafe.  The event will start at 6:30 PM and will feature a buffet style pasta dinner followed by a presentation of letters and awards for participation in the 2013 NVL football season.

All student-athletes who completed the entire season are welcome to attend with their families.  The event will wrap-up around 8 PM.  Contact Varsity Football HC, Chris Sarlo,, with any questions or concerns.

Hope to see everyone there! 

Friday, April 26
Dariel 'Rudy' Perez 1992-2013

I am not sure exactly what I want to write in this post so it may ramble on, but I ask for your patience. Today, a former player visited Kennedy to inform me and others that Dariel Perez passed away on Tuesday. He died as the result of a one car accident late Sunday night. I don't know any more details about his death, but I would like to share more about his life.

Everyone in the football program knew Dariel as 'Rudy'. It was such a fitting name for him too. He played for our program from 2007-2010 and he graduated with the class of 2011. He served as a team captain his senior year and earned All City Defense honors for the 2010 Varsity season.

The best way to describe 'Rudy' as a player will sound cliche, but he always gave 110 percent! When guys were dragging a bit in practice or down in a game, he always kept moving at top speed. He was never an all state caliber player, but 'Rudy' was ALL HEART! I never coached anyone with more courage and mental strength than 'Rudy'. His performance on the practice and playing field was so inspirational that I named an end of the year award in his honor. Each year since 'Rudy' graduated, we have awarded the player with the most heart who NEVER quits with the Dariel Perez 'Rudy' Award. We will continue to do so for as long as I am the Head Coach, but sadly now it is a memorial award.

The photo that I have attached with this post gives the ideal image of 'Rudy'. As a sophomore, he was one of only a few 10th graders who suited up and played in the 2008 NVL Football Championship game. Take a close look at his helmet. Anyone who knows the game of football recognizes that this kid played hard and you can tell that by the 'war paint' on his helmet. 'Rudy' worked just as hard off the field as well. He was always in the weight room trying to increase his strength and serving as the model for other players throughout the off-season.

Even more important than his football contributions, were his contributions to the Kennedy school community. He got along with everyone. He made everyone around him a better person. He was a hard working student who always took the time to help others. I had him as a student in class and I witnessed the same level of commitment and hard work. The Kennedy community, the city of Waterbury, this state, this nation and the world, lost a great young man.

I think that I can speak for all of my staff, his former teammates and even the current players in the program when I say that 'Rudy' will be missed. #8 will always hold a special place in our hearts. We offer our condolences to his family and we want to thank them for allowing us the opportunity to spend time and share life with their wonderful son. 

In Memory,

Coach Christopher Sarlo



CALLING ALL friends, family, fans and alumni of Kennedy, Croft and Leavenworth High Schools!  The Kennedy Eagles Football program invites you to join the 2013 Eagles Endzone Club, the booster organization for the Kennedy Eagles Football team.    

All who join the Eagles Endzone Club will have their names entered as part of the Honor Roll in our Varsity game day program.  They will receive a certificate of membership, 2 free passes to any EAGLES home game at Municipal Stadium and the necessary documentation for their tax records. 

Members from the business community will have their sponsorship information placed in the Varsity game day program and their business advertisement will also be highlighted on the Sponsors' page of our website..  This will allow our sponsors to reach out to those from the Naugatuck Valley region who attend our games and who visit our website. 

What better way to honor the glory of our past, recognize the players of today and ensure the success of our future?   Spread the word to all family members and to friends who may have played for or attended Kennedy, Croft, or Leavenworth High Schools, and to anyone who is a fan of the great game of football.

Please feel free to contact Varsity Head Coach, Chris Sarlo at 203.574.8150, or  Thank you for your consideration.