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, 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 principles of the Foundation of the Kennedy football program, TEAM, COMMITMENT and HARD WORK.  He makes the Commitment to Work 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 still cracks a smile and makes others laugh, even after a exhausting practice, or a tough loss on game day. 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 a motorcycle accident back in 1988.  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 McFarrin'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 made everyone laugh with his wonderful sense of humor and he had a smile that was contagious! For the first time ever  the student-athlete honored with the 2013 Stephen Rockwell Memorial Award was junior, Tri-Captain, Jake D'Alusio.  

Jake has played in our program for three years, playing almost every position on the field.  His hard work and commitment to the team led the coaching staff to recognize Jake as a Tri-Captain during his sophomore season.

Jake works hard on and off the field.  As a student in the Kennedy SOAR program, he must balance a rigorous academic workload with the challenge of playing three sports during the school year.  Jake is the first non senior to be acknowledged for this honor and rightly so.  He earned selection to the 2013 ALL COPPER and All-City Offensive team.  Jake continues to lead the team becoming the first player in more than 10 years to be selected as a team leader for 3 consecutive seasons!

Good luck this season Jake!

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. 

2013-Jake D'Alusio 


Thursday, September 18
Eagles kick off the season with a victory over Sacred Heart

The Kennedy Eagles opened the 2014 Varsity season with a 49-6 win over Sacred Heart at Municipal Stadium on Friday.  

The first score of the game came on a 37 yard TD pass from Junior QB Bryan Garcia-Medina to Senior Captain Jake D'Alusio.  Five other players would score rushing touchdowns led by Senior Stanley Little who scored 2.  Seniors Eli Benjamin and Mike Mascolo also scored along with Junior Christian Curry and Sophomore Jacob Colon.  Colon also kicked one successful PAT and scored two of the Eagles' three 2 pt conversions.

The Eagles' D held Sacred Heart's spread offense to just one score on the night with QB Quincy Williams finding a receiver in the endzone with time running out in the first half.  The D also created a positive turnover ratio with two fumbles recoverd by Senior Tyler Saunders and Senior Captain Justin Jones.  Sophomore Josiah Rivers also had an interception and big return on the final play of the game.  

The Eagles now must prepare for NVL newcomer Oxford, this Friday night at 7 PM at Oxford High School.  Good Luck Eagles!!! 

Eagles fall short in quest for City Jamboree title


Jamboree recap:

The Eagles jumped out to an early lead when sophomore Jacob Colon scored on the first play from scrimmage in the 2nd quarter against Sacred Heart.  Colon's 62 yard run made the score 6-0. 

The Eagles' D then stepped up big on the Hearts' first offensive drive.  Sophomore cornerback JJ Cossette intercepted a pass and returned it 20 yards into Eagles' territory.  The Eagles' next score came on a short drive capped by junior quarterback Bryan Garcia-Medina's 10 yard run.  Colon would add the extra point kick to give the Eagles a 13-0 lead.

The Eagles' D would hold the Hearts on their next serier and the O would run the clock out to seal the victory in the quarter and set up a battle with Crosby in the Championship Quarter.

Crosby scored first on a short drive to make the score 6-0.  The Eagles responded with a drive across midfield that was stopped with an untimely turnover.  After a tough goal line stand, the Eagles forced a Crosby fumble that was recovered by senior Stanley Little.  The Eagles' hurry-up offense could not put a score on the board to tie or win the quarter however.  

Overall it was a good scrimmage for the Eagles as they get set to kick off their season against Brass Division rival Sacred Heart next Friday night, September 12th, 7 PM at Municipal Stadium.  Please come out and support the Eagles in their season opener! 

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.