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

Monday, July 14
Eligibility Announcement



If there is any student-athlete who needs to earn credit(s) for courses that you failed this year or any academic year, the city of Waterbury provides an opportunity to earn credit(s) ONLINE through an offering known as Odysseyware.  You can earn credit in the core content classes such as English, Math, Science, and Social Studies and there is NO COST to Waterbury public school students!!! 


Please contact the Principal at Kennedy High School, Mr. Johnston, 203.574.8150, as soon as possible, or contact Varsity Football Head Coach, Chris Sarlo,  


This may be an excellent way to earn credit(s) toward high school graduation and to meet the CIAC minimum academic eligibility standard for next season. 

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 




Important UPDATE                        for

Kennedy Eagles



STARTS MONDAY, July 7th @ 9:00 AM 


ALL RETURNING PLAYERS, INCOMING 9TH GRADERS, AND ANYONE ELSE INTERESTED IN PLAYING DURING THE 2014 SEASON MUST REPORT TO the field in back of the West Side Middle School Campus...Kennedy High School Varsity Boys' locker room BY 8:45 AM 


Conditioning DAYS:  Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays     

Conditioning TIMES:  9-10:30 AM 


ALL interested student-athletes MUST have a City of Waterbury Sports' Physical on file with the JFK Nurse's Office, Room 142, 203.574.8150.  Athletes should be prepared for BOTH indoor and outdoor sessions.  Gym clothes are preferred; sneakers, cleats, shorts, or wind/sweat pants, t-shirts, basically something that you can get dirty and sweaty!  Please eat a healthy breakfast in the morning and drink plenty of clear fluids before, during, and after each workout. 


Contact Varsity Football Head Coach

Chris Sarlo, 203.755.2958,  


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


BLUE team wins the 9th Annual BLUE-GOLD Scrimmage

The BLUE squad won the 9th Annual BLUE-GOLD scrimmage with a decisive 36-16 victory over the GOLD team last Friday.

Junior fullback Bubba Rivera started the scoring with a 4 yard TD run on the BLUE squad's first drive.  Junior QB Bryan Garcia Medina scored the 2 point conversion to make it 8-0.  Garcia Medina then hooked up with Senior Captain Jake D'Alusio for a 30 yard TD pass on the last play of the BLUE squad's first series.  Garcia Medina once again scored the 2 point conversion to make it 16-0.  

The GOLD team recovered and finally scored on their next series with a 40 yard TD pass from Sophomore QB Joey Schaff to Senior Stanley Little.

The BLUE squad pushed ahead with big runs by Sophomore running back Jacob Colon and Senior Mike Mascolo.  The BLUE Defense proved to be the difference with big stops by the TNT's up front, Senior Homer Beavers and Juniors Al Jean-Baptiste and Jose Cardona.  Defensive backs D'Alusio and Mascolo also recorded key interceptions to stop the GOLD team from scoring late.

Overall, it was a hard fought battle by both sides that resulted in the highest amount of points scored in the annual intrasquad scrimmage.  

Good luck to all of our student-athletes on Final Exams and we will see you in the summer!


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.