The Day's All-Area Football Team / defense profiles
• East Lyme senior defensive end Mike Babcock finished with 15 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks and four fumble recoveries, igniting the top defense in the ECC. Babcock was named to the Class MM all-state team and All-ECC Large Division first team. He will choose among Southern Connecticut, Central Connecticut, UConn, Wesleyan and Western New England.
• Fitch senior linebacker James Barclay finished the season with eight sacks, more than 100 tackles and five fumble recoveries. He is a member of the All-ECC Large Division first team and will choose among Nichols, Plymouth State and Western Connecticut.
• New London senior defensive end Micah Bowe was part of a defense that dominated for most of the season. Bowe was among New London's team leaders in tackles and sacks. He was named to the All-ECC Large Division first team.
• Fitch senior defensive end Thomas Brown was among the Falcons' leaders in tackles and sacks and was named to the All-ECC Large Division first team, after earning honorable mention last season. Brown, an honors student, will choose between Central Connecticut and Mount Ida College.
• East Lyme senior linebacker Will Calkins finished second on his team with 124 tackles. Calkins was named to the Class MM all-state team and to the All-ECC Large Division first team. Calkins, an honor student, is undecided about his college program.
• Stonington junior linebacker Jim Connelly led the Bears in tackles and earned compliments as one of the league's top defensive players. Connelly, named to the All-ECC Small Division first team, also had 550 yards rushing.
• New London junior linebacker Stephan Dance was perhaps the top defensive player in the ECC. Dance led New London in tackles and sacks, occupying double teams much of the season. Dance was named to the All-ECC Large Division first team.
• New London senior cornerback Craig Dysart was one of the top two-way players in the ECC. Dysart led the Whalers in interceptions, frequently drawing the assignment of the top receiver on the other team. He was named to the All-ECC Large Division first team.
• East Lyme senior Jacob Grills, in addition to being the team's starting quarterback, made one of the biggest defensive plays for his team all season. Grills intercepted a pass in the first period of the Class MM semifinals and returned it for a touchdown, giving the Vikings their first points. Grills was named to the All-ECC Large Division first team. He will attend a postgraduate school.
• East Lyme senior Brendan McDermott rarely came off the field this season, starting at receiver, corner and kick returner. McDermott had 85 tackles, four interceptions and more than 30 tackles in the playoffs. He made the Class MM all-state and All-ECC Large Division first team. McDermott is a high honors student with a 3.9 grade point average who will choose among Middlebury, Bowdoin and Colby.
• East Lyme junior linebacker Eric McGlone emerged as one of the top defensive players in the ECC, leading the Vikings with 127 tackles. McGlone also had two interceptions, a sack and led East Lyme in receptions and receiving yards.
• Ledyard senior linebacker Shane Sullivan was named his team's Defensive Player of the Year, leading the Colonels in tackles for the second straight season. Sullivan was named to the Class SS all-state and All-ECC Large Division first team. He is a four-year honor student, a four-year academic all-stater and will attend Coast Guard Academy.
• Ledyard senior Zeke Torres started as a cornerback and running back, earning All-ECC Large Division and all-state honors. Torres gained more than 1,000 yards for the Colonels, who finished 7-3. He will choose among the University of New Haven, Western New England and Western Connecticut.
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