North Haven holds annual ‘Spring Brawl’ football game

(WTNH)–High school football schedules were released today, and North Haven won’t have it easy after making it to the state title game a year ago.

The Indians are getting some work in this spring.

Every year, Tony Sagnella’s team organizes the Spring Brawl, raising money for a good cause in the community.

And a brawl it was, as you can see in the video above.

North Haven had some big names on the sideline to coach its spring game. Former New York Giants offensive coordinator and two-time Super Bowl champion Kevin Gilbride, a North Haven native, was there. The late Mike Vanacore’s wife Caroline also coached in the game.

It was all to help raise money to improve the playgrounds at Green Acres Elementary School.

“Being for a good cause makes it sepecial in and of itself,” said Gilbride. “But being on this field, I’ve been very fortunate to make coaching my career for 40 years. I’ve participated in a couple of Super Bowls. And I can remember what happened on this field just as vividly as any of those Super Bowls.”

North Haven opens the season at home against Cheshire on September 9. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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