Ansonia, on the back of Dobbs, on the brink of another title
Moments following a breathtaking performance in the quarterfinals of the Class S playoffs, Ansonia’s Montrell Dobbs, surrounded by a group of reporters, shrugged his shoulders and basically described his effort as just another day at the office.
The senior rushed for 337 yards and six touchdowns in the Chargers’ convincing 47-26 triumph over Hyde. For an encore, Dobbs finished with 362 yards and five touchdowns in leading Ansonia over Montville, 46-15, in the semifinals this past Saturday.
It will be fascinating to see what Dobbs has in store for this Saturday at Rentschler Field where Ansonia will face off against Valley St. Joseph in the Class S Finals.
Dobbs, who constantly deflects the attention to his teammates when asked about himself, has compiled stats this season that most high school players would dream about having for their entire career: 3,106 yards and 42 touchdowns.
And he’s not done yet.
“Montrell is a tremendous player,” Ansonia head coach Tom Brockett said following the win over Hyde. “He’s a great leader and never gives up on a play. I’m so happy for him. He’s a great kid and he’s having a great senior year.”
Local fans were wowed this season by Torrington’s Brenden Lytton, who compiled 2,362 yards in leading the Red Raiders to a 7-3 record, a mark the program has not reached many times in their history.
While those fans were thrilled with the unexpected success from Lytton and his team, down South, Dobbs was facing a much different challenge. With 16 state championships on the resume and just three years after Alex Thomas rushed for a state record 3,596 yards, expectations, as always, were through the roof in Ansonia.
One problem came up, though: this Ansonia team is just not as talented as past Charger squads. Defensively, it’s been a roller coaster for the Chargers. In six of its last seven games, including a once-unthinkable Thanksgiving loss to Naugatuck, Ansonia has allowed at least 20 points and on three occasions, its allowed over 30 points.
Not exactly the recipe for an 11-1 record, but when you have a player of Dobbs’ caliber, anything seems possible. And he has more than been up for the challenge. Football, arguably, is the ultimate team sport, but Dobbs has defied those odds and is only four quarters away from carrying the Chargers to maybe their most improbable title.
Will he do it? I wouldn’t bet against him.