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Guest Columnist Ken Lipshez talks about football in the CCC

POSTED October 15, 2010
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


Special to by Ken Lipshez


The Central Connecticut Conference may be the biggest in the state with 32 schools but only one has shown it has top-10 stuff.

Berlin , undefeated heading into stormy Week 5, was finally pressed last week in subduing Bloomfield , 12-6. The Redcoats, as I see it, are on the fringe of the top 10. Playing in CCC Division III doesn’t exactly test you week in and week out. They should be a major player in Class M, but the best teams reside in LL and L.

The ground-oriented Redcoats are led by UConn-bound back Max DeLorenzo (50 carries, 402 yds, 5 TDs). Ras Morgan, one of two transfers from Northwest Catholic, has 313 yards in 37 carries.

Windsor has an explosive attack led by junior WR Aaron Berardino. As his coach Rob Fleeting sees it, Berardino (20 receptions, 313 yds., 5 TDs) mixes a style reminiscent of the Patriots’ Wes Welker with a deep love and commitment to the game.

Junior QB Alton Smith has shown poise and can slip into the secondary for a good scramble when need be. RB Milton Jackson, a transfer from South Windsor , is among the league’s top backs (52-279-3).

Windsor rolled past its first three foes but was derailed by Glastonbury . The Tomahawks lost to Southington when the Blue Knights erased a two-touchdown halftime deficit with 33 unanswered second-half points.

Southington completed the trifecta when it lost to Windsor , 12-8, on the sludge in Week 3.

The Knights lost their starting QB Connor Butkiewicz to a ruptured appendix between weeks two and three but is expected back. His replacement Joe Pesce was placed in a direct-snap formation and was instrumental in the win over Glastonbury but broke his leg on his first run against Windsor .

New coach D.J. Hernandez, former UConn star and brother of Patriots’ tight end Aaron Hernandez, used Nick Gothberg in the “Wildcat” but eventually opted to go with promising 6-foot-2 freshman Stephen Barmore. Barmore completed 12 of 13 for 202 yards in the 41-6 rout of New Britain .

Hall-West Hartford has benefited from its demotion from Division I to Division II, taking an undefeated record into Week 5 and an engagement with resurgent Farmington .

The Warriors are amassing 400 yards of offense per game with QB Riley Carroll at the wheel. Carroll has completed 63 percent of his passes for 968 yards, 10 touchdowns and just one interception.

Jacob Rosario is the leading rusher with 388 yards and seven scores on 55 carries. Ian Dugger has 20 receptions for 302 yards and three TDs.

The crosstown rivalry game with Conard looms as the best one in years. The Chieftains, under longtime coach Rob Cersosimo, were knocked from their undefeated perch by Glastonbury , 30-27, but remain unscathed in three Division II games.

Bristol Eastern is knotted with Berlin atop Division III, largely on the back of workhorse RB Dylon Ouellette. Platt, at 3-1, possesses uncommon team speed led by QB Jonathan Marks, WR Tyshon Shields and RB Henry Jackson.

Maloney has been the class of Division IV, its record blemished in Week 1 when use of an ineligible player delivered a loss to Plainville . Wethersfield is off to its best season in many years at 4-0.

RB/LB Chris Lesure, QB Steven Vasquez and some big, rugged linemen are keys to the Eagles’ success.


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