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Friday, October 3, 2008

Moore's return boosts Ansonia

Tyrell Moore last played football when he was a freshman at Ansonia. But as he entered his senior season, Moore, who chose to concentrate on basketball as a sophomore and junior, decided to give football another shot. He wanted to be a part of the Ansonia football experience again.

"It’s senior year," Moore said. "I decided that I wanted to be a part of this winning tradition. I just wanted to play Ansonia football."

Moore's return has certainly given the Chargers a boost. Moore caught four touchdown passes, made two interceptions and recovered a fumble on Friday in a 40-6 win over Woodland.

Ansonia (4-0) has won 31 straight games and have won the last two Class S and Naugatuck Valley League championships.

Moore has been valuable as a receiver, defensive back and as a punt and kick returner.

"He's a special player on offense, defense, special teams," Brockett said. "He adds an extra element to our game that we've been lacking a little bit. It's nice to see that ball in the air. He's a great kid. He's a tough kid that's excited about football. He's really enjoying it."

Ansonia 40, Woodland 6

Senior Tyrell Moore caught four touchdown passes from senior quarterback Ron Bilodeau as Ansonia cruised to a 40-6 Naugatuck Valley League victory over Woodland.

It was the 31st straight victory for the Chargers (4-0), who are ranked 1st in the Register Top 10 Poll.

Moore caught touchdown passes of 14, 49, 22 and 44 yards. He also made two interceptions and had a fumble recovery.

Senior Tristan Roberts rushed 17 times for 147 yards and one touchdown and sophomore Montrell Dobbs carried 15 times for 89 yards and one score.

Read the full game story in Saturday's Register.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Ansonia's offense more multi-dimensional

Last season it was Alex Thomas right, Alex Thomas left and Alex Thomas up the middle.

Thomas, the state's all-time leading rusher, who is now at Yale, rushed for 3,587 yards last season while leading the Chargers to a second-straight Class S and Naugatuck Valley League championship. He scored 47 times.

He finished his career with 8,720 yards and 114 touchdowns.

But now that Thomas has graduated the Ansonia offense is much more multi-dimensional, and it seems like, and not to take anything away from the talented Thomas, that some of the Chargers are really enjoying the change.

"It's a lot more fun," Ansonia senior quarterback Ron Bilodeau said. "We have more of a balanced offense. We just don't run. We're more dynamic. We have a lot more options to go to. We had some options last year but we just ran it because Alex was so good."

Ansonia's offense also got a boost when senior wide receiver Tristan Roberts return to the team this season. Roberts played in one game last season before being dismissed from the team for the season for violating team rules. Roberts is one of the most explosive players in the state. The addition of senior wideout Tyrell Moore, who hasn't played since his freshman year, also helps.

Ansonia travels to Woodland on Friday. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Ansonia is in the midst of a 30-game winning streak. Ironically, Woodland was the last team to beat the Chargers on Nov. 11, 2005.

Read more about the Ansonia football team in Friday's Register.

Week 4 Predictions

I can't believe it's already Week 4. Hopefully the weather cooperates better than last week.

My predictions for area games are in bold.

Capital Prep at Platt Tech, 7 p.m.
Ansonia at Woodland, 7 p.m.
Naugatuck at Seymour, 7 p.m.
Nonnewaug at Valley Regional/Old Lyme, 6:30 p.m.
Wilbur Cross at Cheshire, 7 p.m.
Shelton at Xavier, 7 p.m.
Notre Dame-West Haven at West Haven, 7 p.m.
Amity at Hamden, 7 p.m.
Derby/O'Brien Tech at North Haven, 7 p.m.
Foran at East Haven, 7 p.m.
Guilford at Lyman Hall, 7 p.m.
Hillhouse at Branford, 7 p.m.
Law at Fairfield Prep, 6 p.m.
Sheehan at Hand, 7 p.m.
Masuk at Stratford, 7 p.m.

Old Saybrook/Wesybrook at Haddam-Killingworth, 2 p.m.
North Branford at Wolcott Tech, 2:30 p.m.
Hyde at Morgan, 6:30 p.m.
Oxford at Bunnell, 7 p.m.
Hopkins at Poly Prep, 7 p.m.

Feel free to add yours.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Poll Position-Week 3

There were quite a few changes in the poll this week. Although none of the Top 10 teams from last week lost, one team dropped out and another from that same conference jumped in.

The Top 5 features a new look as well. Did voters drop Ansonia from the top spot?

Find out Wednesday.

Conference breakdown
26 teams received votes this week, The SCC and ECC! lead with five teams each. Here is the breakdown by conference:


Shelton's Brighindi honored

Shelton quarterback Mike Brighindi has been named BlueStreak Sports Training Fairfield County Player of the Week for his performance Friday against Cheshire. Brighindi will receive his award at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday from BlueStreak Sports Training president Matt Cole. The award is presented by the FCIAC Football Blog.

Brighindi completed 19 of 28 passes for 276 yards and one TD and in a come from behind 35-34 overtime victory on the road. Brighindi led the Gaels on an 82-yard drive in the final two minutes of regulation to tie the score, and completed six of eight for yards on the game-tying drive.

Nick Cortese of Trinity Catholic, the winner of the award in Week 2, was the runner up. He ran for 216 yards and five touchdowns in the Crusaders double-overtime win over Fairfield Ludlowe.

Also nominated in Week 3: Scott Benzing, WR, Brookfield; Joe Dalla Vecchia, QB, St. Joseph; Nikki Dysenchuk, RB, Darien; Chris Hines, RB, Norwalk; Matt Kelly, CB, Staples; Justin Warzoha, QB, Greenwich; and Mike Webber, WR, New Milford.

Players are nominated both by football coaches representing teams in Fairfield County. A mimimum of five nominees from a weekly fan poll are also included on a ballot, and the Player of the Week is then selected by members of the Fairfield County sports media community.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Register Poll will appear Wednesday

The latest New Haven Register Top 10 Poll will appear on Wednesday this week instead of on Tuesday due to the weekend's inclement weather that forced some games to be moved to today.

Several teams, including No. 7 Seymour, that received votes last week play on Monday.

Windsor, Windham, Cromwell, Montville and St. Bernard/Norwich Tech are other teams that received votes that have games today.

The rest of the football package will also appear with the poll on Wednesday.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Guilford tops Foran, Cross edges Amity

Travis Dillon carried 13 times for 87 and two touchdowns as Guilford defeated Foran 29-20 at Milford. The Indians won their first game of the season and handed coach Tom Unger his first varsity win. Unger took over the program in the off-season.

Guilford (1-2) took a 22-0 first half lead before Foran (2-1) railled. Foran quarterback Jake White threw touchdown passes to Taylor Hames, Nick Drenchen and Dan Geier in the second quarter as the Lions trailed just 22-20 at halftime.

Dillon's second touchdown upped Guilford's lead to 29-20 in the third quarter.

White completed 23 of 47 passes for 443 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. White threw for 289 yards in the first half.

Wilbur Cross 35, Amity 28: James Ward scored on touchdown runs of 78, 73 and 5 yards and ran in two two-point conversions to lift Wilbur Cross.

Doural Scott scored on a 7-yard run and Maurice Morrison caught a 52-yard touchdown pass from Dontay Long for the Governors (3-0), who rushed for 238 yards and gained 278 yards passing on just eight completions.

Quarterback Billy Choiniere completed 19 of 37 passes for 465 yards and four touchdowns, including three to Jay Binkowski for Amity (1-2).