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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Former Greenwich standout Meyers honored

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced recently that former Greenwich standout Jonathan Meyers, a freshman at Princeton, has been selected as one of five NFF National High School Scholar-Athletes for 2008.

Meyers is the Northeast Regional recipient.

Below is some biographical information about Meyers sent by the NFF.

A top-ranked ESPN athlete with academic abilities to match, Jonathan Meyers developed a reputation as one of the most exceptional student-athletes in the history of Connecticut sports, leaving a lasting impression on all his teachers, coaches, peers and most importantly, the community in and around Greenwich High School.

Meyers led the Cardinals to three state finals and back- to-back state championships, one as the game MVP and a second as team captain. At linebacker, he set team records for tackles (300), sacks (30), and caused and recovered fumbles (20).

As a fullback, he rushed for more than 2,500 yards, averaging 9 yards per carry and scoring 45 touchdowns in two seasons. A 2007 High School All-America, ESPN ranked him as the No. 1 player in New England, and he landed on the ESPN and Rivals list of the nation's top 20 linebackers. Additional accolades include winning the state's Scholar-Athlete Award from the CIAC/CT Coaches Association and earning First Team recognition three times at fullback and linebacker on the All-County Team and two times on the All-State Team.

Meyers also excelled in lacrosse with a Top 20 ranking from ESPN and being named to the Under Armor All-American Team in 2008. Voted the Greenwich High School Class of 2008 Male- Scholar-Leader, Meyers maintained a 4.5 GPA, never missing the school's High Honor Roll throughout his entire high school career.

A member of the National Honor Society, he took all honors classes and five Advanced Placement courses, and his honors include the Folsom House Recognition Award, the Greenwich High School Physical Science Award, and the Greenwich High School Math Award.

"His best attribute, besides the obvious, is his compassion," said Greenwich High School head coach Rich Albonizio. "If I had a son, and he turned out half as good as Jonathan, I would consider myself the luckiest man in the world. Jonathan has my full respect [and] admiration."

Beyond the field and the classroom, Meyers served as chairman on his high school's prom committee for three years, on the Red Cross Youth Council, tutored his peers, and participated in the Kid's Day Red Cross Carnival. Jonathan also volunteered with Guiding Eyes for the Blind, where he socialized and raised potential Seeing Eye dogs. He represented the state of Connecticut at the 2007 National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C.

The son of Glenn Meyers, who lined up at nose guard and linebacker for Florida in the early '80s, Jonathan received more than 30 Division I scholarship offers, deciding to attend Princeton University and play football and lacrosse for the Tigers.

Hyde 35, Avon 14

Senior running back Zane Marks rushed 14 times for 204 yards and three touchdowns to lead Hyde to a Pequot Conference victory at Bowen Field in New Haven.

Hyde (4-1) has won four straight games since losing its season opener to crosstown rival Wilbur Cross. Avon falls to 3-2.

Marks also caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Kendell Groom in the third quarter.

Read the full game story in Sunday's Register.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Seymour 36, Crosby 19

Senior running back Mike Osiecki ran 32 times for 335 yards and four touchdowns as No. 6 Seymour defeated Crosby in a battle of unbeatens in a Naugatuck Valley League Brass Division contest at Waterbury.

Osiecki scored three times in the second half as Seymour (5-0) rallied after trailing 12-9 at halftime.

Crosby's only touchdown in the second half came on a 95-yard kickoff return by Dion O'Joe that gave the Bulldogs (4-1) a 19-16 lead with 2:55 left in the third quarter.

Read the full story in Saturday's Register.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Seymour, Crosby breakdown

Here are some interesting facts about the Seymour-Crosby game, set for Friday night at 7 p.m. in Waterbury, that I found on

Passing Yards Per Game

Rushing Yards Per Game

Total Yards Per Game

Tackles Per Game

Sacks Per Game

Points Per Game

Both teams are 4-0. Seymour is ranked sixth in the Register Top 10 Poll. Read more about the Seymour football team in Friday's Register.

Week 5 Predictions

My predictions for area games are in bold. Feel free to add your picks.

Naugatuck at Sacred Heart, 6 p.m.

Prince Tech at Platt Tech, 7:00 p.m.
Seymour at Crosby, 7:00 p.m.
Wolcott at Ansonia, 7:00 p.m.
Woodland at Torrington, 7:00 p.m.
Canton at Valley Regional/Old Lyme, 6:30 p.m.
Stafford/East Windsor at Vinal Tech/Coginchaug, 6:30 p.m.
Cheshire at Notre Dame-West Haven, 7:00 p.m.
West Haven at Hand, 7:00 p.m.
Fairfield Prep at Amity, 7:00 p.m.
Hamden at Shelton, 7:00 p.m.
East Haven at Sheehan, 7:00 p.m.
North Haven at Foran, 7:00 p.m.
Lyman Hall at Hillhouse, 3:30 p.m.
Law at Guilford, 7:00 p.m.
Derby/O'Brien Tech at Wilbur Cross, 3:30 p.m.
Xavier at Branford, 7:00 p.m.
Bunnell at New Fairfield, 7:00 p.m.
Barlow at Stratford, 7:00 p.m.

Avon at Hyde, 1:00 p.m.
Morgan at Windsor Locks/Suffield, 1:00 p.m.
North Branford at Ellington/Somers, 1:00 p.m.
Old Saybrook/Westbrook at Housatonic/Wamogo, 1:00 p.m.
Haddam-Killingworth at Coventry/Windham Tech, 1:30 p.m.
Oxford at Newtown, 7:00 p.m.

Monday, October 6, 2008

The latest Top 10

Here is the latest Top 10 Poll, a bit early than usual this week.

Let us know what you think about the rankings. Leave your comment below.

Register Top 10 Football Poll

Team Points Last
1. Ansonia (4-0) (18) 648 1
2. New London (4-0) (1) 564 2
3. New Canaan (4-0) (1) 554 3
4. Bunnell (4-0) (2) 526 4
5. Masuk (4-0) 492 5
6. Seymour (4-0) 439 6
7. Darien (4-0) 350 9
8. Greenwich (3-1) 290 NR
9. Berlin (4-0) 280 10
10. Hamden (4-0) 264 NR

Dropped out: Staples (7), Shelton (8).

First-place votes in parentheses after record.

Others receiving votes: Hillhouse (4-0), 255; Shelton (3-1), 144; Southington (2-1), 123; Windsor (4-0), 109; Crosby (4-0), 106; Cromwell (4-0), 95; Staples (3-1), 92; Glastonbury (4-0), 64; St. Joseph (4-0), 35; Tolland (3-0), 30; Xavier (3-1), 27; Ledyard (3-1), 26; New Britain (3-1), 25; Montville (4-0), 17; St. Bernard/Norwich Tech (3-0), 11; Cheshire (2-2), 10; Fairfield Prep (2-1) and Norwich Free Academy (2-1), 9; Watertown (3-1) and Wilbur Cross (3-1), 8.

The following voted: Bob Barton, New Haven Register; Bill Bloxsom, Hersam-Acorn; Sean Patrick Bowley, Connecticut Post; Don Boyle,; Bryant Carpenter, Meriden-Record Journal; George DeMaio, WELI; Mike DiMauro, The Day of New London; Matt Doran, Norwalk Hour; Scott Ferrari, Greenwich Citizen; Noah Finz, WTNH-8; Brian Girasoli, Norwich Bulletin; Ned Griffen, The Day of New London; John Holt, WFSB-3; Mark Jaffee, Waterbury Republican-American; Ken Lipshez, The Herald of New Britain; Mike Madera, Elm City Newspapers; Joe Morelli, New Haven Register; Paul Nichols, Middletown Press; Mike Pucci, New Haven Register; Dave Ruden, Stamford Advocate; Tom Yantz, Hartford Courant; Jimmy Zanor, Shore Line Newspapers.