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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Walter Camp award winners announced

The Walter Camp Football Foundation hosted its High School "Breakfast of Champions" Saturday at Anthony’s Ocean View. The event was sponsored by the Dan Orlovsky Foundation.

Notre Dame-West Haven, the Class L champion, which finished No. 1 in the final Register Top 10 Poll, was honored along with the five other state champions: Cheshire (Class LL), New Canaan (Class MM), Berlin (Class M), St. Joseph (Class SS) and Hyde (Class S).

Notre Dame’s Tom Marcucci was named the coach of the year. The other finalists were Chuck Drury of Pomperaug and Cheshire’s Mark Ecke.

The state Player of the Year award went to Pomperaug running back Ben Crick. Wethersfield’s Tyler Murphy and Cheshire’s Greg Palmer were also finalists.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Jerry McDougall, former long-time coach at Trumbull High School.

Below is the 2009 Walter Camp All-Connecticut Team:

Offense: OL: Sean Berglund (Wolcott), Jamie Daniels (New London), Ernest Wiggins (Bridgeport Central), Conor Hanratty (New Canaan), Chris Valenti (Bethel) WR: Brendan Rankowitz (Staples), Cody Newton (New Canaan) TE: Jake Santora (Staples) QB: Greg Palmer (Cheshire) RB: Julian Hayes (Xavier), Ben Crick (Pomperaug).

Defense: DE: A.J. Wilcox (Ledyard), Cameron Davis (Hamden) DT: Rob Bowman (Notre Dame), Tom Jordan (Ridgefield) LB: Graham Stewart (Xavier), Patrick Atkinson (Stamford), C.J. Elser (Pomperaug), Tyler Matekevich (St. Joseph’s) DB: Conor Keniry (Notre Dame), Matt Kelly (Staples), Andrew Clements (Pomperaug), Christon Gill (Bridgeport Central).

Special Teams: PK: Santiago Cuartas (Staples) P: Ray Pendagast (Shelton) KR: Tyler Murphy(Wethersfield).

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Maffuid resigns at Morgan

Tom Maffuid has resigned as the football coach at Morgan after two seasons with the school. The Huskies finished 6-4 this past season and 3-8 in 2008.

"The No .1 reason, really," Maffuid said, "is I didn’t feel I could put the time in to meet my own expectation level in order to run a program successfully."

Morgan was Maffuid’s first head coaching position. He was previously the offensive coordinator at Cheshire for two years prior to coaching the Huskies.

"It wasn’t a dry decision," Maffuid, a Cheshire resident, said. "It wasn’t something I knew 100 percent that I wanted to do. The best thing to do for Morgan was to step down and have them have ample time to get someone else in there. It was a very difficult decision."