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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

State players excelling at Milford Academy

There are 14 CT players on the Milford Academy roster. Milford Academy is a prep school located in New Berlin, N.Y. Milford Academy has opened the season with three straight wins.

Aug. 20 vs. Atlanta Sports Prep W 34-28
Aug. 27 vs. Hudson Valley W 50-0
Sept. 4 at Lehigh W 26-21
The next game is Sunday at Wagner at 4 p.m.

Most notable on the roster is former Ansonia standout Montrell Dobbs, the 2010 Register state player of the year. In the first game, Dobbs rushed for 97 yards on 14 carries and caught two passes for 47 yards. In Game 2, he rushed four times for 14 yards and one touchdown. In Game 3, he had 10 carries for 45 yards.

"He works real hard," Milford Academy coach Bill Chaplick said. "He reminds me of (former Milford Academy player) Graig Cooper, who played at the University of Miami and is now at the (Philadelphia) Eagles camp. He (Dobbs) is a north-south downhill runner. So far he's been really good."

Another Ansonia product, defensive end Bobby Kinnebrew, is also on the roster. Kinnebrew took a year off from school and football but has been impressive, Chaplick said.

"He's been a surprise," Chaplick said. "He's been out of school and football but he's trying to get a scholarship."

Former Morgan quarterback Erich Berzinskas led the team on a 96-yard drive that covered 56 seconds and capped it with a 15-yard touchdown pass with six seconds remaining in the victory over Lehigh, which was Chaplick's 100th victory with the school. In 12 years, Chaplick is 100-31.

Berzinskas is expected to make an official visit to Iowa soon.

North Haven's Ed Glenn, a defensive lineman, linebacker Tyler Matakevich, out of St. Joseph, Naugatuck offensive lineman Aaron Echevarria and wide receiver Marc Desruisseaux of Stratford have also contributed.

Chaplick said Glennn has positioned himself to be a Division I player.

"When they see the film of him (Glenn)," Chaplick said, "they're going to be all over him. He has a great body, works hard and is totally coachable."

The CT players are:
Ruben Berger, DB, Naugatuck
Erich Berzinskas, QB, Morgan
Lucas DeSouza, LB/K, Bridgeport Central
Marc Desruisseaux, WR, Stratford
Montrell Dobbs, RB, Ansonia
Aaron Echevarria, OL, Naugatuck
Frank Gaines, WR, Trumbull
John Galloway, LB, Middletown
Tyler Girard-Floyd, RB, Montville
Ed Glenn, DL, North Haven
Bobby Kinnebrew, DE, Ansonia
Tyler Matakevich, LB, St. Joseph
Jaron Russell, TE, Norwich Free Academy
Glenn Taylor, TE/DL, Masuk

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