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Friday, June 29, 2012

CT looks to continue dominance over RI

Connecticut has won nine straight meetings over Rhode Island in the Governors' Cup football series. The 14th edition takes place Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. (Tickets are $8).

Not only has CT won the last nine games, but it hasn't been close. CT has won by an average of 24 points, and has scored more than 40 points four times. CT leads the series 10-3.

It's a trend that CT is hoping continues.

"We not only want to win the game, but we're trying to dominate the game," Xavier linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox said. "We think we have one of the best teams CT's ever had."

The CT roster is certainly an impressive group and includes 12 that made the Register All-State team and four more that made the All-Area team.

Five are headed to Ivy League schools, including Cheshire's Sebastian Little (Yale) and Notre Dame-West Haven's Ludovic Richardson (Brown), and four more are headed to NESCAC schools.

"I think we go under the radar a lot," said Santos-Knox, who will play at UMass. "I think a lot more people can go to bigger schools, but we get overlooked because we're from Connecticut. As you can see, we get some players that go to some big-time schools. We get our names out there."

The reason?

"We just do it the hard way," Santos-Knox said. "We come out and we play physical. There's no excuses. We work hard all the time."

CT coach Harry Bellucci admitted this year's roster is impressive in several ways.

"Not only are they great players, but they're just really good kids," Bellucci said. "When we discuss these kids we may make a call to a coach asking what kind of kid he is. You can't have a team full of problem kids because we have 10 days to get ready for a football game. These kids are such great character kids. That's why they're here.

"They're all-state kids for a reason. They take to coaching, they listen, they hustle, and they try to get better every day. They compete hard against each other, and there's a great little window for them to see what football's going to look like at the next level."

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