Westies-Chargers, the 'state championship' of scrimmages, kicks off tonight
West Haven's Ervin Phillips during|
last year's Ansonia scrimmage.
Tonight, 6 p.m. at Jarvis Stadium in Ansonia, your favorite preseason scrimmage (and mine) will kick off (or maybe they'll just start) in front of a larger-than-normal crowd of curious onlookers.
Ah, sweet, sweet Chargers-Westies.
There was a time, not too long ago, that this glorified practice was once the centerpiece of the "Who's No. 1?" argument.
The 2000-era, Kenny Tinney-led Ansonia teams staked their claim to the New Haven Register Poll's top spot by pointing out their team beat the Tommy DeMorro/Desmond Lymon/Rob Jackson West Haven championship teams. Yea, their schedule was 'soft' compared to the Westies' SCC slate, the argument went. But those Chargers could (and would) beat anyone. This scrimmage proved it.
Ansonia's Arkeel Newsome at|
last year's West Haven scrimmage.
Those were the days [Plays the theme to 'All In The Family']
But happy days could be here again.
With Ansonia already early favorite to receive the No. 1 spot in the polls to start the season, and West Haven looking similarly, if not equally strong, will this relatively insignificant clash of CT titans get significant replay come December when we're tallying our final votes?
Of course, there will be a lot of attention paid to how three-time defending LL champion Xavier, or two-time defending Class L champion Hand fares this season, not to mention the usual suspects in the FCIAC, the CCC and ECC and so-on.
Incidentally, West Haven plays both Hand and Xavier all this year. Oh, and they kick off with Greenwich. So if Erv Phillips and the Westies somehow navigate that bloody gauntlet and finish with their first unbeaten season since 2002, you'd think it would be a slam-dunk decision on No. 1 right?
Ah, well, that's where this scrimmage is gonna start getting attention.
Let's say the Westies somehow, miraculously survive... or maybe even lose just one game, en route to a Class LL championship.
Meanwhile, Ansonia smokes through the NVL, Masuk in its SWC-NVL crossover, and then rolls to a third-straight 14-0, Class S championship season.
We'll all be reaching for that Ansonia-West Haven game tape, won't we?
You're damn right we will.
So, Chargers and Westies, while you're minding your stances, your blocking schemes and the play calls while listening to your coaches standing just five yards away in the backfield, make sure to play your best.
Not that it'll really mean anything right? ...right?
Ah, the good ol' days. They're here again.
As much as things in Connecticut football have changed this past year, nothing really does, does it?
In addition to Ansonia-Westies, a full slate of dual scrimmages, tri-scrimmages and full-blown jamborees get underway around the state Saturday.
Then, next week come the final dress rehearsals.
Before you know it, Week 1 will be here.
Can't wait, boys and girls.
Here's the master schedule from CIACSports.com.