The 2013 All-Courant high school football offense team package:
Stephen Barmore, Southington, Sr.
Tom Honyotski, Hall-West Hartford, Sr.
Logan Marchi, St. Paul-Bristol, Sr.
Jalen Ollie, Glastonbury, Sr.
Jaylen Berry, Windsor, Sr.
Bennie Fulse, Capital Prep/ Classical/Achievement First-Hartford, So.
Tyzhan Leatherwood, Platt-Meriden, Jr.
Vernon Mcalmont, Prince Tech-Hartford, So.
Andrew Meoli, Xavier-Middletown, Sr.
Jarvis Miller, Windsor Locks, Jr.
Jake Ward, Morgan-Clinton, Jr.
Chris Young, Rocky Hill, Sr.
Cameron Byrd, East Hartford, Sr.
Ryan Duclos, Bacon Academy-Colchester, Sr.
Ethan Ericson, Glastonbury, Sr.
Brandon Gauther, Sheehan-Wallingford, Sr.
Alex Jamele, Southington, Jr.
Rob Parra, Hall-West Hartford, Jr.
Tommy Wilson, Hand-Madison, Jr.
Tynique Woods-Culver, Windsor, Sr.
Charles Baldwin, Windsor, Sr.
Dave Bednarz, Middletown, Sr.
Otilio Berrios, Hartford Public, Sr.
Erlin Colon, Platt, Sr.
Kyle Porter, Bristol Eastern, Sr.
Elijah Riley, Northwest Catholic-West Hartford, Jr.
Dario Highsmith, Middletown, Jr.
Kyle Smick, Southington, Sr.
Quarterbacks: Ryan Bell, Conard-West Hartford, Jr.; Jeremy Buck, Farmington, Sr.; Joe Carbone, Xavier, Sr.; Curt Field, Granby, Sr.; Christian Flynn, Northwest Catholic, Sr.; Noah Hahn, Avon, Sr.; Jake Hedberg, Newington, Jr.; Joe Leslie, Ellington/Somers, Sr.; Nate Kozlowski, Bacon Academy, Sr.; Andrew McBride, Platt, Sr.; Nick Meadows, Weaver-Hartford, Sr.; Griffin Michalek, East Hartford, Sr.; Nick van Dell, Hand-Madison, So.; Matt Sanzaro, Wethersfield, Jr. ; Junior Vasquez, Manchester, Jr. ; Mitch Williams, Berlin, Sr.
Running Backs: Terrance Brophy, Canton, Sr.; Tyler Burrow, Bristol Central, Sr.; Jarone Cogdell, Maloney-Meriden, So.; Pablo Colon, East Catholic-Manchester, Jr.; Rafael Dominguez, Sheehan, Sr.; Jack Granger, Coginchaug-Durham, Sr.; Ivan Guadalupe, Farmington, Sr.; Tyler Hyde, Southington, Sr.; James Nyarko, South Windsor, Sr.; Gerry Ouellette, Bristol Eastern, Sr.; Travis Thompson, Bloomfield, Sr.
Receivers: Kyle Armour, Newington, Jr; Andrew Grennier, Newington, Jr.; Neil Kelley, Hall, Jr.; Reid Morin, St. Paul, Sr.; Tom Seaver, Rocky Hill, Sr.; Jordan Spruielle, Hartford Public, Sr.; Owen Tyler Northwest Catholic, Jr.; Crème Watford, Platt, Sr.
Linemen: Michael Barnett, Platt, Sr.; Joe Chaves, Cromwell, Sr.; Ben Colasante, Glastonbury, Sr. ; Jackson Driscoll, Valley Regional/Old Lyme, Sr.; Paul Guardino, East Catholic, Sr.; Eric Peterson, Morgan, Jr.; Geof Skowronek, Wethersfield, Sr.
All-Purpose: Donevin O'Reilly, Glastonbury, Jr.
Kicker: Greg Marzilli, Rocky Hill
STORY LINES OF THE SEASON
New Canaan ended the 26-game winning streak of two-time Class M champion Hand-Madison, 50-21, in the FCIAC/SCC Showdown to open the season.
Terrance Brophy's 6-yard touchdown run on the last play of the game lifted Canton, a Class S team, past Avon, an L team, 16-13. It was the first victory for Canton against its neighbor.
Newtown’s players did not wear their customary blue and gold jerseys in their home opener against Bethel. They wore green and white, the colors of Sandy Hook Elementary School. On the back of the jerseys were the words: “Stay Strong.” On the front was a small memorial flourish between the words “Sandy” and “Hook.” There was a “26” on the sides of each helmet in memory of the number of students and adults who died. The team wore the helmets all season. Running back Cooper Gold said the team’s motto was: “Try to put a smile on someone's face.” The team did that, as it won its first 12 games and was ranked No. 1 in LL. Its season ended with a 35-33 quarterfinal loss to Ridgefield.
Capital Prep/Classical Magnet/Achievement First of Hartford posted its most impressive victory in school history, 53-14 over New London as Bennie Fulse rushed for 234 yards and three TDs.
Jalen Ollie’s 6-yard scoring pass Kyran McKinney-Crudden in the fourth quarter gave Glastonbury a 6-0 win over Norwich Free Academy.
Hall-West Hartford trailed Southington, 37-21, at the start of the fourth quarter, but rallied to triumph 49-37.
Middletown quarterback Dario Highsmith ran for 286 yards, as the Blue Dragons dealt Farmington its first loss of the season, 21-7.
With no timeouts, Xavier-Middletown drove 98 yards in the final 2:40 to beat Shelton, 15-12. Joe Carbone’s 9-yard run with nine seconds left provided the winning points.
Highsmith was named the Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year.
West Haven coach Ed McCarthy became the winningest football coach in state history (326), as the Blue Devils finished 10-3.
Arkeel Newsome ran for 259 yards and four TDs and passed for one to power Ansonia over Woodland-Beacon Falls, 51-12, in the S championship. He set the state season rushing record with 3,867 yards and the state career rushing record with 10,672.
The victory against Woodland extended Ansonia’s winning streak to 43 games. The title followed its M triumph in 2011 and S victory last season.
Snow moved the L title game between New Canaan and Darien from Arute Field in New Britain to Boyle Stadium in Stamford on Dec. 14. New Canaan gained a measure of revenge for its lone loss of the regular season to Darien (28-24) by winning 44-12.
Snow and/or ice forced the LL finale to be moved from 6:05 to a 1:35 p.m. kickoff Dec. 14. Then the game was postponed because of snow and ice to the following afternoon at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven. It got postponed again to Dec. 16. It finally was played on Dec. 19 to end the longest football season in state history.
Southington’s Alex Jamele set the state season record for TD receptions (29), including three against Fairfield Prep in the LL title game, in which Southington outscored the Jesuits 38-6 in the last half to triumph 52-34.
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