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The eight teams competing the Class L, LL, M and S football championship games gatherded at Rentschler Field on Monday for the annual football press conference. You can watch the rebroadcast as we interview many of the coaches and players competing in championship games on Saturday December 11 at the Rent.
Enjoy the second-half of this football broadcast between Notre Dame West haven vs. Fairfield Prep. We apologies we had technical difficult with the first-half recording. You can visit out store to order a DVD of the game or download the MP4 movie file of the game to your digital device.
Enjoy the replay of the 60th Green Bowl between Hamden vs. Notre Dame WH. The Green Knights finished up on a positive note while Hamden will group for another try next year. Please visit our store to order a DVD or download an MP4 movie file of the game.
Here you can find the CIAC football playoff schedule for Tuesday November 30. Checkout our Voting Poll here on the home page and cast a vote for which game we should cover live. Votes must be in by midnight Sunday night November 28, 2010.
November 5, 2010 - It was a high scoring game between Notre Dame and Cheshire on Friday night. Enjoy the rebroadcast and remember you can visit our store to order a DVD or download the MP4 movie file of the game to your digital devices.
October 22, 2010 - Watch the replay of the high school football game between Notre Dame WH vs. North Haven. The Indians turned the game around in the second-half and roared to a big win over the Green Knights. You can visit our store to order a DVD or download the MP4 movie file you are watching.
By Ray Curren - Elm City Sports Writer -
We had Notre Dame show they might not quite be dead this season. Lyman Hall won again, and appears to be firmly in the playoff race. And Cheshire was stopped near Wilbur Cross’ goal line in a thrilling finish that has the Governors at 4-1, and also firmly in playoff discussions.
So, you’d think the headlines in the paper last Saturday might be about Dontay Long’s winning touchdown, or the Governors avenging last season’s heartbreaking loss in New Haven (one that began Cheshire’s run to the Class LL title).
Instead, plastered across the front page of the New Haven Register was: “Drama off the field.” Inside was a little better explanation, “Acquavita, Ecke’s brother get into verbal altercation at half.”
It got bigger play than the game itself, or anything any Southern Connecticut Conference kid actually did on the field.
The story in a nutshell: Cross coach John Acquavita was talking/arguing with the officials at halftime, something that probably shouldn’t happen, but happens all the time. It’s really the only time a coach can get a referee’s full attention during the course of the game.
As he’s doing this, Mike Ecke — brother of Cheshire coach Mark Ecke and father of quarterback Michael Ecke — told the officials they should throw Acquavita out, also something that shouldn’t happen, but does all the time.
But at some point, Acquavita went toward Ecke, Ecke had to retreat to the bathroom, everyone had to be separated by security, and Ecke was ejected from the premises. No punches were thrown, no one was hurt.
As Monty Python would say, “let’s not argue over who killed who,” there is plenty of blame to go around, and no high school coach should have his picture in the newspaper having to be restrained by one of his own players.
But my focus here is a psychological one. In situations like this, people tend to go after publications like the Register for appealing to the lowest common denominator and not keeping the focus on the positive aspects of high school athletics.
They’re right, of course, but people miss the point sometimes of what newspapers are. To stay in business, newspapers (and all media) need people to read them. The more people that read them, the more they can charge for advertising, and then they can actually make money instead of losing it.
And, somewhat sadly, all anyone wanted to talk about Friday night and Saturday was what happened at halftime of the Cross-Cheshire game.
Right or wrong, it hits on issues that are “hot button”: abusing officials, overbearing parents, basic violence. You want to tell yourself that you’re above talking about such things, but then you can’t really help yourself sometimes.
The Register also had a very good photographer on the scene who took some compelling photos and a reporter who was able to get quotes from all the participants. They did everything they could to be fair. But they knew they had a story that people would want to read, and they did. My job isn’t all that different, to be honest.
There are stories that make national news every day that make me cringe and that I turn away from. But I’m not naive enough to wonder why they’re there. Granted, you have to have some restraint. It is high school football, kids will make mistakes and deserve some latitude.
However, this story was about adults.
To his credit, Ecke apologized afterward, saying, “If I could take it back, I would. I am an idiot. I opened my mouth and I wish I hadn’t.”
And I’ve seen several similar situations to this in my time not go prominently reported. In addition to the Register staff being on the ball here, you also had a rather tough setup at Wilbur Cross, where Cross goes back through the crowd at halftime to get to the locker room, which is adjacent to the bathrooms and the concession stand.
It’s also 2010. Everyone has a camera, everything makes its way onto YouTube.
The Register’s headline on its website the next day (Sunday), was probably more accurate: “Brief disturbance at Cheshire-Cross game.”
The most disappointing part of the whole situation for me was that the Register had few facts on the 18-14 thrilling win by Cross over Cheshire the next day.
The reason: Cross never called in the box score or had any statistics for what Cheshire had done in the game.
Yes, our priorities are out of whack, but don’t blame the messenger. And certainly don’t give the messenger a story under his nose that he knows a lot of people would want to hear about.
ON THE FIELD, PLEASE: In addition to Cross basically eliminating Cheshire from playoff contention, the biggest noise was probably made by Notre Dame, which took previously-unbeaten Hand apart, 38-14, in a game that wasn’t close after the first quarter.
The names that the Green Knights had trouble unleashing this season were are on display: Sean Goldrich, Phil Bentley, Amihr Bess, and Tirrell Young-Williams were all prominent in the box score, and the Tigers spent most of their night chasing them around West Haven.
The million-dollar question halfway through the campaign, though, is whether Notre Dame is doomed in Class L with two losses.
And, obviously the Green Knights can’t worry about such things, but we can speculate. That’s all it is, speculation at this point. Notre Dame currently sits a disheartening 17th in Class L (obviously, only eight will make the postseason), but have the most points of any team with two losses.
You have to figure (especially with North Haven coming this week), that they will be right there with any two-loss squads at the end of the season. Of course, they still have to get by the likes of Wilbur Cross and Cheshire to get that far.
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Those that have read this column over the last decade or so (yes, it’s been around that long and thank you) know that I usually give one running diary a season.
It’s not an original idea, certainly, but it’s worked out well.
But the question is, when to use it?
I almost went with it for the Notre Dame-Xavier game in Week 1, but that’s a little like going all-in early in a poker tournament. I thought that might be the best game of the year, but that early, you’d better be darn sure.
Now, in Week 3, I’m looking down the list of games the rest of the way, and
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So we’ve survived another underwhelming “crossover” week in the Southern Connecticut Conference, filled with blowouts, coaches whining, and running clocks.
Frankly, I’m reluctant to write again about the full crossover week because I think you know where I stand on the subject. I still don’t understand why with 10 Division I teams and 10 games in which to play, we can’t see everyone play everyone (with one crossover).
Instead, we have two crossovers (and some teams have three depending on who they play on Thanksgiving), and matchups like Xavier and Wilbur Cross are nowhere to be seen.
I know we have a league, and everyone in the league should at least see each other every once in a while, and it was nice to see a matchup like Cheshire-Hillhouse, who played for the first time this week.
But for every nice Cheshire-Hillhouse game, there’s a Foran-Xavier debacle.
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