I finally got a chance Thursday to edit the footage taken from Wednesday’s scrimmages, Bunnell at Staples in the afternoon and Masuk at Shelton in the evening.
Again, it’s not exactly NFL films and its hard to identify most of the players. But remember, I’m just a guy with a pocket recorder and a dream.
Besides, you get the point.
Lots and lots of offense, not to mention plenty of whoopin’ and hollerin’ at the Staples-Bunnell scrimmage. It was fun to watch, but didn’t pack the venom of previous encounters. This was more business as usual, a sign that Bunnell officially is a member of the Connecticut He-Man football clubhouse.
Up in Shelton, there was not as much scoring, at least on the offensive side. Instead, Masuk’s defense returned two Shelton turnovers for touchdowns. Masuk, the more veteran club, was a bit better in this one. Yet, overall it was a solid effort from both clubs. Shelton unveiled a nice run game and shuffled between two quarterbacks. With some nice decisions and good throws Masuk QB Bobby Baker showed he’s ready to pick up where he left off in last year’s Class L title game.
It was during this scrimmage that I missed out on one of the craziest plays of the game: Masuk receiver Justin Conte, catching short pass and going 50 yards down the sideline only to be caught just as he hit the goal line and, right in front of me, fumbling the ball out of bounds.
As Conte lay on the turf, he pleaded with the ref: “Did I get in? Did I get in?”
“I didn’t see it,” the ref admitted, smiling
“C’mon. Just give it to me,” Conte said. “Just raise your hands.”
It was pure comedy.
Unfortunately for me I had shot so much video at the Bunnell-Staples scrimmage I had no space left on my recorder’s flash drive and Conte’s play happened while I was trying to erase some footage. Hence, I missed the whole darn exchange. I threw my pad down in disgust.
Senior Spielbergo, indeed.
No worries, though Conte and fellow senior Nick Bacarella give you (conflicting) play-by-play on what you missed. Also, giving us an introduction to that scrimmage are Masuk’s enthusiastic young “statistical engineers,” Emily Palmer and Megan Markus (thanks again, Ladies).
So without further ado…