Where was I on this glorious late summer afternoon? Where else but Jarvis Stadium in Ansonia for the first Ansonia Football Challenge and Firemen’s BBQ competition?
Based on my experience, the stir that Stratford Public Schools created for pulling out of this fest ultimately didn’t amount to a hill of beans (which is too bad, because those at least could have been used in the chili.)
Aside from all the bugs that invaded the complex early, this turned out to be a nice relaxing event, to which would have gladly have taken my family. Ansonia’s youth football teams and cheerleaders played around; the live band rocked, the ice cream bus kept everyone cool, and the pulled pork sandwiches and ribs were to die for.
The only things missing were hay rides and Ferris wheels.
I’m certain the Bunnell and Central people would have approved. But I guess we’ll never know.
Oh, and by the way, there just happened to be a football scrimmage going on on the other side of the complex. Some people didn’t even bother with the entertainment and made a beeline for the stands. They were too busy trying to get a sneak peek at these perennial powerhouses.
As for said scrimmage, Ansonia didn’t play with numbered jerseys, which didn’t help because there are lots and lots of new faces out there.
But it wasn’t hard to pick back Tristan Roberts out from the crowd. The 6-foot-2 monster is back after a spending most of last season away from the game. And he put on a show with two touchdowns while Tom Hyde and Ansonia’s revamped line pushed West Haven around.
Though it wasn’t a complete destruction — West Haven, led by LB/FB O’Brien Johnson, showed some fight early, but eventually was worn down by the two-time defending Class S and No. 1 Chargers.
The word around the Valley is that West Haven is the latest in a list of vanquished SCC scrimmage foes (and remember, these are only scrimmages) that include Amity and Notre Dame-West Haven.
Looks like it could be a wide-open year, even in the SCC. As for the NVL, unless Mike Osiecki and Seymour want to show up, this is going to be Ansonia’s league to lose once again.
Anyway: here’s the carnage according to my MiniMe Cam. Also, be sure to check out Tony Spinelli‘s video on the home page of Connpost.com.