Another Connecticut high school football team hit the fields Wednesday a lot more than football on its brain.
Maloney of Meriden began preseason camp just as its players and coaches were coming to grips with the loss of junior wide receiver Tashawn Bromfield who, according to the Record Journal of Meriden, was killed in a random drive-by shooting in New York City on Saturday.
From the article:
Bromfield was in the Bronx early Saturday to spend time with friends and family. A car pulled up to the Fenton Avenue building shortly after midnight and fired, police said. No one else was wounded and the car sped away. Police believe Bromfield was not the intended victim. Bromfield had gone out to 7-Eleven for a drink and then sat on a stoop with friends when the incident occurred.
Bromfield hadn’t actually been with the team long, the RJ reported. But he was well-known and had participated in all of the Spartans’ off-season training camps. Bromfield was killed just a few days before he could put all that work to good use.
Maloney has dedicated its season to Bromfield. The Spartans will attend his funeral in the Bronx. Coach Bob Zito, well known around here as a former coach at Newtown, Stratford and Weston, apparently is trying to pull something positive out of this terrible experience for his players.
“You’ve got to embrace the opportunity that you have on the field every time you step on the field because you don’t know when your last day is going to be,” Zito hollered. “Tashawn is looking down on you guys right now. When you feel like you can’t go, if that’s not enough motivation to get you going, then you’re here for the wrong reasons.”
Promise, we’ll have much more good news in the coming days.