I think we can sum up this game in one photo:
OK, If you must know any more read our man Mike Cardillo’s recap of the game, the ninth straight victory for Connecticut over Rhode Island.
Or if more photos are your thing, check out our massive slideshow. See if you can spot your favorite player.
Guys who did lots of things for Connecticut, especially in the second half, Connecticut Post MVP Montrell Dobbs (TD run) and fellow Post all-stars Brian Kelly (two TD catches), Joe Della Vecchia (two TD passes) and Willie Maxen. Other guys doing things: Morgan’s Nainy Bah (TD catch), Woodland’s Jack DeBiase (INT), St. Joseph’s Tyler Matakevich (sack), Stratford’s Markey Desruisseaux, Shelton’s Mike Georgalas and Stamford’s Mark Robinson. There were others, UConn recruit Max DeLorenzo (TD run) of Berlin, Wethersfield’s Chris Lesure (sack), Bristol Eastern’s Tyrell Holmes, New London’s Carlos Lozada (fumble recovery), Branford’s Kyle Nolan (TD pass), Conard’s Jonathan Esposito (Princeton recruit), Southington’s Tyler Dube, and the team Connecticut offensive line which was ordered by coach John Murphy to start knocking Rhode Island players over for Dobbs and Co. in the second half.
The rest was history.
Play of the day: Montrell Dobb’s electric 77-yard touchdown run on the second play of the second half. It was vintage Dobbs. A juke, another juke, another juke…
Then blast-off. 17-6 Connecticut. And it was pretty much game over.
Second place goes to Temple recruit Bah’s 59-yard touchdown catch-and-run. Took a short pass from Della Vecchia, cut across the field and raced down the opposite sideline for Connecticut’s go-ahead score in the second quarter.
Hit of the day: Willie Maxen’s smack of a Rhode Island player on the kickoff following Bah’s TD.
Valiant in defeat: Doesn’t say a heckuva lot when your kicker’s the star of your team, but Rhode Island’s Chad Bacon shined pretty brightly. He kicked two field goals (as it turned out, Rhode Island’s only points). But the beaut was at the end of the first half. A 49-yarder. Yes he had the wind at his back, but still… Tremendous kick. Had the uninitiated among us wondering how many times we’ve seen high school players kick that far.
Quote of the day: “I didn’t see that one coming I usually outsmart them. In our three state championships I had the water dumped out before they could do it.” - John Murphy on getting a victory ice bath from Dobbs and Matakevich.
Tweet of the day: @CurrenSCC on Twitter suggesting Rhode Island could use some reinforcements:
Can we suggest New Hampshire, too?
Photo of the day: The one below, a snapshot of Dobbs on his 77-yard touchdown run. Some lucky college is going to love this kid once he gets through Milford Academy. This was a thing of beauty.
Photo of the day runner-up: I saw Dobbs and Matakevich were up to no good when they were obsessively filling up the water coolers with any and every bottle they could get their hands on.