Updated: Paul Criscuolo says the game is on this evening, despite threats of heavy rain. As of 4:40 p.m. West Haven remained dry while northern parts of the state were being pounded.
More rain is on the way, however. Criscuolo said lightning would, of course, delay the game.
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It’s your last chance for real, live football for a couple months.
The Hall of Fame Football Classic, part 15 kicks off tonight at West Haven’s Ken Strong Stadium at 7:30. Tickets are $7 at the gate. Come one come all.
Here are your morning links for pregame coverage of the game, which is showdown between West Haven coach Ed McCarthy (New Haven) and one of his former players — St. Joseph coach Joe Della Vecchia (Fairfield County).
Of course, all the focus will be on a certain Ansonia tailback.
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Quick note on the rosters, you’ll notice major portions of Fairfield County — mostly lower/eastern schools — are missing from the All-Star roster, which is once again causing consternation and ire among those in the Fairfield County chapter. Several showed up for the pre-practice meetings, but never again.
You won’t find the same problem on New Haven County. Twenty-nine schools are represented as opposed to Fairfield County’s 19.
The issue was discussed in Tuesday’s Connecticut Post: Filling Fairfield County roster a classic challenge
Sounds like a repeat episode. But we will try not to dwell on who isn’t here, but the players and teams who are — including eight players from the Connecticut Governor’s Cup team from two weeks ago, as opposed to four from New Haven.
But will it be enough for the first Fairfield County victory since the 31-30 overtime thriller of 2008? New Haven leads the all-time series 10-4 and won last year’s game 16-13.
Once again, we’ll be live tweeting the game at @CTHSFootball. You can follow along on Twitter, or in the red window at right.