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The Class M Championship Game Preview: Ansonia vs. Ledyard

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Class M Championship




No. 1 Ansonia vs. No. 3 Ledyard



WHEN – Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
ON THE AIR —
Sportingnewsct.com | WELI 960-AM
TICKETS — $10
COACHES — Ledyard:
Jim Buonocore (4th year, 35-10); Ansonia: Tom Brockett (6th year, 70-7)
RECORDS – Ledyard 11-1;
Ansonia 13-0
HOW THEY GOT HERE — Ledyard:
def. No. 6 Waterford 26-0; def. No. 7 Wolcott 35-0; Ansonia: def. No. 8 Bethel 35-6; def. No. 4 Berlin 48-14
STATE TITLES — Ledyard (4):
1986-MII, 1991-MM, 1993-MM 2007-M; Ansonia (16): 1976-S, 1977-S, 1979-M, 1981-SII, 1982-SII, 1983-SII, 1984-SII, 1987-S, 1988-S, 1989-S, 1994-SS, 1995-S, 2002-S, 2003-S, 2006-S, 2007-S.
TOP PLAYERS — Ledyard:
Sr. RB/DB Alex Manwaring (2,257 yards, 18 TDs rushing); Jr. QB John Rainey (5 TDs passing); Sr. RB/LB Matt Daggett (12 tackles/gm; 6 sacks); Sr. TE/LB Dallas Smith (4 sacks). Sr. WR Slade Backsley. Ansonia: Soph. RB/DB Arkeel Newsome (3,399 yards, 56 TDs rushing); Sr. TE/DE Jake LaRovera; Sr. LB Tyler Wood; Sr. OL/DL Dylan Vano (6-5, 265); Sr. OL/DL Tyler Williams (6-2, 255); Sr. OL/DL Hakeem Martin (5-10, 263); Sr. WR/DB Andrew Matos; Sr. FB Dennis Danley; Sr. QB Elliot Chudwick; Jr. RB/DB Tyler Lester; Sr. TE/DE Sean Rowley (5-10, 181)
WORTH NOTING –
Ansionia is the top rushing team in the state with 4,746 yards. …Newsome is the Connecticut’s leading rusher and the No. 4 leading rusher in the United States. …he is 281 off the national leader and 198 away from breaking Alex Thomas’ single-season state rushing record of 3,596 in 2007 at Ansonia. …Newsome has run for over 100 yards in all but one game; he’s run for over 300 yards six times, including both playoff games. …Manwearing recently set the school record for rushing yards in a season and broke Tim Allen’s ECC rushing record on Thanksgiving. …Ledyard has four shutouts this year, including both postseason wins. …Ledyard’s only loss was to Class L participant New London, 33-14. …This will be Ansonia’s 25th state championship appearance. Ansonia lost last year’s Class S final to St. Joseph 49-28. Ansonia’s last title was 35-0 over New London in 2007. …A win will make Ansonia the first 14-win team in state history.
OUTLOOK —
With junior-laden team, Ansonia lost in last year’s Class S championship game to St. Joseph. As seniors, they haven’t lost yet, winning 13 straight games by an average score of 45-12. They’re determined group anxious to erase the bitter memories from a year ago and win Ansonia’s 17th state championship and first since 2007. It all starts with Newsome, the 5-foot-7 sophomore who, with 59 total touchdowns this season, is elusive and a threat to score every time he touches the ball thanks to a big and physical offensive line. Holding him down is next to impossible, but so is scoring against Ansonia’s physical defense led by Wood, Martin and LaRovera. Even the best first-team units Ansonia has faced this season have had trouble scoring anything more than a touchdown. This is Ledyard’s challenge. The Colonels are patient and disciplined. They run power mixed with selective passing from Rainey and are tough on defense. They must somehow get first downs, control the clock and limit Newsome’s touches severely. Getting turnovers, a rare occurrence at Ansonia, is of utmost importance. Ledyard is determined, but Ansonia has it all. This game looks like a climb up Mount Everest even for a group as tough as Ledyard.
OUR PICK — Ansonia 42-14

Related Links:

A rebuttal from Ledyard (UPDATED!)

It’s not quite the Class M championship shuffle, but someone on YouTube, username SeanLedyard, wrote a rap song to accompany the Ledyard football team to Rentschler Field. The user says he spent four hours writing and recording this diddy, no doubt to pump up the underdog Colonels.

“Ledyard’s getting hungry, ’cause Ansonia’s a good meal.”

-and-

“Think they got a title but wait til you rob it.”

Ha! Good stuff. Well played, SeanLedyard. Well played.

Update: The Rap has been expanded to include more lyrics and a chorus. Just awesome.

Where’s the Xavier Class LL Championship Shuffle?

Sean Patrick Bowley

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22 Responses

  1. Real top 10 says:

    Manwaring 18 TD’s. Weakkkk. What a JV player

  2. Master Legend says:

    Poor Arkeel. It’s tough to set so many records as a sophomore. What is he supposed to do for an encore for the next two years?

  3. Elgin21 says:

    Thank you Sean. Informative. Think this game will be more competitive
    than some believe.

  4. Ed says:

    You answered my question: Has there ever been a 14-0 team in state history?

    Will there be an 11 game regular season in the near future? Will it be possible to go 15-0?

  5. I always hope they’re competitive. But looking at all of Ansonia’s games and Ledyard’s games, that’s what I think will happen.

    The best part is when the ‘underdog’ team defies the prediction, or actually wins.

  6. Also, we’re in the middle of loading a new video with some fixes. Like manwaring’s name and Newsome’s 56 rushing td total.

  7. Remmy says:

    Don’t do it, SPB. It’s 55 rushing, 3 receiving, 1 punt return.

    All good now.

  8. Gah!!!!! Ok. Alex will just have to deal with an ‘e’ in his name. I’m sure he’d rather have a ‘W’ next to Ledyard’s.

  9. RAY BROWN says:

    LEDYARD HASNT SEEN A OFFENSIVE LINE AS BIG AND PHYSICAL AS ANSONIAS.LEDYARDS DEFENSE BETTER BE AS GOOD AS THEY ARE SELLING OR THEY WILL BE IN FOR LONG HALF.

  10. Spreadofan12 says:

    Lol i love how RAY said “they’ll be in for a long half” not an entire game. I think it will be a very tough game and entertaining. But Ledyard is standing in the way of a hungry team that has a sour taste in their mouth after last year. Ansonia plans to run over any and everybody in their way.

  11. perspective says:

    Although I would love to see a Ledyard upset here, the last time a hip hop you tube creation originated from the ECC, it was courtesy of NFA before last year’s semi vs. Trumbull. The video was accompanied by NFA highlights saying they were a “varsity team”, and Trumbull highlights noting “j.v. team.” Ha ha, how did that work out for the Wildcats?

  12. perspective says:

    Hey Ray, I read the Mike DiMauro article talking about Manwaring in The Day, sounds like a very driven, well-rounded kid, much like many of your past and present Chargers. Here is a suggestion, since Manwaring is actually from East Lyme, attending Ledyard via the vo-ag. program, why doesn’t Brockett get a vo-ag. program going on the hilltop, that way we can do away with the Waterbury pipeline discussion. The vo-ag program attracted a lot of talent to Jack back at Bloomfield back in the day, just saying.

  13. RAY BROWN says:

    your late with that perspective,that was going on for years when new london was one of only two high schools in ct.(trumbull being the other),thus new londons ability to recruit players legally.i pointed that out on blog years ago,but nobody picked up on it.RAY-RAY KNOWS HIS STUFF%^&&!

  14. RAY BROWN says:

    I FORGOT TO PUT IN THAT AT TIME NEW LONDON AND TRUMBULL WERE ONLY TWO IN CT.TO HAVE THAT PROGRAM.SORRY.

  15. BigFish@Little Sea says:

    Ledyard is motivated from its 14 point comeback victory vs D2 Branford.Gimme a break,Class M is a very weak class in terms of talented teams in 2011 as all informed mentioned back in September.

  16. To Perspective says:

    Perspective, keep your rich fairfield county butt out of ansonia talk

  17. another fan says:

    @15 still can’t give credit where credit is due ? M and S play Land LL schools in CT throughout the season some just rise above everyone eles like Ansonia.Take a look at some of SPB’s still pics find the one where Arkeel is running through a hole against Ledyard crated by 2 linemen ,just look at the size of those dudes…..That should make a believer out of you…

  18. RAY BROWN says:

    BIG FISH ANSONIA WOULD GO 10-0 IN SCC D-2, AND WOULD PLAY XAVIER AND HAND IN GEORGE(SCC)DEMAIOS DRIVEWAY.NVL 2 TITLES,PUT THAT IN YOUR FISHBOWL.

  19. another fan says:

    Ansonia should be concidered #1 due to the fact that the FCIAC has had a down year.I was suspect after NL blew away Greenwich then confirmed it with the success of the usually un-competative FCIAC teams,and in stone after today’s one sided scores.

  20. another fan says:

    Due in fact the SCC exposed the FCIAC this year, Ansonia should be concidered #1 Actualy, the FCIAC exposed themselves with usually unsuccesfull teams actually succeeding and NL’s one sided score against Greenwich,the writing was on the wall…

  21. UBilly says:

    Poor Ray, maybe if he keeps posting that AHS should be #2 over and over he thinks that will happen. I think AHS can play with any team, but just tired of the NVL inferiority complex Ray demonstrates. Great Job by Ansonia, Holy Cross, Hand and Xavier. the Players never really worry about polls and things they can’t control. Only people who feel they need “respect” do. (Read: Ray, MXR, Masuk Dad…)

  22. Joe is Shot says:

    Ray Brown is the most knowledgable high school prognosticator in the land. In my book Xavier and Hand along with Ansonia cannot be separated by a very thin dime. Make all number one and be done with it. All three have a terrific running back, more than adequate QB and really outstanding defense. How do you separate them without them playing each other.

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