For a sportswriter on deadline, the 90th Ansonia-Derby meeting was a dream game.
First off, it was over quickly (that, my friends is the ultimate sportswriter’s dream).
Second, it came custom built with an all-to-easy newspaper lead by halftime. It was so easy, when told what was happening at Jarvis Stadium, every sports editor in the Connecticut Post newsroom called it in unison:
Standout back Arkeel Newsome managed just 34 yards on six carries. The Chargers still beat Derby 48-6.
Yep. Ansonia made sports writing seem as easy as how Ansonia looked in dispatching Derby on Thursday night.
Newsome was hobbled by a slight ankle injury during the game’s first few plays and spent the last three quarters on the sideline with a wrap around his leg.
No worries. Receiver Andrew Matos took the ball and scored three touchdowns — two running, two receiving. Jai’Quan McKnight threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another.
Ansonia won its 14th straight game against an NVL opponent and improved to 3-0.
As for Newsome, the injury didn’t seem too serious and coach Tom Brockett said as much. Newsome scored a short touchdown and had a 2-point conversion late in the first quarter. He carried the ball just six times before retiring for the night.
But, hey, who needed Newsome when everyone else in Lavender was doing just fine?
Let Newsome rest the leg. Ansonia has Holy Cross coming up next week. Let the rest of the boys have some fun for a change.
As for Derby, though disappointing, it wasn’t an surprising result. Ansonia’s just that good, apparently. The Red Raiders are still pretty good by the rest of the league’s standards. They still have a great shot at that elusive winning season. They just got run over by a bulldozer tonight.
This is Ansonia’s league, everyone else is just a stage prop.
We’ll have some short highlights, photos and the game story from our man on the scene.
(Let’s see if his lead fits ours…. Update: Close enough. We’re all different.)
The primer and live update blog will be up tomorrow.
Thursday night results
- NVL: Ansonia 48, Derby 6
- SCC: North Haven 47, East Haven 3
- CSC: Prince Tech 48, O’Brien Tech 0
Note: For those of you who are wondering about the headline. XC = 90.