What did we learn from New Canaan’s ‘Grip It & Rip It’ passing tournament? (Slideshow)

Patrick Dircile of Stamford jumps to make a catch as New Milford's Grant Murphy looks on during Saturday's "Grip It and Rip It" high school football passing camp and competition at New Canaan High School on July 13, 2013.

Patrick Dircile of Stamford jumps to make a catch as New Milford’s Grant Murphy looks on during Saturday’s “Grip It and Rip It” high school football passing camp and competition at New Canaan High School on July 13, 2013.

New Milford coach John Murphy rockin' the green and black (of course) threads at New Canaan's Grip It  & Rip It tournament last weekend.

New Milford coach John Murphy rockin’ the green and black (of course) threads at New Canaan’s Grip It & Rip It tournament last weekend.

For the first time in its five-year history, a non-Connecticut team won the annual ‘Grip It & Rip It’ passing tournament in New Canaan. In fact, no one from Connecticut reached the finals, which pitted Shenendehowa (N.Y.) vs. Rye (N.Y.).

Shenendehowa, which traveled all the way from the Saratoga region, won the two-day, 36-team tournament. New Canaan advanced the furthest of the Connecticut schools before bowing out vs. Ketcham in the loser’s bracket final.

But, let’s be honest, we care not of such trivial matters like the winner of a 7-on-7 passing league.

We do care if this tournament would somehow given us a glimpse into what’s gonna be what in 2013.

Thankfully, Dave Ruden, who covered the event for Hearst Corp., Connecticut division, gave us some tidbits on which to gnaw:

Among them:

  • John Murphy was back in attendance, but wearing a green ensemble rather than a red one. iIt’s going to take some getting used to, at least for me. Though he’s a regular at GI&RI, New Milford, his new team, was making its debut.

“I’ve been here since the beginning, but these guys have never done a big tournament like this. To see this big production and play good teams is a good thing for our guys.”

  • New Harding coach Jack Cochran says his Presidents are further along than Bloomfield was when he took over that program in 1992 (and went to his first state championship a year later).

“We have a lot more people in Bridgeport helping me support the team. I feel good. They understand what pride is and what hard work is. …

“They’re young and learning. We have three or four freshmen out there. The biggest thing is they are not at home, they are not in the streets, they are doing something positive.”

  • New Trinity Catholic coach Donny Panapada enjoyed being with members of his team for the first time (they didn’t hold spring practice).
  • And New Canaan’s Jack Gilio, who helped the Rams’ contingent defeat Stamford in a triple-OT game, enjoyed the experience and says it’s making the Rams better.

“We’ve been passing a lot this summer. This really helps so much.”

So, in other words, we didn’t learn much about 2013 here.

Feel free to gaze at the photo slideshow below, though. You WILL notice some names. And names are important to understand who’s got what in 2013, even if it’s just the ‘skill’ positions.

Anyway, back to beating the bushes…

 

Sean Patrick Bowley