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The case for Ansonia

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Like Jaiquan McKnight's jersey says, Ansonia is No. 1 (MIke Ross/For Hearst Newspapers)

Like Jaiquan McKnight’s jersey says, Ansonia is No. 1 (MIke Ross/For Hearst Newspapers)

BY GINO MORETTI

The Ansonia Chargers are the best football team on Connecticut.

While I can understand the argument for New Canaan being voted the top team, having beaten Class M St. Joseph twice and playing a tougher schedule, here’s my take on it and it’s pretty simple.

Arkeel Newsome has rushed 3,867 yards and scored 68 TDs this season, both state records.

Arkeel Newsome has rushed 3,867 yards and scored 68 TDs this season, both state records.

Look no further than the college football situation. Florida State is unbeaten and No. 1, while one-loss Auburn is No. 2. Florida State plays in a weaker (ACC) than Auburn (SEC), yet I don’t hear too much criticism of that. Maybe it’s because they will eventually decide things on the field.

But Ansonia is the first team to win 15 games in state history and they are a solid team at other positions other than just running back with Arkeel Newsome, who in my opinion would be the difference maker in a game against New Canaan.

Over the long haul, Ansonia would be hard-pressed to go undefeated in either the FCIAC or SCC, but in a one-game matchup, I would go with Ansonia and that’s why I’m voting them No. 1 over New Canaan.

Categories: Elite 8, FCIAC, NVL, State Polls
Chris McNamee