Mid-January Updates

Howdy, everyone! We hope that you guys are handling the beginning of your high school football withdrawal without too many signs and symptoms. Since we've been without a post for about a week and a half, here are a few updates on things that have recently happened (most of which have already been posted in our comments) as well as a few things to come.

  • Former Ansonia running back Montrell Dobbs officially committed to Temple after an outstanding prep season at Milford Academy in which he earned the team's Offensive MVP Award. Dobbs rushed for 1,366 yards and 20 touchdowns in one of the best seasons in program history. Fellow Falcon and former Naugatuck lineman Aaron Echevarria will play at Southern Connecticut.
  • The Walter Camp Awards were the final honors to be announced (and were last week). Ansonia running back Arkeel Newsome was named State Player of the Year and was one of two running backs on the Walter Camp All-Connecticut Team. Other NVL selections to the team included Brenden Lytton (DB, Torrington), Hakeem Martin (OL, Ansonia), Dylan Vano (OL, Ansonia), and Tyler Wood (LB, Ansonia). See the full team here.
  • Holy Cross defensive coordinator Mike Mannetti was hired Wednesday as Post University's second sprint football head coach, reports the Rep-Am's Mark Jaffee. He succeeds Pete Ewald, who is leaving to start a program at Franklin Pierce University. Mannetti was previously an offensive coordinator at Post.
  • Finally, we haven't forgotten about the NVL Blog Awards. We should be finishing them up very soon and have them posted next week. Sorry about the delay, we've been enjoying some time away from constant administration of the blog.
So far this offseason, there has been no earth-shattering news, but if anything does come up, you'll see it here first. Enjoy the winter, folks.

Awards: New Haven Register All-State

The last of the major awards have been released with the New Haven Register All-State teams coming out on Sunday. Ansonia sophomore running back Arkeel Newsome was selected as the state MVP, making it two Chargers in a row to win the award after Montrell Dobbs in 2010. Newsome also earned a spot on MaxPreps' All-American sophomore team.

Here are the Naugatuck Valley League's representatives on the Register All-State teams:

First Team
Brenden Lytton, DB, Torrington
Hakeem Martin, OL, Ansonia
Arkeel Newsome, RB, Ansonia
Dylan Vano, OL, Ansonia
Tyler Wood, LB, Ansonia

Second Team
Dave DiGiorgi, RB, Holy Cross
Justin Gonzalez, WR, St. Paul
Ray Kreiger, QB, Derby
Jake LaRovera, DL, Ansonia

Third Team
Tyler Williams, OL, Ansonia

Honorable Mention
DeVante Bonvillian, RB, Wolcott
Adrian Brown, LB, Holy Cross
Brian Dobek, WR, Derby
Dwayne Ellis, WR, Sacred Heart
Eric Ford, DB, Watertown
Matt Hall, DL, Ansonia
Jay'Len Mahan, DB, Wilby
Logan Marchi, QB, St. Paul
Dillon McMahon, WR, Derby
Zach McNutt, OL, Torrington
Mike Nicol, QB, Wolcott
DJ Ouellette, LB, Watertown
Joe Parent, LB, Holy Cross
George Smith, OL, Holy Cross
Isaiah Wright, DB, Holy Cross
Jake Yourison, RB, Naugatuck
Matt Zaccagnini, RB, Woodland

Check out the full teams here. Congratulations to all the players selected to the New Haven Register All-State Teams!

Ansonia Championship Apparel

Ansonia High School have the below T-shirts and Sweaters for sale.Order forms can be picked-up at Ansonia High School or at the Ansonia Football Dinner at Holy Rosary Church on January 16th at 6:30 p.m.Ansonia Football Champions Order Form 2011