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Even though Team Nutmeg, with a number of chapter players on the roster, lost this year's Super 100 Classic All Star game on June 25th to Team Constitution 33-9 several of our players  performed well.  The story shown below gives the details of the game and the pictures that are part of this story show how hard the game was actually played. Rentschler Field was in pristine shape for this year's game and the players enjoyed their chance to play where the UConn Huskies perform in the fall. The boy's were treated to a luncheon in the lounge area prior to the game and long time Trumbull coach, the late Gerry McDougall, was recognized with the Larry McHugh Distinguished Service Award that was accepted by his son Gerry and daughter Lauren. A crowd of approximately 3000 attended the game and were treated to some exciting football. The chapter will share in part of the game surplus that will be used for scholarships next spring. Two scholar athletes from this year class, La'Trell Alston of Hyde and Charlie Sampson of Derby, were teammates on Team Nutmeg. Thanks to Town Fair Tire, Stadium System NFP Sports and Schutt Sports for their ongoing support.




The name of the game appeared on the scoreboard at Rentschler Field

The field was in fantastic shape thanks to the maintainance crew at The Rent

The players chowed down with a big meal before the game

The late Gerry McDougall was recognized at the luncheon. Pictured above are L-R Larry McHugh, Len Corto, Steve Filippone, Gerry's son and daughter Gerry and Lauren, John Fontana and Bill O'Brien

La'Trell Alston of Hyde and Charlie Sampson of Derby were teammates for Team Nutmeg

Jordan Townsend (#3) of Foran, John Sadak (#15) of Xavier and Charlie Sampson (#59) of Derby converge on the quarterback

Notre Dame Prince Brooks loses his helmet on this hit

Ralik Garvins gets ready to finish off Bennie Fulse of Windsor

Anthony Caramanica of Xavier (#4) breaks up a pass to Keyion Dixon of Glastonbury

Sam Opont of Fairfield Prep leads the way on a block

Prince Brooks of Notre Dame score the only touchdown for Team Nutmeg

Anthony Caramanica (#4) of Xavier, Jordan Townsend (#3) of Foran and Ralik Garvins (#24) of Hyde rush the passer

Brandon McCormick of Hyde talks to a player during the game

Xavier's Andy Guyon reacts to a great effort by Team Nutmeg

Team Constitution Defeats Team Nutmeg 33-9

in Super 100 Classic 2016 High School Senior All-Star Football


Super 100 All-Star Game

Constitution 33, Nutmeg 9


Constitution        12        0      15        6 — 33
Nutmeg                 0         7       2         0 — 9

First quarter

C–Keyion Dixon 65 pass from Rayshawn Phillips (kick failed)
C–Isaiah Huff 25 interception return (kick failed)

Second quarter

N–Prince Brooks 4 run (kick)

Third quarter

C–Bennie Fulse 76 run (Nate Filippone run)
C–Filippone 3 run (kick)

Fourth quarter

N–Safety (Ralik Garvins tackled Phillips in end zone)
C–Nate Bresson 20 pass from Sean Kelly (kick failed)




The 2016 scholar athlete awards dinner on April 8 brought over 300 family and friends to Fantasia in North Haven for the 56th Anniversary National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete dinner. Twenty-eight new scholar athletes joined our chapter alumni bringing the total to 1193 that have been honored since the first awards dinner in 1962. In addition to the scholar athletes other award winners included, Jeff Roy of Shelton, the Chapter Coach of the Year, John Manzi, the Official Recognition Award winner, Rich Marazzi who received the Chapter Award of Merit and business executive and retired football official MIchael Barbaro who received the Distinguished American Award.

The scholar athletes and their parents and coaches first meet at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in February to review dinner information concerning tickets, ad's, scholarships, tuxedos and to have their pictures taken to release to the media announcing their honor.

The scholar athletes attend the dinner dressed in their tuxedos and have pictures taken with their family members in attendance and their coach. They then pose for a group photo before marching in to the head table to the music of Mr. Touchdown. Several awards were presented before dinner and Howie Vandersea Northeast Regional Coordinator of the National Football Foundation told the audience the latest activities of our national organization. Scholar Athlete chairman Dan Martin then introduced each scholar athlete and their parents and coach before asking each young man a question about their high school days or future plans. Other awards were presented and $6000 in scholarships were awarded.





56th Anniversary Dinner Award Winners Announced


                 Michael Barbaro                                     Rich Marazzi                                 John Manzi                                        Jeff Roy 

          Distinguished American Award             Chapter Award of Merit               Official Recognition Award           Shelton HS Coach of the Year


By Bill O'Brien                                                                                                                             March 1, 2016

The 56th anniversary of the  Casey-O'Brien New Haven County Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete dinner will be held on Friday April 8 at Fantasia, 404 Washington Ave, North Haven. A reception will begin at 5:30 pm with the march to the head table at 6:30 pm.

Twenty-eight high school and prep school scholar athletes who play football will be honored for academic excellence, leadership and citizenship. "These young men never cease to amaze us", said chapter president Bill O'Brien. "Their accomplishments in the classroom, on the field and in the community are exemplary. All they have achieved makes their family and school very proud".

In addition, other award winners include Michael Barbaro of Wallingford, senior vice president of Town Fair Tire and a former football official who retired at the end of the 2014 season after 35 years on the field. He has been a member of the New Haven Football Officials Association for 36 years serving as president in 1989. He was elected to the Connecticut Football Officials Hall of Fame in 2010.

Also being recognized are chapter member,  author and former radio talk show host Rich Marazzi of Ansonia with the Chapter Award of Merit. Marazzi is well known as the first rules consultant in major league baseball history. He is affiliated with 10 different teams including the Yankees, Red Sox and  Dodgers. He also authored "A Bowl Full of Memories: 100 Years of Football at the Yale Bowl",  published in 2014.

Shelton coach Jeff Roy who led the Gaels to consecutive 12-1 records, as well as appearances in the Class LL State championship games  in 2014 and 2015, will receive the' Chapter Coach of the Year Award' and former 30+ year football official John Manzi  of Hamden will receive the 'Official Recognition Award' as selected by the New Haven Football Officials Association. More recently Manzi serves as Assistant to the Commissioner for the NHFOA, aiding Commissioner Steve Narracci in building schedules and making assignments for the organizations members.

Tickets can be purchased for $50 by sending a check payable to 'National Football Foundation' to Donna Limone, 10 Ludlow Court, Branford 06405 or by calling her at 203-481-8375.

See www.newhavenfootballfoundation.com for further information.








             La'Trell Alston-Hyde                                                        Sean McAllen-Woodland

            David Barber-Hopkins                                                       Justin McClain-Hillhouse

            Colton Brown-Lyman Hall                                                 Thomas Moore-Fairfield Prep

            Nolan Cloutier-Sheehan                                                     Shane O'Connor-North Haven    

           Angelo DiMonaco-Hamden                                                Robert RJ Oris-Cheshire

           Luke DiStasio-Branford                                                      Jake Palmieri-Ansonia     

           Matthew Dodson-Oxford                                                   David Patrick-Jonathan Law

           Jordan D'Onofrio-Amity                                                     George Poleschuk-North Branford

           Christopher Edwards-Wilbur Cross                                    Keith Prior-Shelton

           Noah Hubler-Foran                                                            Daniel Robinson-Seymour

           Ryan Kaufmann-Hand                                                        Charles Sampson-Derby

           Marquis Lockhart-West Haven                                           Kyle Smith-Hamden Hall

           Kameron Matthews-Notre Dame                                       Austin Thornberg-East Haven

           Zachary Mason-Holy Cross                                               Jonathan Wintenburg-Xavier


                              AWARD WINNERS

DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN- Michael Barbaro Wallingford Senior Vice President Town Fair Tire

Chapter Award of Merit-Richard Marazzi, Ansonia, author, rules consultant, talk show host

Chapter Coach of the Year-Jeff Roy Shelton High School Class LL State Finalist

Official Recognition Award-John Manzi, Hamden, member NHFOA Board 32 years



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The 2016 Walter Camp weekend involved a number of Casey-O'Brien chapter members in several Camp foundation activities. In addition to coaches Jeff Bevino, Steve Filippone & Tony Sagnella conducting mini clinics at the All American Experience on Friday afternoon a number of past award winners including four past Chapter Distinguished American Award winners Dr Rich Diana (1994), Tim Shriver (1996), Carmen Cozza (1997) and Joe Andruzzi (2005) were present as well. Below are some pictures taken over the weekend.

Former 1990 Michigan All American lineman Greg Skrepenak talks to players from Cross, Hillhouse and Hyde about his playing days.

Former Notre Dame H.S. All State player Tarek Saleh a two time Walter Camp Ct. Player of the Year in 1995 & 1996 while at Wisconsin meets up with Chapter President Bill O'Brien

Chapter member Dr Jim Mendillo receives Lifetime Membership status from Chapter board member Tony Mortali. The two are co-chairs of the Walter Camp dinner at Yale.

SCSU and Patriots Super Bowl lineman Joe Andruzzi 2016 Walter Camp Man of the Year receives a $1000 check for his foundation from Camp Foundation president Rob Kauffman

Foran coach Jeff Bevino volunteered at the All American Experience

Hand coach Steve Filippone talks to youngsters during his clinic drills

Ct Player of the Year Tyler Metacavich of St Joseph HS is shown with youngsters at the All American Experience at the Floyd Little Athletic Center

North Haven coach Tony Sagnella gathers his group during the clinic

Board member Kevin O'Brien gets together with Distinguished American Award winner Tim Shriver Chairman of Special Olympics. The chapter honored Tim at the 1996 S/A dinner

Dr Rich Diana 1994 Distinguished American winner speaks at the Breakfast of Champions

The Walter Camp Ct All State Offensive team included Mike Montano, Jeremy Imperati (North Haven), Tajik Bagley (Ansonia), Kevin Lawrence (Xavier) and Nico Ragaini (Notre Dame)

The Walter Camp Ct All State Defensive team included Tyler Bailey (Ansonia) and CJ Falcioni (Seymour)

Former Lyman Hall coach Phil Ottochian received the Walter Camp Lifetime Achievement Award from Breakfast of Champions chairman James Thomson

Shelton coach Jeff Roy was one of four finalists for the Coach of the Year Award

North Haven coach Anthony Sagnella was also one of the 4 finalists for the Coach of the Year Award

Former chapter Distinguished American Award winners Tim Shriver (1996) and Joe Andruzzi (2005) shown with chapter president Bill O'Brien before the dinner

Chapter member and Yale coach Tony Reno and Hall of Fame member Carmen Cozza were together of the dinner. Carm was the 1997 Chapter Distinguished American.

College Football Hall of Fame coach Carmen Cozza meets up with Walter Camp Coach of the Year Dobo Swinney of Clemson