Farmington vs. Middletown football thoughts

I’ve only been covering Connecticut high school football for about a month now, but I have been excited for tonight’s game since I first heard about it.

No. 4 Middletown vs. No. 11? Farmington.

The first football game I covered this year was when the Blue Dragons traveled all the way up to Enfield to play Fermi. This was not going to be a game, but since Middletown has been ranked in the top five all season, they have to be covered. Middletown beat Fermi 43-8. There first real test of the season was supposed to be Hartford Public, but that didn’t pan out (41-7). Two weeks ago Middletown was tested in the first half by Bristol Central, but Dario Highsmith ran away in the second half totaling 346 yards, defeating Central 49-21.

Two weeks ago I went to Farmington for the best game of that week. The Indians hosted Windsor and pulled the upset 13-7. After beating Bristol Central last week 35-0, they set up an undefeated showdown with two of the top teams in the state, both 7-0.

After talking to Middletown coach Sal Morello a few times this year and watching his team play, I truely believe they are one of the top teams in the state. Highsmith might be the most dynamic quarterback in CT and with an expanded playbook, calling more passing plays to open up the run, the Blue Dragons will be fun to watch tonight.

Farmington had a tough time with Windsor (held them to 25 yards in the 2nd half; I believe), but handled Central with ease.

I won’t get into stats, but in my opinion this is the game of the week.

 

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Correction: Farmington, Windsor football

I am writing about sports and getting paid to do it.

When someone expects you to produce a certain kind of story every time out, the pressure starts to build and that’s what I have been feeling recently.

A week or so ago I went to Portland to cover a Xavier boys soccer game for the Middletown Press. The field at the TD Bank complex is beautiful and I didn’t even know it existed. The game was as exciting as a blowout could be. SCC soccer is a little faster than a Shoreline contest like I’m used to, so I had to pay attention a little more. I thought I got good quotes from the coaches and had a good story going and it was a good story until I realized I made a mistake a day later.

I looked up the results of the Amity game to used at the bottom, because they are one of the other teams near the top of the SCC standings. I wrote their record in wrong and thus making the sentence meaningless. I tweeted the next day that I was wrong as a sort of correction and told myself to pay more attention and double-check my work. Well, it happened again.

Last night I went to Farmington for a big CCC-West D-II game. Both Farmington and Windsor came into the game undefeated and ranked in the top-10 of whatever poll you want to use. I felt more comfortable keeping stats and notes on the game and thought I had a good grasp on what was happening, even though for the second straight week I sat next to the great Tom Yantz of the Hartford Courant. I tried to follow his lead and cover the game the best I could and again, I thought I had a great story and I did, except for a bigger mistake.

I interviewed Jeremy Buck, the Farmington quarterback after the game and the coach, Chris Machol, but that’s where I went wrong. I was so excited and nervous about getting a good story on GameTimeCT.com as fast as I could, I used the wrong name. I quoted Machol using the Windsor head coach’s name, Robert Fleeting.

This is something I can’t be doing and know it is a big mistake and take full responsibility for. This is something I will learn from and be more careful to avoid moving forward in my career.

I apologize to Chris Machol and the entire Farmington Indians football team for this mistake and it won’t happen again.