Glastonbury vs. Windsor preview (sort of)

I am still trying to get into Connecticut high school football, I know it’s a big deal to a lot of people, especially the ones involved, so I’ll be covering another good one tonight.

Glastonbury at Windsor

The Tomahawks (8-1) need to win tonight to basically lock up a Class LL playoff spot.

The Warriors need to win the keep their Class L playoff hopes alive.

Glastonbury has won eight in a row since losing opening night vs. Southington.

Windsor has lost two out of their last three since starting the season 5-0. They lost to Farmington and Bristol Eastern, both on the road.

I don’t know a lot about either of these teams, but I’ll tell the story and report back later.

Middletown vs. Maloney preview

I’m going back to Falcon Field in Meriden tonight, hopefully I don’t get lost again.

Two weeks ago I was there for Rocky Hill vs. Platt, which was supposed to be one of the best games of the week…it was not. Platt and Tyzhan Leatherwood beat Rocky Hill 47-14 to cement their place as one of the top teams in the CCC Division III. This weeks game does not live up to the hype of that one, but one of the top players in Connecticut is set to put on a show.

On October 4, I drove all the way up to Enfield to watch Middletown stomp Fermi 43-8. Dario Highsmith went nuts and he only played the first half (140 yards and 3 TD’s). He threw an interception, but it didn’t hurt the team. The entire second half, the Blue Dragons younger guys got a chance to play and prove what they have for the team and I don’t expect much different tonight.

Last week Highsmith rushed for 346 yards and two touchdowns while throwing five times completing all of them for two more scores, I don’t expect anything different tonight. Maloney knows he is the guy to stop, but they won’t be able to. Middletown has scored 242 points this season (Most in the CCC) an average of 40.3 per game and their defense has allowed just 50 points (8.3/game).

I can see this game being over after the first quarter, just like at Fermi. Middletown will score all their points in the first half and let the defense do the work in the second half. Highsmith will run for 200 yards, 3 TD’s and throw for 2 more. Middletown beats Maloney tonight 42-0 setting up an undefeated Division II West clash with Farmington next week.

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 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.