Super 100: Barmore, Ollie and Cooper lead Constitution past Nutmeg

June 28, 2014 East Hartford The Super 100 Football All-Star Classic game at Rentschler Field. Hillhouse's Harold Cooper, left, carried the ball. Notre Dame of West Haven's Sal Esposito on the stop. (Mara Lavitt — New Haven Register)

The Super 100 Football All-Star Classic game at Rentschler Field. Hillhouse’s Harold Cooper, left, carried the ball. Notre Dame of West Haven’s Sal Esposito on the stop. (Mara Lavitt — New Haven Register)

EAST HARTFORD >> Rentschler Field has been very good to Harold Cooper. The Hillhouse running back won state titles there as a freshman and again as a junior.

So, naturally, Cooper felt right at home on the grass at the Rent Saturday, scoring twice to help Team Constitution to a 29-20 victory over Team Nutmeg in the Super 100 Football All-Star Classic.

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Cooper gained just 45 yards on 13 carries, but scored the game’s first touchdown on a 4-yard run in the first quarter.

He then added an 18-yard scoring run in the second quarter as Constitution built a 27-0 lead at the intermission.

“It’s my last high school game, so it means a lot to me,” said Cooper, who is headed to the University of Rhode Island. “Playing at the Rent again was fun. I couldn’t do it last (fall) because we didn’t make it to the playoffs.”

Xavier’s Andrew Meoli (five carries, 20 yards) scored on a 5-yard in the second quarter to give Constitution a 14-0 lead.

“We had two great backs, me and Andrew Meoli,” Cooper said. “We just worked hard in practice and we knew once the game came that we were going to flow.”

“They’re really good backs,” Constitution coach Sean Marinan of Xavier said. “We told them that if we could get them to the second level, those kids would do the rest.”

Ledyard’s Khary Childs caught a 57-yard touchdown pass from Glastonbury’s Jalen Ollie in the second quarter for Constitution, which owned the first half.

Nutmeg scored three times in the fourth quarter, but its rally attempt fell just short. Trumbull’s Nick Roberts tossed two touchdowns to Oxford’s Chris Van Kamerik and one to Sheehan’s Brandon Gauthier in the quarter.

But offensive woes in the first half was too much for Nutmeg to overcome. Nutmeg quarterbacks completed just 7 of 20 passes for 54 yards and one interception in the first half.

“We had a hard time finding a rhythm,” Nutmeg coach John Ferrazzi said. “We had three or four dropped balls, and a couple of missed assignments, that could have turned the game for us. What are you going to do? That’s the game sometimes. But these kids worked hard the last two weeks. We wanted to send them out as winners … but they fought to the end and I am proud of them.”

Gauthier finished with eight catches for 143 yards and was named Nutmeg’s offensive MVP. Windsor’s Jaylen Berry was Nutmeg’s defensive MVP, while Notre Dame-West Haven’s Sal Esposito was given the coaches award.

Van Kamerik caught four passes for 91 yards and Bloomfield’s Norvel Stewart made an interception for Nutmeg.

Ollie (8 of 11, 184 yards) and Southington’s Stephen Barmore (17 of 25, 167 yards) were both named offensive MVP for Constitution.

Norwich Free Academy’s Tuzar Skipper was defensive MVP and Hall’s Joe Farrah received the coaches award.

Xavier’s Will Garrity had an interception for Constitution.

Constitution was especially proud of pitching a shutout in the first half.

“Our defensive performance was phenomenal,” Skipper said. “We basically executed everything we practiced during practice. I feel we did a fantastic job.”

TEAM NUTMEG 0 0 0 20 — 20
C — Harold Cooper 4 run (Lyle Luth kick)
C — Andrew Meoli 13 run (Luth kick)
C — Khary Childs 57 pass from Jalen Ollie (Luth kick)
C — Cooper 18 run (kick failed)
N — Brandon Gauthier 17 pass Nick Roberts (Kyle Smick kick)
N — Chris Van Kamerik 14 pass Roberts (Smick kick)
C — Safety, Nutmeg called for holding in end zone
N — Van Kamerik 74 pass Roberts (pass failed)

The Super 100 Football All-Star Classic game at Rentschler Field. Sheehan's Brandon Gauthier carrying the ball (Mara Lavitt — New Haven Register)

The Super 100 Football All-Star Classic game at Rentschler Field. Sheehan’s Brandon Gauthier carrying the ball (Mara Lavitt — New Haven Register)


  1. GHS Fan says


    • UBilly says

      Silly comment. Stop worrying about respect and try to earn some. Southington did a nice job in playoffs, and the CCC needs more of those performances. The way the conference gives teams watered down regular seasons keeps many in the doubter category.

  2. Rob (OCEC) says

    The ECC representative didn’t do too bad either.

    If Rhode Island isn’t going to ever be interested again, I’d love to see a Connecticut VS Massachusetts All Star event. I’d consider any of their venues in Mass for the Away while keeping the home side of things at either the Rent or taking it to CCSU or possibly even Yale.

  3. Graduating Senior Football Game says

    A nice game to end a Players High school career but a lack of players from the Southern part of the State and many big names not playing,not sure how many players participating in this “Connecticut Super 100 Game”are actually in the top 50 of graduating Seniors.

  4. Jack says

    Hillhouse had two outstanding players in the game. one of them should have been M.V.P. Another inner city kid that was snub. when is this going to end.

    • June Football says

      12 of the last 32 Register MVP’s were from the city, including the last 4.
      That seems like a pretty fair percentage.

      • "Public School" says

        False, Newsome actually lived in Milford, contrary to belief.
        Im not sure if Dobbs won but if you count him he lived in Hamden. The list goes on

        • June Football says

          Yah, that changes the percentage a whole lot. City kids are still getting their due and rightfully so.

        • ACL says

          Newsome lived in Milford? That’s the first time I have heard that one. I know he is originally from Waterbury and moved to Ansonia.

          • "Public School" says

            Newsome was from waterbury and never moved to ansonia. Lived in Waterbury just like McKnight and every other good player in Ansonia history. Moved to Milford a little while ago

            And i know that didnt change the percentages that much, I live in the city and dont think that its unfair. Just getting the point across

    • Jack says

      How is it that everybody knows about newsome address but know body does anything about it. From what I heard that a majority of the ansonia skill players don’t live in ansonia. What is going on ? kids need to be tested for steriods and other illegal drugs. whats wrong the parents also, anything for a free ride when your kid will pay for it later, wow.

      • jack says

        How much money do they make at this game. Parents and coaches need to see the break down. Nobody does it foer free.

  5. gobballfan says

    Graduating Senior….Personally, if a kid is in the top 50 players, he is probably playing in college somewhere. Why would a kid risk an injury to lose his free ride, in a meaningless game?

  6. old school says

    Dobb’s mother did live in Hamden for a while. His younger brother played freshmen football there in 2009.

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