WALLINGFORD >> There’s reason to believe Saturday’s Super 100 Football Classic will be more high-scoring than last year’s all-star contest.
Some of the state’s most explosive players, including Southington quarterback Stephen Barmore, Hillhouse running back Harold Cooper, St. Paul quarterback Logan Marchi and Sheehan wide receiver Brandon Gauthier, are among this year’s participants.
Team Nutmeg coach John Ferrazzi has his offense tailored towards the spread system he runs at Sheehan.
Marchi and Trumbull’s Nick Roberts will be the signal-callers when Team Nutmeg squares off against Team Constitution. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at Rentschler Field.
Tickets are $8. The game will be broadcast live on CPTVSports (check local listings)
“Offensively, I think it starts with two really good quarterbacks,” Ferrazzi said. “Both of them were extremely productive during their seasons.”
Marchi, who is headed to Temple, completed 191 of 317 passes for 3,220 yards and 38 touchdowns last season. Roberts passed for 3,104 yards and 32 touchdowns while leading the Eagles to an 8-3 record.
“Both have strong arms that come out of offenses that threw the ball a lot,” Ferrazzi said. “It helps that they’re able to distribute the ball pretty much anywhere they want.”
Barmore, the Yale-bound Register All-State quarterback, will split time with Glastonbury’s Jalen Ollie, son of UConn men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie, for Team Constitution. Barmore passed for 3,088 yards and 42 touchdowns in leading the Blue Knights to the Class LL championship last fall.
Cooper, Xavier’s Andrew Meoli and Farmington’s Ivan Guadalupe will be lead Constitution’s rushing attack while Farmington’s Kenny Jones, Trumbull’s T.J. Hayduk and New London’s Khary Childs are members of the team’s receiving corps.
Constitution coach Sean Marinan of Xavier says his team will also run the spread, but his offense will feature some two-back sets. Game rules specify that each formation must include at least one running back.
Marinan, like Ferrazzi, hopes the contest is a bit more exciting offensively.
Last year’s event, titled the Hall of Fame Classic Military Bowl, was won by The National Guard over the Marines 15-14 in a defensive struggle.
“You would like to see (more offense),” Marinan said. “But the defenses are, initially, ahead of the offenses because it’s easier to install the defensive stuff.”
Added Ferrazzi: “Defenses, typically in this game, just click a lot earlier.”
Norwich Free Academy’s Tuzar Skipper and Hillhouse’s Tarroll Stafford are expected to lead the Constitution defense. Windsor’s Keith Benjamin, Seymour’s Zach Sirowich and Bloomfield’s Norvel Stewart have been performing well during practice.
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