The Ansonia Chargers, the No. 1 football team in the final NH Register/GameTimeCT.com media poll, is the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s choice to receive the Joseph W. Kelly Award, which is awarded annually to Connecticut’s top high school football team.
It is the fifth time that Ansonia has earned the Kelly Award, moving past Cheshire for the most in state history. Ansonia’s No. 1 ranking and Kelly Award recognition in 2013 also snapped a four-year run of honorees from the Southern Connecticut Conference.
“With its potent offensive rushing attack, Ansonia was outstanding on its way to winning the NVL and Class S state titles,” said Walter Camp Football Foundation President James Monico in a statement. “We salute Coach Tom Brockett, his staff and players on a phenomenal season.”
Ansonia became the first team in state history to go 15-0 behind the exploits of two-time Walter Camp High School State Player of the Year Arkeel Newsome (3,867 rushing yards and 64 touchdowns). The Chargers won the Naugatuck Valley League title with a 48-7 victory over Woodland and followed it up with their third straight state championship.
In the quarterfinals, Ansonia defeated Coginchaug, 49-21, and then beat Rocky Hill, 49-27, in the semifinals. In the Class S championship game on Dec. 13 at Arute Field in New Britain, the Chargers again defeated Woodland, 51-12, for the program’s 19th state title. Ansonia currently has a 43-game winning streak.
The team will be honored at the organization’s national awards banquet on Jan. 11, 2014 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.
In addition, the Foundation will recognize three individuals – former Notre Dame and Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann (Distinguished American), former Penn State and Oakland Raider standout lineman Matt Millen (Man of the Year) and former North Carolina All-American Ken Huff (Alumnus of the Year) – with major awards. The Foundation is offering a “Holiday Ticket Promotion” for the National Awards Dinner. Buy two tickets for $450 (you save $150) before Tuesday. Please call (203) 288-CAMP (288-2267) for more information.
Also on Jan. 11, Ansonia along with the three other state football champions – Southington (Class LL), New Canaan (Class L) and St. Joseph (Class M) – will be recognized at the Walter Camp Breakfast of Champions, which will be held at Anthony’s Ocean View. That morning, the Walter Camp All-Connecticut Team, High School Player and Coach of the Year will also be announced.