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The biggest news out of Connecticut football this week was, of course, the big one up at Blue and Gold Stadium. Ansonia saw its 48-game win streak come to a close vs. Newtown, one short of Cheshire’s state record.
So, of course, Mike Quick and Jimmy Cavallo had to lead off with it to start their ‘Quick Hits’ Connecticut show Monday evening.
And they break it all down with some interesting points about the streak, the Newtown game, and the ramifications of the streak’s demise.
“It’s a twisted irony, but in many ways with all the lopsided victories Ansonia has had along the way, for their parents, their fans, the people that follow them, the guy standing on the fence, this had to be one of the best games they’d been to in years,” Cavallo opined. “The feel of it, the nerves in your stomach, the anxiety… Even for Coach Brockett, Mike, the game planning. The play calling.
“This, quarter by quarter, calling that game had more meaning than a game they’ve had in the long time.”
Mike agreed, but then hit on a point many visitors here looooove to make here:
“I think the people of Ansonia, and they don’t get this show but when Sean posts it, a lot of people see it and they get upset with me…” [Ed’s note: Guilty!]
“I’m taking nothing away from this win streak. Nothing,” Quick said.
“The problem that I’ve had with the win streak is that people in the state of Connecticut got caught up saying Ansonia was always the best team in Connecticut. A win streak doesn’t make you the best team in the state.”
As a contrast, Mike offered up the case of Paulsboro, New Jersey, which still holds the state record of 63 consecutive victories. Said they never got higher than 11 in the Newark Star Ledger’s poll.
In our state’s defense, I’ll dismiss Mike’s notion that voters believe Ansonia is the best team in the state every year. Ansonia finished 14-0 twice and still wound up behind Hand and Xavier in 2011 and 2012, respectively. But, as many people here point out, they don’t like that they’re even up among some of the Top 5 at season’s end. To which I’ll say, well, at least go watch them play and see what they have.
“The streak is wonderful, it doesn’t make you the best team for the last five years. And this is what I did, I broke some things down to try to help explain the two win streaks,” he said.
Quick did some homework and showed a graphic to prove Cheshire had played better competition than Ansonia had during the two streaks.
“Listen, again, when you line up and play and you win and you win and you win, that’s all you can be asked of,” Quick concluded. “How do you always put them at No. 1 in state, I never understood it. And Brocket had done a wonderful wonderful job.
“(Brockett’s) outclassed the competition,” Cavallo added. “But would they have this streak if they were in Double-L?”
“No,” Mike answered.
After bringing up the story of the “unbelievable weekend” for former Cheshire coach Mark Ecke, who coached the end of the Cheshire streak and whose Danbury team beat Staples 35-24 on Saturday, Quick returned to rub another round of salts in the wound by summoning the rough night for the NVL.
“It was a tough week for Ansonia, it was a tough week for the NVL because, Jimmy, this hurt Ansonia,” Quick said. “Not only the loss but their league in crossover this weekendm with the SWC — which is not one of the power conferences in the state — the NVL went 1-11. Oneandeleven! Oh boy. …Oh boy.”
Then it was back to the FCIAC and McMahon’s big night vs. Stamford, Darien’s big day vs. Trinity.
“Know where they’re mad at me?”
And then it was off to prep schools, including Brunswick’s amazing play to beat Salisbury.
But the Ansonia-Newtown stuff, we thought you’d appreciate it.