Sep 052013

ansonia-2013About the Team

Home FieldJarvis Stadium at Nolan Field
Home Surface: Natural grass
Class/Division: S/NVL Brass
Head Coach: Tom Brockett (eighth season, 85-7)
Online: Website@AnsoniaFootball
2013 SchedulesVarsityFreshman

2012 Results: 14-0 overall, 9-0 NVL, 6-0 NVL Brass; Class S state champion, NVL champion
Returning Starters: 7 – Arkeel Newsome (Sr., RB), Matt Simon (Sr., OL/DE), Antone’ Mack (Sr., OL/DL), Cory Dzienkiewicz (Sr., C/DL), Saiheed Sanders (Sr., FB/LB), Jai’Quan McKnight (Jr. QB/DB), Tyler O’Connell (Jr., OL)
Other Players to Watch: Ryan Hovan (Sr., OL/DE), Witold Gul (Jr., WR), Tom Majchrzak (Sr., S), Larry Cafaro (Jr., TE/LB), Chris Devine (Sr., NG)

Chat with Coach

NVL Blog: Most NVL fans know what to expect from quarterback Jai’Quan McKnight and running back Arkeel Newsome. Who is flying under the radar this season that everyone will be talking about a few weeks into the season?

Coach Brockett: “Ryan Hovan. He returns after missing his junior season with a broken leg. We expect him to be one of the best linemen in the state.”

NVL Blog: How excited are you that the Masuk Panthers are on the schedule this season for the NVL-SWC Challenge? How did your team react when they realized Masuk would be one of its opponents?

Coach Brockett: “I think the Masuk game will be great for Connecticut high school football. Over the past 15 seasons they have been one of the elite programs in the state! We haven’t spoken to the team about Masuk yet. That’s not a knock on them but we haven’t discussed anyone on our schedule yet with the team. Once we finish the Shelton scrimmage, we will start to focus on Torrington.”

NVL Blog: As a coach, what is your biggest concern this season? Is it on offense, defense or special teams?

Coach Brockett: “We need to be more physical in all three areas of the game. Losing Arthur Kwaskiewicz to a torn ACL will really hurt our kicking game. He had an outstanding junior season kicking and would have started on both sides of the ball for us this season. Defensively we need to start playing much faster than we have in the preseason.”

UConn-bound running back Arkeel Newsome should become the state's all-time leading rusher this season. Credit: Remmy

UConn-bound running back Arkeel Newsome should become the state’s all-time leading rusher this season. Credit: Remmy

Ansonia opens the season Sept. 13 against Torrington at Jarvis Stadium.

  20 Responses to “2013 Team Preview: Ansonia Chargers”

  1. Ansonia, of course, has one more scrimmage Thursday night against Shelton. Here’s what’s left on tap Thursday and Friday if you’re hankering for a last gasp of preseason football:

    Woodland at Bristol Eastern, 4 p.m.
    Ansonia at Shelton, 6 p.m.
    Hillhouse at Holy Cross, 6 p.m.
    St. Paul at Haddam-Killingworth, 6 p.m.
    Derby at Branford, 7 p.m.

    Waterbury Jamboree, 6 p.m.
    Torrington at New London, 6:30 p.m.

    I’ll be at Municipal Stadium each of the next two nights.

  2. The Injuries{QB/OL}IN 2012 sure were factors in that disappointing 2012 Season.

  3. This year an injury to the qb would be a blow. No real backup. You would see Newsome taking the direct snap back there.I think by mid season Ansonia will have a decent passing game going. They have some young guys that need some time to get ajusted.

  4. Someone mentioned to me that Jai’Quan McKnight might have tweaked something in the West Haven scrimmage, but I was there almost the entire time and didn’t see anything.

    I really don’t think there needs to be any sort of passing attack this year — just enough of one to where they can revert to the 2011 style of throwing it about five times a game to keep nine guys out of the box. That offensive line is going to be so good that running the ball will be plenty. I’m just interested to see the manner in which McKnight is used.

  5. chargers are banged up——-starters could see limited play vs. shelton.this use to be a great pre-season matchup but its been watered down over the years as both sides have given the younger kids most of the problem,by now teams should pretty much know who can play.

  6. ValleyFalls1

    McKnight came off the field during the last series of starters playing. looked like he tweaked the so called “funny bone”. He seemed ok after sitting for a while. I was watching the trainer work with him.

    I hear all the talk about needing a passing game or not. I still think that this season hinges on staying healthy, a modicum of a passing game (throwing to keep the box open), and defense up the middle both run and pass. I also think that relying on the line ( a potentially very very good line) and the best running back in the state is good, but can lead to complacency. Being complacent is for the other guys, not Ansonia. Big target every game.

  7. ValleyFalls1

    Ansonia Shelton scrimmage was ok. Ansonia main weapons not playing. Shelton not too impressive against mixed Ansonia team. Lack of team speed is the most glaring issue. Ansonia did have impressive play from QB and receiver. Think they found some depth.

  8. what was interesting were sheltons on-side kicks— apparently keeping ba ll ll away from newsome and mcknight who were not dressed.some things never change in shelton.charger backups played most of game.if that was sheltons best effort vs.a skeleton ansonia team,they are in for mediocre season.good sheltons field.

  9. Rem you made a intersting comment about would Ansonia go 6-5 innthe SCC? If AHS was able to move up in the playoffs they would have a shot against anyone. If they had to play a whole season against an SCC or FCIAC schedule it would be hard for them to go unbeaten. Look at how banged up they were after the Westie game.What would happen if they played Hand Westie North haven Chesire Shelton Hillhouse ect would be hard to do with 35 kids on a team??This coming from an Ansonia fan.

  10. great observation———the fact is no one goes undefeated every year——–but in a one game scenario vs. anyone ill take your not taking into account that they would get a week off between games,not two days..depth will always be an issue with small schools.

  11. Agreed #10 and #11

  12. Well everyone can exhale. Per Ned, McKnight has turf toe and it is a non issue. The other kid that got carted off has a bruised knee and is fine.

  13. wheres capt. obvious been?