High-SchoolConnecticut: Thomas Milone


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Today: The top underclassmen in high school football.

The state championships are over and the Class of 2012 had a great run, but it’s never too early to start looking at the impressive players in the Class of 2013 and beyond. Who’s going to rule the gridiron in Connecticut next season? We give you the early rundown of who to watch for.

5. Tim Boyle (JR), Xavier, QB
Credentials: Split snaps this year while helping Xavier win its second straight state championship; should be the full-time starter next year

4. Thomas Milone (JR), Masuk, WR
Credentials: Catching passes from Casey Cochran, Milone put up 1,019 yards and 16 touchdowns

3. Bryan Castelot (JR), Bunnell, QB
Credentials: Passed for 2,497 yards and 29 touchdowns this season; cut interceptions from 16 to 6

2. Andrew Isaacs (JR), Manchester, TE
Credentials: The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder has already committed to Boston College

1. Arkeel Newsome (SO), Ansonia, RB
Credentials: After setting the state record for rushing yards (3,763) and total TDs (62) this year, Newsome is the early frontrunner for 2013 Gatorade Player of the Year honors

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Tomorrow: The POWERADE Connecticut Weekly Basketball Rankings.

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In a fairly calm opening weekend that saw most of the POWERADE Top 10 win their games easily, Hillhouse was the lone team that suffered a major upset. Entering the season ranked No. 4, a blocked field goal in the waning seconds sent Hillhouse home 0-1 and out of the Top 10, and it doesn't get any easier this week against No. 10 Cheshire.

The Game:
No. 10 Cheshire at Hillhouse
Friday, 3:30 p.m.

The Players:
Cheshire — Senior quarterback Michael John Ecke was the biggest revelation in Cheshire's 46-18 win over Hamden last week. Ecke completed 16 passes to six different receivers, passing for 188 yards and three touchdowns. Senior Sebastian Little did most of the damage, catching five balls for 105 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Hillhouse — The Academics are more likely to keep the ball on the ground, using a committee of ball carriers to punish the Cheshire defense. Junior Anderson Andre was one of four backs to receive between 5 to 8 carries last week, toting it six times for 135 yards and two TDs.

The Stakes:
This game is huge for Hillhouse after losing in Week 1. Even though the Academics proved they could turn it on at the end of the season last year, dropping to 0-2 would be a near-catastrophe.

The Prediction:
Hillhouse has the makings of a dominant ground game, and sometimes playing keep away is the best way to stop an opponent's passing attack. I think the Academics dominate time of possession and come away with a very important victory.

Other notable games:

No. 1 Masuk vs. New Fairfield
I see no reason why the Masuk offense would slow down now. Big day for QB Casey Cochran and WR Thomas Milone. MASUK 41, NEW FAIRFIELD 7

No. 2 Xavier vs. Foran
Xavier is likely playing without junior QB Tim Boyle, but this is where having two excellent quarterbacks pays off. Senior Pat D'Amato gets the job done this week. XAVIER 28, FORAN 6

No. 10 Glastonbury vs. Newington
Glastonbury's defense could end up being one of the state's best. I think they show it on Saturday against Newington. GLASTONBURY 24, NEWINGTON 7

Week 2 fantasy: Start Newsome, Moore

September, 22, 2011
As part of our football coverage here, I offer up my hypothetical fantasy football picks every week. Note: This league is completely made up. If you are in a high school fantasy football league, please seek professional help.


RB — Arkeel Newsome, Ansonia
You know Ansonia loves to run the ball — Montrell Dobbs set a state record with 45 TDs last year — so grabbing a Chargers RB is always smart. In Week 1, Newsome ran for 319 yards and six touchdowns, and there’s no reason to think Woodland-Beacon Falls is going to slow him down tomorrow. After getting 24 carries last week, the sophomore should roll past the 20-carry mark again.
Projection: 28 carries, 248 yards, 4 TDs

QB — Colin Moore, Avon
Running quarterbacks can provide tremendous fantasy value (see Michael Vick), so you should definitely consider starting Moore full-time. In a Week 1 win, the junior complete just 4 of 9 passes for 45 yards and one touchdown, but he rushed 27 times, racking up 244 yards and a pair of scores. Even Vick would be envious of those numbers. Tomorrow’s opponent, Coventry-Windham, didn’t allow any points in Week 1, but I think Moore will still have a great game.
Projection: 5 of 12, 40 yards, 0 TDs; 25 carries, 190 yards, 3 TDs

WR — Thomas Milone, Masuk
It seems like we could rotate a different Masuk skill position player into these fantasy previews every week, but Milone is legit. The junior looks like he could be the breakout player of 2011 after grabbing five passes for 160 yards and a touchdown on opening night. And having the best QB in the state throwing to him doesn’t hurt. Even though New Fairfield gave up just six points in Week 1, Milone and the Masuk offense should prove to be too much.
Projection: 7 catches, 155 yards, 2 TDs


RB — Scott McLeod, Berlin
McLeod was extremely productive last week, totaling 109 total yards and a pair of touchdowns, but it may be difficult for him to repeat that performance tomorrow. Most of McLeod’s numbers came through the air, as he caught five passes for 92 yards and scored both of his TDs on receptions. He actually carried the ball just five times for 17 yards, and with Tom Undercuffler looking like the Redcoats’ workhorse (21 carries, 163 yards), McLeod is unlikely to see as much action as he did in Week 1.
Projection: 6 carries, 38 yards, 0 TDs; 2 catches, 20 yards, 0 TDs

* Projections based on 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR format; No PPR

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