(WTNH)–Ansonia is back in the state title game yet again, for the sixth straight year. Can the Chargers bring the championship back to the Valley after falling to Valley Regional last December?
We spoke with head football coach Tom Brockett to find out.
SE: Do you make reservations here every year, now sixth straight year you’re at this luncheon here, before playing for a state championship.
BROCKETT: Nah, not until this morning. We don’t take it for granted. Every year you walk out this door, you have a fear that you’re not going to be back. And after this game Saturday, win or lose, I’ll have a huge fear that I’ll never be back to the state championship.
SE: So what’s the driving force that keeps you winning on a yearly basis?
BROCKETT: I think the pride that our community and our kids take in the team. I think this year is really a prime example of that. We’ve had a senior class, that our kids have been nothing short of remarkable.
SE: Do you flip a coin each week, to see who’s going to get the first touch and possibly, the first touchdown, is it Tajik Bagley, is it Tyler Bailey? How does that play out?
BROCKETT: Sometimes I ask you, because you’re videotaping every night on the sidelines (laughing). No, we try and mix it up. A lot of times what the other team is doing dictates a little bit of it, but we’re going to find a way regardless to let both of them get touches.
SE: All we want you to do is run plays at the camera. It makes for great video.
BROCKETT: Well, go to the wide side of the field, and you’re going to have a shot.
SE: You’re playing Bloomfield, and this is the most matched-up state championship in history. What can you say about that rivalry?
BROCKETT: They’re a remarkable team, and obviously it started with Jack Cochran, when he was there, and you just look at what they have physically, sometimes you have to take a step back and try to refocus because, physically, they’re very intimidating.
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