Coaching at inner-city Wilbur Cross often about more than football

(WTNH)–The Wilbur Cross Governors are having a good season. They’re 4-2 through six games, despite losing starting quarterback Zion Setal before the year started. Recently, the Govs lost their second-best receiver to injury.

Struggles are nothing new to teams in the inner city. It goes way beyond the issues on the football field. For John Acquavita, Cross’ head coach, coaching these kids is high-risk, high-reward.

Some don’t have parents in the mix, or enough food, or have neighborhood issues. There are lots of hurdles just to get through the day.

“It’s tough, I’m not going to lie. I’m not going to sugarcoat it,” Acquavita said. “I guess you could call us crazy, we love it, but it is a tough experience. I’ve often said, everybody who gets into high school coaching should coach at least one year of inner-city football as a prerequisite to doing something else.”

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