(WTNH)–For the first time since 2012, the Hillhouse high school football team is playing for a state championship.
The Academics will go for their 18th state title when they play St. Joseph on Saturday for the Class M title. Their run to another championship is fueled by the legs of some talented running backs.
In this era of up-tempo passing attacks, Hillhouse is old school. They run the ball and they’re tough to stop even when you know its coming.
“We had a mindset from the beginning of the spring that we was gonna come in here and just prove everybody wrong,” said senior Matthew Brehon.
He and fellow senior David Harris, along with junior Shawn Ogarro lead this rushing attack, and sharing the ball is not a problem in this crowded backfield.
“Some days Brehon is the top guy, other days David Harris will step up and maybe Sean Ogarao. We keep it according to our gameplan,” said head coach Reggie Lytle.
So which playmaker is the fastest?
“I would say me,” Harris said. “I run a good time and I run track so…”
“Ahh, I don’t know, David might be quicker, he’s my teammate,” Brehon said. “But I think I’m a little bit faster.”
To win another title, the Academics will have to beat a tough St. Joseph team.
What would a title mean to this group?
“It would mean everything. In my senior year leaving with a ring, it would be great,” Harris said.
“It means a lot to me but I think it means a lot to the people back in New Haven,” Brehon said.