WATCH: Scott Van Pelt shouts out Class S champion Ansonia on “SportsCenter”

Sometimes in life, you can reach a level of success that transcends the boundaries of your expected reach. You can make an influence beyond the limits of your sport, your area, or the high school football section of

You can go national.

The Ansonia Chargers have done just that:

With their state-record 20th championship in their state-record 30th title game appearance on Saturday (a 28-21 win over Rocky Hill), Ansonia earned a shout-out during the opening of Scott Van Pelt’s “SportsCenter” on Monday. And it wasn’t even tounge-in-cheek.

“Stanford Steve” Coughlin, the show’s producer, is from Ansonia and was a standout for the Chargers in the mid-90’s. There’s no doubt that he had an understanding with SVP that if the Chargers won Saturday, their helmet would be prominently displayed on set (as it was all show), and that Van Pelt would acknowledge the addition of another trophy to an already-stacked case.

This is kind of a lifetime achievement award—Ansonia’s extended run of dominance is unmatched in Connecticut history and might even earn them bragging rights as the most successful program in New England.

Few small towns are as good at something as Ansonia is at high school football.

So, as cool as SVP’s Monday night shout-out was, it wasn’t all that surprising.

What Ansonia has been able to accomplish on the gridiron in the last few decades is worthy of celebrating not just on a local level, but on a national one as well. And not just because “Stanford Steve” used to ball out at Jarvis Stadium.

I guess you could call that our ‘One Big Thing’ for today.

Check out SVP’s shout-out in the video above. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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