NEW HAVEN — The banner year that was 2019 for area high school football was reflected in the Walter Camp Foundation state honorees announced on Friday.
John Ferrazzi, head coach of the Class S champion Sheehan Titans, is a finalist for Connecticut Coach of the Year.
Terrence Bogan, senior running back for the Class S champion Sheehan Titans, is a finalist for Connecticut Player of the Year for a second year in a row.
And that’s just the start of it.
In all, 10 players from five different area teams were named to the prestigious Walter Camp Foundation All-Connecticut Team, which is voted on by a panel of 10 coaches drawn from the nine various conferences from across the state.
Bogan, Connecticut’s rushing leader for a second straight season with 2,201 yards, was a First-Team selection along with senior teammate Jordan Davis. A threat both running the ball and catching it, Davis made it as a wide receiver.
Also voted All-Connecticut First Team was Cheshire lineman Will Bergin, who made it on the offensive side of the ball.
All-Connecticut Second-Team selections included the two star junior running backs from Meriden, Roberto Salas of Platt and James Tarver of Maloney. Salas rushed for 2,062 yards and Tarver for 1,955.
Each had a teammate make it, as well. Platt senior lineman Jaylen John made All-Connecticut for a second straight season. Maloney junior Kamron Moreno, who had a sensational season at wide receiver, was selected as a defensive back.
Southington was represented by two players from its vaunted defense: senior linebacker Billy Carr and senior defensive back Johnny Carreiro.
Rounding out the All-Connecticut Second Team was a key two-way player on Sheehan’s state title team. That was senior Braedon McCarthy, a tight end/H-back on offense who made All-Connecticut as a defensive end.
The All-Connecticut selections will be honored and the Coach and Player of the Year winners announced at the annual Walter Camp “Breakfast of Champions” on Saturday, Jan. 18 at The Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale starting at 8:30 a.m.
The entire Sheehan team will be honored along with this season’s three other state champions — Class LL Newtown, Class L St. Joseph’s and Class M Weston.
St. Joseph’s will also be recognized for being voted the state’s overall No. 1 team.
Bogan is in the running for Player of the Year with the running back from that St. Joe’s team, Jaden Shirden. Daniel Hand quarterback Phoenix Billings is the third finalist.
In the Coach of the Year catagory, Ferrazzi is in the running with Daniel Hand’s David Mastroianni and Newtown’s Bob Pattison.
Mastroianni, whose team lost to St. Joe’s in the Class L final, continued to coach while battling a recurrence of cancer. Pattison’s team dramatically beat Darien on the final play of the Class LL game on the seventh anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting.
Also at the “Breakfast of Champions,” Mastroianni’s predecessor at Daniel Hand, Steve Filippone will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.
The breakfast is part of the 53rd annual Walter Camp Weekend, during which the Foundation recognizes its collegiate All-American team as well as its collegiate Player of the Year, Heisman award-winner Joe Burrow of LSU.