AROUND THE HORN: Ferrazzi CHSCA football Coach of the Year; Meriden’s Papallo heading to SCSU

AROUND THE HORN: Ferrazzi CHSCA football Coach of the Year; Meriden’s Papallo heading to SCSU

WALLINGFORD — Sheehan’s John Ferrazzi was named the state’s Football Coach of the Year at Sunday’s Connecticut High School Coaches Association All-State banquet at the Aqua Turf Club.

Ferrazzi led the Titans to this year’s Class S state championship, Sheehan’s first in football since 1985 and only its second overall.

Ferrazzi just completed his 15th season with the Titans. He is the second-longest tenured coach in the Southern Connecticut Conference. With the recent retirement of Shelton’s Jeff Roy, only North Haven’s Anthony Sagnella (23 seasons) has been at an SCC helm longer.

Ferrazzi is 80-77-2 for his career. He is also a finalist for the Walter Camp Foundation’s Connecticut Football Coach of the Year. Sheehan running back Terrence Bogan is a Walter Camp Player of the Finalist.

Those winners will be announced this coming Saturday at the annual Walter Camp Breakfast of Champions at the Omni Hotel in New Haven.

Platt grad Papallo heading to SCSU

MERIDEN — After playing two years of JUCO ball at Lackawanna College in Pennsylvania, Platt grad Tylon Papallo is returning to Connecticut to finish up his college career.

Papallo announced on his Twitter feed Monday that he’s heading to Southern Connecticut State University.

“Thanks to my family, friends and coaches for sticking by my side through this whole journey,” Papallo wrote. “All the love didn’t go unnoticed.”

Papallo, a wide receiver, is coming off a run to the NJCAA national championship game with Lackawanna. Papallo caught a team-high 25 passes for 329 yards and three touchdowns.

Lackawanna (10-1) was undefeated this season until falling to Mississippi Gulf Coast 24-13 in the national final.

At Southern, Papallo joins a Division II squad that already includes several area products: Meriden’s Victor Marquez, Southington’s Vance Upham and Jimmy Starr, and Wallingford’s Randy McFarline.

Papallo was an All-State player during his days at Platt, a multi-threat playmaker who racked up 1,075 total yards in his senior season of 2016.

He departs from Lackawanna with an associate’s degree in business.

Cheshire hosting football showcase

CHESHIRE — Cheshire High School will host the 11th annual Northeast Football Showcase on Saturday, April 25.

The event, which runs from 2-7 p.m., gives high school players a chance to be evaluated by Division II and III college coaches while being professionally filmed.

Entry fee is $145. Reduced group rates are available. Visit

Sports Reunion meeting at St. Andrew’s

MERIDEN — Tuesday’s meeting of the Meriden Sports Reunion Committee has been moved to the St. Andrew’s Church hall on the corner of Catlin and Liberty streets.

The meeting still starts at 4 p.m. Tickets will be distributed and new nominations taken. All committee members are urged to attend.

This year’s Meriden Sports Reunion is on the calendar for Tuesday, April 14 at the Meriden Elks Club starting at 6 p.m.