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Team Nutmeg Cruises to Win
 by Shawn McFarland The Hartford Courant photos by Bill O’Brien
There was a reason Team Nutmeg head coach Brian Mazzone took East Hartford quarterback Raquan Tompkins first overall in the CT Super 100 senior all-star game player draft.
“I knew he could run,” Mazzone said. “I knew he could run and run and run.”
Tompkins can – and did – run. The Courant’s 2018 Offensive Player of the Year, Tompkins sidestepped, stiff- armed and trucked his way to 203 yards rushing, three touchdowns, offensive MVP honors and one last win on a high school field, as Team Nutmeg trounced Team Constitution 41-21 at Willow Brook Park in New Britain on Saturday.
“It means so much to me,” Tompkins said. “I’ve wanted to play in this all-star game for a long time. To be able to play one more game before I go off to college, it’s even more fun, because my high school season was very fun. All four of my years were fun. It was great.”
With 8:02 left in the first, East Hartford QB Raquan Tompkins takes it 41 yards to the house #cthsfb. @ NutmegTeam up 7-0.
Tompkins scored the first touchdown of the game, on a 41- yard quarterback keeper with 8:02 left in the first quarter. He scored his second with 8:08 left in the third quarter - this time on a 55-
yard run - and another in the fourth quarter, on a pass to Simsbury’s Colby Chase. New Britain’s Shawn Robinson, Southington’s Jacob Flynn and Maloney’s Victor Marquez each scored for Team Constitution.
“I was a little worried about the passing game,” Mazzone, the head coach of Stafford/Somers/East Windsor, said. “All week we didn’t pass and catch well. All of a sudden Thursday, we started slinging the ball around in practice. That gave me a little more confidence. I just figured we’d have a little hard time throwing the ball around today, and we didn’t.”
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New London’s Jacob Commander, who Mazzone described as a
‘bowling ball,’ scored Team Nutmeg’s other three touchdowns, all rushing. He’ll play at AIC next season, and will also wrestle. Tompkins will play at Monroe College. His plan?
“Play, and ball out,” he said.
For players on both sides, Saturday’s game and the past two weeks of practice presented an early look into what college football may be like: New teammates, new coaches and a new system to learn.
“It definitely helps us with college,” said Cromwell senior Bryce Karstetter, whose two passing touchdowns earned him offensive MVP honors for Team Constitution. “E.J. [Dudley], he’s from Platt, I never got to play with him. I got to play with a couple of other kids who are [also] going to Western New England with me. Learn a new system, gets your brain working to learn a new
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