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Bristol Central’s Justus Fitzpratrick
earned defensive MVP honors for Team Nutmeg. Fitzpatrick, who will play at AIC next year, made several key plays at outside linebacker, including a second-quarter interception that led to a Commander touchdown to put Team Nutmeg up 26-6 at the time.
Fitzpatrick, a quarterback and
cornerback in high school, hadn’t played linebacker since youth football.
“I always thought of myself as an asset that can play all around the field,” Fitzpatrick said. “When I was coming into this all-star game, they said they could have had me at free safety, outside linebacker, corner, wide receiver, they had me at everything. I’m an athlete, I’ve
been playing football since a little kid. In game situations, I’m ready.”
For Mazzone, not only did he have the honor of leading Team Nutmeg and networking with other coaches around the state, he had the opportunity to coach a handful of his former players one last time.
It was even more memorable for him, as he saw Kody Messier named team captain, and Tyler Gilbert earn a starting spot on the offensive line. Colton Engel, who was the Bulldogs’ starting quarterback in the fall, returned punts and played in the defensive secondary.
“It was really special, because a couple of them were worried about coming to play,” Mazzone said. “Messier wasn’t sure what he would be able to do. They named him captain - I didn’t even vote for him. Engel coming out here and playing was great to see. And Gilbert was one of the stars on the offensive line today. I wouldn’t have seen that coming.”
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