SOUTHINGTON, Conn. — Connecticut head coach John Murphy was quoted last week, stating that if you give the football to running back Montrell Dobbs enough times “he’ll eventually do something good.”
Murphy’s prediction proved accurate as Dobbs ran 77 yards for a touchdown on the second play of the second half to give Connecticut a 16-6 lead en route to a 37-6 victory in the 13th annual Connecticut-Rhode Island Senior Governors’ Cup All-Star Game Saturday afternoon at Southington High’s Fontana Field.
Dobbs, of Ansonia High School, was named the offensive most valuable player for Connecticut, which recorded its ninth straight win over Rhode Island and now leads the series, 10-3.
Rhode Island took a 3-0 lead on a 26-yard field goal by Cumberland’s Chad Bacon.
Connecticut tied it in the second on a 33-yard kick by Matt Cassidy, then took the lead shortly thereafter on a 54-yard touchdown pass from Joe DellaVecchia to receiver Nainy Bah.
Just before halftime, Bacon connected on his second field, a 49-yard kick, to make it 10-6.
After Dobbs’ long touchdown run early in the second half, Rhode Island turned the ball over on its next two possessions, resulting in Connecticut touchdowns. Three scores by the host team to open up the third quarter took all of seven minutes as Connecticut opened up a 30-6 lead.
“We played the first half mistake-free and controlled the tempo,” said Rhode Island coach Mike Kelly, who coaches Chariho. “They were able to take a lot more chances and take advantage of their athleticism, and we had to do things that we didn’t want to do.”
Quarterback Trevor Vasey of St. Raphael was named Rhode Island’s offensive MVP. Dana Andrade of East Providence led the team in tackles and added a sack to earn the defensive award. The Coaches’ Choice Award went to Exeter/West Greenwich’s Al Giorgio.