The Connecticut High School Coaches Association has announced its 2019 All-State football selections, and it isn’t short on area talents, who all had memorable seasons for their respective teams.
Southington, Newington and Plainville were all featured on the list after all three teams reached the postseason, the Blue Knights and Blue Devils making it as far as the Class LL and S semifinals respectively.
Southington’s selections were highlighted by linebacker Billy Carr, who was selected to CHSCA’s Top 26 team, which takes the best overall players in the state and includes them in one exclusive list. Carr, a senior, led Southington in total tackles (113), solo tackles (43) and tackles for loss (21) in a dominant final campaign with the Blue Knights. His clutch sack of Peter Graham on fourth down in the semifinals against Darien kept Southington in the game in the second half, though the Blue Knights eventually fell 21-12 at home.
Two more Southington players made the Class LL All-State team, one from each side of the ball. Wide receiver Carter Uhlman got the nod after logging 640 receiving yards on the season, along with seven touchdowns. Cornerback Johnny Carreiro was also selected after ending his year on a high note, including an interception to seal the team’s quarterfinals win over Ridgefield, and picked up another interception against Darien in the semifinals.
In Class L, the Indians were represented by quarterback Nick Pestrichello and defensive back Keenen Esau.
Pestrichello was one of the best quarterbacks in the state this season, throwing for 1,605 yards and 15 touchdowns, compared to just two interceptions, good for a QB rating of 111.7. Unfortunately, the junior wasn’t able to showcase his elite talent on the postseason stage, as a shoulder injury in Newington’s season finale against Wethersfield kept him out of the program’s first state tournament game since 2008, though Pestrichello was a major reason the Indians made it there.
Esau, a senior, was a force on the defensive end, logging 64 tackles and 30 solo tackles, both the second-highest marks on the team.
Over in Class S, the Blue Devils earned a pair of selections in Christian Collin and Adrien Marcos.
Collin received the nod as a defensive back, although he was just as impactful under center as Plainville’s quarterback, leading the program to its first-ever state tournament win. A big part of Collin’s offensive success was Marcos, one of the Blue Devils’ top offensive linemen who helped the Blue Devils to one of their most memorable seasons in program history.
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