NEW BRITAIN - The Governorâ€™s Cup football game between Connecticut and Rhode Island high school graduates is back after a five-year layoff and is set to kick off today at 2:30 p.m. at Veteranâ€™s Stadium in New Britain.
Bristol Centralâ€™s Gabriel Updegraff will be the sole representative for Bristol area schools in the game.
St. Paulâ€™s Dominic Aiello was originally set to play, but opted out due to a concussion suffered weeks ago. Aiello will be playing at Middlebury College in the fall.
The New Britain area has five area players set to take the field.
Southington leads the way with three.
The Blue Knights will be represented by Ian Hall, Joe Koczera and Tim Oâ€™Shea.
Newington has a pair of players taking the field, as Kamani Chambers and Luke Pappalardo are representing the Indians.
It will be a quality football game, but not necessarily the best of the best going at it. Some high school graduates, such as Bristolâ€™s Dathan Hickey, who is focused on his preparation for Yale Universityâ€™s football team in the fall, opted out of the game.
â€śI think itâ€™s great that theyâ€™re bringing the game back, first off,â€ť Hickey said about the opportunity to play. â€śI was honored to be asked to try out, but I want to keep focused on starting at Yale, which is my goal. A lot of great players are representing the state, though, and theyâ€™ll get the job done, I think.â€ť
Similar to Aiello, Newingtonâ€™s Damon Stewart will not be playing.
Southington originally had just two players set to play, with Hall and Oâ€™Shea. Koczera was a late addition.