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Hartford Crude Rant, November 29, 2010
Comets Smother Syracuse, 27-9, to Take EFL Crown
Brady Passes for 212 Yards, 3 TDs, Named MVP; Harrison Excels on Defense
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by Lowell Leiberman
Move over, Geno Auriemma!

Your national women’s hoops champions have company as the pride of Constitution State residents. That company is coach Yale Waterbury and his Connecticut Comets, the new Eastern Football League champions. The Comets thrilled the jammed stadium crowd, smothering the Syracuse Crush, 27‑9, in the championship game.

For Waterbury and crew, the championship is a storybook finish to a season that followed a dismal 3‑11 campaign in 2009 and began with consecutive losses to Hershey, Syracuse, and Providence. The Comets got untracked in week 4 against a tough Delaware Cherries club. That win was the first of 7 in a row, and Connecticut went on to finish the regular season with 9 wins in their last 11 games.

Quarterback Tom Brady was the named the MVP of the championship win. He completed 20 of 30 passes for 212 yards and 3 touchdowns. For Brady the championship has to be especially sweet in that he missed the entire 2009 season with a torn ACL in his left knee. After the game, Waterbury said of Brady, “Tom was on a mission this season. After we went 0‑3 he just took us on his back.”

The game, which for the Comets was penalty-free, turned on a couple of plays:

Syracuse’s attempt to rally with their second possession after the Comets increased their lead to 18 on Clayton’s 2nd score was predicated on some odd play-calling by Crush coach John Heim. Starting from the Syracuse 7 with 10:45 left, Heim called 11 straight running plays! Those plays consumed almost 5½ minutes of valuable time and yielded only a David Akers field goal, that in itself a questionable call on 4th and 2 at the Connecticut 29 with 5:25 to go. Even with Akers’ field goal the Crush at that point were still well in arrears at 24‑9.

Akers followed with an unsuccessful onside kick. Clayton reeled it in for the Comets.