Barmore and Ollie highlighted their team's 29-20 win Saturday in the CHSCA Super 100 All-Star Football Classic at Rentschler Field. The two All-Courant quarterbacks shared the Constitution team's offensive MVP award, alternating turns dissecting the Nutmeg team's defense and helping their star-studded lineup hold off a late push.
"Me and Stephen have a little beef — during the season we are good rival quarterbacks," said Ollie. "We both work out with Travis Meyer of Five-Star Quarterbacks, so once we heard our names in the draft, we knew we were going to make [Nutmeg] pay and win this game."
The annual all-star game, which drew a crowd of about 2,000, pitted the top 100 seniors in state against one another. The teams were made by a draft with Xavier coach Sean Marinan picking and leading the Constitution team, and Sheehan coach John Ferrazzi leading Nutmeg.
Barmore was the Constitution's opening-series starter, completing 11 of 13 passes for 128 yards in the first half, putting together two touchdown drives.
"We were just playing within the system," Barmore said. "Everything was just really clicking; the receivers were doing a great job, the line gave me a ton of time and that was producing some really good drives."
When Ollie got his turn, he quickly put his throwing abilities on display. Ollie hit a streaking Khary Carrasquillo-Childs of Ledyard with a perfect pass over the middle for a 57-yard touchdown, giving the Constitution team a 21-0 lead midway through the second quarter. Barmore then led another scoring drive to give his team a 27-0 halftime advantage.
"[Both quarterbacks] were good in practice this week, they were both pretty even," said Marinan. "They are two really good players, two really good kids, and it showed out here today."
The rushing attack by the Constitution team was equally impressive. Harold Cooper (Hillhouse) ran for a pair of first-half scores and Xavier's Andrew Meoli added a 13-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
"When you have Stephen and Jalen at quarterback; Andrew and Harold Cooper at running back; and [Farmington running back Ivan Guadalupe] isn't a bad back, either; you better get the job done," Marinan said.
Team Nutmeg struggled mightily on offense in the first half, but Sheehan's Brandon Gauthier got his team rolling late. The wide receiver caught seven passes for 95 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown from Nick Roberts (Trumbull) in the fourth quarter on his way to the Nutmeg team's offensive MVP award. Sparked by Gauthier's play and with the help of some quirky all-star game rules that allow the trailing team to get the ball back after a score, Nutmeg had a chance in the end. Nutmeg cut the lead to 29-20 thanks to three touchdown passes from Roberts in the fourth quarter, who took over for St. Paul quarterback Logan Marchi, who struggled for most of the game.
"We didn't come out strong but we came together at halftime and said we had to step it up," said Gauthier. "We started to get in a groove on offense and made some big plays. Go [routes] were my biggest thing — I told them to throw it up and I'll catch it."
Windsor's Jaylen Berry was named Nutmeg's defense MVP and Hall's Joe Farrah of Constitution was given the Coaches Award.
"I think our kids thought the game was over and got a little lazy about things," Marinan said. "Before you know it and the whole all-star game rule thing comes in and we couldn't get the ball back to our offense to run clock. Credit to [Nutmeg] for continuing to fight hard."
Up by 15 – get ball back after score