House Speaker's Football Season Ends With Playoff Loss

House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz is back at the state Capitol this week for meetings after his football season came to an abrupt end with a loss in the state playoffs.

In his second job, Aresimowicz serves as the head football coach at Berlin High School team, which lost to a powerful, top-seeded Killingly team by 49 to 7. Killingly is led by one of the top offensive players in state football history, Spencer Lockwood, a senior running back who scored four touchdowns against Berlin.

During the season, Lockwood was averaging about 10 yards per carry and about 250 yards per game with his longest run at 90 yards from scrimmage. He has rushed for more than 3,000 yards in his career — a feat matched by few others. Lockwood is in the category of famed runners like Alex Thomas of Ansonia and Mike McLeod of New Britain.

With the season over, Aresimowicz will be attending a leaders’ meeting Wednesday as lawmakers decide whether to return to Hartford in special session before Christmas to restore funding for the Medicare Savings Program that provides money to help senior citizens pay for their Medicare Part B premiums, deductibles, and co-insurance.

The program is scheduled to undergo cuts on January 1 under the bipartisan budget that was negotiated by lawmakers and signed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

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