Which is why I find what Hartford Public High School coach Harry Bellucci did Friday night to be disturbing.
ignored Morellos gesture of sportsmanship.
Totally, completely ignored it.
starters in for the entire game.
insisted playing his
varsity starters against the MHS junior varsity for the entire fourth quarter.
I get leaving some starters in for a bit, maybe score a cosmetic touchdown or two.
But by leaving his
bigger, faster, stronger kids in, he
put the MHS junior varsity kids at risk.
refused to take out his
kids in a game he
could not win.
And worse, he
kicked onsides after scores, and in just the utter last straw of indefensible conduct, called three time outs in the final seconds while Middletowns third-string quarterback was taking three consecutive knees, so his
big kids could score yet another pointless touchdown with 35 seconds left.
Im not sure it gets more callous, more unfair - and maybe even more dangerous - than that.
I find it disgraceful.
The point here is Bellucci
had no chance to win.
In fairness, I read Morellos quote to Bellucci
response, after he
was going to coach his
team, finished with, We got pushed around for three quarters, so we thought wed push back.
had done the right thing, he
would have given his
young players a chance to get some game experience on a level playing field against the MHS jayvees.
chose not to do that.
said as much when he
said: Were nowhere near the high level that Middletown is.
In every aspect, from coaching, to displaying sportsmanship, to caring about the welfare of all kids, Bellucci
got that one right.