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Monday, September 24, 2012

Father and son to coach against one another

By Joe Morelli, Schools Sports Editor / Twitter: @nhrJoeMorelli
Scott Raffone vividly remembers the last time he coached against his father.

It was the 2006 regular-season finale. Scott was then coaching at East Haven. The Yellowjackets needed a win or tie in order to qualify for the state tournament — against his dad, Rudy, and his former school, Notre Dame-West Haven.

It wasn’t to be. Scott remembers Notre Dame scoring with 1 minute, 12 seconds left in the second overtime period, ending East Haven’s season.

“The bad thing about it is even when you win, you lose, because you want your son to win,” said Rudy, the first and only coach at Notre Dame, where he started in 1989. “He would have enjoyed that win much more than I did. After the first game we played that year (a 7-0 Notre Dame win), Scott joked to my wife, ‘I’m going to have your husband arrested for child abuse.’”

Father and son will renew their rivalry Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Indian River Complex in Clinton. Scott Raffone, 39, now coaches Morgan.

Check out more on the Raffones and a key on-field loss for Notre Dame this season.

Here's some of last week's standouts and games to go see for this week.


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