Masuk of Monroe football coach John Murphy has never had a player receive a verbal offer as a sophomore.
Then again, Murphy has never had a player like Casey Cochran.
Murphy said Cochran, who transferred from New London to Masuk after his freshman year, was verbally offered a scholarship Sunday by Boston College.
"I've had some D-I scholarship kids, but the offers usually came after their senior year," Murphy said. "Having a kid (get offered) who just turned 16 and isn't a junior yet is a little different for us."
Cochran completed 165 of 273 passes for 2,968 yards with 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions for the Panthers last fall.
He transferred after his father, Jack, was not retained as New London's coach last April.
"I know it sounds cliché nowadays, but he's as good a kid as he is a player and probably better," Murphy said. "The way he handled everything that went down this year is pretty special, and that's what makes him a special kid.
"He really became a part of our school and our team and everything so quickly that it's kind of weird that he hasn't been with us a year because it feels like he's been with us for a long time."
Murphy said that Cochran has been getting more interest since word got out about Boston College's offer.
• Sam Donahue had 28 points, including six 3-pointers, but No. 19 Stonington lost to No. 14 Trinity Catholic of Stamford, 57-44, in the Class M first round. Donahue set a school record for 3-pointers in a single season with 76. The previous record of 71 was set by Alex Jensen. Stonington finished the season at 12-11.
• Joe Saponaro had 11 points for No. 23 Griswold in a 50-38 loss to No. 10 Granby Memorial in the Class M first round. Justin Daniels scored 10 for Griswold (12-11).
• Tre Bowman made a short jumper in the lane at the buzzer to give sixth-seeded St. Thomas More a 63-62 overtime win over No. 3 Winchendon in the quarterfinals of the National Prep Championship at Albertus Magnus in New Haven.
T-More trailed by a point with six seconds left when Jake Jenkins intercepted a deep pass, leading to Bowman's game-winner. The Chancellors (26-8) will play Brewster today at 1 p.m. at the same site. If they win, they would then play for the championship at 7:30 p.m.
Brian Allen and Bowman each had 17 points for T-More while Dominique Langston added 13 points. Also, Andre Drummond had eight rebounds.
• Griswold's Jessica Arremony drove in UConn's lone run with a second-inning double during the Huskies' 4-1 loss to Michigan State in Boca Raton, Fla. UConn is 2-7.
• Coast Guard won twice at the Rebel Games in Florida, defeating Waldorf 5-1 and Emmanuel 5-0.
Hayley Feindel was the winning pitcher in both games and struck out 13 batters combined. Courtney Wolf and Amanda Frederick hit home runs in game one, and Holly Bastnick had two hits in game two. Coast Guard improved to 3-1.
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