Rahkeem Jordan of Prince Tech putting in that WORK!

by CTalentTv on November 27, 2012

When A.I. Prince Tech football coach Robert Rubin needs someone to step up for the Falcons, he knows he has a roster full of players that can be counted on. But there is one in particular he looks to first: Rahkeem Jordan. 

“Rahk is a great kid,” Rubin said at practice on Sunday. “He’s the first one in the weight room, he’s doing all the right things, on and off the field. He’s the type of kid where I’ll go to him and go, ‘Rahk, I need you.’ And he goes, ‘I got you coach.’ No matter what it is, offense, defense, kick returns, kicking the ball. He played quarterback in the last game.” The last game was a 42-18 loss to the undefeated co-op of Capital Prep, Classical and Achievement First High School at Dillon Stadium on Nov. 20. Jordan, a running back and defensive back by trade, took snaps at quarterback. The senior finished the game with 326 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries and threw a 25-yard touchdown pass.

“He puts his team first, and himself last,” Rubin said. “That’s a kid that’s just putting us on his back, and saying, ‘Coach, I’ll do whatever I can for his team.’ ”

In addition to being a leader on the field and in the locker room, freshman quarterback Rayshawn Phillips said Jordan sets an example in the school hallways.

“He checks on all of us, freshman, underclassmen and upperclassmen,” Phillips said. “He lets everyone know in the hallways to get our shirts tucked in.”

Despite Jordan’s efforts against Capital Prep, the loss dropped Prince Tech to 8-2 on the year. The late-season loss, however, didn’t prevent the Falcons from qualifying as the eighth-seed in the Class S playoffs. It is the first playoff berth ever for the school.

“It’s been amazing. I’m so proud of the work that the kids put in. It’s about the effort they put in, that’s why we’re here, on and off the field,” said Rubin, adding that 13 of his players made the honor roll.

Prince Tech may be new to the playoff scene, but would be a surprise if its opponent, Ansonia, wasn’t playing at this time of year. The top-seeded Chargers, who won the Class M state title last season, are 11-0 and will host the Falcons Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Jarvis Field. Ansonia has won 17 titles, the most in the state.

“You’re looking at probably the most storied football program in the state of Connecticut,” Rubin said. “They’re a great program, they win year in and year out, but we’re going to come in and play hard. … We’re Hartford kids, we’re coming to play tough.”

Jordan and Phillips are ready for the opportunity.

“Ansonia is a good squad,” Jordan said. “They are disciplined. I’m really happy we get to play them in our first year in the playoffs. It’s going to be a good game.”

Said Phillips: “I trust my team. … I think we have the elements to pull this off.”

To pull off the upset, Jordan, who has 2,000 rushing yards and 25 total touchdowns on the year, will have to be at the top of his game. On the opposite sideline is Ansonia junior running back Arkeel Newsome, who has gained more than 1,700 yards and has 23 touchdowns.

“It’s going to bring fun to the game,” Jordan said. “I know he’s a good back, he knows I’m a good back. There’s going to be a little competition, but other than that, we are going to just go out there and play.”

Former longtime Windsor Locks coach Pat Scelza, now coaching the Prince Tech freshman team, said Jordan is one of the best athletes he’s ever seen in all his years of coaching, which is why he’s such a headache for opposing coaches.

Phillips agrees.

“He’s a dynamic player,” Phillips said. “He plays multiple positions, you can’t sleep on him.”

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