Ansonia, Connecticut is one of those towns that loves it's High School Football. Over the Years, the Chargers have been a perennial state power. 31 State Championship Game Appearances with 20 of them victorious since 1976. From 1981-84 when they won four straight, it's likely the Antrum Brothers, Terry and Glenn, had a part in those. And they both ended up attending the University of Connecticut, where they were a part of some of the better teams in UConn History.
Of course, it helped a hotshot qb came to Storrs to re-write the record books in Matt DeGennaro. He needed some great talent to throw to. And in 1988, his top target was Glenn Antrum. After a 7-4 1987 where Antrum recorded a team high 149y on 6 catches in a 52-7 rout of rival Rhode Island, it set the tone for what was to come in 1988 where Antrum started fast.
A career high 193y on 7 catches in the opening day rout of Richmond, followed by another 152 in game two, a 27-20 loss at New Hampshire. The ground game dominated in a win over Yale before Antrum caught 7 for 114 in a wild come from behind win at Northeastern. At this point, Glenn led I-AA in receiving with 31 catches for 501yds. When UConn dropped a tough 21-14 home loss to Villanova, the Huskies won four straight, starting with spoiling Homecoming Day at UMass with a 35-14 win, Antrum 10 catches, 107y and a TD. In a 28-21 win over Maine, Antrum racked up another 100y day. 9 catches for 116 yards where he broke David Dunn's career receptions record. Dunn's yardage record fell to Antrum the following game, a Homecoming win over Southern CT. where Antrum caught 6 for 136 and a score...Delaware doubled Antrum all day in Newark, but the Huskies did enough before rain and win feel to beat the Blue Hens on the road for the first time 21-20 to gain momentum where UConn was now 7-2 and back in the postseason talk.
That was short lived however as a 20-15 loss at B.U. and a 21-19 home loss at URI stymied the Huskies yet again. While DeGennaro threw for a then school record 238 completions for 2,633 yards, in addition to 17 TD's, Antrum not only eclipsed school career records, but single season ones (77 catches) as well. His 1,130 was second most for a season while hauling in 7 TD passes from DeGennaro. From 1985-88, Antrum left UConn with 186 catches (still 3rd) for 2,552yds (5th) both at the time, school records that included 6-100+ days and his season numbers led I-AA Football. At season's end, Antrum wasn't just a First Team Yankee Conference, but a I-AA All American Receiver. The second Wideout from UConn to gain that recognition. There would be a third soon...
Antrum is a very active Football Alum at UConn who according to his Twitter Feed, lives in Bristol. I'll bet you've seen him at a few games in East Hartford...Glenn Antrum, a nice compliment to Matt DeGennaro in 1988...And a UConn Legend