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Montville lineman’s football journey still going strong

Kolt MacCracken, shown in his Montville backyard along the Thames River, is continuing his football journey at Central Connecticut State University this fall.

MONTVILLE – When Kolt MacCracken committed to Central Connecticut State University last month to attend college and play football, it lifted a burden off his shoulders heavier than one of his power-lifting bench presses.

A two-year journey – from Montville HIgh sub-par junior student to St. Thomas More Prep scholarship awardee to college football preferred walk-on – has been filled with obstacles for the 6-foot-2, 280-pounder. A global pandemic headed the list. There were times when MacCracken wondered if he would ever graduate let alone land in a Division I football program.

MacCracken accepted an offer to reclassify as a junior to STM in 2019 just before his Montville senior year to “maximize his football and academic potential.”

But COVID-19 cancelled New England prep and scholastic football last fall during what was supposed to be MacCracken’s senior season to shine for recruiters. The cost of paying for the non-scholarship portion of the $60,000 St. Thomas More package during a non-football season was a burden MacCracken wanted to spare his family.

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