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So, anyone see anything noteworthy last night?
Tuesday's state quarterfinals blessed us a little bit of everything. To wit:
■ Darien beat Hand with a game-winning field goal as time expired.
■ Brookfield scored with 38 seconds left to beat Thanksgrabbing rival Bethel.
■ Eighth-seeded Ridgefield halted a two-point conversion with 16 seconds remaining to hold off Newtown.
■ Eighth-seeded Bloomfield smothered previously unbeaten Capital Prep/Classical Magnet/Achievement First.
■ That Arkeel Newsome chap ran for a career-high 492 yards and seven touchdowns for Ansonia.
■ St. Joseph scored more points than most boys' basketball teams will rack up in a game this winter as it beat Ledyard, EIGHTY FOUR TO FORTY NINE. The combined 133 points broke the state record for most points in a game, set by Norwich Free Academy in its 130-0 win over Bulkeley of New London in nineteen-aught-two.
HERE WE GO:
No. 8 Ridgefield 35, No. 1 Newtown 33
Ridgefield stopped a two-point conversion with 16 seconds to hold off the Nighthawks. Will Bonaparte ran 36 times for 226 yards and three touchdowns for the Tigers (10-2), who led 35-13 in the second half. Andrew Tarantino threw two touchdowns and caught another for Newtown (12-0), the South-West Conference champion. David Fierro of Hearst Inc., and Sean Patrick Starfish of JRC Amalgamated reporting.
No. 7 Fairfield Prep 33, No. 2 Glastonbury 23
Colton Smith ran 22 times for 265 yards and four touchdowns for the Jesuits (10-2). Jalen Ollie completed 25 of 41 passes for 359 yards and three scores for Glastonbury (11-2). Mary Albl of JRC Amalgamated, Paul Doyle of the Hartford Courant, and William S. Paxton of Hearst Inc. reporting.
No. 6 West Haven 51, No. 3 Hall 26
Ervin Philips ran 144 yards and four touchdowns for the Blue Devils (10-2). Tom Honyotski completed 22 of 43 passes for 349 yards and three touchdowns for Hall (9-2). Former Mohegan Sun Arena denizen Mike Anthony of the Hartford Courant, and the debonair Mike Madera of JRC Amalgamated reporting.
No. 4 Southington 52, No. 5 Norwich Free Academy 14
Tyler Hyde ran 14 times for 155 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Blue Knights (10-1). Ramel Williams had eight catches for 80 yards and two scores for the Wildcats (8-3). Marc Allard of the Norwich Bulletin, Mark Jaffee of the Waterbury Republican-American, Carl Josephson of the New Britain Herald, Gavin Keefe of TEAM DAY, Ken Lipshez of the Meriden Record-Journal, Peter Paguaga of JRC Amalgamated, and Tom Yantz of the Hartford Courant reporting. SEVEN REPORTERS.
No. 1 Darien 31, No. 8 Hand 29
Daly Hebert kicked an 18-yard field goal as time expired to push the Blue Wave into the semis. Silas Wyper completed 23 of 32 passes for 319 yards with a touchdowns and three interceptions and ran 12 times for 64 yards and a score for Darien (11-1). Dan Rogers scored on two short runs for the Tigers (8-4). Jon Chik of Hearst Inc., and Pooch Diggity Dog of JRC Amalgamated reporting.
No. 7 North Haven 35, No. 2 Platt 0
Ethan Suraci had 18 carries for 115 yards and a TD as North Haven (10-2) grounded-and-pounded the previously unbeaten Panthers with GOD'S FATHER'S OFFENSE. John Altavilla, Master of the Italian Arts, of the Hartford Courant, Bryant Carpenter of the Meriden Record-Journal, and Joe-Joe Morel-lio of JRC Amalgamated reporting.
No. 3 Middletown 49, No. 6 New London 14
Dario Highsmith ran 29 times for 206 and four touchdowns for the Blue Dragons (11-1). Middletown also avenged their last-second loss to the Whalers on Nov. 8 (23-21). Danny Maranda completed 11 of 29 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns (both to Jose Garcia) for New London (9-3). Gentleman Jim Bransfield of the Middletown Press, Desmond Connor of the Hartford Courant, Mike DiMauro of TEAM DAY, and Matt Stevens of the Norwich Bulletin reporting.
No. 4 New Canaan 46, No. 5 Farmington 0
Nick Cascione completed 21 of 32 passes for 326 yards and two touchdowns and ran six times for 50 yards and a score for the Rams (12-1). Farmington (9-3) was held to 115 yards. Proud Southern Connecticut State alum Matt Doran, Scott Ericson of Hearst Inc., Tom Evans of the Norwalk Hour, Colin McDonough of the Hartford Courant, and Dave Ruden of the Ruden Report reporting.
No. 1 Valley Regional/Old Lyme 48, No. 8 Quinebaug Valley 3
Mister Phil Cohen completed 13 of 19 passes for 191 yards with three touchdowns and an interception, ran for a touchdown, and caught an 18-yard touchdown from Jean-Luc Poulard for the WARRIORCATS (12-0). It was the first playoff appearance for the Pride (9-3) since they became a tri-op program. Vickie Fulkerson of TEAM DAY, the dashing Owen Poole of the Norwich Bulletin, Matthew Stypulkoski of the Hartford Courant, and Shoreline Jimmy Zanor of JRC Amalgamated reporting.
No. 2 St. Joseph 84, No. 7 Ledyard 49
Mufasha Abdul Basir ran 22 times for 332 yards and five touchdowns for St. Joseph (11-2). The Cadets had 806-yards, second all-time in a game, according to the Connecticut High School State Record Book. Ty Ebdon completed 21 of 36 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns for Ledyard (9-3) and ran for a score. The teams combined to score six touchdowns in the game's first 5:16. The Cadets led, 47-42, early in the third quarter when they raced away. Doug Bonjour of Hearst Inc., and some dude from TEAM DAY reporting.
No. 3 Barlow 54, No. 6 Gilbert/Northwestern Regional 27
Jack Shaban ran 19 times for 216 yards and four touchdowns as the Falcons won in their first playoff appearance. Tony Ortiz had 23 carries for 151 yards and a touchdown and scored on a 99-yard kickoff return for the Yellowjackets (9-3). Richard Gregory of Hearst Inc. reporting.
No. 5 Brookfield 22, No. 4 Bethel 21
Bobby Drysdale scored on a 4-yard run with 38 seconds left as the Bobcats rallied to beat the Wildcats and avenge their loss to the latter five days ago. Brookfield (10-3) began its game-winning drive at its own 23-yard line with 2:20 remaining. Joey Piatnik ran for two touchdowns for Bethel (9-3). The Wildcats beat the Bobcats on Thanksgrabbing (20-0). Kevin Duffy of Hearst Inc., and John Nestor of JRC Amalgamated reporting.
No. 8 Bloomfield 27, No. 1 Capital Prep/Classical Magnet/Achievement First 3
Bloomfield forced eight turnovers and thumped the Constitution State Conference champs in what we consider the upset of the night. C/C/A got folks talking when it lit up New London (53-14) in Week 2. It REALLY got their attention when New London beat then No. 3 Middletown. It all mattered not to the Warhawks (10-2). Norvell Stewart threw a touchdown and ran for another for Bloomfield while Travis Thompson ran for 123 yards and two touchdowns. The sophistimikated Dom Amore of the Hartford Courant reporting.
No. 2 Ansonia 49, No. 7 Coginchaug 21
Arkeel Newsome ran for over 400 yards for the second time in five days for the Chargers (13-0), the top-ranked team in The Day of New London Top 10 state coaches poll. He also boosted his career-rushing total to 10,155 yards. Ty Meeker completed 22 of 37 passes for 250 yards and a score for the Blue Devils (9-3). Henry Chisholm of JRC Amalgamated, Roger Cleaveland of the Waterbury Republican-American, Mike Fornabaio of Hearst Inc., and Matt McDonough of the Hartford Courant reporting.
No. 3 Rocky Hill 51, No. 6 Prince Tech 8
Chris Young ran nine times for 123 yards and three touchdowns to give the Terriers (11-1) their first playoff win in the program's 14-year history. GOD'S OFFENSE. Vernon Mcalmont ran 27 times for 121 yards and a score for the Falcons (9-3). Nick Greene of the Hartford Courant, and Kevin D. Roberts of the New Britain Herald reporting.
No. 4 Woodland 47, No. 5 Morgan 21
Tanner Kingsley completed 24 of 36 passes for 261 yards and a score and ran five times for 48 yards for the Hawks (11-2). Morgan's Jake Ward was held to 81 yards 21 carries (he began the game averaging 227 yards). He caught a 47-yard touchdown from Alex Lipka (7 of 16 for 173 yards and three TDs with two picks). Beacon Falls-er Kountry Kyle Brennan of the Waterbury Republican-American, and Chris Hunn of JRC Amalgamated reporting.
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CCC (eight teams): 4-4.
CSC (three teams): 0-3.
ECC (three teams): 0-3.
FCIAC (four teams): 4-0.
NVL (two teams): 2-0.
Pequot (four teams): 1-3.
SCC (four teams): 3-1.
SWC (four teams): 2-2 (including an SWC-on-SWC action).
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Thanks for reading. More later.
Vaya con dios….