We're exhausted — let's get this aggregation over quickly.
YOUR 2013 state finals are as follows:
CLASS S: Ansonia vs. Woodland II, Friday, 7:05 p.m.
CLASS M: Brookfield vs. St. Joseph, Saturday, 10:05 a.m.
CLASS L: Darien vs. New Canaan II, Saturday, 2:05 a.m.
CLASS LL: Fairfield Prep vs. Southington, Saturday, 6 p.m.
Yes, two of the games are rematches. Ansonia stuffed the Hawks, 48-7, in the NVL Championship game on Nov. 20).
Darien rallied to beat the Rams, 28-24, on Thanksgrabbing Day.
(WFSB-3 highlights have been hyperlinked into each scoreline)
No. 4 Southington 45, No. 8 Ridgefield 0
Alex Jamele caught two touchdowns to set the single-season state record (26) for the Blue Knights (11-1). Jamele had six catches for 79 yards and also scored on a 40-yard interception return. The Tigers (10-3) only managed 46 yards on 24 pass attempts. Bryant Carpenter of the Meriden Record-Journal, Emery Filmer of Hearst Inc., Mark Jaffee of the Waterbury Republican-American, Carl Josephson of the New Britain Herald, Ken Lipshez of the New Britain Herald, Dan Nowak of JRC Amalgamated, and Tom Yantz of the Hartford Courant reporting.
No. 7 Fairfield Prep 29, No. 5 West Haven 28
Nicholas Crowle ran for a game-winning 28-yard touchdown with 3 minutes, 53 seconds left in the game. Colton Smith ran 20 times for 101 yards and two touchdowns and completed 9 of 19 passes for 74 yards for the Jesuits (11-2). Ervin Philips ran 17 times for 129 yards and two scores for the Westies (10-3). Mary Albl of JRC Amalgamated, and William S. Paxton of Hearst Inc. reporting.
No. 1 Darien 13, No. 4 Middletown 7
Silas Wyper completed 11 of 25 passes for 127 yards with two touchdowns for the Blue Wave (12-1). Dario Highsmith ran 35 times for 178 yards and a touchdown for the Blue Dragons (11-2). Bob Birge of the Norwalk Hour, Gentleman Jim Bransfield of the Middletown Press, Jon Chik of Hearst Inc., and Matthew Conyers of the Hartford Courant reporting.
No. 3 New Canaan 17, No. 7 North Haven
Nick Cascione completed 8 of 18 passes for 205 yards with a touchdown and ran 14 times for 76 yards for the Rams (13-1). Michael Halloran ran 11 times for 86 yards for North Haven (10-3). Everyone at Polecat Worldwide will wear black today in honor of the state's finest purveyors of GOD'S FATHER'S OFFENSE. Scott Ericson of the Hearst Inc., Steve Geoghegan of the Norwalk Hour, Mike Pucci of JRC Amalgamated, and Dave Ruden of The Ruden Report reporting.
No. 5 Brookfield 20, No. 1 Valley Regional/Old Lyme 13
Bobby Drysdale ran for a 5-yard touchdown to give Brookfield its first and only lead with 1:08 left in the game. Drysdale ran 15 times for 88 yards for the Bobcats (11-3). Phil Cohen completed 10 of 18 passes for 103 yards with a touchdown for the Warriors (12-1). Rich Gregory of Hearst Inc., Runnin' Lori Riley of the Hartford Courant, Shoreline Jimmy Zanor of JRC Amalgamated, and Mike DiMauro and some dude from TEAM DAY reporting.
No. 2 St. Joseph 62, No. 3 Barlow 34
Shane Miller ran six times for 190 yards and three touchdowns and caught a 28-yard touchdown for the Cadets (12-2). St. Joseph lost star tailback Mufasha Abdul Basir on the game's third play after taking a shot to the helmet and left the game in an ambulance. He later returned to the sidelines. Cadets' coach Joe DellaVecchia told Doug Bonjour of Hearst Inc. that Abdul Basir had a stinger. Jack Shaban ran 26 times for 153 yards and scored on a 75-kickoff return for the Falcons (10-3). Doug Bonjour of Hearst Inc., and Henry Chisholm of JRC Amalgamated reporting.
No. 2 Ansonia 49, No. 3 Rocky Hill 27
Arkeel Newsome ran 36 times for 269 yards and five touchdowns for the Chargers (14-0), the top-ranked team in The Day of New London Top 10 state coaches' poll. Chris Young ran 20 times for 137 yards and two touchdowns for the Terriers (11-2). Dom Amore of the Hartford Courant, Roger Cleaveland of the Waterbury Republican-American, Michael Fornabaio of Hearst Inc., Sean Krofssik of the Meriden Record-Journal, Joe Morelli of JRC Amalgamated, and Kevin D. Roberts of the New Britain Herald reporting.
No. 4 Woodland 30, No. 8 Bloomfield 26
Tanner Kingsley completed 20 of 35 passes for 258 and four touchdowns and scored on a 2-yard run for the Hawks (12-2). Norvel Stewart ran 27 times for 240 yards and four touchdowns for the Warhawks (10-3). Kountry Kyle Brennan of the Waterbury Republican-American, Nick Greene of the Hartford Courant, and Peter Paguaga of JRC Amalgamated reporting.
NVL (two teams): 4-0.
FCIAC (four teams): 7-1.
SCC (four teams): 4-3 (including SCC-on-SCC action).
SWC (four teams): 3-3 (including SWC-on-SWC action).
Pequot (four teams): 1-4.
CCC (eight teams): 5-7. (
CSC (three teams): 0-3.
ECC (three teams): 0-3.
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Rocky Hill coach Harry Coyne announced after Saturday's loss that he's retiring after being the only coach in the program's 14-year history. Coyne led the Terriers to the playoffs five times. He also did a dang fine job getting his kids to run GOD'S OFFENSE so well.
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Ned Freeman's cold, calculating computer ratings for CalPreps.com: 1. New Canaan; 2. Southington; 3. St. Joseph; 4. Fairfield Prep; 5. Darien; 6. West Haven; 7. Ansonia; 8. Xavier; 9. North Haven; and, 10. Glastonbury. Brookfield is ranked 22nd, and Woodland 26th.
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So we blogged yesterday morning that five players rushed for 2,000-or-more yards this fall.
Two astute readers pointed out that we were WRONG.
Yes, we screwed up and forgot to mention Montville senior Jeremiah Crowley, who unofficially ran for 2,139 yards. We write "unofficially" as we were unable to procure team stats and instead are going with the figure printed in TEAM DAY's final 'Ville game story of the year.
Crowley ran for a single-game state record of 526 yards with seven touchdowns in a 49-37 win over Stonington on Sept. 27.
As for how we forgot Crowley, mistakes happen, especially when writes until 6 a.m. Working the graveyard shift often causes the brain to go in-and-out.
Hell, even during daytime hours, Polecat Worldwide staffers will regularly forget where they parked their car, if they cashed their last paycheck so that the rent check doesn't bounce (again), their respective names, etc.
Back on point — Drysdale (Brookfield) also cleared 2,000 yards yesterday after adding rushing totals reported by reliable scribes to the totals his team posted at MaxPreps.com prior to Saturday's quarterfinals.
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Thank you. Drive thru….