The Lonesome Polecat (state variant): YOUR semifinal previews and repository

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Now that we've taken care of that bidness, REMEMBER — all of Sunday's semifinals kick off at 12:30 p.m.

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CLASS LL

No. 4 SOUTH WINDSOR at No. 1 GREENWICH

WHERE: Cardinal Stadium, Greenwich.

RECORDS: Greenwich 11-0; South Windsor 10-1.

LISTEN: WGCH-1490 AM.

DISTANCE: 89.9 miles, one hour, 27 minutes.

GREENWICH DUDES: Jr. DE Mike Bici (87 tackles, 11 sacks); Sr. DE Tyler Blizzard (6-foot-6, 208 pounds, 55 tackles, 8 sacks); Jr. RB Tysen Comizio (169 carries, 1,099 yards, 18 TD; 31 catches, 370 yards, 4 TD); Jr. MLB Jack Feda (96 tackles, 2 sacks); Sr. SS Jeremiah Harris (6-3, 179 pounds, 28 tackles, 2 INT); Jr. WR Larry Large (38 catches, 369 yards, 5 TD); Sr. DE-DT Nick McIntosh (30 tackles, 4.5 sacks); Sr. K-P Zach Moore (50-60 XP, 9-12 FG, 40.2 yards per punt); Jr. QB Gavin Muir (175-267 passing, 2,416 yards; 29 TD, 4 rushing TD); Sr. WR Jael Negron (32 catches, 545 yards, 10 TD); Sr. TE Henry Saleeby (33 catches, 502 yards, 3 TD); Sr. C Kyle Woodring (6-2, 260 pounds).

SOUTH WINDSOR DUDES: Sr. T-DT Hassan Azeem (6-2, 270); Sr. QB Connor Kapisak; Sr. T-DT Dylan Hodge (6-0, 285); Sr. RB-OLB Julian Ibes; Sr. OL-OLB Brendan Mabey; Jr. RB-MLB Ronnie Pinkard; Sr. WR-FS Colin Ryan (6-3, 180); Sr. FB-LB James Tamburro (6-0, 230); Sr. G-DE Alex Valente.

WORDS: Two yards. That’s the average yards per rush the Greenwich defense has given up this season. Opponents have run 279 times and only managed 560 yards. That, as much as anything, stands out about the Cardinals this year. Only two teams have run for over 100 yards in a game against them, but none since New Canaan in Week 4 (144 yards). Even then, the Cardinals only allowed 3.4 yards a carry on 42 attempts. Now guess how South Windsor prefers to attack on offense? Yep, the run. It’s done so on more than 73 percent of its plays this season with Ibes rushing for over 1,600 yards and 18 touchdowns (he ran 29 times for 161 yards and two scores in Tuesday's 35-13 win over Naugatuck). The Bobcats will be trying to buck the odds against Greenwich. If they can't, then Kapisak and his receivers are going to have to put up a lot of points to hang with the Cardinals. They have the state’s fourth-highest scoring offense (44.9 points per game) and haven't scored less than 26.

CALPREPS SEZ: Greenwich 40-20.

GAMETIMECT SEZ: Greeenwich.

POLECAT SEZ: Greenwich.

TO READ MORE ABOUT THIS GAME, PLEASE VISIT:

Sean Patrick Star, GameTimeCT/Hearst Monolith: Class LL previews.

David Fierro, GameTimeCT/Hearst Monolith: Greenwich’s defense a dominant unit.

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CLASS LL

No. 7 WEST HAVEN at No. 3 DARIEN

WHERE: Darien Stadium Field (really need to give that place a name that's not so bland).

RECORDS: Darien 10-1; West Haven 9-2.

LOOK: NFHSNetwork.

DISTANCE: 35.7 miles, 41 minutes.

DARIEN DUDES: Sr. DE Andrew Evanchick; Jr. K-P Andrew Donovan; Jr. DE Connor Fay; Sr. LB Kevin Grune; Sr. QB Jack Joyce; Sr. RB-FS Mitch Pryor; Sr. T Mike Neary (6-3, 245); Sr. CB Connor Tienken; Sr. DT Charlie Zuro (5-11, 290).

WEST HAVEN DUDES: Sr. RB-DB Latrell Best; Sr. RB-LB Chris Chance; Sr. QB-DB Jack Conlan; Jr. RB-DB Zach Conlan; Sr. FB-LB Mike Charlton; Sr. T-DT Mekhi Geter (6-1, 244); Sr. RB-DB Kyle Godfrey; Sr. SE-LB Jordan Wetmore.

WORDS: Jack is back, and that’s a blessing for the Darien offense. The Blue Wave were lost without Joyce when he was suspended for the New Canaan game and put their defense in a bind. Joyce threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in Darien’s 30-10 quarterfinal win over East Hartford on Tuesday. It also got its running game moving as Mitch Pryor ran for 110 of the team’s 162 yards (it averaged 4.3 yards a rush). West Haven did whatever it wanted to second-seeded Shelton in its 46-7 win and had its multi-headed rushing attack humming along (Kyle Godfrey ran for 164 yards and three touchdowns). The Blue Wave defense is better than any defense the Westies have seen this season, though, and was monstrous prior to the suspensions. Chris Chance, Zach Conlan and Godfrey are all elusive speedballs, but it’s not going to be easy running on Darien. West Haven doesn’t want to have to rely on the pass as that’s not its true strength.

CALPREPS SEZ: Darien 28-13.

GAMETIMECT SEZ: Darien.

POLECAT SEZ: Darien.

Sean Patrick Star, GameTimeCT/Hearst Monolith: Class LL previews; and, The Dream Team – West Haven coaching staff a hotbed of head coaching castaways.

Dave Ruden, HIS WEBSITE: Darien Blocking Out Distractions In Preparing For West Haven.

Anthony E. Parelli, GameTimeCT/Hearst Monolith: Past and present collide in West Haven-Darien Class LL semifinal; and, Cellar, Wilson step into starting roles for Darien.

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CLASS L

No. 3 WINDSOR at No. 2 HAND

WHERE: Surf Club, Madison (it's the purdiest of Sunday's eight sites — bring your Speedo and take a dip in the Sound).

RECORDS: Hand 10-1; Windsor 10-1.

LOOK: NFHSNetwork.

DISTANCE: 46.5 miles, 57 minutes.

HAND DUDES: Jr. WR-CB Chris Bartosic (31 catches, 503 yards, 5 TD); So. QB Phoenix Billings (105-of-200 passing, 1,420 yards, 18 TD; 117 carries, 505 yards, 7 TD); Jr. WR-CB Ian Butler (22 catches, 283 yards, 5 TD; 43 tackles, 9 INT); Sr. RB-LB Brian Casagrande (6-1, 225; 7 rushing TD; 108 tackles, 2 INT); Sr. LB Connor Castaldo (41 tackles); Sr. WR-LB Ryan Coady (6-3, 180; 54 tackles); So. OL-DL Ben Corniello (6-2, 220); Jr. FB-MLB Kevin Girardi (80 tackles, 3 sacks); Sr. RB Delvantae Hutton  (150 carries, 878 yards, 7 TD); Sr. W-CB Chris Iannuzzi (16 catches, 182 yards, 3 TD); Jr. OL-DL Macken McDonald (6-1, 275; 4.5 sacks).

WINDSOR DUDES: Jr. OL-DT Dohnje Cassanova (45 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 8 TFL); Sr. OL-OLB Omega Cobb (46 tackles, 8 sacks); So. RB-LB Kobe Foster (71 tackles, 3 sacks); Sr. RB Tomasz Johnson (206 carries, 1,582 yards, 21 TD); Jr. QB Julian Jackson (113-of-185 passing, 2,060 yards, 20 TD); Sr. WR-OLB Shayne Manson (56 tackles, 11 sacks); Sr. LB Joe Russell (96 tackles, 10 TFL, 2.5 sacks); Sr. WR L.J. Walcott (45 catches, 1,042 yards, 11 TD; 2 INT); Sr. WR-DB Jerry Woodard (28 catches, 424 yards, 6 TD; 8 INT).

WORDS: This game may come down to defensive touchdowns and field goals because it’s unpossible to believe either team will have much success moving the ball. Most of Windsor’s opponents would’ve had better success running into a wall instead of the Warriors’ defensive front. Russell (7 tackles, 1 sacks), Cassanova (2 sacks), Cobb (2 sacks) and Manson forced Maloney into negative yards rushing in its 36-0 rout, the team’s sixth shutout this year. Hand’s defense has been vicious in its own right and hasn’t allowed more than two touchdowns since a Week 2 loss to Shelton (21-19). Casagrande (15 tackles), Girardi (11 tackles), Castaldo, Coady and McDonald managed to contain North Haven’s mas macho single wing running game in Tuesday's 35-13 rout. No one held the the Indians under 17 points this season. Not West Haven. Not Shelton. Not Fairfield Prep.

CALPREPS SEZ: Hand 21-14.

GAMETIMECT SEZ: Hand.

POLECAT SEZ: Hand.

Doug Bonjour and Sean Patrick Star, GameTimeCT/Hearst Monolith: Class L previews.

Sean Begin, Hartford Courant: Windsor Defense Sets Powerful Tone.

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CLASS L

No. 8 NEW CANAAN at No. 5 MASUK

WHERE: Benedict Stadium Field, Monroe (it's a bit of a walk to there from the lot).

RECORDS: Masuk 10-1; New Canaan 9-2.

DISTANCE: 29.9 miles, 37 minutes.

MASUK DUDES: Sr. WR-LB Peter Cosmedy (6-2, 220); Sr. OL-DL Jack Duignan; Jr. WR-LB Peter Fox; Sr. QB Matthew Hersch; Sr. WR-LB Nicholas Lorusso (6-2, 192); Sr. WR-DB Tyler Michalka; Sr. OL-DE Max Mirizio (5-11, 230); Jr. RB-LB Jack Roberge; Sr. WR-DB Ryan Shaw; Sr. C Curtis Swain (6-4, 250); Sr. WR-CB Benjamin Vickowski; Sr. WR-OLB Micky Zuk.

NEW CANAAN DUDES: Jr. RB-LB Garrett Braden (60 tackles, 9 sacks); Jr. T-DT Jack Conley (6-7, 315); Sr. WR-FS Sean Knight (41 tackles, 6 INT); Sr. G-DT Kyle McDonald (6-3, 255); Sr. LB-K-P Grant Morse (99 tackles, 5 sacks; 52-54XP, 9-9 FG); Jr. WR-DB Quintin O’Connell (52 catches, 755 yards, 13 TD); So. QB Drew Pyne (150-of-249 passing, 2,113 yards, 23 TDs, 8 INT; 82 carries, 267 yards, 7 TD); Sr. DT Seamus O’Hora (6-2, 235; 4 sacks); Sr. RB-SS Owen Shin (140 carries, 943 yards, 4 TD; 32 catches, 341 yards, 3 TD); Jr. T-DT Jack Stewart (6-5, 285; 25 tackles).

WORDS: This game here. Yeah, this game. Only three teams managed to give New Canaan hell last season — two-time defending LL champion Darien, Notre Dame of West Haven, and Masuk. Masuk and the Rams were tied at 14 at halftime of last year’s Class L quarterfinal when the former gifted the latter with prime field position twice on punt attempts gone to hell. New Canaan converted both into touchdowns to go up 28-14, but Roberge and Hersch nearly brought the Panthers all the way back. The Rams won, 31-28, with head coach Lou Marienelli having agita most of that game. Most of that Masuk offense is back and only Newtown was able to stop them in the latter’s 14-7 upset win on Thanksgrabbing Eve. New Canaan has been the best advertisement Tony Franklin could ask for to sell his up-tempo, pass-friendly offense the last several seasons, but its changed things up the last two games. The Rams have had an 84-to-39 run-pass split after passing the majority of the year (and past years). We have to wonder if the Rams will continue that trend because they’ll have a significant size advantage up front against Masuk (the Rams would have a size advantage over some Division III teams, too).

CALPREPS SEZ: Masuk 31-26.

GAMETIMECT SEZ: New Canaan.

POLECAT SEZ: New Canaan.

Doug Bonjour and Sean Patrick Star, GameTimeCT/Hearst Monolith: Class L previews.

Doug Bonjour, GameTimeCT/Hearst Monolith: Throwback Roberge leads Masuk offense.

Scott “JINX” Ericson, GameTimeCT/Hearst Monolith: New Canaan defense leading Rams in quest for fifth-straight title.

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CLASS M

No. 4 BERLIN at No. 1 KILLINGLY

WHERE: Killingly High U-S-A~!.

RECORDS: Killingly 11-0; Berlin 9-2.

DISTANCE: 60 miles, one hour, six minutes.

LOOK/LISTEN: NFHSNetwork; and, WINY-1350 AM.

KILLINGLY DUDES: Sr. WR-S Zack Burgess (45 tackles); Sr. LT-DT John Cacciapuoti (5-10, 225; 10 PANCAKE BLOCKS); Sr. FB-LB Zach Caffrey (104 carries, 862 yards, 11 TD; 97 tackles); Sr. LG-DT Ethan Canova (5-10, 240; PANCAKE BLOCKS); Sr. CB Michael Capuano (49 tackles); Jr. QB-CB-K Luke Desaulnier (25-40 passing, 399 yards, 10 TD; 3 rushing TD; 57-64 XP); Sr. C-LB Michael Diruscio (5-5, 175); Sr. RT-DT Alex Fontaine (6-1, 285; 18 PANCAKE BLOCKS); Sr. TE-DE Jake Gauthier (6-1, 247; 10 catches, 173 yards, 4 TD; 13 PANCAKE BLOCKS); Jr. RB-DE Nsaiah Harriet (6-4, 225; 38 tackles, 5 sacks); Sr. RB-LB Spencer Lockwood (276 carres, 2,761 yards, 38 TD; 62 tackles, 3 INT); Jr. RG-LB Matt Phelan (5-7, 175; 18 PANCAKE BLOCKS; 90 tackles, 5.5 sacks); Jr. FB-LB-T Derek Turner (44 tackles).

BERLIN DUDES: Jr. QB Kevin Dunn (133-of-194 passing, 1,715 yards, 18 TD; 3 rush TD); Jr. RB-DB Alex Halkias (6-2, 200; 102 carries, 746 yards, 8 TD; 18 catches, 265 yards, 4 TD; 9 PANCAKE BLOCKS; 56 tackles); So. FB-DL Zach Hrubiec (42 carries, 216 yards, 3 TD; 26 PANCAKE BLOCKS; 64 tackles, 7 sacks); Sr. RB-LB James Mazzarella (64 carries, 259 yards, 3 TD; 14 catches, 244 yards; 7 PANCAKE BLOCKS); 87 tackles, 12 TFL); So. RB-LB Larry St. Pierre (33 catches, 418 yards, 4 TD; 3 rush TD; 44 tackles); Sr. DB Matt Wojiechowski (104 tackles).

WORDS: It’s the first time in the history of this wacky blog that we’ve used the stat “PANCAKE BLOCKS.” The joy that brings us is indescribable. Killingly, home to a different kind of RPO (RUN PEOPLE OVER), likes to use the same kind of offensive approach one sees from a herd of charging elephants. It has run FOUR HUNDRED AND EIGHTY FOUR times this season for 4,354 yards at nine yards a clip. It’s beautiful, man. Capital Prep/Achievement First (6 yards) and New London (6.6 yards) were the only teams to hold Killingly under 8 yards a carry. Law got the full Killingly experience on Tuesday when Lockwood ran 25 times for THREE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY EIGHT YARDS and six touchdowns in a the latter’s 57-21 rout (Lockwood also had three picks). Lockwood is eighth in most rushing yards in a season, according to the Connecticut High School Football Record Book and needs 193 yards to pass former Weaver great John Weaver for seventh. Dunn has allowed the Redcoats to go vertical a scooch more than they have in past seasons. Killingly has been pretty good against the run, so perhaps Berlin opts to throw more on Sunday. Dunn completed 12 of 15 passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns in Tuesday’s 27-14 win over Watertown. Yeah, 15 pass attempts in a game ain’t exactly like Mike Leach’s Washington State Cougars, but you’re living well if you’re averaging 13.5 yards per throw. St. Pierre is Berlin’s most dangerous offensive weapon (he had six catches for 69 yards and a touchdown and ran for another against Watertown). Halkias isn’t petite and barrelled his way for 132 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries Tuesday.

CALPREPS SEZ: Killingly 40-10.

GAMETIMECT SEZ: Killingly.

POLECAT SEZ: Killingly.

Ryan Lacey and Sean Patrick Star, GameTimeCT/Hearst Monolith: Class M previews.

Marc Allard, Norwich Bulletin: After cancer battle, Killingly’s Politis relishing leadership role.

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CLASS M

No. 7 SMSA/UNIVERSITY/CLASSICAL at No. 6 BARLOW

WHERE: Barlow High.

RECORDS: Barlow 8-3; SMSA/U/C 8-3.

DISTANCE: 63.2 miles, one hour, six minutes.

BARLOW DUDES: Sr. OL-DE Danny Brey (6-4, 215; 30 tackles, 4.5 sacks); Sr. RB-MLB Will Cusick (54 carries, 599 yards, 11 TD; 35 tackles, 2.5 sacks); Jr. OL-DT Will Denny (6-2, 270); Sr. QB-DB Trevor Furrer (16-of-47 passing, 219 yards, 4 TD; 185 carries, 1,606 yards, 13 TD; 53 tackles, 4 INT); Jr. G-DT Cas Koopman (6-0, 223); Sr. RB-LB Cal Peterson (127 carries, 1,018 yards, 11 TD; 80 tackles); Sr. WR-CB Will Reed (32 tackles); Sr. RB-LB Alex Stillman (134 tackles, 2.5 sacks); Sr. WR-CB Charlie Wilson (46 tackles, 3 INT).

SMSA/U/C DUDES: Sr. OL-MLB Devon Daniels (84 solo tackles, 117 total tackles); Jr. Luis Guzman (68 tackles); Jr. WR-DB Naseim Harrison (6-3, 175; 43 catches, 904 yards, 12 TD; 63 tackles, 8 INT); So. QB-SS Devin Hill (135-of-240 passing, 2,290 yards, 28 TD; 129 carries, 563 yards, 7 TD); Jr. WR-DB Hayden Jordan (52 catches, 720 yards, 9 TD; 66 tackles, 4 INT); Jr. RB-DB Josh McLeggon (127 carries, 757 yards, 12 TD); So. RB-OLB Jordan Rivera (99 tackles, 5 sacks); Sr. RB-DL Alex Swan (88 tackles, 4 sacks).

WORDS: It's the CIAC’s Odd Couple semifinal matchup! No one has run the ball more than Barlow as its used its sexy triple option to rush FIVE HUNDRED AND FOURTY FIVE TIMES for 4,509 yards and 50 TDs. Okay, the TIGERHAWKS have run more than they’ve thrown (they have a 309-243 run-pass split), but they’re an Arena football team compared to the Falcons. Hill is a dual-threat (he’s the team’s second-leading rusher). He completed 10 of 19 passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns and ran 11 times for 67 yards and a score in Tuesday’s 32-29 win over Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton/Lyman Memorial. You’d also be throwing it early and often if you had as tall a target as Harrison. We’d be cads if we didn’t mention that Daniels had 12 tackles and a pick in SMSA/University/Classical’s win. Furrer had everyone buzzing after running 33 times for THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY ONE YARDS and three touchdowns in Tuesday’s 47-34 upset of second-seeded Sheehan. He was close to having the perfect game but threw twice (his one completion was a 23-yard touchdown pass to 6-foot-6 Kevin Richetelli). Cusick (10 carries, 73 yards), Peterson and Stillman all ran for touchdowns, too.

CALPREPS SEZ: Barlow 44-20.

GAMETIMECT SEZ: Barlow.

POLECAT SEZ: Barlow.

Ryan Lacey and Sean Patrick Star, GameTimeCT/Hearst Monolith: Class M previews.

Ryan Lacey, GameTimeCT/Hearst Monolith: Receivers, offensive line pave way for Barlow’s option attack.

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CLASS S

No. 5 STAFFORD/EAST WINDSOR/SOMERS at No. 1 ANSONIA

WHERE: Nolan Field, Ansonia.

RECORDS: Ansonia 11-0; S/EW/S 10-1.

LOOK: NFHSNetwork.

DISTANCE: 74.9 miles, one hour, 15 minutes.

ANSONIA DUDES: Jr. RB-DB Darwin Amaya (60 carries, 833 yards, 15 TD; 3 catches, 104 yards, 2 TD); Jr. OL-LB Martin Antoine; Jr. RB-LB Terjuan Burney (6-0, 235); RB Markell Dobbs (133 carries, 1,927 yards, 32 TD); Sr. OL-DL Alex Hernandez; Sr. OL-DE Mike LaRovera (6-0, 210); QB-DB Justin Lopez (23-of-45 passing, 658 yards, 2 TD; 30 carries, 466 yards, 5 TD); Sr. OL-NG Kolby Ortiz (6-1, 230); Sr. OL-DL Kevin Rascoe (6-0, 255); Jr. TE-LB Cody Teodosio; Sr. WR-DB Brent Washington (10 catches, 346 yards, 6 TD).

S/EW/S DUDES: Jr. QB-DB Colton Engel (84-of-137 passing, 984 yard, 11 TD; 234 carries, 1,824 yards, 11 TD; 24 tackles, 3 INT); Jr. RB-DB Cody Gebo (64 tackles, 6 sacks); Jr. OL-LB Tyler Gilbert (56 tackles); Sr. RB-DL Jalen Irving (6-3, 205; 47 tackles, 4 sacks); Jr. RB-DB Jeff Kology (35 tackles, 488 yards, 6 TD; 36 tackles); Jr. OL-LB Jonathan Kopek (106 tacckles, 7 sacks); Jr. RB-DB Julien Rivas (106 carries, 545 yards, 5 TD; 21 catches, 207 yards, 2 TD).

WORDS: S/EW/S made the playoffs for the first time in history last year. Its quarterfinal opponent? Ansonia, which rolled 48-0. The Bulldogs made the playoffs again this season and rallied Tuesday to beat Bullard-Havens for its first playoff win (20-12). Their reward is another game against the Class S kings. Three playoff games. Two against Ansonia. Think about the rotten odds involved. It’s like the odds of getting hit by lightning again — if one was the late Roy Sullivan. Anywhizzle, S/EW/S will nonetheless roll into Nolan Field looking to shock folks (not the world though — let’s not get full of ourselves). Engel is the conduit through which all of the Bulldogs’ offense flows. He ran 25 times for 142 yards and a touchdown and completed 11 of 13 passes for 94 yards and a score in the triumph over B-H. Kopek seems to have a nose for the ball (he had 13 tackles vs. B-H), so he’ll surely see a lot of Dobbs. The Central Connecticut-bound senior ran 26 times for 232 yards in Tuesday's 51-16 thwacking of Seymour. The S/EW/S staff must be thrilled to learn that Amaya was so involved in that win. He had 14 carries for 165 yards and two touchdowns and caught a 39-yard touchdown pass from Lopez. The Chargers’ defense is equally menacing. Ansonia will be unlike anyone the Bulldogs have played this season. Then again, Ansonia is unlike anyone that most teams have played this season.

CALPREPS SEZ: Ansonia 42-3.

GAMETIMECT SEZ: Ansonia.

POLECAT SEZ: Ansonia.

John Nash and Sean Patrick Star, GameTimeCT/Hearst Monolith: Class S previews.

Roger Cleaveland, Waterbury National Communist: Dobbs proves he belongs in line of great Ansonia running backs.

Mark Jaffe, Waterbury National Communist: Ansonia not taking semifinal foe lightly; and, Stafford hasn’t forgotten last year’s loss.

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CLASS S

No. 2 ST. JOSEPH vs. No. 3 ROCKY HILL

WHERE: Trumbull High.

RECORDS: St. Joseph 10-1; Rocky Hill 11-0.

DISTANCE: 48 miles, 47 minutes.

ST. JOSEPH DUDES: Sr. LB Jude Andrzejewski (5-11, 212; 67 tackles, 6 sacks, 2 INT); Jr. Jesse Bike (31 catches, 460 yards, 4 TD); So. Will Diamantis (38 catches, 538 yards, 8 TD); Sr. DB Mike DiLorio (68 yards); Jr. K Luke Kirby (63-64 XP, 6-8 FG); Jr. LB Jesse Lawson (62 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 INT); Sr. WR Jared Mallozzi (62 catches, 856 yards, 15 TD); So. OL-DE Mike Morrissey (44 tackles, 3.5 sacks); Sr. DB Connor Murphy (35 tackles); Jr. TE Phil Pasmeg (6-0, 220 pounds; 44 catches, 676 yards, 8 TD); So. RB Jaden Shirden (157 carries, 991 yards, 17 TD; 18 catches, 208 yards, 4 TD); Jr. QB David Summers (193-of-292 passing, 2,738 yards, 39 TD; 4 rushing TD).

ROCKY HILL DUDES: Sr. G-DE Dante Baker; So. T-DT Alex Boutin; Sr. RB-SS-K Joe Catania; Sr. QB Danny Cavallaro; Sr. G-DE Anthony Feliciano; Sr. RB-DB Joe Ferreira; Sr. FB-LB Cole Fishberg; Jr. S Ja'quan Graham; Sr. Jack Hansen; Sr. S Jordan Jones; Jr. CB Belail Matar; Sr. WR-LB Matt Osgood.

WORDS: Rocky Hill’s defense has been pretty swanky this season. It allowed just 72 points in 11 games, tying Darien for the fewest in the state. Valley Regional/Old Lyme was the third team to score in double digits against the Terriers in the latter’s 34-21 win Tuesday. It’s safe to write that the Cadets will be the fourth team to do so as their passing game ranks among the state’s best. Find us a better and deeper receiving core in CIAC foots balls than Mallozzi, Pasmeg, Diamantis and Bike. YOU CAN’T. Summers has fit in just fine in his first season with St. Joseph. He’s completed 80.6 percent of his passes the past two games for 518 yards and 10 TDs to just one INT. Andrzejewski is kind of a problem for offenses to deal with. The Cadets’ offensive line has struggled at times, so Rocky Hill had best exploit that if it hopes to win (we’re looking at you, Dante Baker). There’s a lot to like about the Terriers, namely that they use GOD’S OFFENSE. They ran 64 times for 409 yards and five touchdowns in Tuesday’s win. They nearly had three 100-yard rushers, too — WINGBACK Joe Catania (30 carries, 171 yards, TD), WINGBACK Joe Ferreira (20 carries, 135 yards, 2 TDs), and QB Dan Cavallaro (9 carries, 84 yards, 2 TDs). The Terriers will get physical with St. Joseph and won’t back down, but they’re playing a different breed of Class S team here.

CALPREPS SEZ: St. Joseph 42-14.

GAMETIMECT SEZ: St. Joseph.

POLECAT SEZ: St. Joseph.

John Nash and Sean Patrick Star, GameTimeCT/Hearst Monolith: Class S previews.

John Nash, GameTimeCT/Hearst Monolith: St. Joseph preparing to tackle Rocky Hill’s notorious ground attack.Notorious? Is Rocky Hill on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List?

Dave Ruden, HIS WEBSITE: St. Joseph One Win Away From Anticipated Class S Final.

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MOAR Things for YOU to read before you take off for a game:

• Sean Begin, Hartford Courant: Semifinals capsules.

• Doug Bonjour, GameTimeCT/Hearst Monolith: Breaking down the semifinals. 

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Ned Freeman’s cold, calculating computer rankings at CalPreps.com through the quarterfinals: 1. Darien; 2. Greenwich; 3. St. Joseph; 4. West Haven; 5. New Canaan; 6. Hand; 7. Masuk; 8. Windsor; 9. Ridgefield (7-3), and, 10. Middletown. Ansonia moved up to No. 13

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Thanks for reading. More after Sunday’s games.

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