CIAC football championship roundup

Class LL

No. 4 Southington vs. No. 7 Fairfield Prep - The game, originally scheduled for Saturday at Central Connecticut State's Arute Field in New Britain, was postponed by snow. It has tentatively been rescheduled for today at 3 p.m. at West Haven High School, but CIAC officials will wait to see what conditions are like this morning before determining if the game will played.

CIAC officials did say, however, it might be possible to play the game on Monday night.

Class L

No. 3 New Canaan 44, No. 1 Darien 12 - Alex LaPolice returned the game's opening kickoff 61 yards, New Canaan scored moments later and the Rams won the program's ninth state title with an impressive victory over the rival in the snow at Boyle Stadium in Stamford.

New Canaan (14-1) avenged a 28-24 loss to Darien (12-2) on Thanksgiving Day.

"From the opening kickoff, they came down the field and scored right away," New Canaan coach Lou Marinelli said. "I think our kids were just determined. I think they were tired about hearing how they lost to Darien (28-24) and maybe they're not for real, they're overrated and everything else.

"I really think they played with a chip on their shoulders."

Nick Cascione completed 14 of 24 passes for 226 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Rams. He also ran 11 times for 76 yards and a score. LaPolice had four catches for 86 yards and a touchdown and also scored on a 43-yard punt return.

Frank Cognetta ran 12 times for 68 yards and a score for New Canaan and Cole Turpin added four catches for 65 yards and a touchdown. Peter Swindell also kicked a 30-yard field goal.

Silas Wyper ran for two touchdowns for the Blue Wave.

Class M

No. 2 St. Joseph 54, No. 5 Brookfield 16: St. Joseph won its third state title in the last five years with an easy victory over Brookfield at Arute Field.

Musfasha Abdul Basir rushed for 166-yards and two touchdowns, all in the first half, leading the way for the Cadets (13-2) in the snowy conditions.

"More due to the field conditions when we got here, we thought we'd have to play more of an inside game," St. Joseph coach Joe Dellavecchia.

St. Joseph's quarterback Jordan Vazzano started the game off throwing two incomplete passes. He then completed his last five passes, four of them for touchdowns, including a 54-yarder to Abdul Basir.

Jack Yerxa also returned a fumble 40 yards for another St. Joseph touchdown just 1:03 into the second half.

"We got beat by a better team, they were as advertised," Brookfield coach Rich Angarano said. "Not much we could do as an offense and they ran the ball down our throats."

Brad Westmark (27 yards) and Bobby Drysdale (50 yards) had fourth-quarter touchdown runs for the Bobcats, who finish 11-4.


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