CIAC football championship roundup
Greenwich 34, New Canaan 0
AJ Barber had 10 catches for 157 yards and three touchdowns and made a spectacular catch on a receiver option play to throw for another as Greenwich routed New Canaan to win its eighth CIAC state championship in Saturday’s Class LL final and complete a dominant season.
The Cardinals (13-0) were the top-ranked team in The Day state coaches' and GameTimeCT/New Haven Register media polls and will likely finish as No. 1 for the first time in program history.
Greenwich’s defense limited the Rams to just 131 yards on 50 plays. It allowed a state-low 54 points this season.
New Canaan finished 10-3. It was beaten by the Cardinals during the regular season (42-14, Oct. 6) in what was the latter’s closest game.
Barber, the son of former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber, scored on catches of 3, 60 and 10 yards. His touchdown pass was a highlight-reel play.
Greenwich quarterback Gavin Muir threw a backwards pass toward Barber as he was pressured that sailed high. Barber jumped, reached backwards with his left arm and made a one-handed catch. He quickly set himself and threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Clark that gave the Cardinals a 19-0 lead with 7 minutes, 35 seconds left in the first half.
Muir completed 24 of 33 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns and scored on an 8-yard run for Greenwich. Tysen Comizio ran 22 times for 147 yards, Lance Large had eight catches for 83 yards and Larry DeLuca had two of the Cardinals’ four sacks.
It was the first state final in which the head coaches were father (New Canaan’s Lou Marinelli) and son (John Marinelli).
Hand 54, Maloney 14
Phoenix Billings completed 5 of 11 passes for 79 yards with three touchdowns and scored on a 14-yard run as the Tigers scored all their points in the first half to emphatically defend their Class L title.
Colin McCabe ran eight times for 144 yards and two touchdowns for Hand (13-0), which has won 13 CIAC titles.
Chris Bartosic (6 yards), Kevin Girardi (36) and Ethan Haberman (22) all caught touchdowns for the Tigers. Julian Banerji also scored on a 47-yard punt return and Ben Corniello had three of the Tigers’ seven sacks.
Maurice Brackett caught a 42-yard touchdown from Elliot Good on the game’s first play for the Spartans (10-3). Good completed 17 of 34 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns.
Vincent Martinez caught five passes for 90 yards for Maloney and Kamron Moreno had three catches for 51 yards and a score.
St. Joseph 70, Berlin 18
Maryland-bound David Summers completed 17 of 24 passes for 369 yards and six touchdowns as the Cadets set a finals record for points to win the Class M title in a rout.
It was the second straight state championship and 14th overall for St. Joseph (12-1). Only Ansonia has won more (20).
The Cadets’ 70 points topped the mark set by Weaver in its 69-26 win over Darien in the 1999 Class M final.
Jaden Shirden ran 10 times for 167 yards and three touchdowns for St. Joseph. Jesse Bike (four catches, 162 yards), Will Diamantis (five catches, 152 yards) and Brady Hutchinson (seven catches, 63 yards) all caught two touchdowns.
Alex Halkias scored on a 60-yard catch and a 62-yard run for the Redcoats (12-1). Kevin Dunn completed 16 of 32 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown for Berlin and scored on an 18-yard run.
Bloomfield 25, Haddam-Killingworth 7
Ky’Juon Butler ran 23 times for 149 yards and a touchdown, had nine tackles and recovered a fumble as the Warhawks won the Class S title.
It’s the ninth CIAC championship for the Warhawks (12-1).
Anthony Simpson had five catches for 92 yards and two touchdowns for Bloomfield. Daron Bryden completed 15 of 20 passes for 201 yards with three touchdowns and Michael Raiford scored on a 30-yard catch.
Dalton Modehn ran 35 times for 141 yards and a touchdown for the Cougars (11-2). Tobey Callender added 15 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown and James Murphy scored on a 2-yard run.