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Class M quarterfinals
Yellowjackets smother Plainville in 41-6 rout
TORRINGTON, Nov. 30 – A team that got to the CIAC Class M playoffs with its defense scored the first five times they touched the ball Tuesday night in the Class M quarterfinals at Torrington High School.

Gilbert/Northwestern, whose run into the playoffs was fueled by a dominant victory over Canton and a superb shutout win over Avon two weeks ago, rolled over Plainville, 41-6 to earn its first-ever CIAC tournament win and a berth in the Class M semifinals on Saturday against Hillhouse-New Haven.

Gilbert (9-2) was in charge from the start, racing out to a 21-0 lead after one quarter and a 35-0 lead at halftime.

The Yellowjackets didn’t allow Plainville a first down until there was about six minutes remaining in the third quarter. The Blue Devils (8-3) had minus 14 yards of offense in the first half.

Gilbert quarterback Bob Lippincott threw three TD passes in the first half, two to Sean Fitzgerald of 41 and 66 yards. Lippincott finished the evening completing 4-of-4 passes for 124 yards and 3 TDs.

Through three quarters, Gilbert allowed Plainville 10 yards of offense, had five tackles for losses and intercepted a pair of passes.

“The story of the game has to be our defense,” Gilbert coach Scott Salius said. “We pride ourselves on our defense. We put a lot of pressure on our defense line. We have three defensive linemen who have to do the job of five. We don’t have a lot of size but we try to make up for it with speed and getting into the backfield.”

“We executed our game plan perfectly,” Salius said. “Plainville is a good offensive football team. Our defense set the tone but the offense picked it up.”

Gilbert scored on its first drive. Lippincott found Fitzgerald down the sideline for a 20-yard completion. But Fitzgerald got away from two Plainville tacklers and raced down the sideline for a 41-yard touchdown pass with just 8:39 gone in the game and a 7-0 Gilbert lead.

“They got caught up in the play action fake,” Salius said.

Fitzgerald’s extra effort to escape two Blue Devil tacklers fired up the Yellowjackets. “When you see one person make that kind of effort, it pumps up everyone,” Salius said.

Plainville went backwards on its first possession. They were hit for losses on two of three plays and on fourth down, the snap sailed high over the head of punter Nick Moshier, who recovered the ball on the Plainville 3 after a 25-yard loss.

Gilbert’s Drew McCarthy scored on the next play for a 14-0 lead with 6:00 left in the first half.
On Plainville’s next possession, quarterback Antonio Lipizzo lost six yards on a third-and-one play and the Blue Devils had to punt.

Two plays later, Lippincott found Fitzgerald in the open for a 66-yard touchdown pass down the right sideline. Connor Gulheen made a nice block to allow Fitzgerald to score and give Gilbert a commanding 21-0 lead with 2:48 left in the first half.

Lippincott’s 26-yard run was the key play in Gilbert’s six-play, 63-yard march that made it 28-0 with 9:50 remaining in the second quarter.

HISTORICAL TIDBITS that don't mean much: It was the first game between the two teams since 1974 and Gilbert's first win over Plainville since 1953. ... The Yellowjackets lead the series, 7-5. The two teams played seven times from 1934-40. .... Gilbert has never played Hillhouse.

Gilbert/NWR 41, Plainville 6
At Torrington
Plainville (8-3)0    0  0  6 -- 6
Gilbert (9-2)  21  14   6  0 – 41
First quarter
G: Sean Fitzgerald 41 pass from Bob Lippincott (John Ambrozaitis kick), 8:39
G: Drew McCarthy 3 run (Ambrozaitis kick), 6:00
G: Fitzgerald 66 pass from Lippincott (Ambrozaitis kick), 2:48
Second quarter
G: McCarthy 14 pass from Lippincott (Ambrozaitis kick), 9:50
G: Kyle Jones 1 run (Ambrozaitis kick), 3:54
Third quarter
G: Devon Molway 1 run (kick wide), 6:42
Fourth quarter
P: Josh Foster 66 run (kick blocked), 3:46
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Gilbert – Drew McCarthy 2-11, Devon Molway 16-80, Kyle Jones 4-17, Bob Lippincott 2-34, Nick Sullivan 1-2, Ambrozaitis 8-20, John Lippincott 2-8; Plainville – Antonio Lopizzo 4-minus 4, Chris Kuzia 5-15, Adam Foster 7-1, Kevin Waite 2-6, Dean DeMartinis 1-minus 4, Dan Bates 1-25, Mark Durkee 2-12, John Foster 1-66
PASSING: Gilbert – Bob Lippincott 4-4-0, 124, Nick Sullivan 0-1-0, 0; Plainville – Antonio Lopizzo 0-6-2, 0
RECEIVING: Gilbert – Sean Fitzgerald 2-105; Drew McCarthy 2-19

CIAC tournaments

Class LL quarterfinals
Xavier 28, West Haven 7
Glastonbury 7, Staples 6
NFA 30, Hall 14
Trumbull 27, Conard 9

Class LL semifinals
No. 1 Xavier (11-0) vs. No. 4 Glastonbury (10-1)
No. 2 NFA (11-0) vs. No. 3 Trumbull (10-2)

Class L quarterfinals
Masuk 49, Bristol Eastern 23
Darien 31, Wethersfield 7
Hand 19, North Haven 7
New Canaan 21, Naugatuck 12

Class L semifinals
No. 1 Masuk (11-0) vs. No. 5 Darien (11-1)
No. 2 Hand (10-1) vs. No. 6 New Canaan (10-1)

Class M quarterfinals
Hillhouse 33, Berlin 31
New London 53, Platt High 14
Brookfield 50, Lyman Hall 21

Class M semifinals
No. 8 Hillhouse (8-3) vs. No. 4 Gilbert (9-2)
No. 2 New London (9-2) vs. No. 3 Brookfield (9-2)

Class S quarterfinals
Valley Regional/OL 37, Sacred Heart 34
St. Joseph's 48, Woodland 12
Montville 55, Cromwell 28
Ansonia 47, Hyde 26

Class S semifinals
No. 1 Valley Regional/OL (11-0) vs. No. 4 St. Joseph's (8-3)
No. 2 Montville (10-1) vs. No. 3 Ansonia (10-1)

Courtesy Timothy Gaffney, Litchfield County Sports
The Yellowjacket defense stood tall in Tuesday night's Class M quarterfinal win over Plainville. From left, Kyle Jones (40), Zach Gain (72), Jim Schmitz (54), Charlie Shea (63) and Sean Fitzgerald (90).
Class M semifinals
Hillhouse wears down pesky Yellowjackets
WATERBURY, Dec. 4 – For two quarters, the Gilbert/Northwestern Regional football team stood toe to toe with New Haven’s Hillhouse High. Even after the Academics raced out to a two-touchdown lead after one quarter, the Yellowjackets were able to use their defense to take a two-point lead.

But Hillhouse was too quick and too hard hitting.
Five Gilbert players left the game with injuries and some key defensive plays by the Academics enabled No. 8 Hillhouse to earn a spot in the Class M championship game with a 42-14 victory over No. 4 Gilbert at Municipal Stadium Saturday.

After Hillhouse (9-3) took a 12-0 lead by scoring on its first two drives of the first quarter, the Yellowjackets responded with a pair of touchdown drives to take a 14-12 lead. Gilbert actually moved the ball well on its first drive, getting as far as the Hillhouse four-yard line before the Academics stiffened forcing a 26-yard field goal attempt that was short.

Trailing 12-0, Gilbert quarterback Bobby Lippincott raced 26 yards around the end fo the Hillhouse 42-yard line. Two plays later, Drew McCarthy broke through the line for a 30-yard touchdown run. John Ambrozaitis’ kick was good to cut the lead to 12-7.

On Hillhouse’s next possession, the Academics got as far at the Gilbert 21 but were set back by a holding penalty. On fourth and seven from the Gilbert 39, McCarthy made a great open field tackle to help the Yellowjackets take over on downs.

Gilbert wasn’t able to take advantage and on fourth down, Lippincott nailed a 57-yard punt that was downed on the Hillhouse 4-yard line. On the first play, Gilbert’s Kyle Jones forced a fumble that Lippincott recovered. Two plays later, Lippincott scored from three yards away for a 14-12 lead with 4:55 left in the second quarter.

“What helped was the first drive knowing we could move the ball on them if we needed to,” Gilbert coach Scott Salius said. “It wasn’t beyond them at 12-0 to come back.”

Molway, who led Gilbert with 110 yards on 14 carries, had a 49-yard run to the Hillhouse seven on that initial drive. But after a three-yard gain to the four, Lippincott was hit for a five-yard loss and a third down pass was incomplete.

“We have to punch the ball in,” Salius said afterwards. “We have to score. You can’t get inside the 10 and not score. You play games to get into the end zone.”

Gilbert nearly led at halftime. Hillhouse took over on its own nine-yard line with 1:42 left in the second quarter. But sophomore quarterback Je’Vaughn Moore calmly led Hillhouse downfield. The Academics ran for 47 yards on five straight running plays before Moore completed a 22-yard pass to Steven DeJournett and a 10-yard pass to Andre Anderson to the Gilbert 13 with 15 seconds remaining.

After an incompletion, Moore found William Glover in the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown pass. A two-point conversion run from Taurese Washington made it 20-14 with 7.4 seconds remaining.

“We had some good breaks, some turnovers,” Salius said. “We needed to create turnovers. We knew we could match them speed for speed on the corners so we had to make plays. We’re able to make plays to (halftime) and it was anybody’s ballgame.”

Injuries were beginning to take their toll on the Yellowjackets. On the first play of the game, John Lippincott, Gilbert’s starting outside linebacker was injured with a concussion. In the second quarter, John Marshall, a starter on both sides of the ball was injured trying to recover a kickoff.

On its opening drive of the third quarter, Hillhouse tried gain a first down on fourth-and-one near midfield. Gilbert held and took over. But after a 18-yard run by Molway, he was stripped of the ball by Glover. The ball spun on its nose and nearly rolled out of bounds. But it didn’t and Glover scrambled on all fours to recover the ball.

Three plays later, Hillhouse’s Harold Cooper ran 25 yards to the Gilbert 42-yard line. Then Moore hit Glover for a 42-yard touchdown pass down the sideline for a 28-14 lead.

Gilbert wasn’t dead, yet. McCarthy had a 39-yard kickoff return to the Gilbert 45. With some nice running from Lippincott (32 yards on 3 carries), the Yellowjackets marched to the Hillhouse seven.. Molway gained three yards to the four and Kyle Jones gained two to Academics two. On third down and goal, Lippincott got to the one.

But on fourth down, Jones was stopped and the Academics took over with 2:40 left in the third quarter. A play earlier, Gilbert center Jim Schmitz was injured and was out for the game.

“Those were big defensive plays,” Hillhouse coach Tom Dyer said. “The biggest change was that goal line stand. We made some good plays. Our defensive tackles really came up big.”

Hillhouse added a pair of touchdowns from Taurese Washington in the fourth quarter. Jones and Molway were injured in the final quarter and left the game.
“Losing five players on a team with 33 isn’t that easy,” Salius said. “But that is a good team. They are one of the best teams we’ve every seen. They had a mix of size and speed. For our kids to be able to hang in there in an environment like this, there is no shame in that.”

Moore completed 7-of-13 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns. Cooper, only a freshman, ran for 130 yards on 13 carries. Washington finished with 97 yards on 13 carries for Hillhouse.

“The important thing is that kids made plays,” Dyer said. “We don’t have some big superstars. You said kids step up for their team when they needed it.”

New London 30, Brookfield 12
STRATFORD, Dec. 4 -- Jevon Elmore ran for 151 yards and two touchdowns and New London advanced to its 11th state championship game with a 30-12 win over Brookfield in the Class M semifinals at Bunnell High School.

Elmore's 72-yard run with 9:38 remaining allowed the Whalers (10-2) to turn a 17-12 lead into 23-12. Elmore scored on a 73-yard run earlier in the game.  Kyle McKinnon ran for 153 yards for the Whalers.

New London quarterback Josh Clements completed 10 of 19 passes for 111 yards and also kicked a 25-yard field goal on the last play of the first half to give New London a 17-12 lead.

Boeing Brown finished 20-of-37 for 291 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions for Brookfield (9-3). Brown hit Brian Kelly from 59 yards out to give the Bobcats their only lead, 6-0, with 9:09 left in the first period.  Leaon Gordon led Brookfield with 83 yards rushing.

Kyle Jones (40) leads Gilbert quarterback Bobby Lippincott (14) in Saturday's Class M semifinal gainst Hillhouse
Class M boxscores
Hillhouse 42, Gilbert/NWR 14
At Waterbury
Hillhouse     12  8  8  14 – 42
Gilbert/NWR  0 14  0  0  -- 14
First quarter
H: Jevaughn Moore 3 run (kick blocked), 4:22
H: Harold Cooper 25 run (kick failed), 1:24
Second quarter
G: Drew McCarthy 30 run (John Ambrozaitis kick), 11:48
G: Bobby Lippincott 1 run (Ambrozaitis kick), 4:55
H: William Glover 13 pass from Moore (Taurese Washington run), 0:07
Third quarter
H: Glover 42 pass from Moore (Washington run), 7:18
Fourth quarter
H: Taurese Washington 18 run (Moore kick), 9:22
H: Washington 33 run (Moore kick), 7:34
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Hillhouse -- Andre Anderson, 6-42; Harold Cooper, 13-130; Taurese Washington, 13-97; Jevaughn Moore, 6-25; Mario Callahan, 2-7; Gilbert/NWR -- Drew McCarthy, 4-30; Bobby Lippincott, 14-69; Devon Molway, 14-110; Kyle Jones, 5-16; John Ambrozaitis, 3-11
PASSING: Hillhouse -- Jevaughn Moore, 7-13-0, 158; Gilbert/NWR -- Bobby Lippincott, 3-14-0, 24; Drew McCarthy, 1-1-0, 16
RECEIVING: Hillhouse -- William Glover, 2-55; Steve Dejournett, 2-74; Andre Anderson, 3-29; Gilbert/NWR -- Bobby Lippincott, 1-16; John Ambrozaitis, 1-5; Sean Fitzgerald, 2-19
MISSED FIELD GOAL: Jean Paul Dulac 26 yards

Team statistics
First downs 1522
Rushing yards     236        301
Passing yards       40        158
Comp-att-int    4-15-0    7-13-0
Fumbles-lost        2-1        2-2
Penalties-yards   2-20       0-0
Total offense      459       276

New London 30, Brookfield 12
At Bunnell
Brookfield 6  6  0  0  -- 12
New London    14  3  0  13  -- 30
First quarter
B - Brian Kelly 59 pass from Boeing Brown (kick failed)
NL - Jason Piontkowski 2 pass from Josh Clements (Clements kick)
NL - Jevon Elmore 63 run (Clements kick)
Second quarter
B - Leaon Gordon 39 run (kick failed)
NL - Clements 25 FG
Fourth quarter
NL - Elmore 72 run (kick failed)
NL - Stephan Dance 3 run (Clemens kick)
Individual statistics
RUSHING – New London -- Kyle McKinnon 18-153; Jevon Elmore 4-151; Josh Clemens 5- minus 15; Carlos Lozada 2-4; Stephan Dance 3-6; Brookfield - Leaon Gordon 17-83, Boeing Brown 6- minus 17; Tyler Puglisi 3-11; Brian Kelly 3-8
PASSING – New London: Clemens 10-19-0, 111 yards; Brookfield -- Brown 20-37-3, 291 yards
RECEIVING: New London - Garick McQueen 1-32; Jason Piontkowski 4-38; Khaleed Fields 3-29; Dance 1-12; Brookfield - Kelly 4-104; Nick Paez 3-29; David DePoi 2-39; Alphonso Gordon 3-33; Nick Moores 5-55; L. Gordon 3-31
2010 CIAC finals
At Rentschler Field, East Hartford
Class LL: Xavier (13-0) remains undefeated with 24-13 win over Trumbull (11-3)
Class L: Masuk (13-0) still undefeated after 50-20 rout over New Canaan (11-2)
Class M: No. 8 Hillhouse (10-3) gets the touchdown in a 7-0 win over New London (10-3) Class S: Another state title for St. Joseph (10-3) after 49-28 win over Ansonia (11-2)

Other CIAC semifinals

Class S
Ansonia 46, Montville 15
MIDDLETOWN, Dec. 4 -- Montrell Dobbs ran 36 times for 363 yards and four touchdowns -- four in the second half -- and No. 3 Ansonia ran away from second-seeded Montville, 46-15, in a CIAC Class S semifinal at Middletown High Schoo. Dobbs ran for a 51-yard score with 3:53 remaining in the second quarter to cap a 99-yard drive. He had touchdown runs of 23, 29, 1 and 1 in the second half.

Montville's Tyler Girard-Floyd injured his right ankle on the first play from srimmage -- a 1-yard run -- and didn't have another carry. He played sporadically at defensive end and took some snaps from quarterback in Montville's Wildcat package, throwing an interception on his only attempt.

Skyler McNair ran 16 times for 132 yards and a touchdown for Montville (10-2), but lost two fumbles inside the 5-yard line.

Freshman Arkeel Newsome caught a 47-yard touchdown on a screen pass from Elliot Chudwick for Ansonia's first score and finished with 60 yards rushing on 12 carries. Newsome also had a pair of interceptions on defense.

Montville quarterback Troy Nunes was 9-for-18 passing for 164 yards and a 22-yard touchdown to Robert Johnson, who caught four passes for 85 yards. Brandon Johnson caught three passes for 46 yards.

Ansonia 46, Montville 15
At Middletown
Ansonia     8 8 14 16--46
Montville   7 0   8  0—15
First quarter
M: Skyler McNair 17 run (Ben Middel kick)
A: Arkeel Newsome 47 pass from Elliot Chudwick (Montrell Dobbs run)
Second quarter
A: Dobbs 51 run (Dobbs run)
Third quarter
A: Dobbs 23 run (Dobbs run)
A: Dobbs 29 run (run failed)
M: Robert Johnson 22 pass from Troy Nunes (Nunes run)
Fourth quarter
A: Dobbs 1 run (Dobbs pass from Newsome)
A: Dobbs 1 run (Newsome run)
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Ansonia -- Montrell Dobbs 36-363; Montville – Skyler McNair 16-132
PASSING: Ansonia -- Elliot Chudwick 2-5-0, 50; Montville – Troy Nunes 9-18-1, 164
RECEIVING: Ansonia – Arkeel Newsome 1-47; Montville – Brandon Johnson 4-85

St. Joseph 44, Valley Regional/OL 7
WATERBURY, Dec. 4 – St. Joseph-Trumbull returned to the Class S championship with a 44-7 rout of top-ranked Valley Regional/Old Lyme at Municipal Stadium. The Cadets exploded for 30 points in the third quarter to break open a seven-point contest. Senior QB Joe DellaVecchia completed 9-of-15 passes for 194 yards and 2 TDs for St. Joseph (9-3). Senior teammate Tyler Matakevich (12-87) ran for 2 TDs.

St. Joseph scored 16 points in 34 seconds in the third quarter to take a 30-7 lead. Following Matakevich's 25-yard touchdown run, Valley Regional took a safety. Then DellaVecchia connected with Pat Mulligan on the first of two long touchdown passes, hooking up for 55 yards.

Valley Regional/OL (11-1) scored their only touchdown on the game's opening drive. Mitchell King hauled in a 19-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jimmy Fairfield-Sonn. They reached the St. Joseph 4-yard line on their next possession but turned the ball over on downs.
St. Joseph 44, Valley Regional/OL 7
At Waterbury
St. Joseph                           014 30 0 --44
Valley Regional/Old Lyme  7 -0   0 0 —7
Frist quarter
VR: Mitchell King 19 pass from Jimmy Fairfield-Sonn (Ricky Harrison kick)
Second quarter
SJ: Joe DellaVecchia 2 run (Joe DoCarmo kick)
SJ: Tyler Matakevich 4 run (Joe DoCarmo kick)
Third quarter
SJ: Matakevich 25 run (DoCarmo kick)
SJ: safety, Valley
SJ: Pat Mulligan 55 pass from DellaVecchia (DoCarmo kick)
SJ: LJ Hunt 3 run (DoCarmo kick)
SJ: Mulligan 48 pass from DellaVecchia (DoCarmo kick)
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Valley – Jimmy Fairfield Sonn 21-91; St. Joseph – Matakevich 12-87, L.J. Hunt 10-81
PASSING: Valley – Fairfield Sonn 9-25-3, 111; St. Joseph -- DellaVecchia 9-15-0, 194
RECEIVING: St. Joseph – Pat Mulligan 3-106

Class L
Masuk 41, Darien 0
SHELTON, Dec. 4 - Quarterback Casey Cochran completed 18 of 22 passes for 365 yards and a touchdown and ran for another TD for No. 1 seed Masuk dominated FCIAC champion Darien, 41-0 at Funn Stadium.

Cochran, the Gatorade State Player of the Year as a junior, completed all 18 of his passes through three quarters. His one touchdown throw was 47 yards on a screen pass to Tom Milone with 24.7 seconds left before halftime to make it 28-0. His 1-yard TD run was the game's final touchdown to give Masuk (12-0) the 41-0 lead with 1:59 left in the third quarter.

Colin Markus was the leading ground gainer for the undefeated Panthers, rushing for 96 yards and the game's first two touchdowns on 17 carries. Graham Maybell led the Blue Wave (11-2) with 108 yards on 14 carries.

Darien quarterback Chris Allam completed 9 of 26 passes for 123 yards and two interceptions. The first interception was returned by Joe Diaz for a 55-yard touchdown to make it 21-0 with 5:42 left in the seocnd quarter.

The Blue Wave had an opportunity to tie the game at 7 late in the first quarter. Their eight-play drive moved down to Masuk's 1, but Brian Wiegand fumbled into the end zone, recovered by Masuk's Shawn Flynn with 19.2 seconds left in the period. Markus then went down and scored his second touchdown to give Masuk a two-touchdown lead.

Masuk 41, Darien 0
At Shelton
Darien     0   0   0 0 - 0
Masuk      7 21 13 0 - 41
First Quarter
M: Colin Markus 1 run (Jon Testani kick)
Second Quarter
M: Colin Markus 3 run (kick failed)
M: Joe Diaz 55 interception return (Testani run)
M: Tom Milone 47 pass from Casey Cohran (Testani kick)
Third Quarter
M: Tom Milone 3 run (Testani kick)
M: Casey Cohran 1 run (kick failed)
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Masuk: Colin Markus 17-96, Tom Milone 3-44; Darien: Graham Maybell 22-98; Chris Allam 5-23.
PASSING: Masuk: Casey Cochran 18-22-365; Darien: Chris Allam 9-26-123
RECEIVING: Masuk: Tom Milone 3-113; Jon Testani 3-63; Darien: Peter Gesualdi 5-68

New Canaan 39, Hand 21
WEST HAVEN, Dec. 4 -- New Canaan (11-1) gets an opportunity to win its fifth straight state title after beating Hand in the Class L semifinals, 39-21 at Ken Strong Stadium. Kevin Macari had eight catches for 110 yards and three touchdowns and returned a fumble 35 yards for another score for the No. 3 Rams. New Canaan scored 22 points in the third quarter to take a 39-14 lead.

Matthew Milano was 18 of 29 for 188 yards with three touchdowns for New Canaan (11-1). Macari added another fumble recovery on a kickoff, Cameron Armstrong had two interceptions and Ryan Shullman had one-and-a-half sacks, including one for a safety.

Zach Miller was 17 of 29 for 210 yards with two interceptions and a touchdown for the Tigers (10-2). He also ran for 53 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.

New Canaan 39, Hand 21
At West Haven
New Canaan    0 17 22 0--39
Hand                0 14   7 0--21
Second quarter
H -- Zach Miller 2 run (Ryan Bell kick)
NC -- Kevin Macari 6 pass from Matthew Milano (Collin Shapiro kick)
NC -- Marcari 35 fumble recovery (Shapiro kick)
H -- Nicolas Vitale 8 pass from Miller (Bell kick)
NC -- Shapiro 36 FG
Third quarter
NC -- Joseph Costigan 11 run (kick blocked)
NC -- Safety, Miller sacked in end zone by Ryan Shullman
NC -- Macari 38 pass from Milano (Shapiro kick)
NC -- Macari 12 pass from Milano (Shapiro kick)
H -- Michael Leone 5 run (Bell kick)
Individual statistics
RUSHING - New Canaan, Joseph Costigan 18-90, Matthew Milano 5-24, Conor Goodwin 5-20, Kevin McDonough 4-18; Hand, Zach Miller 18-53, Michael Leone 9-14, Kevin Frey 5-23, Nicolas Vitale 4-12, Dillon Wilson 1-3.
PASSING - New Canaan, Matthew Milano 18-29-188; Hand, Zach Miller 17-29-2-210.
RECEIVING - New Canaan, Kevin Micari 8-110, Patrick Newton 4-39, Connor Kilbane 2-17, John Brainard 1-7, Cameron Armstrong 1-6, Conor Goodwin 1-5, Willie Gould 1-4; Hand, Nicolas Vitale 6-91, Alec Pacelli 5-61, Chad Crisco 5-59, Leif Colberg 1-(-1).

Class LL
Xavier 24, Glastonbury 13
NEW HAVEN – Top-ranked Xavier used a smothering defense to beat Glastonbury, 24-13 and earn a spot in the Class LL championship game at Jess Dow Field in front of 3,941 fans. The Falcons sacked Tomahawk QB Cory Santor seven times and limited Glastonbury to 282 yards of offense. Xavier’s Mike Mastroiani rushed 29 times for 114 yards for the Falcons (12-0).

Glastonbury's Malcolm Crosson returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, but the Falcons went on to score 18 unanswered points. Xavier's Graham Stewart returned a fumble 17 yards for a touchdown to give Xavier a 18-7 lead with five seconds left in the first half. Santor completed 11-of-19 passes for 89 yards for Glastonbury (10-2).

Xavier 24, Glastonbury 13
At New Haven
Glastonbury    7   0 6 0 - 13
Xavier             6 12 6 0 - 24
First Quarter
G: Crosson 85 kickoff return (Solecki kick), 11:47.
X: D'Amato 63 run (kick failed), 0:05
Second quarter
X: Mastroiani 2 run (run failed), 8:57
X: Stewart 17 fumble recovery (pass failed), :05
Third quarter
G: Jack 22 run (run failed), 7:21
X: Murphy 10 pass from Tim Boyle (kick failed), :18
Individual statistics
RUSHING-Glastonbury, Crossom 7-42. Xavier, Mastroiani 29-114.
PASSING-Glastonbury, Santor 11-19-0-89. Xavier, Boyle 5-12-1-66.
RECEIVING-Glastonbury, Crossom 4-26. Xavier, Murphy 3-30.

Trumbull 21, NFA 6
WEST HAVEN, Dec. 4 – Ian Milne scored 2 TDs and ran for 104 yards on 20 carries to lead Trumbull (11-2) to a 21-6 win over previously undefeated NFA in the Class LL semifinals at Ken Strong Stadium. Milne also had a fumble recovery and interception for No. 3 Trumbull (11-2). Don Cherryadded a six-yard TD for the winners.

For No. 2 NFA (11-1), the Wildcats fumbled the ball on the Eagles’ goal line on back-to-back possessions in the third quarter. NFA scored on a 19-yard TD pass from Eric Washburn to Jaron Russell.

Trumbull 21, NFA 6
At West Haven
Trumbull       7 7 0 7--21
NFA               0 0 6 0--6
First quarter
T -- Ian Milne 9 run (Anthony Matera kick)
Second quarter
T -- Milne 28 run (Matera kick)
Third quarter
NFA -- Erik Washburn 19 pass to Jaron Russell (kick failed)
Fourth quarter
T -- Don Cherry 6 run (Matera kick)
Individual statistics
RUSHING, Trumbull, Ian Milne 20-104, Matt Lena 12-55, Don Cherry 12-54, Phil Terio 2-24, Nick Lombardi 1-9. NFA, Anthony Facchini 21-66, Erik Washburn 3-39, Isaiah Smith 2-8, Joey Paparelli 2-8, Colin Smith 1-5, Marcus Outlow 1-1.
PASSING, Trumbull, Ian Milne 6-10-1-83; NFA, Erik Washburn, 6-11-3-96.
RECEIVING, Trumbull, Phil Terio, 4-53, Thomas Pauciello 2-24; NFA, Jaron Russell 2-33, Colin Smith 2-21, Joey Paparelli 1-27, John Caruso 1-15.

Litchfield County Sports, Dec. 5: Ending doesn't dampen the greatest season in Gilbert football history
Masuk's Peter Perimenis (1) celebrates with teammates after the Panthers won the Class L championship with a 50-20 win over  New Canaan. Right, Hillhouse's Harold Cooper (1) tries to get away from New London defender Jason Piontkowski (4) in Hillhouse's 7-0 victory in the Class M championship game.