On final play, Newtown wins Class LL title on anniversary of Sandy Hook

TRUMBULL — It was written in the stars and wasn’t going to end any other way. Three seconds left and facing overtime against a perennial powerhouse, Newtown conjured the magic a Hollywood writer couldn’t even dream of producing. Newtown’s storybook season had a magical ending Saturday as Riley Ward hauled in a 36-yard touchdown from … Read more

Defense Plus Shirden Carry Cadets To Class L Win Over Hand — And Likely No. 1 Ranking

NEW BRITAIN — In a season where it was overshadowed by a prolific offense that had games decided well before halftime, it was the defense that was going to have to come through if the St. Joseph football team was going to soar over the final hurdle and a dream more than three months in … Read more

Newtown Wins Class LL Title Over Darien On Final Play — On 7th Anniversary Of Sandy Hook

TRUMBULL — The last play of the 2019 Connecticut high school football season had already reached legendary status by the time Newtown wide receiver Riley Ward ripped off his helmet, tossed it high into the air and raced across the end zone to embrace a mob of delirious teammates. The top-seeded and undefeated Nighthawks won … Read more

Darien takes on Newtown for Class LL crown; St. Joseph faces Hand in Class L final

Class LL at McDougall Stadium, Trumbull HS No. 3 Darien (11-1) vs. No. 1 Newtown (12-0), 3 p.m. Watch: NFHS with subscription Click here for Class LL final capsule from GameTimeCT.com Class L  at Veterans Stadium, New Britain No. 1 St. Joseph (12-0) vs. No. 2 Daniel Hand (12-0), 3 p.m. Watch: NFHS with subscription … Read more

Following his father, Shirden can lift St. Joseph to No. 1

TRUMBULL — When the young running back wasn’t running around the house, imitating his dad or Barry Sanders, the sign went on the door: “Watching film.” He watched the games of his father, or the games his father coached, featuring Torrey Mack, Octavias McKoy, Chuck Hatchett. Jaden Shirden was 8 or 9, his father, Duane, … Read more

‘As good as it gets’: Trifone has special connection with this year’s Darien football team

DARIEN — Nine years ago, a group of third-graders teamed up for the first time and began playing in the Darien Junior Football League under coach Rob Trifone. Those kids are now high school seniors and this weekend, they’ll play together one final time on the state’s biggest stage. The third-seeded Blue Wave (11-1) will … Read more

Eighteen FCIAC players named to All-State football teams

The FCIAC had 18 players selected to several of the Connecticut High School Coaches Association’s all-state football teams which were recently released. The head coaches throughout the state voted on the teams for each of the four all-state class teams designated by the class sizes of the schools – Class LL, Class L, Class M … Read more

DaSilva And Pagliarini Flourish In Anonymity For Cadets

It is a scene that has played out 12 times over the past three months, most recently Monday night after a 42-0 Class L semifinal win over New Canaan. After each victory by the St. Joseph football team, the attention is focused on the numbers on its side of the scoreboard. The Cadets have averaged … Read more

Wilson’s Versatility A Cornerstone To Darien’s Defense

It was one of the highlights of the state football playoffs, a 62-second span that highlighted Sam Wilson’s versatility. First came a 20-yard interception return for a touchdown with 2:59 remaining against Greenwich in a Class LL quarterfinal that broke open a close game and gave Darien a more comfortable 19-9 lead. Click here for … Read more

Graham throws two TD as Darien beats Southington, reaches 4th Class LL final in 5 years

SOUTHINGTON — Darien will get another shot at Newtown, this time in the CIAC Class LL football final. The Blue Wave wore down Southington in the second half, winning 21-12 Monday night in the semifinals at Fontana Field, to reach Saturday’s championship game against the top-seeded Nighthawks. Newtown ended Darien’s three-year run atop Class LL … Read more