BLOOMFIELD >> Bloomfield coach Ty Outlaw knew back in June that he would have a state championship caliber team the upcoming season.
On Saturday his Warhawks will be playing for the Class S title.
Second-seeded Bloomfield dominated sixth-seeded Seymour 47-21 on Monday at Phil Rubin Stadium to advance to its 13th state final and sixth overall vs. top-seeded Ansonia — the most finals meetings between any two schools in Connecticut history.
“We knew coming in that we were fighting for a state championship,” Bloomfield coach Ty Outlaw said. “We knew from June that’s what we were trying to do and now we’re here.”
The Warhawks have seven state titles with the most recent coming in 2003. In 2006, Ansonia beat Bloomfield 34-12 in the Class S final.
“I know Ansonia is well-coached,” Outlaw said. “They have two running backs that are phenomenal and we have to stop them.”
Senior transfer quarterback Rayshawn Phillips led the charge on Monday with 201 yards passing and two touchdowns. He also had a rushing score for Bloomfield’s first of the game to tie it at 7.
“I was dealing with adversity coming in,” Phillips said. “Dealing with the CIAC eligibility thing and I feel like without my brothers to influence me to keep pushing, because that’s a lot to go through for a young teenager like me, but they just made me hungry and I owe this team.”
After the Warhawks turned the ball over on downs on their first possession of the game, they scored on their next three drives to take a 21-7 lead.
“We seen what we wanted to do and now we have to execute,” Outlaw said. “We knew what they were going to be giving us, we took it, but we had to execute.”
“Our guys were very excited to start the game, they had tears in their eyes,” Outlaw added. “It was their last home game, we have a lot of seniors on the team so they were a bit emotional, so we were really trying to calm them down on the sideline and once they calmed down and played our type of football, we started dominating on both sides.”
The Wildcats were playing without their top two-way lineman CJ Falcioni, but even coach Tom Lennon didn’t think he would have changed the outcome.
“Obviously I think he’s one of the top two-way lineman in the state, so he’s hard to replace,” Lennon said. “But make no excuses, they were a better football team tonight.”
The Bloomfield speed was showcased midway through the second quarter.
After a Seymour punt put the Warhawks in the shadow of their own end zone, Isaiah Colebrook (101 rushing yards) broke 92 yards, but it was called back due to a hold.
Phillips hit 5-foot-6 Duane Roberts with a screen pass and the shortest guy on the team broke the longest run of the game — 94 yards.
“I was anxious,” Roberts said. “And the play call came and I just had to execute.”
But not just on offense, the Bloomfield defense was smothering Seymour’s All-NVL quarterback Jaylen Kelley on nearly every play.
“We felt like we were bigger, faster and stronger,” Outlaw said. “We watched them against Granby and they did a pretty good job against them, but we felt like our team was a lot faster, we could get to him and he wasn’t going to have the time that he thought he was going to have.”
With just over a minute to play in the second quarter, Ky’Juon Butler intercepted Kelley and returned it 69 yards for a score giving Bloomfield a 34-7 halftime lead.
“With their team speed they were able to take away some of the thing we wanted to do,” Lennon said. “We put ourselves in some bad situations, we turned the ball over and we haven’t done that all year and we just couldn’t get it going tonight.”
With Bloomfield firmly in control in the second half, Seymour running back Bobby Melms scored two touchdowns — a 2-yard catch and a 2-yard run — but so did the Warhawks and they were a bit more flashy.
Andrell Pinnock (152 rushing yards) ran 52 yards for a score and Colebrook 21 yards to put the finishing touches on the win.
Bloomfield 47, Seymour 21
Seymour: 7 0 7 7 — 21
Bloomfield: 21 13 0 13 — 47
(at Phil Rubin Stadium, Bloomfield)
S-Michael Burns 46 pass from Jaylen Kelley (Rocco Vertuccio kick)
B-Rayshawn Phillips 19 run (Raheme Dawkins kick failed)
B-Duane Roberts 57 pass from Phillips (Phillips run)
B-Andrell Pinnock 1 run (Dawkins kick)
B-Roberts 94 pass from Phillips (Dawkins kick failed)
B-Ky’Juon Butler 69 interception return (Dawkins kick)
S-Bobby Melms 2 pass from Kelley (Vertuccio kick)
B-Pinnock 52 run (Dawkins kick failed)
B-Isaiah Colebrook 21 run (Dawkins kick)
S-Melms 2 run (Vertuccio kick)
Records: Seymour 10-2; Bloomfield 12-0.