Looks like South Windsor’s victory over Southington really was the school’s biggest victory in 30 years and not just enthusiastic hyperbole.
The Bobcats, who hadn’t beaten Southington since 2004 and had been outscored 175-0 in their previous four meetings, stunned the Blue Knights, 30-27, at home on Saturday on Cameron Plourde’s OT field goal.
This is the first state playoff berth for the Bobcats since the 1988 Class MM final loss to Bristol Eastern and only the second in school history.
UPDATE to the Class LL playoff standings:
SOUTH WINDSOR is in.
The Bobcats — who recently suffered through back-to-back 1-10 seasons in 2013 & 2014 — have indeed qualified to their first state playoff since the 1988 Class MM final. #cthsfb pic.twitter.com/8KadoaEwYw
— GameTimeCT (@GameTimeCT) November 13, 2017
OH BY THE WAY: This team went 1-10 in 2013 and 2014.
But coach Dave Hodge was brought on board in 2014 and together, with a tight senior class led by QB Connor Kapsiak, DTs Hassan Azeem and Hodge’s son Dylan, backs Julian Ibes and Jimmy Tamburro, they have made school history.
While we CIAC playoff bean counters harangued over all the other developing playoff possibilities, we missed that the Bobcats had earned enough points to qualify.
The worst South Windsor can finish is with 1,150 points (115.0 average) if they somehow lose to Enfield. And only seven teams in the field can catch them.
Sure, Southington can max out at 1,150, but it’s mathematically impossible to match South Windsor because they share the same bonus games.
Thankfully, an enterprising South Windsor parent point this out to us and we confirmed with CIAC.
You can watch a video recap of the game via Keyan Yopp’s Hartford football blog ‘The Heartbeat’ at the top of the page.
Read, also, Bryant Carpenter’s report for the Record-Journal — which includes a detailed look at the controversial finish for Southington.