Class S Championship Preview Capsule: Ansonia vs. Woodland

Ansonia quarterback Jai'Quan McKnight attempts to elude the grasp of Woodland's Levi Fancher

Ansonia quarterback Jai’Quan McKnight attempts to elude the grasp of Woodland’s Levi Fancher

2013 Class S championship Ansonia Woodland
Where: Arute Field (CCSU), New Britain

When: Friday, 7:05 p.m.

On the air: CPTV Sports (TV only) | WELI 960-AM | Hersam-Acorn Radio | CIAC LIVE STATS

Records: Ansonia 14-0, Woodland 12-2.

Tickets: $10

Ansonia's Arkeel Newsome

Ansonia’s Arkeel Newsome

Woodland QB Tanner Kingsley

Woodland QB Tanner Kingsley

Woodland's Jack Pinho

Woodland’s Jack Pinho

Players to watch: Woodland: Tanner Kingsley, Sr., QB; Levi Fancher, Sr., TE/LB; Jack Pinho, Sr., WR/DB; Ansonia: Arkeel Newsome, Sr., RB/DB; Matt Simon, Sr., OL/DL; Ryan Hovan, Sr., OL/DL.

Championship game appearances: Woodland: 3 (2-0, last title in 2005); Ansonia: 27 (18-8, won title in 2012).

You should know: These two Valley rivals meet for the second time this season. Ansonia defeated the Hawks 48-7 in the NVL championship game on Nov. 20.

Ansonia will attempt to capture its third straight state title and second in a row in this class (the Chargers won Class M in 2011). In addition, Ansonia will seek to become the first team in state history to win 15 games in a season. The Chargers, who enter has the No. 1 team in the Register Poll, have won 42 straight games since losing to St. Joseph in the Class S championship in 2010.

This marks the final game for Newsome, the state’s all-time leading rusher (shown at right breaking the record vs. Masuk). This season Newsome has rushed 299 times for 3,608 yards and 64 touchdowns. Newsome has career totals of 909 carries for 10,413 yards, 183 touchdowns and 1,136 points.

Newsome had the good fortunae this season of running behind perhaps the state’s best offensive line led by Simon and Hovan.

But Ansonia has other weapons besides Newsome. They include senior fullback Saiheed Sanders, junior quarterback Jai’Quan McKnight, junior receiver Witold Gul and sophomores Tajik Bagley and Tyler Bailey.

Woodland is playing in a state championship game for the first since 2005.

The Hawks have been balanced offensively this season, although recent injuries to running backs Sean McAllen and Colby Vaccarelli may limit what Woodland can do on the ground in this game. McAllen sat out Woodland’s semifinal victory over Bloomfield with a concussion, while Vaccarelli suffered a knee injury in that contest. McAllen will likely play here, while Vaccarelli probably won’t. Senior Taylor Tucciarone will likely fill the void in the backfield. Tucciarone rushed 16 times for 87 yards against Bloomfield.

Kingsley is one of the state’s most prolific passes. He threw for 258 yards and four touchdowns in the semifinals. This season Kinglsey (shown at right completing the winning TD pass to Mike Kenney on 4th and 25 vs. Derby) has completed 236 of 377 passes for 3,473 yards and 45 touchdowns. Kingsley holds the state record for career touchdowns with 113. Kingsley has weapons in Pinho (33 catches, 338 yards, six touchdowns), junior Mike Kenney (55-995-15) and Tucciarone (51-763-14).

Fancher leads the Woodland defense with 127 tackles and 10.5 sacks.

Pooch’s Pick: Ansonia
SPB’s Pick: Ansonia 58-20

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Ansonia defeated Woodland in the 2013 Class S championship. Here’s a look at how the Chargers’ 48-7 victory happened:

Comments

  1. big ansonia fan says

    Finally the state class s finals! And a rematch against NVL powerhouse woodland! who we beat by only 41 points last time we played. going to be a great game.
    Assuming we can get past woodland, we will be number 1 in the state of course!
    Why?
    Only a hater would ask why.
    Because we are number 1 now and undefeated.
    And let me say this to you jealous ansonia haters:
    Unlike other teams, ansonia doesnt play anybody who is over-rated. Xavier, West Haven, Hand! please dont get me started! These teams are over rated and they play over rated teams. scc? over rated. fciac. who do they play? the scc. over rated! None of that over rated opponent stuff here at ansonia. Valley tough.Next game is woodland.
    We play our schedule, you play your schedule………please. We go 15-0. You go whatever. You want to go 15-0??? then transfer to our league for god sake!!! Or stop talking about it. As we say in the valley, put up or shut up.
    How do we get better and test ourselves? well are you listening..really listen up….read my lips. first, we dont play over rated teams!!!!! Second, we scrimmage! We may scrimmage with over rated teams like west haven. We arent going to play them in a real game because….are you listening? then people will say we play over rated teams. But here is the real secret: we scrimmage with ourselves once a week you see. That’s how we get better. Because WE are not over rated. We are number 1 in the state. Prep..they play all these close games because…well because they are not number 1 and are..well..over rated.. so they cant just scrimmage with themselves once a week like we do. Are you with me here..really listen up..
    You see here at ansonia we know how to what we like to call “evaluate talent”. We look at film. We dont need to play ah over rated teams head to head. What a hassle..lets leave that to the lesser programs..the ansonia haters..our running back is going to uconn on full ride…how many of our other players are heading to the big time? or even the ivies or the fordhams? only an ansonia hater would ask a question like that!!! we have looked at the film…we win!
    Of course to not be number 1 would be unfair to our kids. We are number 1 now and undefeated. how can you rob us? who’s idiotic idea was it to put us number 1? what? only an ansonia hater would ask such a question? do i have to start again..we dont play over rated teams!!!! you want to be 15-0 join our league or shut up!!!! we watch film and “evaluate talent” for gods sake. making us number 1 would be unfair to kids on all these teams? what? they are over rated.

      • big ansonia fan says

        are you an ansonia hater? i think you may be.
        listen sir ! these are the top 15 teams in conn:
        nc
        southington
        st joes
        prep
        darien
        west haven
        ansonia
        xavier
        north haven
        glastonbury
        hand
        shelton
        ridgefield
        newtown
        middletown
        what is it these teams have in common???? what is the only thing they have in common?
        You got it….They DON”T play ansonia!!!!
        So….I rest my case. you are an ansonia hater. Ray-please help me here.
        Of course we dont play any of these teams! they are over rated! ray-please help me here. arent these teams over rated?
        We are number one PRECISELY because we do not play any of these teams, mate. Wake up!
        Are you an ansonia fan or a hater?

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