Game on! CIAC approves Ken Strong for Thursday night’s Class LL final

Ken Strong Stadium just before 4 p.m. on Wednesday after the CIAC approved the site for the Class LL final on Thursday.  Photo by Field director Chris Everone

Ken Strong Stadium just before 4 p.m. on Wednesday after the CIAC approved the site for the Class LL final on Thursday. Photo by Field director Chris Everone

The scene at Ken Strong Stadium on Wednesday morning as field director Chris Everone began plowing, via his Twitter account. The field was in much better shape by Wednesday afternoon, leading the CIAC to commit to the game being played by Thursday.

The scene at Ken Strong Stadium on Wednesday morning as field director Chris Everone began plowing, via his Twitter account. The field was in much better shape by Wednesday afternoon, leading the CIAC to commit to the game being played by Thursday.

After what it called ‘exhaustive’ work by Chris Everone and the staff at West Haven High School, the CIAC gave its approval and assurance that the Class LL championship game will go on as planned Thursday night, 6:35 p.m.

Here is the press release from Joel Cookson, the media relations director of CIAC:

CHESHIRE, Conn. – Following a survey of the playing surface and facility at West Haven High School by members of the CIAC football committee, the Class LL football final between Southington and Fairfield Prep will be played Thursday December 19 at 6:35 at West Haven as scheduled.

After exhaustive work by the West Haven facilities staff over the last several days, the field will be in condition suitable for a championship game on Thursday evening.

“The folks at West Haven have done a tremendous job under difficult conditions to get the field and facility ready for competition,” stated CIAC Associate Executive Director Paul Hoey. “We are excited that the weather seems to have finally cooperated, and that Fairfield Prep and Southington will be able to play and determine a Class LL champion tomorrow evening.”

Tickets purchased online for the game as it was originally scheduled will be honored, and presale tickets can still be purchased at http://ciacsports.ticketleap.com.

Comments

  1. fciac jr says

    oh yeah baby! game on between the big boys of CT. Will be a very interesting game with Southington’s O and quick D against a power team of Prep. Not sure who has the edge and/or momentum as Southington has whooped it up on NFA (without Outlow for the most part) and a very average Ridgefield team (how the heck did #1 Newtown lose besides being overrate and not playing anybody) while Prep is red hot beating some of the best competition in the last month.

    I think it will go down to the last few minutes with Prep hanging on 33-28

  2. Rob (On Connecticut's East Coast) says

    After reading all the comments about moving games and how distance traveled is a factor and access to the games, I figured I would provide a look into what people here might just view as Insanity.

    California (where I grew up before joining the Navy) is playing their State Championships this Friday / Saturday. All the championship games are going to be played at Stubhub Center in Carson California a city/town located just South of Los Angeles / just North of Long Beach. Of note, it’s warm in LA.

    Distances to be traveled by teams involved:
    Central Catholic (Atheron CA)will drive about 327 Miles.
    Sacred Heart Prep (Modesto CA) will drive about 376 Miles.
    Nationally Ranked De La Salle (Concord CA) will drive about 385 Miles.
    Del Oro (Loomis CA) will drive about 424 Miles.
    and the Longest Haul goes to a team from Redding Ca;
    Enterprise will travel 561 Miles to Carson CA for a Football game.

    Weather in Redding has been mid-20′s all week warming up to high 30′s headed into the weekend (not everywhere in CA is San Diego)

    The point, people will travel to where their game is regardless of the conditions.

    The longest distance I could Map in CT was from Thompson to Greenwich and measures 138 miles.

    Good Luck tonight to both programs.

    • JB says

      They don’t have ice storms in southern CA. 561 miles of clear sailing is much easier than trying to navigate jack-knifing tractor/trailers over 61 miles. But they do have horrific traffic issues in the LA area that rival our 95, that is for sure. Been there, done that. Could be 500 miles of bliss for those Redding fans followed by 61 miles in the longest parking lot in the world.

      • Rob (On Connecticut's East Coast) says

        Redding is located in the Northern part of California and just on the edge of either the Cascades or the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. They get snow and ice up there. BUT, you are partially correct in that they will likely have a weather free ride once they get to about Sacramento. So the ride has the potential; to suck for about 2 hours because weather. Like you said, the 405 in So. Cal is like I-95 traffic on Steroids with anger issues (Picture Joe Pesci’s “Casino” character in Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s body).

        As for no ice storms, please look into “The Donner Party” for reference as to how bad the snow and weather can get in Northern California, I think you’ll be surprised. Donner Pass, about 2 hours from where I grew up.

  3. JON says

    Very Average Ridgefield?? Granted it was not the most talented ridgefield team they were a very solid undersized team, and were a couple plays (also 4 starters missing) from a win vs Darien and whooped up on Mcmahon who played St. Joseph tough. Give me a break. Move on and focus on Southington-Prep. Southington proves to have size and talent everywhere and so does Prep. Should be a great battle.

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