Class L: North Haven shuts out Platt for school’s first playoff win

Ethan Suraci runs through several Platt Defenders during the Indians’ Class L quarterfinal victory Tuesday (John Vanacore / For the Register)

MERIDEN >> Platt knew what to expect from North Haven Tuesday night: smash-mouth football between the tackles. But the Panthers were powerless to stop it.

As a result, North Haven is celebrating its first state playoff win in school history. The 7th-seeded Indians shut out No. 2 Platt 35-0 at Falcon Field in the Class L state quarterfinals.

“It is the best feeling in the world,” senior captain Ethan Suraci said. “We worked so hard in practice this week. We were watching films for hours preparing for this game.”

Said North Haven coach Tony Sagnella: “It just means a lot for me to watch this team continue to succeed. We are trying to inch forward every year. This was a growing point for us to get a road win against a good team. It was huge for us.”

North Haven (10-2) didn’t attempt a pass in the first half, yet was able to score three touchdowns. Platt was never able to answer.

“It was definitely the best team we played,” Platt coach Jason Bruenn said. “They kicked our butts. It is the most determined team we played this year. You can see it with the way they play. There is no break in them. We stuff them on one run, they’re like, ‘We don’t care because we are coming back and running it again on you and we are going to get (the first down) this time.’”

North Haven will face No. 3 New Canaan on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Law High in Milford.

“They are a quality program and it will take an enormous effort to get the energy after tonight to do that again,” Sagnella said. “It will take a total team effort. I’m glad I have these guys with me.”
Suraci had a game-high 115 rushing yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.

Platt (11-1) actually drove down to the North Haven 3-yard line to start the game, but a personal foul thwarted that drive. North Haven answered with a 13-play, 83-yard drive, capped by Michael Montano’s 5-yard run to put the Indians up 7-0.

“That is a killer right there,” Breunn said. “It is a stupid penalty. I don’t know what the kid did, but he knows he shouldn’t be doing it. Would it have changed the outcome? I don’t know, but it at least would have given North Haven something to think about.”

Indian defensive lineman Austin Mahon(52) and Patrick Vanacore (74) battle to recover a fumble by Platt. John Vanacore for the Register

Indian defensive lineman Austin Mahon(52) and Patrick Vanacore (74) battle to recover a fumble by Platt.
John Vanacore for the Register

North Haven’s next drive went 69 yards in 10 plays with Suraci scoring from 2 yards out.

The backbreaker came late in the second quarter. Mike Halloran intercepted Platt quarterback Andrew McBride and returned it 74 yards to the Platt 1. Halloran scored on the next play to put North Haven up 21-0.

The Indians held both McBride and Tyzhan Leatherwood, Platt’s leading rusher, in check. Leatherwood had under 10 yards total on the ground until late in the third quarter when North Haven already led 28-0.

“We have a great strength program. We have kids who work hard in the weight room. We are very fundamentally sound,” Suraci said.

North Haven 35, Platt 0
(at Meriden)
North Haven 7 14 7 7 — 35
Platt 0 0 0 0 — 0

First quarter
N—Michael Montano 8 run (Sabrina Fronte kick)
Second quarter
N—Ethan Suraci 2 run (Sabrina Fronte kick)
N—Michael Halloran 1 run (Sabrina Fronte kick)
Third quarter
N—Cole Pecora 11 run (Sabrina Fronte kick)
Fourth quarter
N—Cole Pecora 1 run (Sabrina Fronte kick)
Team records: Platt 11-1; North Haven 10-2


  1. Kevin says

    In a classy move, North Haven opted not to score at the end of the game from the 1 yard line. not Like some other teams…

  2. Tom says

    It’s time the CIAC gets rid of these tech teams who play nobody. It’s unfortunate they take the spot of more talented teams. This happens every year.

    • Tom says

      Tom, my name is Tom too haha Kinda funny. I’m also up… BUT I couldn’t agree more. There’s so many tech schools in CT, they need their own class and conference in the state, it’s a waste to see them get in. In high school my team got seeded below Vinal Tech, who got blown out 49-0 by a lower seed like this. So yeah we weren’t in obviously, but it sucks.

    • Think first please... says

      Platt High School is a public high school in Meriden. It is not a “tech” school. They play in the CCC, I believe. They are not Platt Tech of Milford.

        • Tom says

          My bad. Even if its not a tech school they need to play at least two games out of conference (i.e. SCC/FCIAC all year). Furthermore, Ansonia and the other teams in its conference should come play SCC and FCIAC teams as well. FCIAC has shown its the strongest conference this year (surprising without powerhouses Greenwhich and Staples). Darien beat Hand, North Haven, and Hillhouse this year. New Canaan Slaughtered Hand and will beat North Haven by at least 21 points this weekend. FCIAC, a conference that has a couple horrible teams, is 14-10 this year against the SCC (take the top teams from each conference and the record falls more in the FCIAC’s favor). FCIAC went 4-0 in the quarterfinals including a win by 8 seeded Ridgefield that beat a “top 3” Newtown team. Regardless, congrats to the SCC and FCIAC teams for not being scared of each other. Both conferences should be proud that they would rather play quality games then beat up on weak teams. Ansonia’s athletic department could really learn a lesson.

    • Kahona says

      Spot on Kevin and Tom however i do not believe Platt is a tech school i maybe wrong. NORTH NAVEN FOOTBALL is alive and ill say it again YOU ANIT SEEN NOTHING YET. Great job to all

      • Alex Bloch says

        The conference the tech school belong to is the Constitution State Conference. The website is really outdated, but here is a link to that page:
        Constitution State Conference
        Team League
        W-L-T League
        PF-PA Overall
        W-L-T Overall
        Capital/Classical/Achievement 10-0-0 420-57 11-0-0 473-71
        Prince Tech 9-1-0 305-149 9-2-0 313-188
        Quinebaug Valley 8-2-0 370-213 9-2-0 384-219
        Cheney Tech 7-3-0 201-178 7-4-0 227-236
        Bullard Havens Tech 6-4-0 294-180 6-5-0 310-215
        Vinal Tech/East Hampton 5-5-0 168-236 5-5-0 168-236
        Platt Tech 5-6-0 199-208 5-6-0 199-208
        O’Brien Tech 4-6-0 217-261 4-6-0 217-261
        Abbott Tech 4-7-0 342-372 4-7-0 342-372
        Wilcox Tech 2-8-0 247-364 2-9-0 247-403
        Wolcott Tech 1-9-0 189-409 1-9-0 189-409
        Whitney Tech 0-10-0 32-357 0-10-0 32-357

  3. Joe MorelliJoe Morelli says

    Platt plays in the Central Connecticut Conference, not in the Constitution State Conference. Platt Tech plays in the CSC.

  4. Kahona says

    COACH BRUENN is a class act he gives credit when it is do to opposing teams not like others who give u WE DID NOT DO THIS ETC…Proud to be apart of 2 coaches SAGNELLA AND BRUENN ON THIS PLAYOFF NIGHT

  5. Ed says

    Great job by North Haven last night. The NH offense will give New Canaan fits. It will force them to change how they normally do business on defense. NH’s best chance of winning will come if they can pound out long drives and play “keep away” from the NC offense. The game will be decided with NC on “O” and NH on “D.” If NC puts up 40, (they put up 50 on Hand, 66 on Greenwich and 62 on St. Joe’s) then NH doesn’t have an answer for that. Their passing game is rudimentary and the offense does not score quickly. I’d love to see them shock the world, but I don’t think that is happening.

  6. Matt Glaszmattglasz says

    Congratulations to North Haven! They put on a single wing clinic last night and played very solid defensively. As advertised Platt had some tremendous athletes but just could not match the physicality of NH.

    This win was a long time coming for Coach Sags, his staff and the town of North Haven.

    New Canaan will be heavily favored, and rightfully so. However, I’m glad that NH will take their shot at the Rams when they are away from Dunning and on only 4 days rest. If NH can control the clock, capitalize on scoring opportunities and force a few turnovers then they just may have a chance to shock the state.

    • ACL says

      Hopefully some of your SCC brethren will be in Milford to cheer you guys on! I wish I could be there but its basketball season for me now. Good luck!

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