Seventeen teams in, 15 spots remaining.
More than half of the CIAC playoff field has been filled.
And with a handful of games played Friday night, including two clinchers, some of the scenarios have changed, as well.
Here’s what’s what heading into Saturday’s games, as far as our sleep-deprived brains could figure:
New Britain rode Shawn Robinson and Tahje Yopp to a 33-14 victory over Berlin in the Wishbone Bowl Friday night to clinch a spot in the Class LL playoffs.
It is the Hurricanes’ first trip to the playoffs since 2014 and ninth in school history.
With tonight’s 33-14 victory over Berlin, NEW BRITAIN is in.
The Hurricanes return to the Class LL playoffs for the first time since 2014 and ninth time in school history. #cthsfb pic.twitter.com/2arbSzuzI8
— GameTimeCT (@GameTimeCT) November 17, 2018
New Britain joins and already crowded Class LL field that also includes Shelton, Darien, Southington, Newtown and Greenwich.
Only two spots remain in Class LL
Fairfield Prep is almost in. The Jesuits can clinch merely with a victory over West Haven on Thanksgiving Day, or if either Staples or New Canaan loses, or if it just gets four of its seven remaining bonus games to stay ahead of New Canaan and Staples.
So there’s just a tad more pressure on New Canaan and Staples to win their Thanksgiving Day games, vs. Darien and Greenwich, respectively.
If one wins and the other loses, then the winner will clinch a spot.
If both lose, they will be out unless East Hartford (somehow) loses to Manchester the night before. Then it’ll be a bonus race and a tight one at that.
East Hartford will get in with a win over Manchester and losses by both Staples and New Canaan. If both win, the Hornets are out.
Speaking of which, if both Staples and New Canaan win (which they’re not favored to do, by the way) well… it’s going to be a reeeeal interesting bonus point race for the final spot.
Get this: They both hold opposite sides of FOUR of the same bonus games. That means for every bonus team either Staples or NC gets, the other is denied those points.
Staples wants Wilton. New Canaan wants the opposite: Trinity.
Staples wants Warde. New Canaan wants Ludlowe.
Staples wants Ridgefield. New Canaan wants Danbury.
Staples wants Stamford. New Canaan wants Westhill.
Staples is also rooting for former coach Marce Petroccio to coach Trumbull to victory over St. Joseph.
New Canaan would like Norwalk to beat McMahon.
Again, have to beat Greenwich and Darien, respectively for this bonus showdown to take effect.
Finally, West Haven still has a mathematical shot, but need to beat Shelton on Saturday AND Fairfield Prep on Thanksgiving and have New Canaan, Staples AND East Hartford lose. Good luck!
Meanwhile, up in Manchester, Cheney Tech scored two touchdowns in the final minute of the first half and shut down Thames River, 22-0 to clinch the program’s fourth Class M berth since 2008.
— Elliott Polakoff (@ElliottPolakoff) November 17, 2018
The Beavers join St. Joseph, Berlin and Killingly in Class M, leaving half the field to be filled. St. Joseph and Berlin have already clinched home quarterfinals. Killingly will clinch a home quarterfinal by defeating Capital Prep on Saturday night.
With their 22-0 victory over Thames River tonight, CHENEY TECH is in.
The Beavers have clinched a Class M playoff spot. This is the school's 4th state playoff berth since 2008 and first since 2014 #cthsfb pic.twitter.com/QpyRxaYIGB
— GameTimeCT (@GameTimeCT) November 17, 2018
Four spots remain in Class M
Sheehan and East Haven play Saturday at 3 p.m., and the winner of that game will clinch a spot, leaving three remaining.
If East Haven loses, it will have to beat Branford to clinch, or it’s in big trouble. If Sheehan loses, it can still clinch by beating Lyman Hall. If not, the Titans will need Branford, Wolcott or Brookfield to lose
Brookfield will get in with a victory over Bethel on Thanksgiving Day.
Wolcott can now clinch with a victory over Holy Cross. A loss and the Eagles are just about done.
Branford, which plays East Lyme on Saturday afternoon, is next in line. The Hornets must win in order to set up a clinching game vs. East Haven in the Beehive Bowl on Thanksgiving.
If Branford loses any of its final games, or if East Haven loses both of its games, or if Wolcott loses to Holy Cross, the door opens for Law and/or Rockville to get in with victories. Law would actually prefer if East Haven and Wolcott lost, because Branford delivers them two bonus wins that would help them stay ahead of Rockville. … Yeah, it’s tricky.
ATI can join those two in a race for one of the final spots if they beat O’Brien Tech on Saturday afternoon and then MCW United on Thanksgiving, but they’d have to max out on bonuses.
Weston is still alive, but needs a win and hope things collapse above it.
We’ll know more later.