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A new champion will be crowned in the CCC this year.
Over the last seven years, four teams have dominated: Glastonbury (2011, 2012, 2013), New Britain (2008, 2009), Northwest Catholic (2010) and Fermi (2007). Over the same amount of time, six other teams have lost the championship game, with Manchester (2011, 2012) being the only team to lose two championship games.
On Wednesday, E.O. Smith will play Weaver for this years CCC title. Combined, these two teams have one championship appearance over the last seven years. In 2010, E.O. Smith lost to Northwest Catholic, 41-34 also at New Britain High School, the same venue for this years tournament.
The CCC finals are scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at New Britain High School. The snow date would be Thursday, Feb. 27.
Weaver has enjoyed a couple of very successful seasons recently. They won the Class M state title in 2012 and were one win away from Mohegan Sun last year, falling to eventual champion Cromwell in the state semifinals. They also lost the state championship in 2011.
E.O. Smith has also fared pretty well recently, but it has not won a title. E.O. Smith lost the championship game in both 2011 and 2012.
After the semifinals victory on Wednesday, Weaver coach Wendell Williams said he would like to see E.O. Smith because they lost to them by one back on January 27.
Williams was the coach of the 2011 Weaver team that made its first state finals appearance and he says that this years team reminds him a lot of that team ‘in the sense of the unknowns.’
“We work hard, we play together, we stay together,” Williams said.
E.O. Smith is ready for the challenge. They enbraced the underdog roll in the semifinals vs. Farmington and will play that part again Wednesday night. After their victory over the Indians, coach Mary Roickle said that that win got the confidence back in the team.
“We’re looking forward to seeing [Weaver],” Roickle said.