So what happened in Week 10(!) of the Connecticut high school football season?
Did you miss anything?
Well, settle in kids and check this week’s edition of Plays … of … The WEEK!
All the usual suspects are here. Chills (check). Thrills. (Check). Spills (yes, of course). The thrills of victory. The agonies of defeat.
We’ve arranged (most of) the best plays from Week 10’s crunch time on one comprehensive reel.
Let’s recap, shall we?
Nick Lombardo’s big kickoff return in Darien’s 36-27 victory over North Haven. The kickoff began a furious Blue Wave rally and put them oh-so-close to reaching the state playoffs. North Haven’s going to sweat a bit to earn its berth.
A crazy punt block TD in Platt’s 48-8 victory over Northwest Catholic. The Panthers are in the state playoffs. NWC is technically out.
There’s Elijah Duffy’s insane kickoff return vs. Greenwich that had Danbury thinking upset. But they couldn’t stop Greenwich’s Austin Longi who rattled off SEVEN touchdowns in the 57-29 Cardinals victory. Neither team will be in the state playoffs, but they put on a show.
Speaking of which, the electric career of Hillhouse’s Harold Cooper is almost at an end. He’s going out with a bang. He ALSO scored SEVEN touchdowns in the Academics’ rout of Branford. His pick-six touchdown is the stuff of legend.
What else? What? Else?
We have Prince Tech’s crazy, winning 63-yard punt return touchdown with under 2 minutes left in a 60-52 victory over Abbott Tech. The victory set up a showdown with Capital Prep/Classical/Achieve for the CSC title. More important, it put Prince Tech into the Class S field and disappointed a lot of contenders.
We have the thrilling conclusion to Hand’s 21-20 squeaker over Notre Dame-West Haven when Hand’s Sam Katz dropped Chris Stanio three yards short of the winning 2-point conversion.
Left for dead after its crushing loss to Xavier last week, Shelton showed up with an arial show and nearly stunned West Haven with some fabulous pitch-and-catch touchdowns from Mark Piccirillo to Mike Pingree and Shane Corcoran. The Westies won 35-26 thanks to Marshont Little’s two TDs and two interceptions, and punched their state playoff tickets.
We have at least one TD from the crazy, ca-razy Norwich Free Academy Stonington game, won by NFA 63-35. It was won on a long touchdown run from NFA’s Marcus Outlow (228 yards rushing) and then secured with a blitz of NFA points late in the fourth quarter. We didn’t get Outlow’s play, but we do have the play that tied Stonington 35-35: Alex Beaudreault’s 62-yard TD to Griffen Gooden.
We have the defining play in Prep’s clutch, 46-27 victory over Xavier: Colton Smith’s 80-yard jaunt on the first play of the second half. Xavier was forced to play catch up the rest of the game. (Actually, come to think of it, we should have included Connor Bercik’s big tackle on Xavier’s attempt on 4th and inches from its own 22).
We have Rob Parra’s spectacular, one-handed winning touchdown catch from Tom Honyotsky with minutes remaining officially put Hall into the Class LL playoffs with a 18-13 comeback win over Hartford public.
Oh, The SWC, NVL and FCIAC championship games have been determined. And they were determined by three spectacular games.
St. Joseph rode Mufasha Abdul-Basir’s school-record 268-yard rushing night to hold off pesky and determined McMahon, 42-25. The Hogs are going to the FCIAC title game for the first time in school history.
Dan Jackson returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and ran 73 yards for the go-ahead score in Brookfield’s big showdown with Barlow. The Bobcats actually needed a clutch, 2-point-conversion-saving play from sophomore Bobby Drysdale to win 28-26 and punch their ticket to their first SWC championship game since 2008. And, yes, they’ll be playing it at Brookfield as the visitors.
Finally, The guys over at the NVLFootballBlog have been going nutty (and rightfully so) over the finish to the game that put Woodland in the NVL championship for the third consecutive year. You have ‘The Catch’ and the ‘Immaculate Reception’ in the NFL. At Woodland it is simply known as ‘Fourth-and-25.’ Say it to any denizen around Beacon Falls and you will hear tales of Tanner Kinglsey-to-Mike Kenney’s touchdown with minutes remaining to pull out the 32-27 win over Derby.
Aside: We also included CPTVSports’ footage of Derby receiver Sal Frosceno’s flea-flicker touchdown catch from Mike Kreiger. And (whoops) accidentally said it was Tyler Dobek. Apologies.)
Plays we either didn’t get sent, or couldn’t find or couldn’t fit into the reel such notable performances as T.J. Hayduk’s wild night in Trumbull’s 43-18 victory over Central and Steve Persson’s school-record 339 yard rushing night in a 36-20 win over Bunnell. Consider their performances honorable mentions.
These were the plays of the week.
And the plays of the week were thus:
- Nick Lombardo kickoff return TD – Darien vs. North Haven: 0:11
- Beaudreault to Goodon 62-yard TD – NFA vs. Stonington 0:33
- Creme Watford blocked punt TD – Platt vs. NWC 0:52
- Elijah Duffy crazy 84-yard kickoff return TD – Danbury vs. Greenwich 1:12 (if you’re going to watch one, watch this)
- (parts of) Austin Longi’s seven TD night – Greenwich vs Danbury 1:48
- (parts of) Harold Cooper seven TD night – Hillhouse vs. Branford 2:28
- Mark Piccirillo TDs to Pingree and Corcoran – Shelton vs. West Haven 3:22
- Mufasha Abdul-Basir go-ahead and winning TDs – St. Joseph vs. McMahon 4:00
- Rob Parra one-handed TD from Tom Honytoksy – Hall vs. Hartford Public 4:29
- Sam Katz winning 2-point stop – Hand vs. NDWH 4:52
- Hassan Penn 68-yard winning fumble return TD – Prince Tech vs. Abbott Tech 5:18
- Colton Smith 80-yard TD run – Fairfield Prep vs. Xavier 5:55
- Sal Frosceno 48-yard flea-flicker TD Derby vs. Woodland 6:40
- ‘4th and 25’ Tanner Kingsley to Mike Kenney 60-yard TD – Woodland vs. Derby 6:54 (epic)
- Dan Jackson 99-yard kickoff and 73-yard go-ahead TD: Brookfield vs. Barlow 7:36
- Bobby Drysdale winning 2-point stop – Brookfield vs. Barlow 8:12
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