While the SWC championship was going on in Brookfield, the state playoff races kept churning across the state Thursday night, especially in Class M.
Ledyard and Stonington both won, keeping their chances at qualifying alive.
They weren’t the only ones that benefitted. With East Lyme’s loss to New London, BARLOW and GILBERT/NORTHWESTERN both clinched playoff berths.
This will be the first football state playoff appearance in Barlow’s history. It’s also the first state playoff for longtime coach Rob Tynan.
Gilbert/Northwestern will be making its second state playoff appearance. The Yellow Jackets reached the semifinals in 2010.
Half of the state’s 32 playoff berths have been filled.
New Fairfield was mathematically eliminated. Foran remains alive, but barely.
Canton’s win over Enfield kept it mathematically alive in the Class S playoff race.
Friday’s games might clear the picture up even more. Hall faces Conard in a huge game with Class LL implications.
A horde of Pequot games are also being played, which should focus races in Class M and Class S.
In the SCC, Branford plays Sheehan. Fairfield Prep will be watching with keen interest. A Branford win will help the Jesuits’ cause in Class L. A Sheehan win will help Woodland’s seeding.
Here are the realtime state playoff worksheets:
Here’s this week’s remaining schedule and story links.
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20
Ansonia 48, Woodland 7
THURSDAY, Nov. 21
Newtown 28, Brookfield 7
Canton 36, Enfield 7
FRIDAY, Nov. 22
New Canaan vs. St. Joseph at McDougall Stadium, Trumbull, 7 p.m.
Hall at Conard, 6:30 p.m.
Bloomfield at Fermi, 7:00 p.m.
Bacon Acad. at Windham, 6:30 p.m.
Cromwell at N.Branford, 6:30 p.m.
Gilbert/NW at Valley/Old Lyme, 6:30 p.m.
Old Saybrook/Westbrook at Stafford/East Windsor, 6:30 p.m.
SMSA/University at Morgan, 6:30 p.m.
Granby at Cov./Wind. Tech/Bolton, 7:00 p.m.
Branford at Sheehan, 7:00 p.m.
SATURDAY, Nov. 23
Simsbury at Glastonbury, 6:30 p.m.
Capital/Class./Achieve. at Prince Tech, 1:00 p.m.
H-K at Coginchaug, 1:00 p.m.
Nonnewaug at Housatonic/Wamogo, 1:00 p.m.
Avon at Ell./Somers, 1:30 p.m.
W. Locks/Suffield/E. Granby at Lewis Mills, 2:00 p.m.
TUESDAY, Nov. 26
St. Bern./Norw. Tech at Montville, 6:30 p.m.
Enfield at SMSA/University, 6:00 p.m.