Update: Morgan crushes SMSA, 40-16, clinches berth in Class S.
Nick Cascione returned after a two Week absence and earned MVP honors as New Canaan defeated St. Joseph 31-20 in the 48th FCIAC title game Friday at McDougall Stadium.
St. Joseph went into halftime with a touchdown from Jordan Vazzano to Mark Hirschbeck that made it a 14-14 game.
But Cascione scored two rushing touchdowns in the second half and Peter Swindell kicked a 32-yard field goal to eventually put the game away.
More details later on GameTimeCT.com
It’s the RUMBLE in TRUMBULL, St. Joseph-New Canaan II in the FCIAC Championship tonight at McDougall Stadium on the campus of Trumbull High School.
New Canaan won the first game, 62-21 and also the No. 1 nod from voters after that win. This time around, St. Joseph says it hopes for a different result. Whether New Canaan senior QB Nick Cascione plays will go a long way in determining that.
READ the preview, WATCH the game on MSGVarsity (it’s available to all), or LISTEN to it on the New Canaan Advertiser’s new radio venture.
HOWEVER. In the grand scheme of things, the FCIAC final means nothing compared to the state playoffs. And there are a bunch of regular season games going on tonight that will go a long way in determining who will be our lucky 32 contestants when Thanksgiving morning is over.
First, here are the realtime state playoff worksheets. When the results come in, check the CIAC’s H.A.L. 9000 playoff computer (our name for it) below to see who qualified. Thanks to Matt Fischer of CIAC for a tremendous tool for us football aficionados.
Here’s what’s what tonight: FOLLOW THE LIVE BLOG BELOW for updates
- Hall at Conard, 6:30 p.m. — This is Hall’s season finale. It must win to get in, or they’ll be sweating checking scores on Thanksgiving. A Conard will help Southington’s cause to reach the highest seeding possible.
- Bloomfield at Fermi, 7:00 p.m. — Bloomfield will clinch one of the final spots in Class S with a victory over winless Fermi. This field is filling up quickly.
- Bacon Acad. at Windham, 6:30 p.m. — New London would love it Windham won, giving it needed Class L bonus points in case it happens to lose to NFA on Thanksgiving. Ledyard hopes Bacon wins for the same reason in Class M, but its hopes hinge more on beating Fitch on Thanksgiving. Wolcott and Stonington, the next two in line behind Ledyard, would prefer Windham wins.
- Cromwell at N.Branford, 6:30 p.m. — Coginchaug is in line to qualify in Class S, but must win its final two games, starting with H-K Saturday. They’d love if Cromwell won. Coginchaug plays Cromwell next week and could use the extra bonus help.
- Gilbert/NW at Valley/Old Lyme, 6:30 p.m. — These teams are in the playoffs already. Gilbert qualified when New London beat East Lyme. This is more for seeding than anything else. Valley need to win to earn the top seed.
- Old Saybrook/Westbrook at Stafford/East Windsor, 6:30 p.m. — Means little except bonus help for Coginchaug (OSW). This can become a guaranteed 10 points for Morgan if it beats OSW next week.
- SMSA/University at Morgan, 6:30 p.m. — Morgan will qualify for class S with a victory. If not, it’ll have to beat OSW.
- Granby at Cov./Wind. Tech/Bolton, 7:00 p.m. — Coginchaug’s rooting for Granby to grab 10 more bonus points to help its seeding should it win out and qualify (as it should)
- Branford at Sheehan, 7:00 p.m. — Prep would appreciate it if Branford won its first game of the year to ensure it stays ahead of a bunch of contenders on Thanksgiving. Of course, the Jesuits need to beat West Haven to qualify in Class LL.
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