Greenwich, Daniel Hand, Bloomfield football teams capture Class LL, L, S state titles

Published on Saturday, 8 December 2018 20:09
Written by DAVID GLOVACH

@DavidGlovach

STAMFORD - The Greenwich football team rolled through its first 12 games of the season, No. 13 wasn’t going to be any different - Class LL championship game or not.

Gavin Muir threw for three touchdowns, caught one and ran for another as the No. 1 Cardinals (13-0) dismantled No. 8 New Canaan (10-3) 34-0 Saturday morning at Boyle Stadium to complete a perfect season.

Most of Greenwich’s damage came in the first half when it built up a 27-0 lead with A.J. Barber, the son of former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber, having a hand in three of the four first-half touchdowns.

Barber caught touchdown passes from Muir from 3 yards and 60 yards in the first 14 minutes of the game. He also threw a touchdown to Hunter Clark at the 7:35 mark in the second quarter and later caught a 10-yard score from Muir in the fourth.

Barber finished with 10 catches for 157 yards, while Muir completed 24-of-33 passes for 252 yards. The quarterback added an 8-yard score on the ground with 17 seconds left in the second quarter.

New Canaan quarterback and Notre Dame commit Drew Pyne completed 16 of his 32 passes for 106 yards and two interceptions.

CLASS L

NEW BRITAIN - Daniel Hand showed why it’s once again in the discussion to be one of the best football teams in the state.

Led by running back Colin McCabe and quarterback Phoenix Billings, the top-seeded Tigers scored eight unanswered touchdowns as they beat Maloney 54-14 at Veterans Stadium Saturday afternoon for their second consecutive Class L state championship.

The seventh-seeded Spartans (10-3) scored first on a 42-yard pass from Elliot Good to Maurice Brackett, but McCabe and Billings went to work soon after.

McCabe rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries, while Billings threw for 79 yards and three scores.

By the end of the first quarter, Daniel Hand (13-0) held a 32-6 lead, which jumped up to 54-6 by halftime.

Maloney scored its only other touchdown with 3:18 remaining when Good connected with Kamron Moreno for a 20-yard completion.

CLASS S

NEW BRITAIN - After a three-year absence, The Bloomfield football team is back on top of Class S.

Ky’Juon Butler ran for 149 yards and a touchdowns and Daron Bryden threw for three more as the fourth-seeded Warhawks beat seventh-seeded Haddam-Killingworth 25-7 Saturday morning at Veterans Stadium in the state championship game.

After a slow start that saw the Cougars (11-2) score the game’s first touchdown on a 2-yard run from James Murphy, Bloomfield (11-1) responded to a scoreless opening quarter with 25-unanswered points.

Butler’s 2-yard run started the scoring for the Warhawks at the 8:42 mark of the second quarter. He was followed by the three touchdowns passes of - 56, 30 and 17 yards - from Bryden over the next two and a half quarters.

Dalton Modehn was the bright spot for Haddam-Killingworth with 141 yards on 35 carries.

David Glovach can be reached at (860) 801-5085



Posted in The Bristol Press, General Sports on Saturday, 8 December 2018 20:09. Updated: Saturday, 8 December 2018 20:12.