State Tournament Central: The CIAC Football Semifinals

The stars will be out when the CIAC state football semifinals, featuring eight regional teams, commence today at select football stadiums near you. From left to right, Montrell Dobbs of Ansonia, Brian Kelly of Brookfield, Ian Milne of Trumbull, Matt Milano of New Canaan, Tyler Matakevich of St. Joseph, Chris Allam of Darien and Jon Testani of Masuk.

Good morning, afternoon or evening from wherever you are.

Welcome to Tournament Central. Centro del Torneo.

Welcome to our own personal NORAD for the Connecticut high school football world, the place where you can track everything happening in today’s state football semifinal round.

You’re not going to find a better spot to witness all of the action than right here.

Today the hard-working staff of Connecticut Post, Stamford Advocate and Danbury News-Times will be covering six of the regional state semifinal games, complete with stories, photos and videos as the day goes on and complete recaps at the end of the evening.

We’ve been given access to the webcasts from six games by the good folks at Sportingnewsct.com who will be broadcasting the game and Birdseyesports.com, which will be filming them for the CTSN broadcasts later on.
Three of them are live video streams, three more are audio broadcasts. The only games not being broadcast are Trumbull-NFA and Brookfield-New London.

However, you can still follow everything on our weekly live scoring update blog at the bottom of this page.

PREVIEWS

2 PM GAMES

CLASS LL
XAVIER vs. GLASTONBURY
Live video webcast
(via sportingnewsct.com and birdseyesports.com)

At Jess Dow Field on the campus of Southern Connecticut State, Boston College commit Graham Stewart and top-ranked and unbeaten Xavier (11-0) look to reach the school’s first state championship game since 2005. Malcom Crossen and Glastonbury (10-1) hopes to spring the upset and reach their second final in three seasons.

Darien's Jake Weil

Masuk's Casey Cochran

CLASS L

MASUK vs. DARIEN
Live video webcast (via sportingnewsct.com and birdseyesports.com)

The SWC Champion Panthers, led by Gatorade Player of the Year Casey Cochran take on the reigning FCIAC champion Blue Wave at Finn Stadium in Shelton. Both teams are looking to make a second state championship game trip in three years.

CLASS M
HILLHOUSE vs. GILBERT/NORTHWESTERN
Live audio webcast
(sportingnewsct.com and birdseyesports.com)

Fresh off a 33-30 upset of No. 1 seeded Berlin in the quarterfinals, Taurese Washington and Hillgouse (8-3)  face Bobby Lippincott and playoff newcomer Gilbert/Northwestern of Winsted (9-2) in an unlikely playoff clash at Waterbury’s Municipal Stadium.

Ansonia's Montrell Dobbs

CLASS S
MONTVILLE vs. ANSONIA
Live audio webcast
(sportingnewsct.com and birdseyesports.com)

The state’s best two rushing attacks butt heads at Middletown High School. Montrell Dobbs and Arkeel Newsome of Ansonia vs. Tyler Girard-Floyd and Skyler McNair of Montville.

7 PM GAMES

CLASS L
NEW CANAAN vs. HAND

Live video webcast (via sportingnewsct.com and birdseyesports.com)

Kevin Macari and New Canaan vie for their fifth-straight state championship appearance vs. Zach Miller and Hand-Madison at Ken Strong Stadium.

CLASS S
ST. JOSEPH vs. VALLEY REGIONAL/OLD LYME
Live audio webcast (
sportingnewsct.com and birdseyesports.com)

St. Joseph QB Joe Della Vecchia and FB/LB Tyler Matakevich look to bring the 8-3 Hogs to a second-consecutive state championship game. They face electric QB Jimmy Fairfield-Sonn and lineman Mitchell King of playoff newcomer Valley Regional/Old Lyme (11-0).

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The Trumbull-NFA Class LL semifinal and Brookfield-New London Class M semifinal at Bunnell are not being broadcast online (to the best of our knowledge. If they are let us know).

You can follow all eight games through the live blog window below. Just click on the window to watch updates from both media and fans at the games. The scoring blog will also appear on the same page as any of the broadcasts above.

LIVE SCORING BLOG


Sean Patrick Bowley