Tonight, we begin.
Tonight the first high school football teams will make their final preparations, pack up their equipment, load up their buses and settle in for the ride up to Rentschler Field in East Hartford for the first of four state championship games.
Trumbull (11-2) and Xavier (12-0) face off in the Class LL title game tonight at what is expected to be a frigid, but snow-free championship game.
Tomorrow, we kick off at 11 a.m. with Class M, followed by our first dream final in Class L and then wrap it all up with our second dream final in Class S.
Without question, we can say these teams are the best of the best. Unlike previous years, we know there aren’t any deserving teams sitting home. We’ve whittled away the pretenders, leaving only the contenders to duke it out for a coveted state championship in one of this state’s finest football facilities.
This might be the best CIAC state championship round since the tournament’s inception 34 years ago. Those who wear the crowns this season can truly say they are among the elite.
In the post below, we go in-depth to all four state championship games and pick our winners. If you haven’t picked yours, you may do so below each capsule. Give us your picks, tell us your reasons.
At right is our video player, with interviews from many of the championship game participants. We’ll continue to add new videos throughout the day and into tomorrow, so keep checking back for interviews and highlights.
Here’s a running list of stories and previews written by the staff of Connecticut Post and Stamford Advocate in advance of the title games:
- Schools get in the spirit of CIAC championships
- Trumbull looks to make most of Class LL final vs. No. 1 Xavier
- Ansonia, St. Joseph a battle of high-powered offenses
- Family Feud: New Canaan’s Shullman, Masuk’s Duigan finally meet on a football field
- RUDEN: New Canaan has few peers in Connecticut football
- State finalists eager to play at Rentschler
Then either bundle up and head to Rentschler for the title bouts. Or you can choose to stay home, plug your computer into your TV and watch the games and the live blog here courtesy of Sportingnewsct.com and Birdseyesports.com.
Or you can let “The Coach” George DeMaio and Nick Aprea take you through the action on WELI 960-AM (weli.com).
And, finally, a quick poll before we get started, because we’re so curious.
If you can’t watch the games live for whatever reason (technical difficulties hampered our efforts in the semifinals) you can always stay on top of the action on the trusty live blog: