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The Clinch Is In: Masuk, Southington, Wolcott (now Xavier) among new playoff qualifiers [Updated]



UPDATE (Tuesday): Xavier has clinched a spot with its 42-7 victory over West Haven on Monday night.

UPDATE: Apparently we jumped the gun and HAL wasn’t ready for a roll-out until after O’Brien Tech and Wolcott Tech officially ended Week 9. We’ve been properly scolded by CIAC. The link’s information may or may not be completely accurate (It looks good to us, however).

Seven teams unofficially joined the 2012 CIAC state playoff field after Week 9, according to the “H.A.L. Supercomputer” at the CIAC, named here for the late Shoreline Newspapers sports editor, Hal Levy, who meticulously labored over these statistics for hours back before there were such things as ‘COM-PUT-ORS” and “INTER-NETS.”

We’re pretty sure ol’ Hal used a slide rule back in the old days. Cheers to his memory.

Anyway, as first reported by “H.A.L. Jr.,” a.k.a. Kyle Brennan of the Rep-Am, 11 of 32 spots have been decided, half of which reside in Class L. (Get your tickets now, Class L footballers. The train is a-leavin’.)

Here, again, are the hard statistics from H.A.L.

Anyway, barring any unforeseen mistakes, here’s the quick breakdown, just by glancing at each of the teams’ maximum and minimum point averages.

Every team mentioned is mathematically alive. Anyone not mentioned has been eliminated.

CLASS LL (3-of-8)

  • CLINCH: Southington (9-0); Norwich Free Academy (9-0), Xavier (8-1).
  • DESTINY’S DARLINGS (Win & In): Greenwich (7-0), Staples (7-0), Newtown (8-0), Glastonbury (8-1).
  • ON THE BUBBLE (Win & help):West Haven (7-2), Hartford Public (6-2), Ridgefield (6-2), Cheshire (6-3), Fairfield Prep (6-3), Westhill (6-3).
  • LONGSHOTS (Statistically alive): Manchester (6-3), Naugatuck (6-3), Simsbury (6-3)… Trumbull (4-4).

Class L (5-of-8)

  • CLINCH: Hand (8-0), Windsor (9-0), Avon (9-0), Masuk (8-0), Middletown (8-1).
  • DESTINY’S DARLINGS: Fitch (7-1), New Canaan (7-1), Platt (7-2).
  • ON THE BUBBLE: Farmington (7-2), North Haven (5-3), Darien (5-3).
  • LONGSHOTS: Wethersfield (6-3), Platt Tech (5-3).

CLASS M (1-of-8)

  • CLINCH: Wolcott (8-1).
  • DESTINY’S DARLINGS: Berlin  (8-1), Ellington/Somers (7-1), Weston (7-1), Barlow (7-1).
  • ON THE BUBBLE: New London (7-2), Hillhouse (7-2), St. Joseph (6-2), Bullard-Havens (7-2), Montville (7-2), Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton (6-2), Ledyard (6-3), New Fairfield (5-3), Brookfield (5-3),
  • LONGSHOTS: Gilbert/Northwestern (5-3), Windham (5-3), Foran (5-3).

CLASS S (2-of-8)

  • CLINCH: Ansonia (9-0), Capital Prep (9-0).
  • DESTINY’S DARLINGS: Hyde (8-0), North Branford (8-0), Trinity Catholic (7-1), Rocky Hill (8-1), Prince Tech (7-1).
  • ON THE BUBBLE: Woodland (6-2), Northwest Catholic (6-2), Stonington (6-2), Derby (6-3), Oxford (6-2), Cromwell (6-2), Holy Cross (5-3), Valley Regional/Old Lyme (5-2).
  • LONGSHOTS: Bloomfield (6-3), Canton (5-3), Seymour (5-3), Plainfield (5-3)
Sean Patrick Bowley

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