Class S quarterfinal rewind: North Branford ends Trinity’s dream season


Trinity Catholic was making its first state playoff appearance in 19 years. So special occasions call for special attention.

So we sent the Hearst CT cameras down to Guilford to document history.

But as anxious and fired up the Stamford Catholic school was to make its fans and alumni proud by advancing deep into the playoffs, it wasn’t to be.

In a shootout, Trinity Catholic’s dream season was finally corralled by the high-flying T-Birds of North Branford, 49-28.

Senior Sean Brown ran for 275 yards and four touchdowns, offsetting a pair of TDs that were called back due to penalty. But North Branford countered with four touchdowns from Joey DeLucia (three on passes from QB Brandan Basil) and a pair of crucial turnovers: Gary Falanga’s interception return touchdown in the third quarter and Alex McGuigan’s key fumble recovery with just over six minutes remaining.

Afterward, the Trinity seniors said their good byes and sadly, but proudly looked back at a renaissance 8-3 campaign, their best season since 1993.

North Branford advances to face No. 7 Woodland in the semifinals at Falcon Field in Meriden on Sunday. Trinity cleans out its lockers.

“We talked about making your mark. We talked about hanging that piece of felt up on the wall.” coach and alumnus Peter Stokes told his kids. “You don’t need that piece of felt. You’ve left your mark on the Crusader football program.”

Sean Patrick Bowley