State Championship Luncheon: Constestants meet at Rentschler field (video)


Players from the eight state football finalists gathered Monday at Rentschler Field for the annual state championship luncheon.

Players walked awestruck into the stadium’s banquet hall and across the field below. They mingled near each other. They took pictures. They dined on a massive catered lunch.

Oh, and they were peppered with questions by TV, radio and newspaper personalities from points all across Connecticut.

Not one of the players complained that the venue was too big. None of them worried about the atmosphere. They soaked it all in. Some didn’t leave the premises until after a good hour of walking around.

They were Gods for the afternoon.

So here we start. Four games, four state champions. Below is the schedule. Above is the PlayOn! Sports Network’s online broadcast replay. We’ll start previews later this week.


No. 5 Norwich Free Academy (12-0) vs. No. 3 Xavier (11-1)

FRIDAY, 7 p.m.


No. 3 North Branford (12-0) vs. No. 1 Ansonia (13-0)

SATURDAY, 10:35 a.m.


No. 4 Hillhouse (10-2) vs. No. 2 Berlin (11-1)

SATURDAY, 2:05 p.m.


No. 2 Windsor (11-0) vs. No. 1 Hand (12-0)

SATURDAY, 5:35 p.m.

Sean Patrick Bowley