Good, early morning. Rise and shine campers.
The cheers have barely died down on Xavier’s 48-14 victory over NFA in the Class LL championship game. Save for a few turnovers that let NFA hope down 20-14 at halftime, Xavier went to DeAngelo Berry and its defense to bring home the threepeat, and title No. 4.
Will the SCC get two more today to complete its own threepeat?
We’re about to find out.
But first, NVL power Ansonia — mighty Arkeel Newsome, Andrew Matos and Ansonia — take on upstart North Branford of the Pequot League in the Class S title game at 10:30 a.m.
Then the SCC gets two more shots. Hillhouse faces Berlin in the Class M title game at approximately 2:30 (though expect a little later). And, finally, No. 1 Hand plays Windsor in the Class L final at approximately 5:30, though it too might be later.
We’ll start with Ansonia. Here’s the short preview and the live blog is below. We here at Hearst Central need to get our shuteye. Expect full recaps as the day progresses.
No. 1 Ansonia vs. No. 3 North Branford
WHEN/WHERE — Saturday, 10:35 a.m., Rentschler Field, East Hartford
ON THE AIR — Radio: WELI 960-AM; TV: CPTV Sports; Online: ESPN 3, Watch ESPN app
COACHES — Ansonia: Tom Brockett (7th year, 84-7, 3 state titles); North Branford: Mark Basil (11th year, 82-34)
RECORDS — Ansonia: 13-0 (NVL champs); North Branford: 12-0 (Pequot League Sassacus 1st place)
HOW THEY GOT HERE — Ansonia: def. Prince Tech 53-16; def. Hyde Leadership 41-13. North Branford: def. Trinity Catholic 49-28; def. Woodland 62-27.
STATE TITLES — Ansonia: (17-8) 1976-S, 1977-S, 1979-M, 1981-SII, 1982-SII, 1983-SII, 1984-SII, 1987-S, 1988-S, 1989-S, 1994-SS, 1995-S, 2002-S, 2003-S, 2006-S, 2007-S; 2011-M; North Branford: (1-1) 1979-S