CANTON, Nov. 25 – Seven years ago, the Canton High football resumed varsity play after a 43-year absence. Four years ago, the Warriors didn’t win a game –going 0-10.
On Tuesday, Canton completed one of the greatest regular seasons in school history. With a dominating 42-13 win over Granby, they won a school record 10th game. Canton went undefeated in the Pequot Conference Uncas Division winning all nine games and claiming its first league championship since 1958. And they clinched their first-ever berth in the CIAC Class S football playoffs.
“We’re so excited to be 10-1,” Delos said. “It’s just awesome. Our freshman year, we were 0-10 but we’ve continued to build up the program.”
Coach Paul Philippon, now in his third year, usually has a razor focus on next week’s opponent. He seldom acknowledges the big picture with the media. “I think I will enjoy this for the first time tonight to be honest,” he said. “There is a certainly finality with the final regular season game. I’ll enjoy this a bit.”
Canton (10-1, 9-0 Uncas Division) will play in the Class S Small Division playoffs on Saturday, Dec. 6. They’ll have some time to heal some injuries and get ready for the state semifinals. Continue Reading