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CIAC semifinals: Ansonia, St. Joseph earn spots in Class S finals

MIDDLETOWN, Dec. 4, 2010 — Montrell Dobbs ran 36 times for 363 yards and four touchdowns — four in the second half — and No. 3 Ansonia ran away from second-seeded Montville, 46-15, in a CIAC Class S semifinal at Middletown High School. Dobbs ran for a 51-yard score with 3:53 remaining in the second quarter to cap a 99-yard drive. He had touchdown runs of 23, 29, 1 and 1 in the second half.

Montville’s Tyler Girard-Floyd injured his right ankle on the first play from srimmage — a 1-yard run — and didn’t have another carry. He played sporadically at defensive end and took some snaps from quarterback in Montville’s Wildcat package, throwing an interception on his only attempt.

Skyler McNair ran 16 times for 132 yards and a touchdown for Montville (10-2), but lost two fumbles inside the 5-yard line.

Freshman Arkeel Newsome caught a 47-yard touchdown on a screen pass from Elliot Chudwick for Ansonia’s first score and finished with 60 yards rushing on 12 carries. Newsome also had a pair of interceptions on defense.

Montville quarterback Troy Nunes was 9-for-18 passing for 164 yards and a 22-yard touchdown to Robert Johnson, who caught four passes for 85 yards. Brandon Johnson caught three passes for 46 yards.

Ansonia 46, Montville 15
At Middletown
Ansonia               8 8 14 16–46
Montville             7 0 8 0—15
First quarter
M: Skyler McNair 17 run (Ben Middel kick)
A: Arkeel Newsome 47 pass from Elliot Chudwick (Montrell Dobbs run)
Second quarter
A: Dobbs 51 run (Dobbs run)
Third quarter
A: Dobbs 23 run (Dobbs run)
A: Dobbs 29 run (run failed)
M: Robert Johnson 22 pass from Troy Nunes (Nunes run)
Fourth quarter
A: Dobbs 1 run (Dobbs pass from Newsome)
A: Dobbs 1 run (Newsome run)
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Ansonia — Montrell Dobbs 36-363; Montville – Skyler McNair 16-132
PASSING: Ansonia — Elliot Chudwick 2-5-0, 50; Montville – Troy Nunes 9-18-1, 164
RECEIVING: Ansonia – Arkeel Newsome 1-47; Montville – Brandon Johnson 4-85

St. Joseph 44, Valley Regional/OL 7
WATERBURY, Dec. 4, 2010 – St. Joseph-Trumbull returned to the Class S championship with a 44-7 rout of top-ranked Valley Regional/Old Lyme at Municipal Stadium. The Cadets exploded for 30 points in the third quarter to break open a seven-point contest. Senior QB Joe DellaVecchia completed 9-of-15 passes for 194 yards and 2 TDs for St. Joseph (9-3). Senior teammate Tyler Matakevich (12-87) ran for 2 TDs.

St. Joseph scored 16 points in 34 seconds in the third quarter to take a 30-7 lead. Following Matakevich’s 25-yard touchdown run, Valley Regional took a safety. Then DellaVecchia connected with Pat Mulligan on the first of two long touchdown passes, hooking up for 55 yards.

Valley Regional/OL (11-1) scored their only touchdown on the game’s opening drive. Mitchell King hauled in a 19-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jimmy Fairfield-Sonn. They reached the St. Joseph 4-yard line on their next possession but turned the ball over on downs.

St. Joseph 44, Valley Regional/OL 7
At Waterbury
St. Joseph                                0  14 30 0 –44
Valley Regional/Old Lyme   7    0   0 0 —7
First quarter
VR: Mitchell King 19 pass from Jimmy Fairfield-Sonn (Ricky Harrison kick)
Second quarter
SJ: Joe DellaVecchia 2 run (Joe DoCarmo kick)
SJ: Tyler Matakevich 4 run (Joe DoCarmo kick)
Third quarter
SJ: Matakevich 25 run (DoCarmo kick)
SJ: safety, Valley
SJ: Pat Mulligan 55 pass from DellaVecchia (DoCarmo kick)
SJ: LJ Hunt 3 run (DoCarmo kick)
SJ: Mulligan 48 pass from DellaVecchia (DoCarmo kick)
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Valley – Jimmy Fairfield Sonn 21-91; St. Joseph – Matakevich 12-87, L.J. Hunt 10-81
PASSING: Valley – Fairfield Sonn 9-25-3, 111; St. Joseph — DellaVecchia 9-15-0, 194
RECEIVING: St. Joseph – Pat Mulligan 3-106

Class L semifinals
Masuk 41, Darien 0
SHELTON, Dec. 4, 2010 – Quarterback Casey Cochran completed 18 of 22 passes for 365 yards and a touchdown and ran for another TD for No. 1 seed Masuk dominated FCIAC champion Darien, 41-0 at Funn Stadium.

Cochran, the Gatorade State Player of the Year as a junior, completed all 18 of his passes through three quarters. His one touchdown throw was 47 yards on a screen pass to Tom Milone with 24.7 seconds left before halftime to make it 28-0. His 1-yard TD run was the game’s final touchdown to give Masuk (12-0) the 41-0 lead with 1:59 left in the third quarter.

Colin Markus was the leading ground gainer for the undefeated Panthers, rushing for 96 yards and the game’s first two touchdowns on 17 carries. Graham Maybell led the Blue Wave (11-2) with 108 yards on 14 carries.

Darien quarterback Chris Allam completed 9 of 26 passes for 123 yards and two interceptions. The first interception was returned by Joe Diaz for a 55-yard touchdown to make it 21-0 with 5:42 left in the seocnd quarter.

The Blue Wave had an opportunity to tie the game at 7 late in the first quarter. Their eight-play drive moved down to Masuk’s 1, but Brian Wiegand fumbled into the end zone, recovered by Masuk’s Shawn Flynn with 19.2 seconds left in the period. Markus then went down and scored his second touchdown to give Masuk a two-touchdown lead.

Masuk 41, Darien 0
At Shelton
Darien      0 0 0 0 – 0
Masuk      7 21 13 0 – 41
First Quarter
M: Colin Markus 1 run (Jon Testani kick)
Second Quarter
M: Colin Markus 3 run (kick failed)
M: Joe Diaz 55 interception return (Testani run)
M: Tom Milone 47 pass from Casey Cohran (Testani kick)
Third Quarter
M: Tom Milone 3 run (Testani kick)
M: Casey Cohran 1 run (kick failed)
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Masuk: Colin Markus 17-96, Tom Milone 3-44; Darien: Graham Maybell 22-98; Chris Allam 5-23.
PASSING: Masuk: Casey Cochran 18-22-365; Darien: Chris Allam 9-26-123
RECEIVING: Masuk: Tom Milone 3-113; Jon Testani 3-63; Darien: Peter Gesualdi 5-68

New Canaan 39, Hand 21
WEST HAVEN, Dec. 4, 2010 — New Canaan (11-1) gets an opportunity to win its fifth straight state title after beating Hand in the Class L semifinals, 39-21 at Ken Strong Stadium. Kevin Macari had eight catches for 110 yards and three touchdowns and returned a fumble 35 yards for another score for the No. 3 Rams. New Canaan scored 22 points in the third quarter to take a 39-14 lead.

Matthew Milano was 18 of 29 for 188 yards with three touchdowns for New Canaan (11-1). Macari added another fumble recovery on a kickoff, Cameron Armstrong had two interceptions and Ryan Shullman had one-and-a-half sacks, including one for a safety.

Zach Miller was 17 of 29 for 210 yards with two interceptions and a touchdown for the Tigers (10-2). He also ran for 53 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.

New Canaan 39, Hand 21
At West Haven
New Canaan      0 17 22 0–39
Hand                   0 14 7 0–21
Second quarter
H — Zach Miller 2 run (Ryan Bell kick)
NC — Kevin Macari 6 pass from Matthew Milano (Collin Shapiro kick)
NC — Marcari 35 fumble recovery (Shapiro kick)
H — Nicolas Vitale 8 pass from Miller (Bell kick)
NC — Shapiro 36 FG
Third quarter
NC — Joseph Costigan 11 run (kick blocked)
NC — Safety, Miller sacked in end zone by Ryan Shullman
NC — Macari 38 pass from Milano (Shapiro kick)
NC — Macari 12 pass from Milano (Shapiro kick)
H — Michael Leone 5 run (Bell kick)
Individual statistics
RUSHING – New Canaan, Joseph Costigan 18-90, Matthew Milano 5-24, Conor Goodwin 5-20, Kevin McDonough 4-18; Hand, Zach Miller 18-53, Michael Leone 9-14, Kevin Frey 5-23, Nicolas Vitale 4-12, Dillon Wilson 1-3.
PASSING – New Canaan, Matthew Milano 18-29-188; Hand, Zach Miller 17-29-2-210.
RECEIVING – New Canaan, Kevin Micari 8-110, Patrick Newton 4-39, Connor Kilbane 2-17, John Brainard 1-7, Cameron Armstrong 1-6, Conor Goodwin 1-5, Willie Gould 1-4; Hand, Nicolas Vitale 6-91, Alec Pacelli 5-61, Chad Crisco 5-59, Leif Colberg 1-(-1).

Class LL semifinals
Xavier 24, Glastonbury 13
NEW HAVEN, Dec. 4, 2010 – Top-ranked Xavier used a smothering defense to beat Glastonbury, 24-13 and earn a spot in the Class LL championship game at Jess Dow Field in front of 3,941 fans. The Falcons sacked Tomahawk QB Cory Santor seven times and limited Glastonbury to 282 yards of offense. Xavier’s Mike Mastroiani rushed 29 times for 114 yards for the Falcons (12-0).

Glastonbury’s Malcolm Crosson returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, but the Falcons went on to score 18 unanswered points. Xavier’s Graham Stewart returned a fumble 17 yards for a touchdown to give Xavier a 18-7 lead with five seconds left in the first half. Santor completed 11-of-19 passes for 89 yards for Glastonbury (10-2).

Xavier 24, Glastonbury 13
At New Haven
Glastonbury      7 0 6 0 – 13
Xavier                6 12 6 0 – 24
First Quarter
G: Crosson 85 kickoff return (Solecki kick), 11:47.
X: D’Amato 63 run (kick failed), 0:05
Second quarter
X: Mastroiani 2 run (run failed), 8:57
X: Stewart 17 fumble recovery (pass failed), :05
Third quarter
G: Jack 22 run (run failed), 7:21
X: Murphy 10 pass from Tim Boyle (kick failed), :18
Individual statistics
RUSHING-Glastonbury, Crossom 7-42. Xavier, Mastroiani 29-114.
PASSING-Glastonbury, Santor 11-19-0-89. Xavier, Boyle 5-12-1-66.
RECEIVING-Glastonbury, Crossom 4-26. Xavier, Murphy 3-30.

Trumbull 21, NFA 6
WEST HAVEN, Dec. 4, 2010 – Ian Milne scored 2 TDs and ran for 104 yards on 20 carries to lead Trumbull (11-2) to a 21-6 win over previously undefeated NFA in the Class LL semifinals at Ken Strong Stadium. Milne also had a fumble recovery and interception for No. 3 Trumbull (11-2). Don Cherryadded a six-yard TD for the winners.

For No. 2 NFA (11-1), the Wildcats fumbled the ball on the Eagles’ goal line on back-to-back possessions in the third quarter. NFA scored on a 19-yard TD pass from Eric Washburn to Jaron Russell.

Trumbull 21, NFA 6
At West Haven
Trumbull     7 7 0 7–21
NFA             0 0 6 0–6
First quarter
T — Ian Milne 9 run (Anthony Matera kick)
Second quarter
T — Milne 28 run (Matera kick)
Third quarter
NFA — Erik Washburn 19 pass to Jaron Russell (kick failed)
Fourth quarter
T — Don Cherry 6 run (Matera kick)
Individual statistics
RUSHING, Trumbull, Ian Milne 20-104, Matt Lena 12-55, Don Cherry 12-54, Phil Terio 2-24, Nick Lombardi 1-9. NFA, Anthony Facchini 21-66, Erik Washburn 3-39, Isaiah Smith 2-8, Joey Paparelli 2-8, Colin Smith 1-5, Marcus Outlow 1-1.
PASSING, Trumbull, Ian Milne 6-10-1-83; NFA, Erik Washburn, 6-11-3-96.
RECEIVING, Trumbull, Phil Terio, 4-53, Thomas Pauciello 2-24; NFA, Jaron Russell 2-33, Colin Smith 2-21, Joey Paparelli 1-27, John Caruso 1-15.


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