CIAC high school football state semifinals 2021 score updates and results

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Darien's Jeremiah Stafford (21) runs for some yards while New Canaan's Riley Gardiner (7) and Christopher Bopp (10) attempt to stop him during the Turkey Bowl football game at Dunning Field on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021.

Darien's Jeremiah Stafford (21) runs for some yards while New Canaan's Riley Gardiner (7) and Christopher Bopp (10) attempt to stop him during the Turkey Bowl football game at Dunning Field on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021.

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The CIAC high school football semifinals are here. Read up on today's matchpus and follow along with our reporters in the field once the games are underway. 


No. 5 Shelton at No. 1 Fairfield Prep

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Final. Prep tops Shelton 24-3

Prep interception by Quinn Stengrim in end zone. FP ball at 20 with 3:19 left. FP up 24-3

Shelton turns ball over on downs. Prep ball at FP 39 with 11:48 to go and Jesuits up 24-3 

End 3rd quarter, Prep leads Shelton 24-3. 

Prep forces punt again. FP ball on own 43 w 3:08 left 3rd 

Connor Smith to James Iaropoli 71 yard TD pass. FP up 24-3 with 5:14 left 3rd 

Shelton forced to punt again. Prep ball at FP 29. Jesuits up 17-3 w 5:24 left 3rd 

Daniel Barnick 65-yard TD run has Prep on top of Shelton 17-3 with 6:06 left 3rd qtr 

Shelton 2nd INT of day gives Gaels ball at FP 46 with 8:18 left 3rd. Int by Jacob Villalobos

Prep with a statement to open second half. 3 plays, 58 yard drive capped by 38 yard TD run by Daniel Barnick. 10-3 Prep 1:34 in

Tymaine Smith kickoff return near midfield, Barnick 38 td run, Prep up 10-3 on Shelton 94 seconds into the 2nd half #cthsfb

Halftime. Prep and Shelton even at 3 

Prep punts. Shelton ball at own 15 w 1:30 left in half.

Prep forces punt. Takes over at own 42 with 3:02 left in half. Tied at 3 

Aidan Graham 43 yard FG w 4:15 left in half. Tied at 3

Shelton holds. Prep punts. Shelton ball at Prep 38 w 10:55 left in half 

End of first quarter. Shelton leads Prep 3-0. Defense of Gaels bailed them out twice and Rosa kicks FG. 

Christian Rosa 27 yard FG gives Shelton 3-0 over Prep w 25 seconds left 1st qtr

Shelton's Randy Mones with the interception. Gaels take over at 25 

Prep forces second Shelton punt which is blocked. FP ball at Shelton 28. 5:44 left 1st qtr

Shelton 3 and out gives Prep a short field. Drives to the 1, doesn't get in. 

Prep toss, defers. Shelton heading into the sun

No. 3 Darien at No. 2 New Canaan

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Darien 24, New Canaan 14 - Final. See y’all Saturday at (expected at) McDougall v Fairfield Prep. 

Joe Cesare his third pickoff *this quarter* Darien leads 24-10 with 4 min left

Joe Cesare with his second pickoff. That could be all she wrote here, Darien leading 24-10 7 minutes left 

Tighe Cummiskey dives into the end zone, Darien leads NC 24-10 with 8:27 remaining 

Joe Cesare pickoff leads to Tighe Cummiskey going over the top a la Ty Matakevich to give Darien a 24-10 lead, 8:20 left

Big NC fumble and Darien threatening to score again, up 17-10 after 3. 

McMullen kicks 30 yard field goal. Darien extends lead to 17-10 over New Canaan. 3:58 to go in the third. 

Trading punts here in New Canaan. Darien still leads 14-10. 915 left 3 

At halftime, Darien leads New Canaan 14-10

Darien regains lead on New Canaan. Stafford 5 yard run makes it 14-10 with 11:01 to go in the first half 

End 1: New Canaan 10, Darien 7. Crowd has filled in nicely. Grandstands packed

Ty Groff kicks 38-yd field goal. New Canaan leads Darien 10-7 in the first qtr 

New Canaan responds, Cunney to Cognetta for 5 yards. NC and Darien tied 7-7 with 6:56 to go first qtr 

Jeremiah Stafford goes yard. Darien first blood up 7-0 early

  • RECORDS — Darien 10-1, New Canaan 10-1



  • PLAYOFF HISTORY/LAST APPEARANCES — Darien (25-11): beat Hamden 46-19. New Canaan (35-10): beat Southington 38-14.

  • PLAYERS TO WATCH — Darien: David Evanchick, Sr., DE; Miles Drake, Sr., QB; Tighe Cummiskey, Sr., RB; Matt Minicus, Sr., WR; Sean Quick, Sr., LB. New Canaan: Ned Brady, Sr., OL/DL; Vincent Cognetta, Sr., RB/LB; Macklin Seelert, Jr., WR; Henry Cunney, Sr., QB. 


No. 5 Windsor at No. 1 St. Joseph

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FINAL: Windsor 35, St. Joseph 31

Windsor 1st down. SJ spends last timeout with 46.7 seconds left. The Warriors about to pull the upset here at Dallling. #cthsfb

Windsor throws two incomplete passes, sj ball trailing 35-31, but Jalon William's INT on a tipped pass. 135 left, upset on the doorstep for Warriors. 

Windsor interception on first pass. They get ball back 1:35 left

St Joe gets ball back with 1:41 left Windsor up 35-31

St Joe turns ball over on downs. Windsor ball up 35-31 3:33 left

Ray Rodriguez on the 7 yard TD. Windsor leads SJ 35-31 with 502 left. 

SJ stops Windsor on 4th and 2, but then goes 3 plays and out. Windsor ball In SJ territory with 727 left. 

Prince Samuel's just sacked Morrissey on 3rd down. We are thru 3 here at Dalling, 31-28 SJ over Windsor. I'd stick around if I were you.

Prince Samuel's on the 7 yard TD reception from Cromartie. Windsor closes to within 31-28 of St. Joe's, still 3rd quarter. 

Windsor driving again, picks up 1st down on 4th and 2. Now on SJ 11 with 222 left 3rd quarter.

Samuels TD catch for Windsor St Joe 31 Windsor 21 7:35 left in third 

Sun is going to be blinding looking west in second half at St Joe’s 

:3.5 left in half on 4th down and Warren with great grab in corner. St Joe 31 Windsor 13

Sj faces 3rd and 19 with 10 seconds left. #cthsfb

Da Silva with his 2nd INT for SJ, which has ball at Windsor 14 with 22 seconds left. #cthsfb

Max Warren scores on SJ next play from.scrimmage, 69 yards. St. Joe's now up 24-13 with 64 seconds left. Warren couldnt handle the swi g pass, but he picked up the ball while Windsor defense dropped figuring at incomplete pass. But was a lateral. 

Jaevion Walcott hauls in 47 yard TD pass, blown coverage by the Hogs. But they block the point after 17-13 St. Joe's with 125 left 2nd quarter. SJ coach @CoachDellSJ not pleased at all. #cthsfb

Morrissey to Warren for the 4 yard TD on 4th and goal. Right at the pylon. St. Joe's goes up 17-7 on Windsor with 2:39 left before halftime. Windsors 3rd turnover set up the Hogs near midfield. #cthsfb

Achillus White answers for Windsor with a kick return for a touchdown. 10-7 St. Joe's. Around 95 yards. White mishandled it at 1st, then took off for the score..#cthsfb

Max Warren beats double coverage for the 44 yd TD reception from Matt Morrissey. Now 10-0 St. Joseph over Windsor early 2nd q. Horrible punt set up Hogs close to midfield.

Logan Spoelstra with the 25 yard field goal. St..Joe's takes 3-0 lead over Windsor with 141 left 1st q

Windsor and SJ trade interceptions. No score here mid 1st q. 

  • RECORDS — Windsor (10-1), St. Joseph (10-1)

  • ON THE AIR/WEB — NFHS Network 


  • PLAYOFF HISTORY/LAST APPEARANCES — Windsor (11-10): beat Cheney Tech 62-0. St. Joseph (30-5): beat Hand 21-20 (OT). 

  • PLAYERS TO WATCH — Windsor: Shawn Bell, Sr., RB/DB; Prince Samuels, Sr., DE; Elijah Cromartie, Jr., QB. St. Joseph: Maxwell Warren, Sr., WR/DB; Matt Morrissey, Sr., QB; Mark Morrissey, Sr., LB; Tyler daSilva, Jr., LB; Ethan Long, Soph., DB.

No. 7 Masuk at No. 3 Maloney

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Joziah Gonzalez has 2 receiving TDs and another on a punt return to lead Maloney to 56-14 win over Masuk in Class L semifinal game.

CIAC Class L semifinal football: Third quarter ends with Maloney leading Masuk 56-14 #cthsfb

Spencer Studley connects with Joziah Gonzalez for a 51-yard TD pass and 56-14 lead over Masuk with 10:38 to go 3rd quarter #cthsfb

Second quarter ends with Maloney leading Masuk 49-14 

Spencer Studley completes a 15-yard TD pass to Ian Graham to giv Maloney a 49-14 lead over Masuk with 2:28 to go 2nd qtr

Masuk responds as Nick Saccu catches a 49-yard TD pass from Dylan Jackson with 5:08 to go 2nd qtr to cut Maloney's lead to 42-14 

Rashawn Shelton scores on a 55-yard TD interception return to give Maloney a 42-7 lead over Masuk with 5:43 to go 2nd qtr 

Angel Arce completes 26-yard TD pass to Austin Studley with 6:26 to go 2nd qtr to give Maloney 35-7 lead over Masuk 

Joshua Boganski scores on a 6-yard TD run to give Maloney a 28-7 lead over Masuk with 10:26 to go 2nd quarter #cthsfb

1st  quarter ends with Maloney leading Masuk 21-7 

Maloney is rollin' with Joziah Gonzalez returning a punt 53 yards for a TD and 21-7 lead over Masuk with 2:24 to go 1st qtr 

Joziah Gonzalez catches a 32-yard TD pass from Angel Arce to give Maloney 14-7 lead over Masuk with 8:24 to go 1st qtr 

Nick Saccu scores on a 64-yard TD run for Masuk to give for a 7-7 tie with Maloney with 9:56 to go 1st quarter 

Angel Arce throws an 8-yard TD pass to Rashawn Shelton to give Maloney a 7-0 lead over Masuk with 10:10 to go 1st qtr

  • RECORDS — Masuk (9-2), Maloney (10-1)

  • ON THE AIR/WEB — NFHS Network 


  • PLAYOFF HISTORY/LAST APPEARANCES — Masuk (16-14): beat Naugatuck 20-17. Maloney (5-6): beat Bristol Central 49-14.

  • PLAYERS TO WATCH — Masuk: Nick Saccu, Sr., RB/WR/DB; Ryan Saccu, Sr., WR/DB; Dylan Jackson, Jr., QB. Maloney: Angel Arce, Sr., QB; Josh Boganski, Jr., RB; Michael Reddick, Sr., LB/OL; Tylee Flowers, Sr., DB/WR.


No. 5 Branford at No. 1 Killingly

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FINAL: Killingly 13, Branford 12

Dreibholz to Reif screen pass for TD Killingly leads Branford 13-12 6 minutes left #cthsfb

End third quarter Branford 12 Killingly 7 

Cole Snider 1 yard run puts Branford ahead 12-7...pass failed on conversion try 

Frawley 21 yard TD pass from Turburt ….but extra point kick is wide left....killingly 7 Branford 6 

Halftime Killingly 7 Branford 0 

End 1st quarter Killingly 7 Branford 0

Jack Sharpe 2 yard run puts Killingly ahead of Branford 7-0

No. 6 Torrington at No. 2 Rockville

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Rockville advances to the Class M state championship.  First appearance in state championship since 1995 for Rockville. Rockville will face Killingly in Class M title on Saturday

Torrington’s Clinkscales takes the handoff 64 yards for the TD. 2 pt failed. Rockville 42, Torrington 12 with 6:21 left

Rockville's Edmondson with his 4th TD of the game, this one from 2 yards out and it’s Rockville 42, Torrington 6 with 8:10 left 

Ryan hits Perry for their 2nd TD of the day, this time from 53 yards out and it’s 35-6 Rockville leading Torrington for 3:42 left in 3Q 

Edmondson scores his 3rd TD of the game, this one from 9 yards out and it’s 28-6 Rockville leads Torrington with 10:26 left in 3Q 

Rockville knees it.  Halftime: Rockville 21, Torrington 6

Rockville’s Juneil Powell picks it off on the 5-yard line with 5.8 seconds left in half 

Torrington on the Rockville 19 with 29.7 left in the half 

Rockville extends lead to 21-6 over Torrington with 4:52 left in half as Matt Ryan hits Deshaun Perry for 21-yard TD. Edmondson ran in 2pt 

Torrington attempts first pass of the game with midway through 2Q and it’s picked off by Rockville lineman Henry Tyus with 7:03 left in half 

Edmondson pounds it in from 1-yard out and it’s 13–6 Rockville leading Torrington with 7:19 left in half 

End of 1Q: Rockville 6, Torrington 6

Rockville comes right down field and Travon Edmondson scores on a 4-yard run  Rockville 6, Torrington 6 with 1:04 left in 1Q

Torrington held the ball for the first 8:31 of the game and scores on a short run by Sean Clinkscales.  Torrington leads Rockville 6-0 with 3:29 left in 1Q

Torrington will receive to start this Class M semifinal matchup

  • RECORDS — Torrington 8-3, Rockville 9-2

  • ON THE AIR/WEB — NFHS Network 


  • PLAYOFF HISTORY/LAST APPEARANCES — Torrington (1-2): beat Granby/Canton 37-29. Rockville (4-4): beat Ellington 27-0.

  • PLAYERS TO WATCH — Torrington: Sean Clinkscales, Sr., RB/DB; Tyler Semonich, Sr., QB/DB; Exodus Rosado, Sr., LB/RB. Rockville: Deshaun Perry, Sr., RB/LB; Nasir Knighton, Fr., RB/LB; Matt Ryan, Sr., QB


No. 5 New Fairfield at No. 1 Bloomfield

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FINAL Bloomfield 22, New Fairfield 14 

Bloomfield recovers a fumble to end the New Fairfield threat

New Fairfield is on the Bloomfield 15 w/ 6:54 remaining and no time outs

END Q3: Bloomfield 22, New Fairfield 14 

Now Bloomfield extends its lead over New Fairfield to 22-14 after a fumble recovery is taken into the end zone

Bloomfield reclaims the lead, 15-14 on a pass from Foster to Kerr again w/ 2:32 left in Q3 

McCormack hits Christopher Kakos to set up his own 5-yard TD scramble for a 14-9 New Fairfield lead over Bloomfield w/ 5:36 left in Q3 

Bloomfield takes a 9-7 lead over New Fairfield as Darrien Foster hits Davien Kerr w/ 9:34 left in Q3

HALFTIME: New Fairfield 7, Bloomfield 2

New Fairfield muffs the snap on a punt and the ball ends up going through the back of the end zone for a Bloomfield safety. New Fairfield leads 7-2 w/ 3:49 in the first half 

Justin McCormack hits Ryan Fata for a 54-yard TD and a 7-0 New Fairfield lead over Bloomfield w/ 8:16 left in the first half

END Q1: New Fairfield 0, Bloomfield 0

  • RECORDS — New Fairfield 9-2, Bloomfield 11-0

  • ON THE AIR/WEB — NFHS Network 


  • PLAYOFF HISTORY/LAST APPEARANCES — New Fairfield (3-4): beat Holy Cross 41-7. Bloomfield (26-11): beat Morgan 50-18.

  • PLAYERS TO WATCH — New Fairfield: Jason Caswell, Sr., RB/DB; Justin McCormack, Sr., Jr. QB; Thomas Leary, Jr., LB. Bloomfield: Conellius Patrick, Jr., RB/DB; Dallas Rose, Sr., RB/LB; Darrien Foster, Soph., QB; Jakar Jenskins, Sr., OL/DL.

  • WHAT’S WHAT — Bloomfield was without several starters in Tuesday’s quarterfinals due to COVID-19 protocols, but the Warhawks didn't miss a beat in their 50-18 wipeout of Morgan. Backs Dallas Rose and Conellius Patrick combined for five rushing touchdowns as Bloomfield amassed a 50-6 lead and cruised to the semifinals for the third-straight season. Rose and Patrick have amassed over 2,400 of Bloomfield's 2,700 rushing yards and all 34 of its rushing TDs this year. ...The Warhawks are looking to make their third-consecutive state final and fourth in six seasons. Bloomfield won titles in 2015 and 2018 and was runner-up in 2019. ...New Fairfield, playing in its fourth postseason since 2015, is eyeing a return to the championship for the first time since a 21-14 Class M title loss to Brookfield in 2016. ...Jason Caswell leads the Rebels with over 1,700 yards and 17 TDs on the ground. Justin McCormack has added 527 rushing yards and 12 TDs and has also thrown for nearly 900 yards and 11 TDs. ...McCormack rushed for 181 yards, two touchdowns and threw a pair of touchdown passes in New Fairfield's quarterfinal rout of Holy Cross.

  • SPB’s PICK — Bloomfield

  • PETE’S PICK — Bloomfield

No. 3 Ansonia at No. 2 Cromwell/Portland

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FINAL: Cromwell/Portland: 46, Ansonia: 7

Final in Class S: @cromportFB 46, @AnsoniaFootball 7. First final for Panthers since 2011.

@cromportFB goes over the top to Ted Williams for his 5th TD of day. 62-yard score. 46-7 lead over Ansonia.

Alex Hair 1-yard TD run 47 seconds into 4th quarter. Panthers 39, Chargers 7.

@AnsoniaFootball with a 5-play, 63-yard drive to get on the board in Cromwell. 33-7. Crossetti with a 4-yard TD run. 3:11 left in Q3. 

@cromportFB’s 5th TD covered 80 yards in 2 pass plays. 4th TD for Ted Williams. 6:11 left Q3

Hard to keep up. @cromportFB 33, Ansonia 0 3+ minutes into 2nd half. More later. @GameTimeCT 

Up 26-0 at half, @cromportFB defense isn’t bending against McKnight and Casetti and Panthers’ big-play capability with Ted Williams is killing the Chargers.

Ansonia stopped on 4th down (again). @cromportFB 1st play thereafter, Brisson to Williams for 59 yards and TD. Cohen PAT. Halftime: Panthers up 26-0. 

@cromportFB stops @AnsoniaFootball on downs,scores on 2 pass plays for 19-0 lead. 4:28 left 1st half. 

@cromportFB takes 13-0 lead over @AnsoniaFootball on deep ball to Yearwood on 4th down and long from Chargers 30. 10:38 left 1st half.

End of 1st Quarter: Cromwell 6, Ansonia 0

@AnsoniaFootball punts away first possession to @cromportFB 8. Teddy Williams 92-yard pass play for the TD. 6-0 Panthers. 

@cromportFB wins toss, defers to @AnsoniaFootball to start Class S semifinal.