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NEW BRITAIN – On its second try, Joel Barlow finally has its first state football championship.
The Falcons (11-2) rushed for 372 yards and allowed just 33 yards on the ground en route to a dominating 61-6 victory over Valley/Old Lyme Saturday night in the Class SS football championship game at Central Connecticut's Arute Field.
“It’s a complete team and coaching staff victory,” Barlow coach T.J. Cavaliere. “I couldn’t be more proud of our guys. I knew we had a special team and a lot of talent, but you have to be lucky and stay healthy.”
It was just the second time that Barlow has played in a state title game. The Falcons lost to Killingly, 41-14, in the 2017 Class M championship game.
And it turned into the Danny Shaban show.Shaban, who went over the 2,000-yard mark in rushing yards for the season in the third quarter, ran for 175 yards and scored five touchdowns.
“It hasn’t hit me yet,” Shaban said. “Hopefully, it will hit me when we get on the bus together. I think this is the best team in Barlow history. We came out, we wanted it and we executed.”