Southington 52, Fairfield Prep 34
Class LL State Championship
Southington is the Class LL State Champions!
(7) Fairfield Prep 14 14 0 6 - 34
(4) Southington 7 7 14 24 - 52
LAST SCORING PLAY: Southington's Stephen Barmore scores on a 67-yard interception return.
FP-Colton Smith 17 run (Henry Healy kick), 6:39
S-Tyler Hyde 2 run (Smick kick), 5:36
FP-Smith 2 run (Healy kick), :12
FP-Nick Crowle 53 run (Healy kick), 10:59
S-Stephen Barmore 1 run (Smick kick), 8:24
FP-John DelliSanti 31 pass from Smith (Healy kick), 4:06
S-Alex Jamele 60 from Barmore (Smick kick), 7:39
S-Jamele 4 pass from Barmore (Smick kick), 3:50
S-Smick 21 field goal, 10:35
FP-Crowle 7 run (kick fails), 9:52
S-Jasen Rose 7 pass from Barmore (Smick kick), 8:11
S-Jamele 20 pass from Barmore (Smick kick), 3:46
S-Barmore 67 interception return (Smick kick), 2:04
FOURTH QUARTER: It is Southington's second ever state football championship. ... Southington is the Class LL state football champions. Well worth the wait. And Southington celebrates, jumping into each other's arms after the final play is run. The teams will now line up for the postgame handshake. ... Southington's Mike Drury gets the Gatorade shower as the clock winds down. ... Southington's Zach Jamele intercepts Colton Smith and the game will end with Southington winning 52-34. Southington are the Class LL state champions. ... Prep throws incomplete. ... Prep gets a first down with 33 seconds to play. ... Prep has a fourth and one. ... Fairfield Prep incomplete on the bomb down the sideline. ... Prep has the ball at the 28. ... Injury timeout. ... Prep runs the ball up the middle. Why they aren't passing the ball I have no idea. Throw the ball deep on every play. Southington not complaining. ... Prep starts with the ball at own 23. ... Southington's Stephen Barmore gets the interception and returns it 67 yards down the right sideline for the touchdown. Southington leads 52-34 with 2:04 to go. A state championship isn't that far away. ... Prep can't complete a deep pass just out of reach for John DelliSanti. ... Prep gets about two on a sideline pass setting up a third and eight. ... Prep throws incomplete on first down. ... Prep gets pass to Southington 46 for first down to Stephen Walsh from Colton Smith. ... Prep throws incomplete and its third and eight from Prep 44. ... Southington's Matt Thompson with big tackle on screen pass that could have gone for big yards. Second and eight for Prep. ... Southington's Alex Jamele does it again, scoring on a 20-yard pass from Stephen Barmore and the Blue Knights lead 45-34 with under four minutes to go in the game. Jamele has 10 catches for over 200 yards. ... Tyler Hyde loses two yards on first down. ... Southington's Tyler Hyde busts through for a 12-yard run to set up a first down for the Blue Knights at the 18. ... Offsides on Fairfield Prep, so it's second and 10 from the 30 for Southington. ... Southington calls timeout after a five-yard loss. Will have a second and 15 from 35 with five minutes to go. ... Southington's Matt Thompson intercepts Colton Smith on third and nine and returns it to the Prep 30 for a huge, game-changing play with five minutes to go. A 30-yard return for Thompson. ... Prep's Nick Crowle gets two on first down. ... Colton Smith gets first down on keeper to 46. ... Prep run gets one and it's third and two. ... Fairfield Prep gets eight on a run by Colton Smith to own 40. ... Southington's Jasen Rose scores on a seven-yard touchdown pass from Stephen Barmore with 8:11 to go and Kyle Smick's kick makes it 38-34. ... Stephen Barmore escapes pressure and hits Alex Jamele to the Prep 7. ... Stephen Barmore throws incomplete on first down. ... Southington's Tyler Hyde gets three for the first down to the 28. ... Tyler Hyde gets nine on first down to the Prep 31. ... Stephen Barmore hits Alex Jamele for a long pass to the Prep 40 on first down. ... It takes two plays for Fairfield Prep to take the lead back after Nick Crowle scores on a seven-yard run. The extra point is missed, so Prep leads 34-31 with under 10 minutes to go. ... Colton Smith breaks a huge run all the way down to the Southington 7, 70 yards. ... Fairfield Prep starts with the ball at own 22. ... Southington is stopped on a third down run and Kyle Smick is called on and nails a 21-yard field goal to put the Blue Knights up for the first time in the game, 31-28 with 10:35 to go in the game. ... Stephen Barmore gets to the two on a run, setting up third and goal. ... Southington stopped on first down run on first and goal.
THIRD QUARTER: Southington gets a play off right before the quarter ends and Zach Maxwell goes 21 yards to give the Blue Knights a first and goal to start the fourth quarter. ... Southington's Stephen Barmore hits Kyle Borofsky for 17 yards down to the Prep 25. ... Prep gets pressure on Stephen Barmore and he throws incomplete. Second and 10 from Prep 42. ... Southington's Zach Maxwell with a big run across midfield, 37 yards. ... Southington will take over at own 21 with 49 seconds to go in third. ... Southington stops the run and Pre will punt back to Southington. ... Prep gets five yard run and it's third and five. ... Colton Smith stopped for loss of two on first down. ... Injury timeout after 11-yard run on third and seven. ... Colton Smith gets the first down on a read-option keeper out to the 34. ... Fairfield Prep has a third and seven from own 23 after incomplete pass on second down. ... Southington has tied the game after Stephen Barmore hits Alex Jamele again for a four-yard touchdown pass and it's 28-28 after the Kyle Smick extra point. ... Southington has third and goal from four with 3:55 to go. Injury timeout. ... Southington hits a big pass from Stephen Barmore to Alex Jamele to the nine. Jamele with big run after catch. ... Southington has second and 10 from own 49. ... Stephen Barmore just misses Jasen Rose on a bomb, one step too far. ... Stephen Barmore hits Zach Maxwell for a first down. ... Southington's Tyler Hyde loses yards on a run and it will be third and three. ... Southington starts with an eight-yard pass. ... Southington takes over at own 38 midway through the quarter. ... Prep is forced to punt after short gain on third down. ... Prep pass is incomplete and it's third and seven. ... Fairfield Prep has a second and seven from own 23. ... Southington's Stephen Barmore hits Alex Jamele for a 60-yard touchdown pass, where Jamele took the pass, turned up field and ran past defenders for the score. Southington trails 28-21 with 7:39 to go. That also extends Jamele's state record for touchdowns in a season. ... Southington takes over at own 39 after punt, 8:23 to go. ... The bomb downfield is incomplete, with Tyler Hyde in coverage, and Prep will punt. ... Injury timeout on field. ... Prep runs up the middle setting up a third down and 14. ... Colton Smith loses two on the read-option keeper, second and 17. ... Fairfield Prep pushed back five yards on penalty. ... Fairfield Prep gets the first down to the 36. ... Fairfield Prep has a third and short coming up. ... Fairfield Prep starts with the ball at its own 26. ... Fairfield Prep will receive the second half kickoff.
SECOND QUARTER: Fairfield Prep leads Southington 28-14 at the half. ... Southington takes over at 11 and takes a knee to go to halftime. ... Timeout Southington with Fairfield Prep ready to punt from 50 with 17 seconds to go. ... Injury timeout with 34 seconds to play. ... Fairfield Prep drops a bomb over the middle and Southington holds after stopping a running play. ... Fairfield Prep has second and 18. ... Southington's Stephen Barmore is intercepted by Brett Stevenson around the 15 and it's returned to the Southington 40, including a personal foul penalty on Knights at end. ... Ten-yard penalty on defense, first down Southington. ... Incomplete on third and 19, but flag on play. ... Stephen Barmore is sacked and fumbles, but Knights recover. ... Southington's Tyler Hyde gets one and Knights have second and nine. ... Southington on the move now, at Fairfield Prep 25 after a big play to Alex Jamele. ... Southington starts next possession with first down pass from Stephen Barmore to Alex Jamele. ... Fairfield Prep's John DelliSanti gets his second big catch, this time a 31-yard pass from Colton Smith for a touchdown and 28-14 lead with 4:06 to go. ... Big pass over middle down to the Southington 31 and Fairfield Prep has first and 10 after 23-yard pass. ... Now third and nine for Prep. ... Southington's Zach Maxwell with a takedown on quarterback run for two-yard loss. Second down for Fairfield Prep. ... Fairfield Prep driving now, has ball at own 45. ... Southington answers with a touchdown drive that took 2:35 as Stephen Barmore scores on a one-yard run to cut the deficit to 21-14 with 8:24 to go. ... Fairfield Prep's Nick Crowle scores on a 53-yard run and the Jesuits take a 21-7 lead early second quarter. ... Southington is forced to punt with less than a minute gone in the second quarter and Fairfield Prep takes over at own 47.
FIRST QUARTER: The first quarter comes to an end with Fairfield Prep leading 14-7. ... Fairfield Prep goes 55 yards in 2:01, scoring on a Colton Smith two-yard touchdown run with :12 seconds to go. ... Southington had three dropped passes on its drive, including one bomb to Jasen Rose. ... Southington is forced to punt and Fairfield Prep takes over at its own 45 with 2:13 to go. ... Southington is facing a third and 10. ... Southington comes up with a huge defensive play, as Stephen Barmore intercepts Colton Smith at the Southington 11 with 2:44 to go. ... Southington's defense is having a hard time early on with the size of Fairfield Prep, something that will be a big factor the rest of the way. ... Fairfield Prep starts next drive at own 20. ... Southington needs just 1:03 to tie the game, as Tyler Hyde scores on a 2-yard run and Kyle Smick kicks the extra point for a 7-7 tie with 5:36 to go. ... Fairfield Prep's Colton Smith scores on a 17-yard run, and after the extra point, Prep leads 7-0 with 6:39 to go. Prep went 47 yards in 1:39. ... Southington punts and Fairfield Prep is set up at the Southington 47 after a solid return, 8:18 to go. ... Fairfield Prep punts on its first possession and Southington takes over at own 16 with 9:37 to go. ... Southington is forced to punt and Fairfield Prep takes over at its own 28 with 10:45 to go. ... Southington starts the ball at its own 32. ... Fairfield Prep wins the coin toss and defers. Southington will get the ball first.
GAME NOTES: Southington is 11-1 this season and is the fourth-seed in the Class LL state playoffs. The Blue Knights are ranked 9th in the state coaches poll. Southington has lost to Hall this season and has defeated Glastonbury, Manchester, Simsbury, New Britain, Conard, Newington, East Hartford, South Windsor, Cheshire, No. 5 Norwich Free Academy in the Class LL state quarterfinals and No. 8 Ridgefield in the Class LL state semifinals. ... Fairfield Prep is 11-2 this season and is the seventh-seed in the Class LL state playoffs. The Jesuits are ranked 7th in the state coaches poll. Fairfield Prep has lost to St. Josephs and Daniel Hand this season and has beaten Stamford, Notre Dame-West Haven, Branford, Shelton, Cheshire, Amity, Hamden, Xavier, West Haven, No. 2 Glastonbury in the Class LL state quarterfinals and No. 3 West Haven again in the Class LL state semifinals. ... For tons and tons of preview coverage, visit newbritainherald.com/sports right now. ... For the best championship coverage in the state pick up a copy of the New Britain Herald before and after the game.