No. 7 HADDAM- KILLINGWORTH at No. 3 STAFFORD/ SOMERS/ EAST WINDSOR
WHERE: Enfield High School, 12: 30 p. m. TICKETS: Adults $ 10, Students/ Senior Citizens $ 5
RECORDS: Haddam- Killingworth 10- 1; Stafford/ Somers/ East Windsor 11- 0 SEMIFINAL HISTORY: H- K: First appearance. Stafford ( 0- 1): Lost to Ansonia 52- 19 in 2017 Class S semifinals. PLAYERS TO WATCH: H- K: Sr. QB/ LB Tobey Callender; Sr. RB/ WR/ FS Dalton Modehn; Sr. RB/ LB Zach Kauffman; T/ DE Aiden Maher ( 6- 5, 235); Jr. DL/ OL Trey Callender; SSEW: Sr. OL/ LB Johnathan Kopek; Sr. RB/ DB Julien Rivas; Sr. QB/ DB Colton Engel; Sr. WR/ DB Jeff Kology; Sr. LB Cody Gebo; Sr. OL/ LB Tyler Gilbert. STORYLINES: Two dream seasons collide in yet another de facto Pequot championship game. Stafford/ Somers/ East Windsor, which was 0- 11 just four years ago, is now 11- 0 for the first time in program history and has reached the semifinal for the second- consecutive time after demolishing Pequot Sassacus champ Cromwell/ Portland, 41- 6, in the quarterfinals. Haddam- Killingworth, which shared the Sassacus champ has won 10 games and is coming off its first playoff win in school history, 52- 0 over Bullard- Havens. Both squads feature punishing run games. H- K bludgeons teams with the double wing with 1,000- yard rushers Tobey Callender at QB, Dalton Modehn at back and Zach Kauffman chipping in in key situations. Colton Engel directs Stafford’s lethal spread attack, accounting for 1,580 yards of total offense ( 1,118 rushing, 462 passing) and Julien Rivas rushing for 1,301 yards and 19 TDs. Both teams feature strong defenses, too. Stafford’s is led by LBs Johnathan Kopek ( 15 TFL) and Cody Gebo ( 10 sacks), H- K’s by Tobey and Trey Callender ( at DE). Stafford is vying for its first state championship game. H- K is looking to reach its second final and first since 1994’ s Class S championship.