No. 3 NEW­TOWN at No. 2 GREEN­WICH

The News-Times (Sunday) - - Sports -

▶ WHERE: at Car­di­nal Sta­dium, Green­wich, 12:30 p.m. ▶ TICK­ETS: Adults $10, Stu­dents/Se­nior Cit­i­zen $5 ▶ RECORDS: New­town 11-0, Green­wich 11-0

▶ SEMI­FI­NAL RECORD/LAST AP­PEAR­ANCE: New­town (0-7): lost to Shel­ton 35-28 in the 2015 Class LL semi­fi­nals. Green­wich (8-2): beat South Wind­sor 36-7 in the 2017 Class LL semi­fi­nals.

▶ PLAY­ERS TO WATCH: New­town: Sr. RB Dan Ma­son, Sr. QB Luke Melillo, Sr. LB Eas­ton Ricks, Sr., WR/DB Joe Pagett. Green­wich: Sr. QB Gavin Muir; Sr. RB Ty­sen Comizio; Sr. LB Jack Feda; Sr. DE Mozi Bici; Jr. DT Eddy Iu­teri; Sr. DT Joe Kraninger; Sr. DE Emilio Camou; Sr. WR Lance Large; Sr. CB Ryan Ray­buck.

▶ STO­RY­LINES: Since the CIAC went to a play­off sys­tem: and not just two teams qual­i­fy­ing for the cham­pi­onship game: New­town has been to seven semi­fi­nals and has lost each time. New­town had also strug­gled to beat LL teams (3-7 since the move to Class LL), but the Nighthawks knocked off three-time de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Darien to reach the post­sea­son. Green­wich is where it ex­pected to be this season: with a chance to re­turn to the Class LL fi­nals. The Car­di­nals lost last season to Darien and has been on a mis­sion all season to have a chance to take home their first ti­tle since 2007.

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