No. 8 NEW CANAAN at No. 5 FAIR­FIELD PREP

The News-Times (Sunday) - - Sports - — Sean Patrick Bow­ley and Pete Paguaga

▶ WHERE: Raf­ferty Sta­dium, Fair­field, 12:30 p.m. ▶ TICK­ETS: Adults $10, Stu­dents/Se­nior Cit­i­zen $5 ▶ RECORDS: New Canaan 9-2, Fair­field Prep 10-1

▶ SEMI­FI­NAL RECORD/LAST AP­PEAR­ANCE: New Canaan (14-3): lost to Ma­suk 28-14 in the 2017 Class L semi­fi­nals. Fair­field Prep (1-1): beat West Haven 29-0 in the 2013 Class LL semi­fi­nals.

▶ PLAY­ERS TO WATCH: New Canaan: Jr. QB Drew Pyne, Sr. WR Quintin O’Con­nell, Sr. WR Wy­att Wil­son, Jr. DB Drew Guida. Fair­field Prep: Jr. QB John Paul Iaropoli, Sr, RB Doug Har­ri­son, Sr. WR Finn Du­ran, WR/LB Jr. Charles Wil­cox, Sr. RB/DB TJ Wal­ton.

▶ STO­RY­LINES: Meet­ing for the first and only time since 1985: a 21-7 win for New Canaan: two of the pre­miere pro­grams in Fair­field County meet once again: this time for a shot at the Class LL ti­tle. Is this the New Canaan team that ev­ery­one thought they would see this season? Drew Pyne is the hottest quar­ter­back in the state right now. Both teams are com­ing in, off of shootout wins. New Canaan and Shel­ton traded punches in a high-scor­ing sec­ond half and so did Fair­field Prep with Southing­ton. New Canaan is vy­ing for its first state ti­tle ap­pear­ance since 2016 in Class L and Prep is look­ing to re­turn to the fi­nals for the first time since 2013.

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