Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Shelton vs. Xavier - CIAC Class LL Small Finals

Yesterday, I chronicled the first game I shot on Saturday, Ansonia being upset by Valley Regional, 21-20.  Game 2 was another nail-biter featuring Shelton and Xavier - a game that would be decided in overtime.

CIAC Class LL Small Finals

CIAC Class LL Small Finals

Shelton QB Mark Piccirillo carries the ball.

CIAC Class LL Small Finals

Xavier's Glenn cunningham ran for 162 yards on 27 carries, including two touchdowns.

CIAC Class LL Small Finals

CIAC Class LL Small Finals

Shelton's Shane Corcoran completes a pass which he takes to the endzone to score.

CIAC Class LL Small Finals

Shelton's Chris Kanios (1) had a big day, including a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown.

CIAC Class LL Small Finals

Piccirillo had to scramble all day.

CIAC Class LL Small Finals

Michael Scherer's 5-yard run in overtime lifted Xavier to a 28-27, come-from-behind win over the previously unbeaten Gaels in an all-SCC Class LL-Small final at Ken Strong Stadium.

CIAC Class LL Small Finals

Monday, December 15, 2014

Valley Regional vs. Ansonia - CIAC Class S Large Finals

Saturday was a really good day. I shot back to back state championship games, and both games went right down to the end. In game one, Valley Regional squared off against Ansonia High for the Class S-Large Trophy. Valley had never won a state title, and Ansonia was going for their 20th.

Ansonia's Tajik Bagley ran around left end for the first score of the game>

CIAC Class S Large Finals

Ansonia QB Jai'Quan McKnight broke through the middle for this 2-point conversion to put Ansonia up, 8-0.

CIAC Class S Large Finals

Tyler Bailey makes a diving catch to keep Ansonia's second scoring drive alive.

CIAC Class S Large Finals

Bagley, who rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns, finished the drive with this 4-yard run up the middle.

CIAC Class S Large Finals

McKnight weaved his way through the Valley Regional defense on his way to a 93-yard touchdown run that put Ansonia up, 20-7.

CIAC Class S Large Finals

CIAC Class S Large Finals

Valley Regional QB Christopher Jean-Pierre led the Warriors rally with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

CIAC Class S Large Finals

Jean-Pierre dives in for Valley's second touchdown to cut the lead to 20-14.

CIAC Class S Large Finals

After an Ansonia fumble, Jean-Pierre dove in for another touchdown, this time on the left side, with only 30 seconds left, to put the Warriors ahead to stay, 21-20.

CIAC Class S Large Finals

CIAC Class S Large Finals

More from this game here

Tomorrow: Shelton vs. Xavier in Class LL-Small finals.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Shelton vs. Hall - CIAC Class LL-Small Football Semi-Finals

As I showed in my last post about my brush with true photographic greatness, I shot the CIAC semi final game between Shelton and Hall this past Saturday.

It was a challenging shoot - It poured all day, and one ref kept blocking my shots. Shelton defeated Hall handily, 42-14, and to be honest, it wasn't even that close.

On to the images:

Shelton vs. Hall-West Hardford - High School Football

Shelton vs. Hall-West Hardford - High School Football

Shelton vs. Hall-West Hardford - High School Football

Shelton vs. Hall-West Hardford - High School Football

Shelton vs. Hall-West Hardford - High School Football

Shelton vs. Hall-West Hardford - High School Football

Even more on my set on Flickr.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

True Football Photographic Greatness

As I shot the CIAC Class LL Small semi-final game between Shelton and Hall, it became apparent that I was on my game like never before, and I was on the path to true photographic greatness:

True Photographic Greatness...

True Photographic Greatness...

That's right. Not once, but twice: The same ref blocked perfect timing on two consecutive touchdown receptions. Some times you have to laugh at yourself.

More to come from this game

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Fun Of Thanksgiving Football

It didn't matter that both Foran High and Jonathan Law entered their final game of the season with matching 5-5 records. It was Thanksgiving, and the longtime crosstown rivals always get up for what is usually the biggest game of the season. Thanksgiving also means pomp, circumstance, seeing old friends, and hard-hitting football.

Foran vs. Law - Thanksgiving Day Football

Foran vs. Law - Thanksgiving Day Football

Law's Max German ran for 152 yards on 22 carries.

Foran vs. Law - Thanksgiving Day Football

Jake Kasuba threw for more than 200 yards in the first half.

Foran vs. Law - Thanksgiving Day Football

Colin Fermender pulled in this pass for a 56 yard touchdown.

Foran vs. Law - Thanksgiving Day Football

Foran led 28-21 at the half, and both schools participated in the extensive halftime show.

Foran vs. Law - Thanksgiving Day Football

Foran vs. Law - Thanksgiving Day Football

Foran vs. Law - Thanksgiving Day Football

Foran vs. Law - Thanksgiving Day Football

Foran celebrates recovering Law's fumble of the second half kickoff.

Foran vs. Law - Thanksgiving Day Football

Kasuba also carried 21 times for 102 yards.

Foran vs. Law - Thanksgiving Day Football

Kasuba dove in for this touchdown that put Foran ahead, 35-21.

Foran vs. Law - Thanksgiving Day Football

Law fumbled their second consecutive kick-off, which turned the tide of the game.

Foran vs. Law - Thanksgiving Day Football

Stephen Longley darted up the middle for another touchdown to put Foran ahead to stay, 41-21.

Foran vs. Law - Thanksgiving Day Football

Foran vs. Law - Thanksgiving Day Football

Foran head coach Jeff Bevino holds the city trophy, won by Foran for the 7th straight year.

Foran vs. Law - Thanksgiving Day Football

Even more from this game is here

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Stratford vs Bunnell - High School Football

Bunnell defeated Stratford, 18-7, on Tuesday night to improve to 6-5 on the season.

Stratford vs. Bunnell - High School Football

Stratford vs. Bunnell - High School Football

Peter Davis of Bunnell keeps his feet inbounds as he scores the first touchdown of the game against Stratford High Tuesday night.

Keeping his feet inbounds...

Stratford vs. Bunnell - High School Football

Stratford vs. Bunnell - High School Football

Stratford vs. Bunnell - High School Football

Stratford vs. Bunnell - High School Football

Bunnell High's Cole Davis scores a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Stratford vs. Bunnell - High School Football

More images in my album on Flickr