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North Branford Football Starts State Tourney Play Tonight

The T-Birds carry momentum into the first round of the Class S State Tournament against Northwest Catholic.

It’s time for postseason football–a time when all the records go out the window and teams are playing to extend the 2011 season just a little bit longer.

North Branford heads into the Class S State Tournament with an impressive 9-1 record, having most recently . The T-Birds take on Northwest Catholic tonight, Nov. 29, on their home field at the high school at 6:30 p.m. in their first state-tournament appearance since 2008.

Looking at Class S

There is one perfect team in Class S–Capital Prep/Classical Magnet, with a 10-0 record, which takes the No. 1 spot. 

Holy Cross (No. 2), Valley Regional/Old Lyme (No. 3) and North Branford (No. 4) each hold 9-1 records, while Northwest Catholic (No. 5), Rocky Hill (No. 6), Haddam-Killingworth (No. 7) and Cromwell (No. 8) all went 8-2 in the regular season.

Check out the rankings on the CIAC website to see how each team earned its seed. See the photos to see other match-ups.

How Does North Branford Stack Up?

While the T-Birds’ regular-season record is 9-1, the only game standing in the way of perfection was the opening contest against 7.

Valley’s one blemish came in the last game of the season, a 6-0 loss to Haddam-Killingworth, a team the HK’s other loss was to Cromwell (42-20), .

North Branford faces Northwest Catholic at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Nov. 29. NWC also had a solid offensive season, outscoring opponents 340-66. NWC held opponents scoreless in half of its regular-season contests.

The T-Birds also showcased a strong offense this season, besting opponents by a combined 396-149 with 88 points being scored by teams that also qualified for states (Valley, HK and Cromwell). The defense earned three shutouts in the 2011 season.

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