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North Branford Football Finishes 2012 Season as Class S Runner-Up

The T-Birds fell to Ansonia 59-26 in the Class S State Championship for their only loss of the season.

 

North Branford and Ansonia entered Saturday morning's CIAC Class S State Championship Game with unbeaten records. The Thunderbirds (12-1) exited Rentschler Field with their first loss of the season and the runner-up trophy after dropping a 59-26 decision to the top-seeded Chargers (14-0).  North Branford defeated Trinity Catholic and Woodland to advance to the title game.

The No. 3 T-Birds drew first blood 1:02 into the game on a 74-yard scoring strike when the senior duo of Brandan Basil and Joe DeLucia connected for the quick 6-0 lead.

The Chargers scored the next four touchdowns, attacking via the air and on the ground, to take a 28-6 advantage into halftime.

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North Branford, now 1-2 in Class S championship games, tallied 2:39 into the third period when Basil and DeLucia struck again and covered 63 yards to cut into Ansonia's lead. A Basil to Gary Falanga conversion pass closed the gap to 28-14.

Six touchdown were scored in the frenzied fourth quarter, with North Branford crossing the goal line on a 10-yarder to senior Alex McGuigan and a 12-yard completion to DeLucia to close out the T-Birds' scoring.  

The game featured 1,049 yards of total offense, 467 credited to NBHS.  Basil was 22-for-43 for 398 yards and a quartet of touchdowns. DeLucia finished with 9 receptions good for 204 yards and a trifecta of touchdowns. McGuigan caught three passes for 29 yards and one score.

Ansonia's 59 points are the second most scored in a Connecticut state championship football. Weaver of Hartford holds the record with 69 scored in 1999. 

The Chargers, who have made 26 appearances in state title games, got a pair of TD hat tricks from Arkeel Newsome (runs of 3, 1 and 64 yards) and Andrew Matos (74 pass, 9 run, 5 run).  Newsome, a 5'8” junior, rolled up 234 yards of real estate on 28 totes. Sophomore quarterback Jaiquan McKnight was 3-8 for 181 yards and two scores. He added 100 yards rushing on seven carries.

Great season North Branford! Congratulate the T-Birds on their amazing season in the comments below!

Kris Smith December 08, 2012 at 08:40 PM
These young men showed a tremendous amount of heart. As Seniors, they can end their football careers with great memories they have made together while playing football...Congrats and Good Luck to each of you.
Kevin Pataky December 09, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Here professional photos from MaxPreps from the game: http://www.maxpreps.com/photo/gallery.aspx?photogalleryid=a7af80ab-4233-431a-8bfb-f7b9df9c8b08

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