Newtown High School’s football team nearly erased a three-touchdown deficit but came up just short in a tough-to-swallow 35-33 loss to visiting Ridgefield in their Class LL state playoff quarterfinal round game at Blue & Gold Stadium on December 3.
The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) Football Committee has approved a request from Newtown High Athletic Director Gregg Simon that if the Nighthawks advance to the Class LL title game, it will be played Friday, December 13.
The CIAC typically schedules one championship on Friday and the remaining three on Saturday. With December 14 being the first anniversary of the events of 12/14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Mr Simon had requested a change of game date for his team.
Newtown High School’s football team will host Ridgefield in the quarterfinal round of the Class LL state playoffs at Blue & Gold Stadium tonight (December 3). Kickoff is set for 6:30 pm. Admission is $5 for students and $8 for adults.
The Nighthawks are undefeated and are the top seed in Class LL. Ridgefield brings a 9-2 record into the clash. The winner advances to the Saturday, December 7 semifinals.
MONROE — There haven’t been any defenses that have managed to stop the running game of Cooper Gold this fall. Add the Masuk Panthers, even with the assistance of Mother Nature providing difficult footing on Masuk’s natural surface during a steady light rainfall, to that list. Gold rushed for more than 250 yards — most of which came in the first half alone — and scored five touchdowns to lift the visiting Newtown High School football team to a 42-7 triumph over the Panthers on November 26.
For some, the idea of playing a game or being in a competition involves clicking a controller and moving virtual athletes around a screen. For Grandon Smith, once exclusively a video gamer, his competition of choice now is running — and he’s quickly emerged as a standout on the course and track. Having picked up running only a little more than a year ago, Smith has made some big strides, becoming the No. 2 runner on Newtown High School’s cross country team this past fall.
Newtown High team members, led by quarterback Drew Tarantino (No. 4) bust through the championship game banner as they are supported by the school cheerleaders prior to defeating Brookfield in the SWC title game on November 21.
The Fourth Annual Turkey Trot 5K Road Race supporting Newtown’s Booth Library is selling out quickly. Well over half of the 1,000 spots for the running course are filled; last year the race sold out. Those who are interested in running are strongly encouraged to register soon by visiting www.newtownturkeytrot.com.