Updated: Lousy Weather Prompts 24-Hour Postponement Of Big Game

The Road to Rentschler Starts Wednesday. The #1 DHHS Tiger football team (10-0) will begin their defense of their Class L title tonight as they host the Platt Panthers of Meriden (8-2) in an opening round quarter-final game to be played at the Surf Club


Update as of 11:30 am: 

The game has been postponed 24 hours. Platt @ Hand will now be Wednesday November 28th, 6:30 pm at the Surf Club. The semi-finals scheduled for Saturday are now also postponed 24 hours to Sunday December 2nd. Time & location TBA.

Original story:

Daniel Hand finished their regular season undefeated with a 34-13 win over Guilford on Thanksgiving Eve.  That win gave them the #1 seed for the playoffs.  Platt won 44-0 on Thanksgiving Day against cross-town rival Maloney in order to secure the last available playoff slot, #8 seed.  These two teams have never met officially, although for years they were annual pre-season scrimmage opponents.  

Platt’s two losses included a 42-34 defeat by Northwest Catholic in the season opener, and a 48-8 drubbing by Rocky Hill in October.  Since then Platt has won their last six games convincingly. This includes a huge 34-14 win over Berlin (their only loss) on November 2nd.  Berlin had previously defeated both Northwest Catholic and Rocky Hill, so that’s a good indication that Platt has made great improvement during the year.  

Platt has a potent offense led by senior running back Justin Potts, (6’1”-170).  According to MaxPreps he has over 2,100 all-purpose yards for the season and has scored 32 touchdowns.  He averages 167 yards rushing per game.  Quarterback Andrew McBride is a transfer student from West Haven.  The 5’10”-165 lb junior is a dual threat, he has thrown for 1,100 yards and rushed for 600 more this year.  

There have been many weeks this year where the Hand defense has had to contain an outstanding running back.  So far they have been up to the task.   

The weather forecast is not good for game time.  Rain and/or snow is predicted.  So before going out, make sure you check back here for any updates on schedule or venue changes.   


Tigers Defeat Guilford 34-13

The Tigers finally got to play a game at the Surf Club Wednesday. The night started with recognition for our seniors and their families.  A US Flag was raised between two pieces of constuction equipment for the playing of the National Anthem.  These backhoes will be working very shortly to demolish the current Strong Field to make way for the Strong Center at the Surf Club.  The Tigers controlled the game from start to finish.  Click here for a complete game re-cap by Dave Phillips for the New Haven Register. 


Patch Players of the Week

Offense: CALED EWALD had five catches for 143 yards and two touchdowns. 

Defense: Another great defensive effort containing the Guilford option attack.  MATT WALSH seemed to be everywhere.  


The Road to Rentschler

All finals will be held on the weekend of December 7-8 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.  There will be one game on Friday night and three on Saturday.  Time slots will be assigned after the semi-finals.

All semi-final games will take place on Saturday December 1st.  Field and time assignments will not be announced until tomorrow morning.  Seven games will be played at 2 pm at the following sites: Middletown HS, Cheshire HS, Bunnell HS, Trumbull HS, CCSU, Falcon Field in Meriden and West Haven HS.  There will be one game played at 7 pm at West Haven HS.   If Hand wins tonight, they will face the winner of the Masuk/Middletown game.  The other semi-final will feature the winner of Windsor/Fitch vs. the winner of Avon/New Canaan.  Click here for the official CIAC playoff bracket.  


Around the SCC

Class LL:  Tonight Xavier will host Greenwich at Palmer Field and West Haven will travel to Westport to face Staples.  

Class M:  Hillhouse will host St. Joseph's of Trumbull at East Haven HS.  

All games will start at 6:30 pm. 

Ed Brunt November 27, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Update 11:30 am - The game has been postponed 24 hours. Platt @ Hand will now be Wednesday November 28th, 6:30 pm at the Surf Club. The semi-finals scheduled for Saturday are now also postponed 24 hours to Sunday December 2nd. Time & location TBA.
Charles November 27, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Why is it that whenever there is inclement weather Hand reschedules for another day? Starting to be a pattern that Hand is ducking the tougher teams in bad weather? Perhaps when the field is messy Hand is no longer at the advantage? Shudder the thought.
Matt November 27, 2012 at 09:41 PM
I've seen them play in nasty weather for about 14 years. They typically kick everyone's ass rain, snow, or shine. I doubt being afraid of some rain is the reason.
Craig Semple November 29, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Semi-Finals are Sunday 12/2 vs. Masuk 5pm @ WestHaven H.S. Go Tigers!


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