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Daniel Hand Wins 35-12, Moves on to Semi-Finals

The Daniel Hand Tiger Football Team took a 35-0 halftime lead and then cruised to a 35-12 Class L Quarter-Final win over Coventry/Windham Tech on a rainy Tuesday night at the Surf Club.

 

The Coventry/Windham Tech Patriots opened the game by fumbling the ball over to Hand on their first play from scrimmage. It looked like a rout was on, but to their credit, the Patriots hung on and found themselves down only 6-0 at the end of the first quarter. Hand had scored on an 11 yard pass from Henry Foye to Nick Vitale but the extra point kick was blocked. Coventry/Windham Tech had even forced Hand to punt a couple of times.

Things changed drastically in the second quarter as the Hand offense found their rhythm and put up an additional 29 points before the half.  Foye found Kyle Anderson for a 51 yard TD pass to make it 13-0.  Kevin Frey ran one in from 7 yards out to make it 20-0. Foye connected with Vitale for a second score, this time from 38 yards out and Foye then hit Grady McCarthy for a 2 point conversion to make the score 28-0.  With about one minute left in the first half, Joe Demichele powered his way into the end zone from the one to finish the scoring for Hand at 35-0.  

Coach Filippone pulled most of his starters by the middle of the third quarter and the rain began to come down heavy at that point.  Coventry/Windham Tech then managed to break free twice on long runs to make the final score 35-12.

The Tigers now advance to the semi-final round on Saturday.  They will face defending Class L Champion, Masuk of Monroe who defeated North Haven 28-14.  Later Wednesday the CIAC will officially announce the neutral site assignments for the semi-final games.  However, it is believed that the Hand/Masuk game will be placed at West Haven High School at 7pm on Saturday.  Check back here later today for updates.

Ed Brunt November 30, 2011 at 11:48 AM
The bracket is up, it's official. Hand Vs. Masuk, West Haven's Ken Strong Stadium, 7pm, Saturday December 3, 2011. http://www.casciac.org/scripts/display_bracket8.cgi?sport=fb&class=L&year=2011
Ed Brunt November 30, 2011 at 11:58 AM
All other semi-final games will be played at 2pm on Saturday: Class L - New Canaan vs. Windsor @ East Haven Class LL - Xavier vs. Norwalk @ West Haven Class LL - Staples vs. Newtown @ Bunnell, Stratford Class M - Ansonia vs. Berlin @ Sheehan, Wallingford Class M - Wolcott vs. Ledyard @ Middletown Class S - Cromwell vs. Northwest Catholic @ Cheshire Class S - Holy Cross vs. Valley Regional,Old Lyme @ Falcon Field, Meriden
Pem McNerney (Editor) November 30, 2011 at 02:16 PM
Thanks Ed! Good luck Tigers!
Bill November 30, 2011 at 04:16 PM
Great Job Tigers! It was awesome having so many of the band members there. They really add to the "Juice" coming from the stands!

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