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.