2016 Football Championship Histories

New Canaan celebrates a third-straight CIAC title. Kevin Pataky - MaxPreps.

New Canaan is looking for a fourth-straight CIAC football title. Kevin Pataky – MaxPreps.

It all comes down to this. Four CIAC football championship games this weekend, wrapping up more than a month of Connecticut high school championships. The match-ups are set and we provide a few tidbits on the teams and games going into the weekend, followed by the complete championship history for all of the teams taking part. More notes may be added in the coming days.

  • Two teams unfamiliar with failure in football finals square off in Class M. St. Joseph and Hillhouse are a combined 17-3 when reaching a football championship game. After losing its first two, St. Joseph has won 12-consecutive title games when it has reached the final, and Hillhouse is riding a three-game championship game win streak.
  • There is a contrast of championship pedigree in Class S as Ansonia is making its 30th championship game appearance, while Rocky Hill is in the finals for the first time. The Terriers are the lone team competing on Saturday without a football state title in its history.
  • New Canaan is looking to extend its run of consecutive titles to four, which would tie for the third-longest run in CIAC football history. Two teams have previously won four-straight titles, another two have won five in a row and Cheshire holds the record with six-straight crowns. The Rams have also been in a championship game in 10 of the past 11 years, with 2012 the only year since 2006 in which the team wasn’t playing in a final.
  • Three teams taking part in the weekend’s finals were there last year as Darien, New Canaan, and Ansonia were all competing last year. Ansonia is playing in a final for a seventh-straight year, that’s two shy of the record for most consecutive finals appearances. Bloomfield and an earlier edition of the Ansonia team hold the mark with nine-straight championship-game appearances.
  • Along with Rocky Hill’s first finals appearance, the only other team to not play in a football final since 2010 is Ridgefield which is 2-0 in CIAC football championship games but last reached one in 2002.
  • Rocky Hill is Ansonia’s 19th different opponent in a CIAC championship game.
  • Windsor earned its first CIAC title in 2014 and is now making its third appearance in a championship game since 2012, reaching the finals every even year.
  • Windsor and Rocky Hill have both topped 90 total points in the postseason thus far, with Rocky Hill scoring 98 and Windsor totaling 92.
  • Darien’s defense has been the stingiest of the postseason, surrendering just 10 total points in two games to reach the finals for a fourth-straight season.
  • The eight finalists have combined for 57 CIAC football times (combined record 57-27) and this year’s appearances in the finals give the group a combined 92 trips to state title games.

Class LL: #7 Ridgefield vs. #1 Darien (click here for roster/information sheet)
Championship History:
Darien:
14th appearance, 5-8 overall. 2015 def. Shelton 39-7; 2014 lost to New Canaan 21-20; 2013 lost to New Canaan 44-12; 2008 lost to New Canaan 26-7; 1999 lost to Weaver 69-26; 1998 lost to Seymour 14-6; 1997 lost to Bloomfield 39-21; 1996 def. Bloomfield 21-16; 1992 def. Stratford 30-0; 1991 def. Berlin 35-22; 1989 lost to Daniel Hand 34-28; 1987 lost to East Catholic 14-0; 1979 def. Bristol Central 27-16.
Ridgefield: 3rd appearance, 2-0 overall. 2002 def. Windsor 14-13; 1983 def. Hall 20-7.

Class L: #2 New Canaan vs. #1 Windsor (click here for roster/information sheet)
Championship History:
New Canaan: 16th appearance, 11-4 overall. 2015 def. North Haven 42-35; 2014 def. Darien 21-20; 2013 def. Darien 44-12; 2011 lost to Daniel Hand 34-10; 2010 lost to Masuk 50-20; 2009 def. East Lyme 28-0; 2008 def. Darien 26-7; 2007 def. Daniel Hand 34-30; 2006 def. Maloney 53-21; 2002 def. Ledyard 21-0; 2001 def. Seymour 29-6; 2000 lost to Bloomfield 55-6; 1996 lost to Killingly 27-13; 1993 def. Daniel Hand 35-14; 1982 def. Naugatuck 2012.
Windsor: 4th appearance, 1-2 overall. 2014 def. Notre Dame-West Haven 38-16; 2012 lost to Daniel Hand 23-6; 2002 lost to Ridgefield 14-13.

Class M : #5 St. Joseph vs. #2 Hillhouse (click here for roster/information sheet)
Championship History:
St. Joseph:
15th appearance, 12-2 overall. 2014 def. Ledyard 37-7; 2013 def. Brookfield 54-16; 2010 def. Ansonia 49-28; 2009 def. Montville 14-3; 1990 def. Middletown 26-0; 1989 def. Maloney 14-7; 1988 def. Bethel 25-21; 1984 def. New London 14-7; 1983 def. New Fairfield 20-0; 1982 def. Woodrow Wilson 37-8; 1981 def. Montville 37-30; 1980 def. Immaculate 43-7; 1979 lost to North Branford 25-22; 1978 lost to Stamford Catholic 20-9.
Hillhouse: 7th appearance, 5-1 overall. 2012 def. Berlin 34-12; 2010 def. New London 7-0; 2006 def. Windham 28-6; 2005 lost to Daniel Hand 34-0; 2002 def. Montville 29-6; 1985 def. Masuk 16-6.

Class S: #4 Rocky Hill vs. #2 Ansonia (click here for roster/information sheet)
Championship History:
Ansonia: 30th appearance, 19-10 overall. 2015 lost to Bloomfield 31-20; 2014 lost to Valley Regional/Old Lyme 21-20; 2013 def. Woodland 51-12; 2012 def. North Branford 59-26; 2011 def. Ledyard 38-0; 2010 lost to St. Joseph 49-28; 2008 lost to Cromwell 14-12; 2007 def. New London 35-0; 2006 def. Bloomfield 34-12; 2003 def. Cromwell 55-0; 2002 def. Notre Dame-Fairfield 44-14; 1999 lost to Bloomfield 56-0; 1998 lost to Bloomfield 40-7; 1995 def. Bloomfield 7-0; 1994 def. Bloomfield 54-14; 1992 lost to New London 21-19; 1991 lost to New London 34-18; 1989 def. Weston 44-0; 1988 def. New London 20-15; 1987 def. New London 28-27; 1984 def. Putnam 56-6; 1983 def. Stamford Catholic 32-0; 1982 def. Derby 14-0; 1981 def. Woodrow Wilson 23-6; 1980 lost to Newington 24-12; 1979 def. Seymour 28-14; 1978 lost to Amity Regional 35-20; 1977 def. Stamford Catholic 20-7; 1976 def. Derby 6-0.
Rocky Hill: 1st appearance.

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