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DAYVILLE – Brookfield football coach Rich Angarano is no stranger to the CIAC playoffs and long road trips, so the 2 1/2-hour drive to play Killingly was not an obstacle.
The Bobcats got to Killingly High for their Class M semifinal around 2:30, ate, relaxed for two hours then prepared only to have the starting time delayed for 35 minutes because of a lighting outage.
Once again, the delay was not an obstacle, and neither was Killingly as Brookfield throroughly dominated with over 300 yards rushing en route to a 34-13 victory.
“We had a long trip to Waterford in 2003 where we got there early and did well,” Anganaro said. “That was in a stretch where we lost three straight finals and I felt like the Marv Levy of high school coaches. We’ve won a couple since then.”
Brookfield, 10-2 and the defending Class-M Large champs, set up an all South-West Conference final Saturday against New Fairfield. The Bobcats handed New Fairfield its only loss in the season opener, 27-13. The final will take place at 10:30 a.m. at West Haven High School on Saturday.
The No. 5 Brookfield- No. 1 Killingly matchup was billed as a power-run slugfest. Both teams exhibited physical play with spurts of speed. Brookfield simply exhibited these qualities at a much higher level from the start, jumping to a 17-0 first quarter lead.
Dane Borges opened the scoring with a 37-yard field goal. After a Killingly fumble on the ensuing kickoff, Robert Drysdale rushed 5 yards for a score to make it 10-0, just five minutes into the game.
“Both teams were very similar,” Angarano said. “We had a few edges, particularly at kicker. Borges is a weapon and the best kicker in the state.”
The left-footed Borges kicked two field goals. Drysdale, who gained 125 yards on 15 carries, and Harrison Manesis, who had 143 yards on 14, took care of the rushing. Manesis’ 26-yard scamper made it 17-0 with 1:16 left in the first quarter.
After Borges’ 29-yard field goal with 2:13 left in the half upped the lead to 20-0, Killingly (10-2) got on the board thanks to Kyle Derosier’s 25-yard TD pass to Jacob Gauthier with 14 seconds left in the half.
Brookfield took a 27-7 lead on quarterback John Roscigno’s 1-yard run late in the third quarter. Drysdale romped 30 yards for a score with 10:28 left to make it 34-7. Killingly scored late on Spencer Lockwood’s 34-yard run.
Austin Caffrey led the Redmen with 108 yards on 24 carries.
“This was a special team,” Chad Neal said of his Redmen, who hadn’t been to post-season since 1995. “These guys turned the program around.”
B- Dane Borges 37 FG
Rushing – Brookfield – Manesis 14 – 143, Drysdale 15-125, Austin Raich 8-31, Roscigno 4-7. Killingly – Austin Caffrey 24-108, Lockwood 8-48, Zach Caffrey 2-18, Derosier 6-0.