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BLOOMFIELD — Bloomfield High quarterback Rayshawn Phillips skipped and jumped off his home turf Monday night, unable to contain his excitement after the No. 2-seeded Warhawks smashed No. 6 Seymour, 47-21, in the CIAC Class S semifinals.
“We’re going for two in a row!” he shouted over and over.
He probably meant I, not we, but close enough.
Phillips knows what could be on deck for Bloomfield (12-0) on Saturday, when it faces No. 1 Ansonia (12-0) for the Class S championship at 10:30 a.m. at Willow Brook Park on Saturday. Phillips won the Class S-Small title last year with Capital Prep-Achievement First.
Now, he’s the quarterback who gets to run a Bloomfield offense that boasts seemingly endless speed and as much motivation.
“When we all play as one, we’re unstoppable,” Phillips said. “Today we just came out a hungry, focused Warhawks team. We were underdogs at home, so you know we had to play with a chip on our shoulders.”
Phillips ran for 101 yards and a touchdown, and he threw for 182 yards and another score. Andrell Pinnock added 135 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns. Isaiah Colebrook chipped in with 81 rushing yards, four catches for 35 yards and a late score.
But perhaps most impressive of all was Duane Roberts, who touched the ball just twice and was nothing short of a lightning bolt both times.
Roberts sprung a 57-yard touchdown run on an option pitch from Phillips with 6:05 to play in the first period to give Bloomfield its first lead at 14-7. Midway through the second quarter, he lined up on the right flank and caught a tunnel screen from Phillips at the Warhawks’ 6-yard line.
From there, Roberts squeaked along the sideline, ducked behind a block by Lucas Samuels and jetted away for a backbreaking 94-yard touchdown and a 27-7 advantage.
“My man Lou made a good block for me. From there, I just like making big plays,” said Roberts, who claimed he once ran a 4.2-second 40-yard dash. “God gave me the opportunity, and I just had to take advantage of it.”
“I’ve known him since the sandbox,” said Phillips, who won the Class S-Small championship last season with Capital Prep before transferring. “He’s fast. He just turns gears on people. We saw him take off. It’s so simple because you can’t catch him.”
Seymour (10-2) played without star two-way lineman C.J. Falcioni, who was forced to sit out with shoulder injuries. Without him, the Wildcats had trouble defending against Bloomfield’s speed. Worse for Seymour, quarterback Jaylen Kelley had no time or space to do much.
“I feel he’s one of the top two-way linemen in the state, so he’s hard to replace,” Seymour coach Tom Lennon said. “Make no excuses, they were a better football team tonight. They played their tails off and they executed. We didn’t make plays and we didn’t do what we did all year to get us here.”
“They were quick. That’s really what it comes down to,” Kelley said. “I didn’t have that much time that I like to have. I don’t know if C.J. would have changed that, but it is what it is.”
Bloomfield held Kelley to 50 yards on 30 carries. Kelley completed 11 of 18 passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns, to Mike Burns and Bobby Melms, but Ky’Juon Butler also picked off Kelley just before the half and returned it for a 69-yard touchdown to make it 34-7 at the break.
Melms led Seymour with 12 carries for 80 yards and a touchdown. Burns caught four balls for 125 yards.
BLOOMFIELD 47, SEYMOUR 21
Seymour 7 0 7 7 — 0
Bloomfield 21 13 0 13 — 0
S—Mike Burns 47 pass from Jaylen Kelley (Rocco Vertuccio kick)
B—Rayshawn Phillips 19 run (kick failed)
B—Duane Roberts 57 run (Phillips run)
B—Andrell Pinnock 1 run (Raheme Dawkins kick)
B—Roberts 94 pass from Phillips (kick failed)
B—Ky’Juon Butler 69 interception return (Dawkins kick)
S—Bobby Melms 2 pass from Kelley (Vertuccio kick)
B—Pinnock 52 run (kick blocked)
B—Isaiah Colebrook 21 run (Dawkins kick)
S—Melms 2 run (Vertuccio kick)
Rushing – S: Bobby Melms 12-80, Jaylen Kelley 30-50. B: Andrell Pinnock 13-135, Rayshawn Phillips 16-101, Isaiah Colebrook 5-81, Duane Roberts 1-57, Dexter Lawson 1-27.
Passing – S: Jaylen Kelley 11-18-124-1. B: Rayshawn Phillips 9-17-182-1.
Receiving – S: Mike Burns 4-125, Bobby Melms 4-3, Jake Bleau 1-0, Alex Massie 1-(-1), Tushar Spooner 1-(-3). B: Duane Roberts 1-94, Isaiah Colebrook 4-35, Jose Crespo 1-32, Russell Thompson-Bishop 3-21.
Records: S: 10-2. B: 12-0