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2003 Class L Football Playoffs

Scoring summaries and game stories courtesy of The Hartford Courant, Bristol Press, Connecticut Post, Danbury News-Times, Manchester Journal Inquirer, Middletown Press, New London Day, New Haven Register, Norwich Bulletin, Stamford Advocate, Torrington Register-Citizen, Waterbury Republican-American.

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Mon., 12/8 at 3 p.m. at Strong Stadium, West Haven
  1 2 3 4 OT Total
#1 Staples (13-1) 6 0 6 6   18
#3 Shelton (12-1) 6 8 21 0   35

First quarter
Sh-Tom Haney 65 pass from Scott Sember (kick failed)
St-D.J. Stefkovich 20 run (kick blocked)
Second quarter
Sh-Bill Manion 32 yard interception return (Manion pass from Sember)
Third quarter
Sh-Jeff Norko 83 kickoff return (Joe Czarnecki kick)
Sh-Norko 48 run (Czarnecki kick)
St-Kempton Coady 68 pass from Stefkovich (pass failed)
Sh-Norko 84 kickoff return (Czarnecki kick)
Fourth quarter
St-Kempton Coady 1 run (pass failed)

WEST HAVEN - Joe Czarnecki ran for 216 yards and Jeff Norko scored three touchdowns to lift third-seeded Shelton to a 35-18 victory over top-seeded and previously undefeated Staples-Westport in the Class L final Monday at Strong Stadium.

Norko broke the game open by scoring three times in the third quarter. He returned the second-half kickoff 83 yards for a score, had a 48-yard scoring run and added a 84-yard kickoff return to put the Gaels (12-1) ahead 31-12.

Shelton struck first on a 65 yard pass from Scott Sember to Tom Haney. Staples (13-1), which was trying to become the first state team to win 14 games in a season, answered back on D.J. Stefkovich's 20-yard run. However, Stefkovich was intercepted by Bill Manion and was unable to prevent the Shelton linebacker from bringing the pick back 32 yards for a touchdown midway through the second quarter. Manion also had nine tackles, a forced fumble and a blocked extra point in the game.

The game remained 14-6 until Norko's third-quarter eruption. The Wreckers also scored in the third quarter on Stefkovich's 68-yard touchdown pass to Kempton Coady. Coady added a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Coady finished with 95 yards rushing as he carried the bulk of the running load in the absence of senior tailback Jimmy Hughes. Hughes, who ran for 1,816 yards and scored 38 touchdowns, suffered a season-ending injury to his left knee in Tuesday's semifinal win over Windsor.


Tues., 12/2, 6:30 at Brien McMahon HS, Norwalk
  1 2 3 4 OT Total
#4 Windsor (9-3) 7 0 0 7   14
#1 Staples (13-0*) 14 0 0 3   17

S- Jimmy Hughes 1 run (Andrew kempler kick)
W- John Manning 63 run (Luis Miguel-Romero kick)
S- Matt Samela 60 pass from D.J. Stefkovich (Kempler kick)
W- James Weaver 3 run (Miguel-Romero kick)
S- Kempler 26 FG

NORWALK - Andrew Kempler kicked a 26-yard field goal with 21.3 seconds left to snap a tie and lift top-seeded Staples to a 17-14 win over No. 4 Windsor in a Class L seminfinal game Tuesday at Brien McMahon.

Kempler's game-winning kick was set up by the strong running of Kempton Coady, who replaced Stapes standout Jimmy Hughes after Hughes left the game with a knee injury on the final play of the first half. Coady carried the ball 18 times for 135 yards for Staples (13-0). John Manning finished with 84 yards and a touchdown for Windsor (9-3) while teammate James Weaver added 75 yards on the ground and a score.

Tues., 12/2, 6:30 at Manchester HS
  1 2 3 4 OT Total
#3 Shelton (11-1) 7 14 7 7   35
#2 East Catholic/Cheney Tech (11-1) 0 6 8 0   14

S--Jeff Norko 67 interception return (Joe Czarnecki kick)
S--Czarnecki 13 run (Czarnecki kick)
EC--Dahna Deleston 4 run (kick failed)
S--Czarnecki 24 run (Czarnecki kick)
S--Norko 80 kickoff return (Czarnecki kick)
EC-Bryan Williston 5 pass from Dan Belli (Joe Hartigan run)
S-Czarnecki 1 run (Czarnecki kick)

MANCHESTER -- Joe Czarnecki rushed 33 times for 199 yards and three touchdowns as No. 3 Shelton defeated No. 2 East Catholic, 35-14 at Manchester High School.

Defensive back Jeff Norko set the tone for Shelton when he returned an interception 67 yards for a touchdown on the fifth play of the game.

With Shelton leading 21-6 at halftime, Norko returned the second-half kickoff 80 yards.

Czarnecki scored on runs of 13, 24 and 1 yards as Shelton finished with 247 yards on 45 carries.

Dahna Deleston (4 yard run) and Dan Belli's 5-yard pass to Bryan Williston accounted for East's touchdowns. East, which rushed 30 times for 108 yards, was paced by Joe Hartigan's 75 yards on 11 carries.


Class L Playoff Point Standings

Team Wins Losses Ties Points for
Opp. Wins
Points for
Opp. Ties
Wins Over Losses To Ties With Point
1.Shelton10105405Seymour (S-8w,0t), Branford (M-7w,0t), Lyman Hall (M-5w,0t), Daniel Hand (M-9w,0t), Amity (L-10w,0t), North Haven (MM-2w,0t), Sheehan (SS-0w,0t), Notre Dame-West Haven (M-5w,0t), Cheshire (L-5w,1t), Derby (S-3w,0t) West Haven (LL)  1505136.82
2.Amity10104005Pomperaug (MM-9w,0t), Cheshire (L-5w,1t), Guilford (MM-1w,0t), Derby (S-3w,0t), Branford (M-7w,0t), Hamden (LL-5w,0t), Lyman Hall (M-5w,0t), Wilbur Cross (LL-3w,0t), Sheehan (SS-0w,0t), North Haven (MM-2w,0t) Shelton (L)  1375125.00
3.Bristol Central92037015Xavier (L-4w,1t), Conard (L-6w,0t), South Windsor (L-6w,0t), Simsbury (L-5w,0t), Platt (MM-6w,0t), Bulkeley (COOP-3w,1t), Maloney (L-1w,0t), Newington (L-3w,0t), Bristol Eastern (MM-3w,1t) New Britain (LL), Southington (LL)  1185107.73
4.Naugatuck8303505Kennedy (LL-0w,1t), Crosby (LL-3w,0t), Wilby (L-7w,0t), Watertown (M-3w,0t), Seymour (S-8w,0t), Torrington (M-7w,0t), Holy Cross (S-5w,0t), Wolcott (S-2w,0t) Notre Dame-West Haven (M), Woodland (S), Ansonia (S)  1155105.00
5.Farmington74028020Rocky Hill (SS-4w,1t), VG Techs (L-6w,1t), Middletown (L-5w,1t), Northwest Catholic (S-2w,0t), Berlin (M-6w,0t), St. Paul Catholic (S-3w,1t), Plainville (SS-2w,0t) Enfield (LL), Montville (S), East Catholic (S), Avon (M)  98089.09
6.Conard6402900East Hartford (LL-1w,0t), Southington (LL-7w,0t), Glastonbury (LL-3w,0t), Simsbury (L-5w,0t), Wethersfield (MM-4w,0t), Windsor (MM-9w,0t) Bristol Central (L), Weaver (SS), Bloomfield (S), Hall (L)  89089.00
7.Simsbury5503305Manchester (LL-8w,0t), Rockville (M-6w,1t), Hall (L-6w,0t), Wethersfield (MM-4w,0t), Windsor (MM-9w,0t) Bristol Central (L), Conard (L), Glastonbury (LL), Bloomfield (S), Weaver (SS)  82582.50
8.New Canaan5512905Bassick (MM-0w,0t), Norwalk (LL-6w,0t), Danbury (LL-9w,0t), Fairfield Warde (L-4w,0t), Stamford (LL-5w,0t) Staples (LL), Bridgeport Central (LL), Ridgefield (LL), Greenwich (LL), Trumbull (LL) Darien (L-5w,1t) 83575.91
9.Wilby74023010Hillhouse (MM-7w,0t), Wolcott (S-2w,0t), Kennedy (LL-0w,1t), Crosby (LL-3w,0t), Woodland (S-8w,0t), Watertown (M-3w,0t), (-w,1t) Naugatuck (L), Holy Cross (S), Seymour (S), Torrington (M)  83075.45
10.Hall6502005Newington (L-3w,0t), Maloney (L-1w,0t), Bristol Eastern (MM-3w,1t), Glastonbury (LL-3w,0t), Wethersfield (MM-4w,0t), Conard (L-6w,0t) Brookfield (M), Simsbury (L), Bloomfield (S), Windsor (MM), Weaver (SS)  80573.18
11.Middletown55125015Rocky Hill (SS-4w,1t), Berlin (M-6w,0t), Avon (M-4w,0t), Northwest Catholic (S-2w,0t), St. Paul Catholic (S-3w,1t) Plainville (SS), Farmington (L), East Catholic (S), Enfield (LL), Xavier (L) VG Techs (L-6w,1t) 79572.27
12.Cheshire5512405Holy Cross (S-5w,0t), North Haven (MM-2w,0t), Sheehan (SS-0w,0t), Notre Dame-West Haven (M-5w,0t), Derby (S-3w,0t) Amity (L), Lyman Hall (M), Daniel Hand (M), Shelton (L), Southington (LL) West Haven (LL-9w,1t) 75568.64
13.Xavier46127010Lyman Hall (M-5w,0t), Derby (S-3w,0t), Fairfield Prep (LL-9w,0t), Middletown (L-5w,1t) Bristol Central (L), Wilbur Cross (LL), Notre Dame-West Haven (M), Hillhouse (MM), Hamden (LL), West Haven (LL) East Haven (M-5w,1t) 71064.55
14.Darien55118015Wilton (MM-5w,0t), St. Joseph (L-2w,0t), (-1w,1t), Westhill (LL-1w,1t), Harding (L-4w,0t) Danbury (LL), Staples (LL), Greenwich (LL), Fairfield Warde (L), Brien McMahon (LL) New Canaan (L-5w,1t) 64558.64
14.South Windsor6501505Newington (L-3w,0t), Plainville (SS-2w,0t), East Hartford (LL-1w,0t), Hartford Public (M-2w,0t), (-1w,t), Rockville (M-6w,1t) Wethersfield (MM), Bristol Central (L), Norwich Free Academy (LL), E.O. Smith (MM), Manchester (LL)  64558.64
16.VG Techs64121015Tourtellotte (COOP-4w,1t), Northwest Catholic (S-2w,0t), Rocky Hill (SS-4w,1t), Wright Tech (-0w,0t), Avon (M-4w,0t), Plainville (SS-2w,0t) Farmington (L), Berlin (M), Enfield (LL), East Catholic (S) Middletown (L-5w,1t) 60555.00
17.Fairfield Warde4701905Stamford (LL-5w,0t), Darien (L-5w,1t), Bassick (MM-0w,0t), Ridgefield (LL-9w,0t) St. Joseph (L), Norwalk (LL), Danbury (LL), Bridgeport Central (LL), Trumbull (LL), New Canaan (L), Staples (LL)  58553.18
18.Newtown46113020New Milford (L-3w,0t), Jonathan Law (M-1w,0t), Weston (SS-5w,1t), Bullard/Kolbe (M-1w,0t) Stratford (MM), Bethel (M), Brookfield (M), Bunnell (MM), Immaculate (COOP), Masuk (MM) Foran (SS-3w,3t) 57051.82
19.Harding4704010Westhill (LL-1w,1t), Bassick (MM-0w,0t), (-1w,1t), St. Joseph (L-2w,0t) Stamford (LL), Brien McMahon (LL), Greenwich (LL), Staples (LL), Wilton (MM), Darien (L), Bridgeport Central (LL)  35031.82
20.New Milford380405Joel Barlow (SS-2w,1t), Bullard/Kolbe (M-1w,0t), Jonathan Law (M-1w,0t) Notre Dame-Fairfield (S), Weston (SS), Newtown (L), Masuk (MM), Brookfield (M), Bunnell (MM), Immaculate (COOP), Pomperaug (MM)  32529.55
21.Newington3807010Bulkeley (COOP-3w,1t), Bristol Eastern (MM-3w,1t), Maloney (L-1w,0t) South Windsor (L), Hall (L), Windsor (MM), Southington (LL), New Britain (LL), Platt (MM), Bristol Central (L), Wethersfield (MM)  28025.45
22.St. Joseph290505Fairfield Warde (L-4w,0t), (-1w,1t) Staples (LL), Darien (L), Brien McMahon (LL), Danbury (LL), Greenwich (LL), Wilton (MM), Westhill (LL), Harding (L), Trumbull (LL)  15514.09
23.Maloney1100305Bulkeley (COOP-3w,1t) Berlin (M), Hartford Public (M), Hall (L), Rockville (M), New Britain (LL), Southington (LL), Newington (L), Bristol Central (L), Bristol Eastern (MM), Platt (MM)  353.18
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