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2003 Class MM 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 7 p.m. at Strong Stadium, West Haven
  1 2 3 4 OT Total
#1 Masuk (13-1) 7 0 0 7   14
#2 East Lyme (10-2) 0 7 0 10   17

M - Roberto Muniz fumble recovery in end zone (Shawn Cavanaugh kick)
EL - Whitney Colemen 23 pass from Jon Nucci (Derek Marks kick).
EL - Marks 26 field goal
M - Mike Diaz 27 pass from Anthony Wargo (Cavanaugh kick)
EL - Tim Allen 40 run (Marks kick)

Sophomore Tim Allen's 40-yard touchdown run with 4:02 remaining gave second-seeded East Lyme a 17-14 victory over No. 1 Masuk of Monroe in the Class MM championship game at West Haven High School.

Lou Allen, Tim's older brother, ran for a game-high 147 yards on 32 carries for the Vikings (10-2), who won their first state title, while Whitney Coleman caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jon Nucci late in the first half to tie the game at 7-7.

Derek Marks added a 26-yard field goal for the Vikings, giving them a 10-7 lead with 8:51 left in the game, but Masuk (13-1), trying to become the first team in state history to win 14 games in a season, came right back to regain the lead less than two minutes later when quarterback Anthony Wargo threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Mike Diaz to give the Panthers a 14-10 lead.

The Vikings then responded with the game-winning drive that was highlighted by a 19-yard Nucci and Coleman hookup that moved East Lyme into Masuk territory. Two plays later Tim Allen ran right, then cut back to his left and found nothing but a wide-open field between himself and the end zone.

The Panthers turned the ball over on downs following Allen's touchdown, giving the ball back to East Lyme with 2:24 to play. East Lyme failed to get a first down and was forced to punt, but Coleman intercepted Wargo on the next play to seal the victory.

Wargo was 12-for-27 passing for 183 yards and carried the ball 19 times for 109 more yards. He led Masuk to a touchdown on its first drive of the day, firing a 20-yard pass to Shawn Cavanaugh. Cavanaugh fumbled the ball into the end zone, but running back Roberto Muniz recovered for a touchdown and Cavanaugh kicked the extra point to give the Panthers a 7-0 lead.

Wargo and Lou Allen were named Most Valuable Players.


Tue., 12/2, 6:30 at Masuk
  1 2 3 4 OT Total
#4 Bunnell (9-3) 0 0 0 7   7
#1 Masuk (13-0*) 7 14 14 7   42

M-Roberto Muniz 1 run (Shawn Cavanaugh kick)
M-Griffin Pfalzgraf 5 run (Cavanaugh kick)
M-Joe Mish 58 punt return (Cavanaugh kick)
M-Mish 4 run (Cavanaugh kick)
M-Mish 25 run (Cavanaugh kick)
M-Muniz 13 run (Cavanaugh kick)
B-Mike Crumpton 14 run (Brian Quiricone kick)

MONROE - After 13 weeks, the Masuk football team now officially stands on the doorstep of state history.

Masuk made sure Bunnell's first foray into the state playoffs was rather forgetful as the Panthers routed their SWC rivals 42-7 in a CIAC Class MM semifinal on a bitter cold Tuesday night.

Joe Mish led Masuk with three touchdowns.

Masuk, the No. 1 seed and now 13-0, can become the first team in state history to win 14 games.

Masuk will face East Lyme (9-2), which was a 14-0 winner over Weaver in the other semifinal, for the Class MM title at a site and time to be announced today.

"We got beat pretty much in every area of the game," Bunell coach Craig Bruno said. "We ran the stuff we,ve run all year, excpet we were running it against Masuk. They're big and strong and they're a great team."

Tues., 12/2, 6:30 at East Lyme
  1 2 3 4 OT Total
#3 Weaver (9-3) 0 0 0 0   0
#2 East Lyme (9-2) 7 0 0 7   14

EL-Tim Allen 6 run (Derek Marks kick).
EL-Lou Allen 99 run (Marks kick).

East Lyme - Senior Lou Allen ran for 213 yards on 25 carries - including a 99-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter - to power East Lyme past Weaver of Hartford, 14-0, in the CIAC Class MM semifinals Tuesday night.

Allen's younger brother Tim, a sophomore, scored on a 6-yard run in the first quarter for the second-seeded Vikings (9-2).

East Lyme will play No. 1 Masuk of Monroe - a 42-7 winner over Bunnell of Stratford - in the championship game Saturday at a site and time to be announced today.

Lou Allen's touchdown run came on a third-and-one and followed a goal-line stand by the Vikings. Weaver used a 38-yard run by Asaph Schwapp and a 28-yard run by Brevon Williams to set up a first-and-goal from the East Lyme 2. After two runs for negative yardage, Williams had an 8-yard run to get back to the East Lyme 2. He was stuffed, however, at the 1 on fourth down.

Schwap finished with 108 yards on 12 carries for Weaver (9-3) while Williams had 84 yards on 16 carries.

East Lyme's first touchdown was setup by a fourth-and-eight pass play from Jon Nucci to Whitney Coleman for 23 yards to the Weaver 10. Two plays later, Tim Allen scored on a counter up the middle.


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