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2006 Class MM Football Playoffs


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Class MM Rosters: Berlin* | Coventry/Windham Tech* | Maloney | New Canaan


Maloney vs. New Canaan
  1 2 3 4 OT Total
#2 Maloney (10-2-0) 0 0 6 15   21
#1 New Canaan (11-2*-0) 7 20 20 6   53

First quarter
NC-Curtis Casali 1 run (Kurt Ondash kick)
Second quarter
NC-Zach Renner 9 pass from Casali (Ondash kick)
NC-David Reed 1 run (Ondash kick)
NC-Casali 10 run (kick blocked)
Third quarter
NC-Neeleman 3 run (pass failed)
M-Rashamell Vereen 81 kickoff return (kick failed)
NC-David Reed 57 run (Ondash kick)
NC-Neeleman 1 run (Ondash kick)
Fourth quarter
NC-Neeleman 5 run (kick failed)
M-Johrone Bunch 30 run (Bunch run)
M-Bunch 1 run (Thomas Burdacki kick)

Game Story Courtesy of the New London Day

New Britain - Dan Neeleman ran 30 times for 206 yards and three touchdowns and caught two passes for 70 yards to be named team MVP as New Canaan trounced Maloney of Meriden, 53-21, to win the CIAC Class MM title at Arute Field on the campus of Central Connecticut State.

Neeleman scored on runs of 3, 1 and 5 yards for the top-seeded Rams (11-2). It was the fifth state title for New Canaan.

Curtis Casali was 6-of-10 for 142 yards, including a 9-yard touchdown pass to Zach Renner, for the Rams. He also scored on runs of 1 and 10 yards.

David Reed added 13 carries for 119 yards and two touchdowns for New Canaan.

Rashamell Vereen scored on an 81-yard kickoff return for second-seeded Maloney (10-2) to earn team MVP honors. Also, Johrone Bunch ran 10 times for 60 yards with two touchdowns.


Coventry/Windham Tech vs. New Canaan
  1 2 3 4 OT Total
#4 Coventry/Windham Tech (7-4-0) 0 7 0 7   14
#1 New Canaan (10-2*-0) 20 22 0 7   49

NC--Neeleman 25 INT return (kick failed)
NC--Zach Renner 40 pass Curtis Casali (run failed)
NC--Drexler 33 pass Casali (Renner pass Casali)
C--Ryan Tomlinson 1 run (Erik Larsen kick)
NC--David Reed 7 pass Casali (Drexler pass Casali)
NC--Renner 41 pass Casali (Kurt Ondash kick)
NC--Drexler 50 pass Casali (Ondash kick)
C--Brandon Strede 3 pass Tomlinson (Larsen kick)
NC--Austin Read 8 run (Ondash kick)

Game Story Courtesy of the Connecticut Post

NEW CANAAN -- New Canaan quarterback Curtis Casali completed 14 of 16 passes for 250 yards and five touchdowns in the first half to lead the No. 1 Rams (10-2) to a 49-14 victory over No. 4 Coventry/Windham Tech in Tuesday's Class MM semifinal.

New Canaan jumped on the Patriots with 20 first-quarter points and added 22 more in the second. New Canaan safety Dan Neeleman caught Patriots quarterback Ryan Tomlinson's first pass on the third play of the game and ran it back 25 yards to make a dominant statement 1:13 after kickoff.

Casali and his receivers handled the rest.

The third-year starter and the FCIAC's passing leader threw two touchdown passes each to Zach Renner and Alex Drexler and another to David Reed as New Canaan closed out the first half with a 42-7 lead. Coventry's score came at the start of the second quarter on a 1-yard run by quarterback Ryan Tomlinson. With leading rusher Travis Pascarelli (1,180 yards) still sidelined with pneumonia, the Patriots' offense managed little against the Rams' stout defense. "With the offense the way it is, the quarterback sees it, calls it and takes what they give him," New Canaan coach Lou Marinelli said. Drexler finished with four catches for 104 yards and Renner added three grabs for 94 yards.

Coventry's Brandon Strede and New Canaan's Austin Read each scored touchdowns in the second half.

Berlin vs. Maloney
  1 2 3 4 OT Total
#3 Berlin (8-3-0) 0 0 8 6   14
#2 Maloney (10-1-0) 6 20 14 0   40

First Quarter
M-Reeves 24 fumble recovery (Kick failed)
Second Quarter
M-Jenkins 16 run (Run failed)
M-Flood 17 pass from Padilla (Bunch pass from Padilla)
M-Bunch 3 run (Kick failed)
Third Quarter
B-Cooper 5 run (Molloy run)
M-Padilla 23 run(Burdacki kick)
M-Bunch 4 run (Burdacki kick)
Fourth Quarter
B-Cooper 5 run (Run failed)

Game Story Courtesy of the Meriden Record-Journal§ion=Sports&curDate=20061129

MERIDEN - Maloney halfback Johrone Bunch rushed for 104 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 15 carries Tuesday night to lead No. 2 Maloney to a 40-14 win over No. 3 Berlin in the CIAC Class MM semifinals at Ceppa Field.

The Spartans improved to 10-1 with the victory and will meet top-seeded New Canaan, a 49-14 winner over Coventry/Windham Tech in Tuesday's other semifinal, in Saturday's finals.

Maloney quarterback Mark Padilla rushed nine times for 73 yards, including a 23-yard scoring jaunt, while fullback John Jenkins rumbled 16 yards for a touchdown.

Padilla also hit tight end Avery Flood with a 17-yard touchdown pass in a 20-point second quarter that put the Spartans up 26-0 at the break. Linebacker Duchaun Reeves got Maloney on the board with a 24-yard fumble return in the first quarter.

Jack Cooper scored both touchdowns for Berlin (8-3) on a pair of five-yard runs in the second half.