Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bigger city football surprise: Xavier's loss or Middletown's record?

There are two better-than-average high school football teams in Middletown — that is becoming increasingly clear.

But if someone had made a preseason prediction that Middletown would be in better playoff position than Xavier, they'd probably get some odd looks.

Yet here we are. Middletown is 5-0. Xavier is 4-1. So what's the bigger surprise: Middletown's 5-0 record or Xavier's 40-20 loss to Hand? Cast your vote:

Friday, October 12, 2012

LIVE BLOG: Hand 40, Xavier 20, FINAL

Hand senior Matt Walsh scored five touchdowns to lead No. 3 Hand to a 40-20 Southern Connecticut Conference win over No. 1 Xavier Friday night at Palmer Field.

Hand, the defending Class L state champion, has won 18 straight games.

Xavier, which has won the past two Class LL state titles, has won 30 straight games.

UConn-bound Matt Walsh scores fifth touchdown of game, on a 1-yard run, to put Hand up 40-20.

Hand, leading 33-20, just recovered fumble on ensuing kickoff. Hand takes over with 7:04 left.

Matt Walsh scores fourth touchdown, an 8-yard run, on fourth down play, after bouncing off pile and outside down right sideline. Hand leads 33-20. All four of Walsh's carries have led to touchdowns.

Hand inside Xavier 15 after pass interference call on 4th and 8. Huge play. 9:15 left in the fourth quarter.

End of third quarter, Hand leads 27-20.

A face mask on Hand defense against Boyle in the end zone negated a safety. Still 27-20 Hand. Less than minute left in third quarter.

Hand goes ahead on 31 yard touchdown pass off screen. Caleb Ewarld with nifty moves to break free.  1:31 left in third quarter.

Xavier forced to punt, Hand driving again. Game tied at 20-20, 2:41 left in third quarter.

Matt Walsh culminates 95-yard drive with third TD run of game. Xavier blocks extra point attempt. Score tied at 20-20 5:04 left.

Hand putting together nice drive, into Xavier territory, inside Falcons 30. 7:23 left in third quarter

Xavier kicks off to start second half, leading 20-14

Check back here for scoring updates from Xavier-Hand.