KILLINGLY – Killingly defeated Berlin 49-7 Sunday in the semifinals of the CIAC Class M playoffs.
While the final score was indeed lopsided, the game didn’t start out looking like it would be a rout. In fact, it was a scoreless tie at the end of the first quarter.
Killingly struck for a score early in the second, however, and the host team expanded its lead to 14-0 with under nine minutes to play in the half.
Berlin got on the board soon after, slicing Killingly’s lead in half, 14-7. But Killingly answered with 1:01 to play in the second to bump its lead to 21-7, which was the tally at the break.
Berlin quarterback Kevin Dunn was picked off twice in the first half, but also threw a touchdown strike, to Andrew Brochu. Giancarlo Tufano connected on the extra point.
Anthony Undercuffler had an interception for the Redcoats in the second quarter.
After the break, Killingly poured it on.
On the first play of the third quarter, the home team ran for a 68-yard score to take a three-touchdown lead.
Then, with 7:48 to go in the third, Killingly struck again. With 3:03 remaining in the third, Killingly put another TD on the board to make it 42-7.
With its reserve troops in the game, Killingly added one more touchdown with 4:27 to play.
With the win, Killingly improved to 12-0 and will face Barlow (9-3) for the Class M title.
Berlin wrapped up its 2017 campaign with a record of 9-3.