MERIDEN — And so the math narrows.
With victories in Wednesday night’s CIAC quarterfinals, 16 football teams have advanced to the final fours in their respective classes.
That includes three area teams: Southington (Class LL), Maloney (Class L) and Sheehan (Class S).
Southington has a chance to shake the postseason demon that has been Darien.
Maloney has a chance to avenge last year’s defeat to Daniel Hand in the Class L state final.
And Sheehan, which has outscored its last two opponents 107-0, has a chance to battle one of the state’s most-checkered programs, Ansonia.
What a matchup that will be Monday at Nolan Field. The Class S semifinal between the Chargers and Titans might be in Ansonia, but the roots run right back to Wallingford, home to Ansonia head coach Tom Brockett, who also happens to be a Lyman Hall alum.
No lack of story lines as the state football playoffs move to the semifinal round.
All semifinals are Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at the higher seeds, with the winners advancing to the state finals on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Trumbull High School and Veterans Stadium in New Britain.
Here’s the statewide semifinal slate for Monday.
No. 3 Darien (10-1) at No. 3 Southington (10-1)
No. 4 Simsbury (10-1) at No. 1 Newtown (11-0)
No. 3 Maloney (10-1) at No. 2 Daniel Hand (11-0), at Surf Club
No. 4 New Canaan (9-2) at No. 1 St. Joseph (11-0), at Bunnell
No. 5 Weston (10-1) at No. 1 Rockville (11-0)
No. 3 Killingly (10-1) at No. 2 Waterford (10-1)
No. 4 Sheehan (9-2) at No. 1 Ansonia (11-0), at Nolan Field
No, 7 Plainville (9-2) at No. 3 Bloomfield (11-0)