MERIDEN — State football quarterfinals are in the books or the four area qualifiers.
Maloney, Sheehan and Southington have advanced. Cheshire has been eliminated.
Here’s the rundown….
*At Falcon Field, Maloney beat Berlin 35-7 on four Angel Arce touchdown passes to Kam Moreno and a TD run by James Tarver.
The third Arce-to-Moreno connection came with 1:10 left in the first half and followed shortly after linebacker Kody Talento recovered a Berlin fumble at the Maloney 2.
Berlin had been driving for a potential tying touchdown with Maloney leading 14-7. Instead, Maloney extended its lead to 21-7 by the break and pushed it to 35-7 before the third quarter is out.
Next up: A rematch with Daniel Hand in the Class L semifinals on Monday night in Madison.
*At Sheehan, the Titans picked up right where they left off on Thanksgiving Day. They blew out Woodland Regional 51-0 and are heading to a semifinal date at top-seeded Ansonia in Class S.
It was 44-0 at halftime. Terrence Bogan ran for three touchdowns and Kyle Simmons threw three TD passes – two to Jordan Davis, one to Michael Lemay.
Russell Rutkowski added an 8-yard TD run in the third quarter.
*In Southington, the Blue Knights pulled out a defensive Class LL battle with Ridgefield, 13-9.
A 5-yard TD run by Dillon Kohl answered a Ridgefield field goal to put Southington up 7-3 at the break.
Southington extended that lead to 13-3 on a 5-yard TD pass from Brady Lafferty to Carter Uhlman with 4:44 left in the third quarter.
A gamble on a fake punt, though, backfired in the fourth quarter, leading to a 35-yard scoring drive for Ridgefield. The PAT was no good, leaving Southington ahead 13-9.
Ridgefield had a drive going in the final minutes, but Southington’s defense, rock-solid all year long, made the final stop.
The Blue KNights will host Darien on Monday night with a chance to avenge state semifinal losses in 2015 and 2016 to the Blue Wave, not to mention their lone loss of the current season.
*In Simsbury, Cheshire bolted to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter only to see the host Trojans storm back with 17 unanswered in the second and hold on for a 17-14 Class LL victory
Cheshire had two great chances to re-take the lead in the fourth quarter only to be undone by two turnovers – one on a pitch inside the Simsbury 10 and another on an interception in the red zone.
That’s the rundown for the locals. Here are all the quarterfinal scores from around the state.
No. 1 Newtown 35, No. 8 NFA 0
No. 2 Southington 13, No. 7 Ridgefield 9
No. 3 Darien 26, No. 6 Greenwich 16
No. 4 Simsbury 17, No. 5 Cheshire 14
No. 1 St. Joseph 49, No. 8 Wilton 7
No. 2 Daniel Hand 52, No. 7 Newington 0
No. 3 Maloney 35, No. 6 Berlin 7
No. 4 New Canaan 42, No. 5 Wethersfield 7
No. 1 Rockville 33, No. 8 SMSA 0
No. 2 Waterford 10, No. 7 Granby/Canton 6
No. 3 Killingly 28, No. 6 New Fairfield 0
No. 5 Weston 49, No. 4 ATI 6
No. 1 Ansonia 30, No. 8 Plainfield 12
No. 7 Plainville 22, No. 2 Bullard Havens 12
No. 3 Bloomfield 56, No. 6 Stafford/EW/Somers 0
No. 4 Sheehan 51, No. 5 Woodland 0