High School Roundup Brookfield beats Weston in key clash
BROOKFIELD — The Brookfield football team took a massive step towards the Class M playoffs Friday as a 32-12 win over Weston lifted the Bobcats to 7-2 with one game remaining.
Brookfield entered the week outside the playoff picture, but results elsewhere have suddenly vaulted the Bobcats into a position where they control their own destiny. The Bobcats currently sit in the No. 6 spot in the rankings.
“We’re proud of where we’re at,” Brookfield coach Rich Angarano said. “We understand we have to beat Bethel (on Thanksgiving morning). I can only deal with what we can control. We’ve only lost to two very good teams in North Haven and Newtown.”
The two teams were both 6-2 heading into the contest, but Brookfield’s rushing attack won the day. Senior Conor McVey rushed for a pair of long touchdowns over 70 yards while Nick Henderson had three touchdowns — two rushing and one receiving.
“Our team blocked well, but more importantly both Connor and Nick ran and broke tackles,” Angarano said. “When they get in the open field their speed is a lot to deal with.”
Gavin Borges added a scoop and score for Brookfield, which built upon the momentum from playing Newtown tough in a 21-0 loss last week.
No. 4 Immaculate (15-4-1) cruised into the Class S semifinals as five first-half goals led to an 8-0 win over Stafford in Friday’s quarterfinals. The Mustangs will face No. 17 Coginchaug, which will be making its first ever semifinal appearance.
No. 5 Newtown claimed a big upset in Class L on the road, upending perennial contender Enfield 3-2 behind two goals from Katie Goyda and one from Ali Kelleher. Enfield pulled to within 3-2 with less than 15 minutes left but the Nighthawks held strong to earn the win.
Newtown will face No. 1 Cheshire next week on a day, time and location to be determined.