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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Ansonia, St. Joe's to clash in Class S

Third-seeded Ansonia (11-1) squares off against No. 4 St. Joseph (9-3) in the Class S final on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.

Ansonia is making its 24th appearance in a state final. The Chargers have a championship game record of 16-7. The 16 titles are a state record.

St. Joseph has won nine titles, and are making its 12th trip to the final. The Cadets won the title in the now defunct Class SS last season.

Ironically, despite both team's success in the postseason, the two have never met for a state championship.

Below are some sound bites about the game:

Ansonia coach Tom Brockett:

"They're (St. Joseph) great, they really are. They're playing as good of football as anybody in the state. They just have so many different offensive weapons. They're physical on defense. (Joe) Della Vecchia (St. Joe's senior quarterback) does a good job of running the show for them; he can run and he can throw. They're presenting a ton of challenges."

St. Joseph coach Joe Della Vecchia (the quarterback's father):

"It’s a big challenge. He’s (Ansonia running back Montrell Dobbs) a great player, and they’re a great team. We have to slow him down, and score points ourselves. That’s going to be the key, to score points and to try to keep him contained."

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