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#SCC25 - Turn Back the Clock - December 3 - Football Memories

December 3 has been a significant day in the history of the sport of football in the Southern Connecticut Conference.

Dec. 3, 1995 -- Under the direction of head coach Mark Ecke, Cheshire defeated Rockville, 28-0, in Class L football final held at West Haven HS.  It was the Rams’ 8th shutout on the season.   The team allowed just 33 points in 12 games (2.8 average), which remains a league record.  It was the Rams' fourth straight state title.

Here are Cheshire’s game-by-game results from its record-setting 1995 season:  26-0 at Hamden; 7-6 at West Haven; 38-14 vs. Southington; 55-7 vs. Amity Regional; 47-0 vs. Branford;  21-0 at Lyman Hall; 3-0 vs. Shelton; 35-6 vs. Derby; 19-0 at Sheehan; 41-0 vs. North Haven; 35-0 vs. Weaver (Class L semifinals); 28-0 vs. Rockville (Class L final)


Dec. 3, 2005A record 3 SCC teams win CIAC state football titles – Xavier (Class LL), Branford (Class MM) and Daniel Hand (M). There were six classes back in 2005. 

Xavier would be consensus #1 team in final state polls.

In Class LL, Xavier defeated  Southington, 45-30, in the championship game at Strong Stadium in West Haven.  Amari Spievey scored three touchdowns as the Falcons rolled to a 39-14 halftime lead.

Earlier in the day, Branford (10-2) won its first state title – defeating East Lyme, 14-7, in the Class MM final at Strong Stadium in West Haven.  Mike Mortali rushed for a game-high 104 yards on 21 carries to earn game MVP honors for the Hornets, and Jim Balzano scored two touchdowns and rushed for 102 yards.

In Class M at Central Connecticut State University, Daniel Hand defeated SCC-rival Hillhouse, 34-0, as Tommy Lee scored three touchdowns.  Daniel Hand finished 10-2, while Hillhouse finished 11-1.  It was the second time that two league opponents met in a state championship football game (Cheshire defeated Hamden, 16-14, in the 1996 Class LL final).