Eight teams will clash on the field in search of a state championship on Saturday. Here are some interesting numbers surrounding each game.
0 Number of state championships between Maloney (0-3) and Cromwell/Portland (1-3 as just Cromwell).
2 Highest ranking Fairfield Prep has ever had at the end of the season in the New Haven Register/GameTimeCT media poll. That came in 1988. A win on Saturday, all but locks up the No. 1 ranking in the final poll of the season.
2 Number of first downs the Windsor defense allowed in the second half against St. Joesph in the semifinals
3 Postseason appearances Maloney had before Kevin Frederick became head coach.
3 Teams who have a chance to win a state title after losing in the finals in 2019. Darien lost to Newtown, Killingly to Weston and Bloomfield to Sheehan.
3 Wins Killingly had in the state playoffs before Chad Neal took over the program.
3 Coaches this weekend who have won state championships before. Bloomfield's Ty Outlow has 2 (2015, 2018), Killingly's Chad Neal has 1 (2017) and Windsor's Rob Fleeting has 1 (2014).
4 Times Maloney has made the state playoffs with Kevin Frederick as head coach.
4 Number of champions to be crowned -- Class LL, L, M and S.
4 Times Darien has been the No. 1 team in the final New Haven Register/GameTimeCT media poll, with the last one coming in 2017. A win in the Class LL game would make it a fifth time.
5 Number of interceptions for Maloney senior Rashawn Shelton this postseason. He returned two for touchdowns and has nine interceptions for the season.
6 Games in a row that Rockville has won with its live mascot, James the Ram, in attendance this year. James has been approved by all parties and will be at Veterans Stadium in New Britain Saturday.
7 Appearances in the state final in eight seasons for Darien. In the previous six trips, Darien is 3-3, winning three straight from 2015 to 2017, while finishing as runner-up in 2013, 2014 and 2019
9 The amount of state championships that Bloomfield has won, which is the most of any team playing in the state finals.
10 Touchdown passes Windsor’s Elijah Cromartie has thrown in two postseason games so far. Cromartie has thrown for 29 this season.
10 Wins Killingly has in the playoffs since Chad Neal took over the program.
12 Total wins Rockville had in the previous eight seasons before Erick Knickerbocker took over in 2018.
17 State final appearances for Darien, which is the most of any team playing in the state finals.
24 Interceptions Maloney secondary has made this season.
28 Wins Rockville has under Knickerbocker in three seasons.
33 Years since Fairfield Prep has won a state championship in football. It was a 7-0 win over Greenwich in the 1988 Class LL state final.
38 Rushing yards Killingly produced in the Class M semifinal against Branford.
259.5 Rushing yards Killingly averaged a game going into the semifinals.
487 Yards from scrimmage in two playoff games for Darien running back Tighe Cummiskey. He has 388 yards rushing and 99 yards receiving with four touchdowns.
586 Yards that Cromwell/Portland’s Teddy Williams has receiving in the state playoffs. He has 18 catches and 5 touchdowns.
1990 The year that Rockville last won a state championship in football.
2006 Last time without a repeat state champion. There will be no repeat champion in any class this year.
2010 Not counting the two 2014 Class L finals (which were split after the fact), this is the first time the Class L championship hasn't featured Hand or New Canaan since the playoffs expanded to include quarterfinals in 2010.