The 2022 CIAC Class SS Football Semifinal Preview Capsules

Breaking down the CIAC Class SS football semifinal games

Breaking down the CIAC Class SS football semifinal games

Hearst Connecticut Media/Designed by Pete Paguaga

The 2022 CIAC Class SS football semifinal preview capsules. Compiled by Pete Paguaga, Sean Patrick Bowley and Mike Fornabaio.

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Class SS

2022 CIAC Football Class SS playoff bracket.

2022 CIAC Football Class SS playoff bracket.

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No. 5 Joel Barlow at No. 1 Cromwell/Portland

  • Where — McVicar Field, Rocky Hill HS
  • Tickets (digital only/no cash) — Adults $10, Students/Senior Citizen $5
  • Records — Joel Barlow 9-2, Cromwell/Portland 10-1
  • On the Air/Web — NFHS NETWORK
  • Playoff Rosters / Results
  • How They Got Here — Barlow: def. Granby/Canton 28-14. Cromwell/Portland: def. Ledyard 43-34.
  • All-Time Playoff Record — Barlow: 4-3; Cromwell/Portland: 10-7 overall (5-2 as C/P).
  • Players to Watch — Barlow: Danny Shaban, Sr., QB/LB, Scott Romano, Soph., RB/LB, Dylan Taylor, Jr., RB/LB, Mason Leavitt, Sr., RB/DB. Cromwell/Portland: Cole Brisson, Sr., QB, Emeka Yearwood, Jr., WR/DE, Ryan Rozich, Sr., WR/LB, Alex Hair, Sr., RB/DE.
  • What’s What — This is the first meeting between these programs. Cromwell/Portland, which won the Class S title last year, was 7-0 before losing its only game to Rockville. RB Alex Hair, who missed the first seven games of the season with a leg injury, has accounted for five touchdowns in C/P's last two games. Barlow, meanwhile, has been led by QB Danny Shaban, who has run for over 1,700 yards and 30 touchdowns. Barlow is 4-0 in games vs. Pequot League teams. C/P is 1-0 against SWC teams, having defeated Notre Dame-Fairfield 29-20 in last year's Class S quarterfinals. The Panthers are 24-1 in their last 25 games.
  • SPB’s Pick — Barlow
  • Pete’s Pick — Barlow
  • Forno’s Pick — Barlow

No. 7 Gilbert/Northwestern/Housatonic at No. 6 Valley Regional/Old Lyme

  • Where — Blythe Field, Deep River
  • Tickets (digital only/no cash) — Adults $10, Students/Senior Citizen $5
  • Records — Gilbert/Northwestern/Housatonic 9-2, Valley Regional/Old Lyme 10-1
  • On the Air/Web — NFHS NETWORK
  • How They Got here — GNH: beat Windham, 34-0. VROL: def. Foran 26-13.
  • All-Time Playoff Record — GNH: 2-3; VROL: 7-5.
  • Playoff Rosters / Results
  • Players to Watch — GNH: Freddie Camp, Sr., RB, Nolan Risedorf, Jr., QB, Aiden Avenia, Jr., LB/RB. Valley Regional/Old Lyme: Di’Angelo Jean-Pierre, Sr., WR/DB, Grady Lacourciere, Jr., QB/DB, Jacob Rand, Sr., RB/LB; Nick Cox, Sr. WR/DB.
  • What’s What — Gilbert/Northwestern/Housatonic was a longtime member of the Pequot Conference until leaving for the NVL this season. The program won NVL Division II with a 7-0 record. Its only losses were to Naugatuck and Ansonia of NVL Division I. This is the fifth meeting between the programs since 2006, with Valley Regional/Old Lyme going 5-0, winning by an average score of 33-6. But this is the first meeting since GNH added Housatonic as a partner last season after years as Gilbert/Northwestern. Fred Camp has put up insane numbers for GNH with over 2,000 all-purpose yards and 30 touchdowns. He's also made six interceptions. VROL has been led by Di'Angelo Jean-Pierre, Jacob Rand and Nick Cox who have combined for 3,220 all-purpose yards and 48 touchdowns. Andrew Yermenson and Jean-Pierre lead with seven and six interceptions, respectively.
  • SPB’s Pick — VROL
  • Pete’s Pick — GNH 
  • Forno’s Pick — GNH