Defending Champs Crush Greenwich In Football Playoffs

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Greenwich Mark Bernstein, left, carries the ball past Xavier defenders with the help of some teammates during Wednesday's Class LL state playoff game. Photo Credit: Avery Belicka

GREENWICH, Conn. – The Greenwich High football team fought to the end of Wednesday night’s Class LL state quarterfinal. But two-time defending state champion Xavier of Middletown overwhelmed the Cardinals in a 55-14 loss to end Greenwich’s season.

Greenwich trailed by six points with less than two minutes to play in the first half. But a 65-yard catch-and-run Xavier touchdown ended the Cardinals’ momentum. Xavier scored 35 unanswered second-half points, rolling to victory.

Austin Longi scored both Cardinal touchdowns in the second quarter on rushes of 3 and 67 yards.

Sixth-seeded Greenwich entered the game banged up after losing to Staples in the conference championship game. The Cardinals were also without starting quarterback Liam O’Neil due to a knee injury and lost star back Alex McMurray to injury.

The Cardinals’ frustration boiled over in the third quarter when a Greenwich player applied a late hit on Xavier quarterback Tim Boyle after scoring a touchdown. The teams brawled briefly, but the fight was quickly broken up.

Boyle, committed to play football at Boston College, torched Greenwich for more than 300 yards of passing and three touchdowns.

Greenwich finished the season with an 8-2 record. Its only losses came against defending state champion Xavier and defending conference champion Staples.

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