The undefeated Newtown High School football team is poised to take the lead in the Class LL tournament, which starts next week, and if they make it to the championship, they could be playing on the one-year anniversary of the shootings that shocked their town.
The team shut out Monroe 42-7 in its final game of the season Tuesday night. Newtown is top-ranked going into the tournament, with a perfect record of 11-0, or 12-0 including the South-West Conference title game against Brookfield, the Newtown Bee reports.
In keeping with tradition, last night’s game was originally scheduled for Thanksgiving eve, but severe weather moving across the state led to a last-minute change of date. The teams faced off in Monroe, where the 26-yard lines were marked with a green number 26 in honor of the Sandy Hook shooting victims, according to the Bee.
Elementary school students were transferred to the Chalk Hill school in Monroe following the shootings. The Newtown Bee reports that “there’s been an off-the-field bond between the neighboring towns since that time.”
Next week, Newtown will play its first tournament game and will be eyeing the Class LL championship, which will take place Dec. 13 or 14 at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, the Bee reports. This means Newtown could be playing on the one-year anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook.