Tuesday Nights Lights in Connecticut brought a couple of hours of football and a lifetime of memories.
The state CIAC high school football state semifinals Tuesday night whittled down 24 teams in 12 games. Each had one goal - to reach Saturday's state championships.
In New London for Class SS action, no Jordan Reed proved to be no problem. The Florida-bound quarterback was out injured as the Whalers hosted Montville.
Earlier in the season, New London beat Montville by only one point. That was not the case Tuesday as Montville turned the ball over eight times. New London's Richie Vitale had three second-half scores and coach Jack Cochran takes yet another team to the state title game on Saturday.
The final score was 27-13, New London over Montville. New London moves on to play Seymour.
The Wildcats rocked Rocky Hill, 42-7 Tuesday night. Seymour could now send long-time head coach Paul Sponheimer out with a win in his final game at Seymour's skipper.
In Class MM action, Avon High School's Falcons made their first trip to the state playoffs by playing Brookfield in Danbury Tuesday night. The Falcons lead at half time, 12-7, but Brookfield's Bobcats took over in the third quarter.
The Bobcats' Trevor Treibt earned 210 all-purpose yards during the game and scored three touchdowns. Brookfield won, 36-19. Avon coach Brett Quinion, a 1976 Avon grad, had revitalized the program at the school after taking the coaching job in 2003.
Brookfield will play Ledyard on Saturday.
Ledyard rolled past Cheney Tech, 43-0, Tuesday night and will be looking for back-to-back state titles this week.
Glastonbury remains undefeated after defeating Newtown, 42-28, in the Class LL semifinal at Stadium Field. Senior tailback Jordan Brown ran for 325 yards and scored all six of Glastonbury's touchdowns. The Tomahawks are now 12-0 and will meet the Rams of Cheshire for the state title. It will be their first title game since 1989.
Billy Ragone led Cheshire, rushing for 164 yards and scoring all four touchdowns. Cheshire defeated Hamden, 28-21.
Weaver High School-New Canaan
In another Class MM match up, Dream Weaver is over. The Weaver High School Beavers, with only 23 players in the program, entered Tuesday's clash with an 8-3 record to compete against New Canaan, the top-ranked team in the state. They drew first blood and went up 7-0 in the first quarter and nearly scored a second touchdown late in the quarter. However, New Canaan, with 151 players on the varsity, JV and freshman teams, proved to be the stronger team on the field and won the game, 34-7. New Canaan will play Hillhouse for the championship.
In Class S, Ansonia will go for a state-best 17th championship on Saturday. Ansonia rolled over North Branford 28-0.
CIAC Tuesday Playoff Games
Glastonbury: 42, Newtown: 28
Cheshire: 28, Hamden: 21
Masuk-Monroe: 50, Windsor: 15
Newington: 28, Simsbury: 7
New Canaan: 24, Weaver: 7
Darien: 35, Hillhouse: 32
Brookfield: 36, Avon: 19
Ledyard: 43, Cheney Tech: 0
New London: 27, Montville: 13
Seymour: 42, Rocky Hill: 7
Cromwell: 34, Hyde Leadership: 9
Ansonia: 28, North Branford: 0