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Killingly tops Rockville in CIAC Class M football championship game

Top-seeded Killingly entered the CIAC Class M championship game on Saturday seeking its second title in four years and the final win to crown an undefeated season — it succeeded.

Killingly won 28-14, topping second-seeded Rockville, which hadn’t played in a championship game since 1995.

The game opened with an early touchdown run by Killingly senior Jack Sharpe followed by a failed conversion attempt. In the second quarter, Rockville senior Travon Edmondson answered with a short touchdown run of his own. Michael Naylor’s extra point gave Rockville a one-point lead.

Killingly returned up the field before having its momentum halted with an interception by Rockville junior Hason Green. But almost as quickly, Killingly reversed the flow with an interception of its own that junior Ben Jax returned for a touchdown. A successful conversion brought the halftime score to 14-7.

The third quarter saw Killingly march consistently down the field. Killingly sophomore Soren Rief rushed for two touchdowns in the third quarter. He finished with 182 yards on 18 carries.

Down by 21 points entering the fourth quarter, Rockville remained unrelenting. Quarterback Matt Ryan found senior Deshaun Perry for a 29-yard touchdown completion. Another Rockville drive showed promise but ended in a turnover on downs, allowing Killingly to take a knee and run out the clock for the victory.

Tyler Russell is a Visuals Journalist, splitting his time between daily news photography and video content for digital and TV. He joined Connecticut Public in 2013 as an instructor in the Education Department and moved onto the Visuals Team when it was formed in 2019.

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