Battle-tested Bloomfield seeks 10th state title against Cromwell / Portland in S-class

Out of breath to return to a state final, the Bloomfield football team have reached their destination. Coach Ty Outlaw has said Bloomfield’s trip to the Class S championship game against No.2 Cromwell / Portland was no child’s play.

“As we walk in we feel like we are put to the test,” Outlaw said. “It’s different from 2019 where we didn’t have that feeling. This team could blow up teams. It caught us in the last game of the season (64-33 loss to Sheehan). We didn’t play. our best. We had to eat it. It’s a game and you’re out.

Bloomfield (12-0) will face Cromwell / Portland (12-0) at Trumbull High on Saturday at 11 a.m. The Warhawks are on the hunt for their 10th state title. They last won in 2018. The Panthers won their only title as Cromwell in 2008. They lost their other final in 2011.

Although Bloomfield dominated his opponents 484-66, he had to overcome weekly challenges to reach his goal. With a shortlist of university experience, this is a work in progress for the Outlaw group.

“I can’t say it happened over a week. The kids worked hard all summer, ”said Outlaw, who won his 100th game in his 12th season in the semifinals. “When the games started in the fall you know it was just a week to try and improve.”

Cromwell / Portland quarterback Cole Brisson threw six touchdown passes as the Panthers advanced with a 46-7 win over Ansonia.

“Our defense has faced good quarterbacks all season. It started in week one with Victor Rosa of Bristol Central, “Outlaw said of the 7-6 victory over the Rams led by 2021 Gatorade Connecticut Football Player of the Year.” Cole Brisson is another one. excellent. It’s a really good team. They have a good talent. They can throw the ball well; they can run the ball well. It should be a fun game to watch.

The eye-catching threats for Bloomfield are Dallas Rose and Conellius Patrick. They combined for 36 touchdowns, rushed for 2,665 yards and passed the 100-yard mark in 16 total games.

Rose, a 5-foot-8, 190-pound senior, loves sharing the ball with his 5-9, 180-pound junior teammate.

“We relieve each other,” Rose said. “He does his job and I do mine. This (door sharing) keeps us from getting screwed. We run or throw the ball well. We can score both ways. I love my linemen. I thank them every day.

Shane Bell, a senior free safety, and Rose, who doubles as linebacker, started in the 2019 final.

Outlaw said, “They are our bond. This is a new list. It helps a lot to have someone who played in the playoffs. They saw how fast it can go, how the guys move. It helped our young guys to mature faster.

Rose said, “Shane and I spoke to the team. If something bad happens, we stick together. If we get a comfortable lead, we need to keep our foot on the accelerator pedal and not let go. The teams will come back. We started off slowly on offense against New Fairfield (followed 7-2 at halftime). We had to do it in defense to reach the final.

Jakar Jenkins, Robert Dunkley, Trey Ortiz and Howard Simpson as well as Rose and Patrick are game-changers when it comes to defense.

Jenkins has a record 80 tackles. The senior defensive end has 12.5 sacks under his belt, 23 total tackles for a loss. Dunkley, a senior on the line, has 39 saves, 5.5 sacks and 12 tackles for a loss. Ortiz is a junior linebacker. He has 52 saves, 11 for a loss. Junior defensive end Jenkins has 50 tackles with 5.5 sacks and 15 tackles for a loss. Patrick has 50 tackles, 16 for a loss with 5 sacks.

“Dallas Rose’s brother Chris was on the 2015 Championship squad,” Outlaw said. “Chris started out as a linebacker for us. I also coached Conellius’ brother Denzel, who is now at the University of Albany.

Rose credits Chris for teaching him what it takes to be a Warhawk.

“Growing up he was an inspiration. Chris showed me the ins and outs. He told me it was important to be a leader, ”said Dallas, who wears his brother’s No. 22 jersey. “When we faced Ansonia in the final (31-20 win), Chris ramped up and made five tackles. He showed me what it takes to win a championship.

This year’s squad has a pair of brothers who are making an impact.

When the teams charge the box to slow down the run, Outlaw is confident his team can throw the ball. When they do, he has a pair of broads to confuse a defense. And when Outlaw said Davien Kerr and Davion Kerr are twin receivers, he didn’t mean they line up in an attacking formation on the same side of the pitch.

“They’re identical twin twins,” Outlaw said of the sophomores who each caught a touchdown pass in the state semifinals. “To be honest with you, I know them by number. It’s hard to tell them apart and it’s for everyone. It’s hard to say at school. We call them 21 (Davion) ​​and 23 (Davien). They are called twin: ‘Hey, twin come here?’ It’s kinda crazy. “ Twitter: @ blox354

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