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Berry, Xavier too much for NFA in Class LL Title Game...Story by John Nestor

POSTED December 08, 2012
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

EAST HARTFORD - DeAngelo Berry rushed for 260 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 3 Xavier to a 48-14 victory over No. 5 Norwich Free Academy on Friday night in the Class LL state championship game at Rentschler Field.
Xavier (12-1) was playing in its third straight LL final while NFA (12-1) was making just its second appearance in the title game and first since 1998. It took a while, but the Falcons eventually imposed their will and earned their third straight LL crown.

"It's a testament to our players and my assistant coaches they do a fantastic job, Xavier coach Sean Marinan said. "It's everybody's goal to get here and for us to be
able to do it speaks to the work ethic of the players we have."

Xavier quarterback Tim Boyle, who is headed to Boston College next fall, ran for a TD and threw a 94-yard TD pass to stake the Falcons to a 14-0 lead. Berry scored on a three-yard run to make it 20-0 before the Wildcats fought back.

Joey Paparelli threw two TD passes to Ryer Caruso in the final two minutes of the first half to pull NFA within 20-14 at the break, but Xavier pulled away over the final two quarters.

Berry added rushing TDs in the third and fourth quarter for the Falcons, who rushed for 408 yards and six TDs.

"It's a surreal feeling to win three state championships in a row," Berry said. "It's a great way to finish my high school career."

NFA came into the game off an upset of top-seeded Staples in the semifinals but was never able to get into a rhythm on offense, managing only 169 total yards, and the Wildcats were never able to contain Berry.

"They were able to run the ball on us and that was something we thought that we were going to be able to stop," NFA coach Jemal Davis said. "They were the better team."

And now the Falcons are Class LL champs for a third straight time.

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