The Brookfield Bobcats (11-0) defeated the Stratford Redskins 28-0 to capture the 2011 State Championship at the Midget level Saturday night in West Haven. The Bobcats used a potent running game, behind the blocking of Kyle Madden, Jeff Sidebotham, Ian Townley, Shea Allen, Sam Flynn and Devan Joshi and a timely passing attack to open up a commanding 28-0 halftime lead.
Bobby Drysdale led the Bobcats with three touchdowns and 210 yards rushing on 21 carries, while Andrew Collins scored a touchdown and had 121 yards on 11 carries. Nick Aquanita completed three of three passes for 52 yards, all to his TE Nick Seis on a variety of passing plays.
The defense shutout the previously undefeated Redskins (10-1), often hitting them in the backfield leading to huge losses. The defense was led by Seis, who had three sacks and seven total tackles, and Austin Reich, who was in on 10 tackles from his linebacker position.
The Bobcats now await the Eastern Massachusetts winner and will take them on this coming Sunday in Middletown, Rhode Island. The winner will advance to the New England Championship with a berth in the National Championships in Orlando, Florida at stake.
The core of this team is looking to make it back to Florida and the Pop Warner National Championships for a second consecutive year; last year as Junior Midgets, they advanced to before .
Brookfield advanced to Sunday's State Championship game by over Pomperaug two weeks ago. Drysdale led the Bobcats with three touchdowns and 203 yards on only five carries, while Collins scored the final touchdown late in the second quarter to open up a 30-0 halftime lead. The defense held Pomperaug scoreless with Seis, Madden and Matt Melby leading the way with five tackles each.