Fairfield Prep, finally, to play for state title tonight

Following a survey of the playing surface and facility at West Haven High School by members of the CIAC football committee, the class LL football final between Southington and Fairfield Prep will be played Thursday, Dec. 19, at 6:35 p.m. at West Haven as scheduled.

“After exhaustive work by the West Haven facilities staff over the last several days, the field will be in condition suitable for a championship game on Thursday evening,” according to a press release from the CIAC.

“The folks at West Haven have done a tremendous job under difficult conditions to get the field and facility ready for competition,” stated CIAC Associate Executive Director Paul Hoey. “We are excited that the weather seems to have finally cooperated, and that Fairfield Prep and Southington will be able to play and determine a Class LL champion tomorrow evening.”

The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14, at 6:05 p.m. at Arute Field in Southington. When snow was forecast for Saturday, the game was moved up to 1:35 p.m. Saturday at Arute Field. The game was then postponed from Saturday to Sunday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. at Ken Strong Stadium at West Haven High School.

Ice could not be cleared from the field at West Haven in time for Monday’s kickoff. With snow correctly forecast for Tuesday, the CIAC immediately rescheduled the game for Thursday.

If the game could not be played Thursday, Friday, Dec. 20, is the last possible day for the final. If for some reason the game is not played by the end of Friday, co-champions would be declared, according to the CIAC.

Prep won its last state title in 1988.

Tickets purchased online for the game as it was originally scheduled will be honored, and presale tickets can still be purchased at http://ciacsports.ticketleap.com.

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