All night long, Southington quarterback Stephen Barmore tormented Fairfield Prep with his arm.
Then for a clinching final act, he did in the Jesuits on defense.
Barmore picked off a Colton Smith pass with just over 2:00 left and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown, sealing Southington’s 52-34 Class LL championship win, the school’s first state title in 15 years.
Southington outscored Prep 38-6 in the second half.
Fairfield Prep took an early 21-7 lead after two touchdown runs from Colton Smith and a a 53-yard scamper from running back Nick Crowle. The Jesuits were unstoppable in the first half, scoring on nearly every possession and earning big yards after the catch.
Prep led 28-14 at halftime.
But the Southington defense came up huge in the second half, forcing punts on back-to-back possessions early in the third quarter to get back in the game.
Blue Knights wide receiver Alex Jamele was outstanding in the second half, catching touchdown passes on two straight possessions, including a 60-yarder.
His four-yard score tied the game at 28. Jamele scored three second half touchdowns.
Southington took a 31-28 lead on a field goal with 10:35 left in the game, but Prep answered with a long scoring drive, their only score of the second half.
Barmore drove Southington right back down the field and tossed an 8-yard touchdown pass to Justin Rose to put the Blue Knights up 34-31.
They never looked back.
Another 20-yard touchdown catch from Jamele and Barmore’s pick-six sealed the scoring.
Barmore accounted for six touchdowns altogether (4 passing, 1 rushing, 1 returning).
This was Southington’s second state title in school history.