No surprises expected when Shelton plays Xavier for title

Shelton High football coach Jeff Roy made the rounds between print and television media for most of Tuesday’s CIAC Football Finals Luncheon at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.

The always willing to speak Roy didn’t apologize, but did note there wasn’t much earth-shaking to say prior to his second-seeded Gaels (12-0) meeting with SCC rival, No. 4 Xavier of Middletown (8-3) for the Class LL-Small Division title in West Haven on Saturday.

“Xavier will do what they do,” he said. “They are solid in what they do and I don’t expect anything different.

“We’re in the same boat. We’ll play our game, try to be balanced on offense and disciplined on defense.”

The Gaels defeated the Falcons, 28-20, in the regular season.

Roy confirmed the not-so-secret fact that standout running back Peter Hoff will miss the game with a broken collerbone that the junior suffered in Shelton’s semifinal victory over Windham High.

“We’re going to miss Peter,” he said. “Troy Vasilescu and Ron Hubbard will play tailback for us.

“Having Chris Kanios back (at wide receiver after missing four games with an injury) is important. As he showed in the semis (with three touchdowns), he’s a game changer.

“This team has been on the edge (of the playoffs) with a lot of 8-3 and 7-4 records. It’s good to be back.”

Shelton last played for the state title in 2007, when it lost to Greenwich High 28-14.