It was a bittersweet win, but the Newtown High School football team celebrated.
The Newtown Nighthawks football team won the state championship on the anniversary of the Sandy Hook School tragedy. The team defeated Darien Saturday, with some members of the squad having been in Sandy Hook School the day of the 2012 massacre.
Linebacker Ben Pinto's brother Jack was killed that day seven years ago. Newtown High School Principal Kim Longobucco says the win was a glimpse of joy on a sad day for their community.
Senior wide receiverRiley Wardscored the touchdown just as time expired, ending the game with a 13-7 victory over the Darien Blue Wave. He shared, “I couldn’t have asked for anything more. I love this town. I love everybody. I’m at a loss for words.”