On seventh anniversary of Sandy Hook shooting, Newtown High School wins state football title

Angel cut-outs are displayed outside Newtown High School in Newtown, Conn., Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. A gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the town, killing 26 people, including 20 children before killing himself on Friday. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
It was an emotional day for Newtown High School. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

On the anniversary of the most tragic event in their town’s history, the football players of Newtown High School added a positive note to the date of Dec. 14.

The Newtown Nighthawks, representing the school that Sandy Hook Elementary feeds into, won the Connecticut Class LL football championship on Saturday, seven years to the day after the horrific shooting that killed 26 people, including 20 children.

What’s more, the team won the game on a walk-off 36-yard touchdown pass.

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The title is Newtown’s first since 1992, according to the Associated Press. Newtown linebacker Ben Pinto’s brother Jack was reportedly among those killed in the shooting.

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Per the Hartford Courant, Newtown fans wore mostly green apparel to honor the Sandy Hook victims, with cheerleaders also wearing green bows and many Newtown players wearing green tape and paint. Even fans from their opponents at Darien High School reportedly wore green.

“Our whole town showed out tonight,” Newtown linebacker Jared Dunn said, according to GameTime CT. “That’s all I can ask for; there’s nothing better (than) to win it for your town, especially on a day like today. We remember everyone, and credit to Darien.”

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