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Farmington beats New Britain for the first time

NEW BRITAIN, Nov. 12 – It was a milestone victory for Farmington on Friday night at Willow Park Park. The Indians beat New Britain for the first time in school history, 20-19. “This was a game I think some people in our town were scared of since we moved to the CCC (Central Connecticut Conference) but it’s a game we in the football program were excited about since we moved to the CCC. These are the games we want,” Farmington coach Chris Machol told the New Britain Herald.

Farmington (5-4) took a 14-0 lead with a pair of first quarter touchdowns. Brandon Paolillo pulled in a 14-yard pass from quarterback Colan Callahan and Jourdan Parkinson (146 yards rushing) scored on a 16-yard run. Mitch Lewis converted on a pair of extra point attempts.

New Britain, which lost its eighth straight (1-8), cut the lead to seven on a 30-yard run from Martez Newby. In the third quarter, the Hurricanes cut the lead to one, 14-13, in the fourth on a eight-yard run from Lamar Bowsky. The extra point attempt failed.

Farmington extended its lead to seven when Patrick Wollenberg scored on a nine-yard reception from Callahan with 9:48 remaining in the game to cap off a 13-play drive. New Britain cut the lead to one, 20-19 on a five-yard run from Newby with 7:35 remaining in the game. The Hurricanes went for two points but the Farmington defense swarmed over Bowsky.

One last drive by New Britain ended at the Farmington 30-yard line with 40 seconds left in the contest. It was Farmington’s first game ever against the Hurricane varsity team. The Indians played the New Britain junior varsity several times in the 1930s and 1940s.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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