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Roundup: Avon dominates Stafford; record TD pass for Mills; milestone win for Granby

Avon's Jamie Dlugolecki (42) has returned two fumbles for touchdowns in the last 2 weeks.

Avon’s Jamie Dlugolecki (42) has returned two fumbles for touchdowns in the last 2 weeks.

AVON – Throughout the years, the Avon High football team has enjoyed tremendous success against Stafford High and the Stafford/East Windsor co-op squad. That didn’t change on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Avon. 

The Falcons ran out to a quick 35-point lead in the second quarter and coasted to a 46-2 victory over winless Stafford/East Windsor in a Pequot Uncas contest. 

Senior Jamie Dlugolecki earned himself a spot in the Avon High record book, scooping up a fumble and running a record 89 yards for a touchdown. It is the longest fumble return for a TD in school history, breaking the old mark of 45 yards set by Tyler D’Onofrio against Coventry/Windham Tech in 2009. 

It’s Dlugolecki’s second fumble return for a TD in two weeks. He had a 20-yard fumble return against Granby. 

Junior Sam Donahue recovered a punt, initially blocked by junior Geoff Kirk, in the end zone for a touchdown. Kirk later caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from QB Sean Del Gallo. 

Teddy Allmendinger rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown on three carries for Avon (2-1, 2-1 Pequot Uncas). Sophomore Leon Asberry scored his first varsity touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 22-yard run. With Avon’s move to the Central Connecticut Conference next fall, this is likely the final game with Stafford. The Falcons won 16 of 17 games in the series that dated back to 1987. 

Avon 42, Stafford/East Windsor 6
At Avon
Stafford/EW (0-3)           0    6  0  0  — 6
Avon (2-1)                    21  14  0  7  — 42
First quarter
A: Jamie Dlugolecki 89 fumble return (Alden Getz kick)
A: Teddy Allmendinger 17 run (Getz kick)
A: Sam Donahue recovers blocked punt in end zone (Getz kick)
Second quarter
A: Geoff Kirk 35 pass from Sean Del Gallo (Getz kick)
S: unknown 1 run
Fourth quarter
A: Leon Asberry 22 run (Getz kick)
Individual leaders
RUSHING: Avon – Teddy Allmendinger 3-72
PASSING: Avon – Del Gallo 2-2-0, 55
RECEIVING: Avon – Geoff Kirk 1-35, Jordan Williams 1-20; Leon Asberry 3-27 

North Branford 68, Lewis Mills 19
NORTH BRANFORD, Sept. 27 – Lewis Mills QB Lucas Lanning threw three touchdown passes but the Thunderbirds were too much in a 68-19 victory.

Lanning’s 75-yard touchdown pass to Grant McGregor in the second quarter was the longest in school history, eclipsing a 72-yard touchdown pass from Devin Pease to Bob Martinotti against Cromwell in 2011. The McGregor score gave the Spartans a 13-6 lead after one quarter. Lanning also threw a 17-yard touchdown reception to Matt Rinkus and a 59-yard TD reception to Casey Ciemniewski.

North Branford (3-0) was led by Austin Calamita, who scored six touchdowns. He rushed for two touchdowns, caught three TD passes and returned a fumble 54 yards for another score. Thunderbird QB Eddie Miller completed 9-of-16 passes for 158 yards and four TDs.

North Branford placekicker Rachel Sokoloff was 8-of-10 kicking extra points. It is No. 2 on the list for most points scored in a game by girl. NFA’s Elisa Formiglio had nine extra points in a game against Newtown in 2012. Sokoloff is 14-of-18 in extra points after three games for North Branford.

North Branford 68, Lewis Mills 19
At North Branford
Lewis Mills (0-3)           13  6      0    0  — 19
North Branford (3-0)       6  14  27  21 – 68
First quarter
LM: Casey Ciemniewski 59 pass from Lucas Lanning (kick fails)
N: Tyler Hawk 1 run (kick fails)
LM: Grant McGregor 75 pass from Lanning (Ciemniewski kick)
Second quarter
N: Austin Calamita 7 run (Rachel Sokoloff kick)
N: Calamita 1 run (Sokoloff kick)
LM: Matt Rinkus 17 pass from Lanning (Ciemniewski kick)
N: Calamita 13 pass from Eddie Miller (Sokoloff kick)
Third quarter
N: Matt Chamberlain 22 pass from Miller (kick fails)
N: Calamita 47 pass from Miller (Sokoloff kick)
N: Calamita 54 fumble recovery (Sokoloff kick)
Fourth quarter
N: Calamita 32 pass from Miller (Sokoloff kick)
N: Hawk 30 interception (Sokoloff kick)
N: Ryan Reilly 56 run (Sokoloff kick)
Individual statistics
RUSHING: North Branford – Austin Calamita 6-78, Ryan Reilly 2-74, C. Iuteri 8-66, Tyler Hawk 4-62, Eddie Miller 7-53, Nick Sagnella 3-13
PASSING: North Branford – Eddie Miller 9-16-1, 158
RECEIVING: North Branford – Calamita 4-91, Hawk 1-6, Sagnella 1-3, M. Chamberlain 3-58

Granby 51, SMSA/University 21
HARTFORD, Sept. 26 – Connor Field ran for a school-record 337 yards and four touchdowns to lead Granby to its first victory of the season Friday night at Dillon Stadium with a record-breaking 51-20 win over Sport Medicine Science Academy/University High. Field snapped the previous single-game record (168 yards) set a year ago by QB Dom Pagano. The quarterback ran for 114 yards on 15 carries. Freshman Blake Breglia had a pair of touchdown passes for the winless Tigerhawks (0-3).

It was the most points that Granby has scored in a single game in its five-year history. The Bears had 42 points in a 42-18 win over Stafford/East Windsor in 2012.

The Bears still had trouble holding onto the ball, losing three fumbles. But Granby forced four Tigerhawk turnovers with Gage Fiorentino, Logan Strain, Samy Ahmad and Fred Moffa coming up with fumble recoveries.

Granby 51, SMSA/University 20
At Hartford
Granby (1-2)            21    7  14  9 – 51
SMSA/Univ. (0-3)      0  14   6   0  — 20
First quarter
G: Connor Field 6 run (Mark McDermott kick)
G: Gage Fiorentino 18 run (McDermott kick)
G: Field 68 run (McDermott kick)
Second quarter
G: Field 50 run (McDermott kick)
S: Devyn Rosada 62 pass from Blake Breglia (George Davis kick)
S: Daunte Brickley 23 pass Breglia (Davis kick)
Third quarter
G: Field 78 run (kick fails)
G: Logan Strain 43 run (Dom Pagano run)
S: Allen Walker 31 run (run failed)
Fourth quarter
G: Safety. Breglia tackled in end zone by Jacob Hauser
G: Strain 21 run (McDermott kick)
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Granby – Connor Field 17-337, Dom Pagano 15-114, Logan Strain 6-67, Gabe Fiorentino 9-65, Jacob Hauser 1-12, Trevon Samuels 1-15, Gavin Wilkey 1-minus 2
PASSING: Granby – Pagano 1-3-1, 60
RECEIVING: Granby – Field 1-60

Maloney 49, Farmington 20
FARMINGTON, Sept. 26 – The Farmington High football team may have lost for the second time in three weeks in a 49-20 loss to Maloney on Friday night at home but the Indians continue to show that they can score on special teams.

A 80-yard kickoff return by Xavier Amos against Maloney was the fourth kickoff return by Farmington in two weeks. In this span, the Indians also have had an interception return for a TD, a punt return for a TD and a fumble return for a touchdown.

Chris Dingwell completed 14 of 23 passes for 225 yards and two TDs for Maloney, now 3-0. Farmington’s Joe Sucato scored a touchdown on an 86-yard fumble return on the final play of the game.

Farmington had all sorts of special team excellence in a 55-12 win over RHAM a week ago. Connor Martin scored on an 80-yard kickoff return and a 75-yard kickoff return. He also scored a touchdown on an eight-yard run.

Amos had an interception return for a touchdown while Sucato had a 50-yard punt return for TD. Also scoring for Farmington was Mike Popolizio on a 61-yard run and Clayton Herr on a one-yard score. Sean Dunleavy was 6-of-8 kicking extra points.

Maloney 49, Farmington 20
At Farmington
Maloney (3-0)   7  21  21  0  — 49
Farmington (1-2)         0  14  0  6  — 20
First quarter
M: Chris Dingwell 3 run (Handy Ellison kick)
Second quarter
F: Xavier Amos 4 run (Sean Dunleavy kick)
M: Nashawn Rhodes 84 kickoff return (Ellison kick)
M: Allejandro Ortiz 4 pass from Dingwell (Ellison kick)
F: Amos 80 kickoff return (Dunleavy kick)
M: Ellison 1 run (Ellison kick)
Third quarter
M: Ellison 43 run (Ellison kick)
M: Rhodes 59 pass from Dingwell (Ellison kick)
M: Dingwell 1 run (Ellison kick)
Fourth quarter
F: Joe Sucato 86 fumble return (time expired)

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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