HARTFORD, Sept. 19, 2015 – Junior Michael Ciccarelli ran for a game-high 146 yards and three touchdowns as the Lewis Mills football team erased a 14-point halftime deficit to beat SMSA/University, 26-20 and win their season opening contest for the first time since 2010.
The host Tigerhawks led 20-6 at halftime but were shutout in the final two quarters while Ciccarelli scored three times on touchdown runs in the second half.
“It was a great win for the program,” Mills coach Jose Santana said. “The halftime speech was easy. If we stop making mistakes, we can win. The kids responded and shut them down in the second have. We had a great defensive stand in the second half.”
SMSA/University QB Blake Breglia threw a pair of touchdown passes in the first half and Tigerhawk defensive back Hayden Jordan ran back an interception 32 yards for a touchdown. The Tigerhawks intercepted Mills QB Trevor Baker three times.
SMSA/University (1-1, 1-1 Pequot West) led 20-6 at halftime but Mills (1-0, 1-0 Pequot West) got touchdown runs of 33 yards, 47 yards and 49 yards from Ciccarelli to take the lead in the fourth quarter. For Mills, Connor Kennedy and Darren St. Pierre led the Spartans defense with six tackles each.
SMSA was playing its first-ever home game at the Anne Fisher Montesorri School on Mark Twain Drive. The Tigerhawks used to play at Dillon Stadium, right next door to their school.
Mills returns to action Saturday when they host Gilbert/Northwestern (1-1) in a Pequot Western Division contest beginning at 1 p.m.
Lewis Mills 26, SMSA/University 20
Lewis Mills (1-0) 0 6 8 12 – 26
SMSA/Univ. (1-1) 6 14 0 0 — 20
S: Jack Forbes 67 pass from Blake Breglia (run fails)
S: Hayden Jordan 32 interception return (run fails)
L: Collin Kennedy 1 run (run fails)
S: Luis Pereira 54 pass from Breglia (Breglia run)
L: Michael Ciccarelli 33 run (Ciccarelli run)
L: Ciccarelli 47 run (run fails)
L: Ciccarelli 49 run (run fails)
RUSHING: Lewis Mills – Michael Ciccarelli 15-146, Collin Kennedy 25-114, Trevor Baker 5-13
PASSING: Mills – Baker 9-25-3, 78
RECEIVING: Mills – Kennedy 1-minus 1, Ciccarelli 1-15, Lucas Lanning 5-41, Jesse Serrano 1-13, Ian Dunn 1-20
Granby 41, Enfield 0
GRANBY, Sept. 18 – The Granby High football team had little trouble with Enfield in improving to 2-0 on the season with a 41-0 Pequot Conference decision Friday night. For the second time in its brief history, the Bears have pitched back-to-back shutouts. Granby opened the season with a 42-0 win over Gilbert/Northwestern.
Connor Field led the way for the Bears, rushing for 224 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries. Field opened the game with a 99-yard run from scrimmage for a touchdown. Logan Strain (6-63, 1 TD) and Gage Florentino (3-48, 1 TD) also ran well.
Strain led the Bears with seven tackles while Dom Pagano, Florentino and Trevon Samuels had four tackles each. Strain and Tyler Disabella each had interceptions.
Granby, which has won a school-record five straight games dating back to last season, hosts SMSA/University (1-1) on Friday night at Granby at 7 p.m.
Granby 41, Enfield 0
Enfield (0-2) 0 0 0 0 – 0
Granby (2-0) 20 14 7 0 41
G: Connor Field 99 run (Fred Moffa kick)
G: Logan Strain 27 run (Moffa kick)
G: Dom Pagano 1 run (kick failed)
G: Field 45 run (Moffa kick)
G: Gage Florentino 8 run (Moffa kick)
G: Field 23 run (Moffa kick)
RUSHING: Granby – Connor Field 9-224, Logan Strain 6-63, Gage Florentino 3-48; Dom Pagano 3-48, Logan Disabella 12-71, Matt Jacobs 2-3, Ben Kibby 3-10
PASSING: Granby – Dom Pagano 1-1, 32
RECEIVING: Granby – Gage Florentino 1-32