CANTON, Nov. 7 – For the first time in team history, the Lewis Mills High football team has won three consecutive games. The Spartans improved 4-3 Saturday with a dominating 40-14 win over Canton in a Pequot Conference Western Division game.
Colin Kennedy ran for a game-high 103 yards and two touchdowns for Mills (4-3, 2-2 Pequot West) while quarterback Lucas Lanning completed 11-of-14 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns.
Quarterback Alex Higley completed a career-high 13 of 30 passes for 132 yards and one touchdown for the winless Warriors (0-8, 0-4 Pequot West). Brock Steinfeldt had 16 tackles including one for a loss for Canton.
Mills led 21-0 at halftime thanks to a 48-yard touchdown pass to Chris Romano, a three-yard TD run from Colin Kennedy and a six-yard touchdown run from Mike Ciccarell. The Spartans extended the lead to 28-0 in the third quarter on a five-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Romano from Grayson LeBerge.
Canton did score twice with Matt Bangs scoring on a two-yard TD pass from Higley and Higley scoring on a one-yard touchdown run. Mills limited Canton to just 25 yards rushing in the game.
Eddie Melton did catch five passes for 54 yards from Higley. Defensively, Julius Adams had nine tackles for Canton while Melton had five tackles and one fumble recovery. Will Carlson had four tackles and two sacks while Tyler Delehoy and Brian Connolly each recovered a fumble. Higley’s 13 completions in a game were one shy of the school record of 14 set by Nick Delvecchio against Housatonic/Wamogo in 2007.
Mills rounded out the day with Chris Romano scoring on a 48-yard interception return. Kennedy led all rushers with 103 yards and two touchdowns. Mills QB Lucas Lanning completed 11 of 14 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown. Jimmy Romano made five catches for 86 yards.
Canton returns to the field on Friday night with they travel to Deep River to face defending Class S Small Division state champion Valley Regional/Old Lyme (4-4) at 6:30 p.m.
Lewis Mills will host Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton (0-8) on Saturday at 1 p.m. in search of a fourth straight victory and a school-record fifth win.
Lewis Mills 40, Canton 14
Lewis Mills (4-3) 14 7 12 7 — 40
Canton (0-8) 0 0 0 14 —14
LM: Chris Romano 48 pass from Lucas Lanning (Hunter Cowger kick), 9:56
LM: Colin Kennedy 3 run (Cowger kick), 7:39
LM: Mike Ciccarell 6 run (Cowger kick), 2:50
LM: Jimmy Romano 5 pass from Grayson LeBerge (kick failed), 5:03
LM: Kennedy 12 run (kick failed), 2:00
C: Matt Bangs 2 pass from Alex Higley (Eddie Melton run), 10:29
C: Alex Higley 1 run (kick failed), 8:19
LM: Chris Romano 48 interception return (Cowger kick), 5:50
RUSHING: Canton – Matt Bangs 7-6, Alex Higley 10-16, Eddie Melton 5-3; Lewis Mills – Colin Kennedy 14-103, Mike Ciccareli 8-62, Lucas Lanning 6-minus 4, Hunter Cowger 6-13, Grayson LaBerge 1-minus 1
PASSING: Canton — Alex Higley 13-30-4, 132; Lewis Mills – Lucas Lanning 11-14-0, 167, Baker 0-1, Grayson LaBerge 1-3-0, 5
RECEIVING: Canton – Mekiah Davis 3-27, Eddie Melton 5-54, Wood 2-24, Matt Bangs 2-12; Lewis Mills – Chris Romano 3-55, Matt Rinkus 3-26, Jimmy Romano 5-86
RETURNS: Canton – Melton 2-0 (kickoffs), Click 1-0 (punt), Bangs 1-8 (kickoff), Davis 1-18 (kickoff), Moreau 1-0 (kickoff); PUNTING: Melton 3-75