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With third straight shutout, Tolland beats Avon; Hall rallies to beat Simsbury

Simsbury QB Riley Shanley completed 11 of 20 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown in Friday night's loss to Hall at Holden Field.

Simsbury QB Riley Shanley completed 11 of 20 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown in Friday night’s 22-18 loss to Hall at Holden Field. He also ran for a touchdown.

TOLLAND, Sept. 23 – The Tolland High football team still hasn’t given up a point this season. The Eagles pitched a shutout for the third consecutive game Friday night with a 16-0 win over Avon in a CCC Division III East contest.

Tolland (3-0, 2-0 CCC Div. III East) has scored 90 points on the season. They beat Plainville and RHAM in the first two weeks by scores of 37-0. Against the Falcons (0-3, 0-1 CCC Div. III East), Tolland took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.

It was Tolland’s first victory over Avon since 2006, snapping a three-game losing streak.

Avon coach Sal Cintorino could see the progress of his team. They made some stops on defense and had a few big plays on offense. They just couldn’t string enough plays together to score.

“A lot of pieces are coming together,” he said. “It’s about getting better each week.”

In the third quarter, Avon stopped a long Tolland drive on the one-yard line. Linebackers Jack Whitney and Ryan Ollstead played well along with Vinny Bonalumi and Nic Schuster. In the secondary, Peter Gerosa and Jadon Folkwein played well. Freshman Chris Gens played well on the defensive line.

Dylan Burgos continued his growth as a quarterback. He had a 30-yard completion to Tommy Donovan and 20-yard receptions to Gerosa and freshman Ian McCutcheon. Leon Asberry and Jack Jones ran well for the Falcons, who had over 250 yards of offense. Punter David Gondek is averaging about 40 yards a kick.

In the first quarter, Tolland’s Colin Cook scored on a one-yard touchdown run and Matt Abbate scored on a 42-yard touchdown pass from Eagle quarterback Cody Ouellette. The Eagles added a safety in the fourth quarter to extend their lead to 16-0.

The Falcons will return to the field on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. when they travel to Hebron and take on RHAM (0-3, 0-1 CCC Div. III East) in search of their first victory of the season. Tolland will be tested when they travel to defending Class S champion Bloomfield on Friday night.

Tolland 16, Avon 0
At Tolland
Avon (0-3)                               0  0  0  0  — 0
Tolland (3-0)                         14  0  0  2  — 16
First Quarter
T: Collin Cook 1 run (kick failed)
T: Matt Abbate 42 pass from Cody Ouellette (Clayton Keane pass from Ouellette)
Fourth Quarter
T: Safety (running back tackled in end zone)
Individual statistics
None available at this time

Hall 22, Simsbury 18
SIMSBURY, Sept. 23 – Hall High erased an 18-point lead and scored 15 points in the fourth quarter to rally and beat Simsbury, 22-18 in a CCC Division I West contest Friday night at Holden Field.

Simsbury (0-3, 0-1 CCC Div. I West) led 15-0 in the third quarter after Riley Shanley’s five-yard touchdown run.

But Hall QB Burke Martindale threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to James Gadue in the third quarter and a 15-yard touchdown pass to Jaden Shaw in the fourth quarter to pull the Warriors within three points, 18-15. Martindale completed 14-of-28 passes for 186 yards for undefeated Hall (3-0, 1-0 CCC Div. I West).

Shaw’s 13-yard touchdown run with 2:25 remaining in the game put Hall ahead for the first time. Simsbury was able to get to the Hall 21-yard line but the game ended on an incompletion. Shanley completed 11-of-20 passes for a touchdown and one interception. He threw a 68-yard touchdown pass to Ralph Gilliard (3 receptions, 50 yards) in the first quarter.

Simsbury led 12-0 after one quarter on Gillard’s score and a one-yard touchdown run from Sean Penney. The Trojans extended the lead to 18-0 in the third quarter on Shanley’s five-yard run. Simsbury missed two extra points and had a failed two-point conversion run.

Penney led the Trojans with 96 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Shanley rushed for 47 yards and a TD on 13 carries.

After three consecutive home games, Simsbury hits the road next Friday night to face East Hartford (2-1).

Hall 22, Simsbury 18
At Simsbury
Hall (3-0)              0  0  7  15 — 22
Simsbury (0-3)     6  6  6    0 — 18
First Quarter
S: Ralph Gilliard 68 pass from Riley Shanley (kick failed)
S: Sean Penney 1 run (run failed)
Third Quarter
S: Shanley 5 run (kick failed)
H: James Gadue 23 pass from Burke Martindale (Sam Harrington kick)
Fourth Quarter
H: Jaden Shaw 15 pass from Burke Martindale (Martindale run)
H: Shaw 13 run (Harrington kick), 2:25
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Hall – Trevon Graham 13-56, Jaden Shaw 11-46, Burke Martindale 4-6, Ted Blaschinski 2-3, Andrew Booth 1-minus 2; Simsbury – Sean Penney 15-96, Riley Shanley 13-47
PASSING: Hall – Burke Martindale 14-28-0, 186; Simsbury – Riley Shanley 11-20-1, 177
RECEIVING: Hall – Hunter Polce 3-57, James Gadue 2-34, Todd Cravedi 2-29, Booth 2-25, M Verrengia 2-17, Shaw 2-14; Simsbury – Jackson Butler 3-82, Ralph Gilliard 3-50, Andrew Haggerty 3-38, Connor Ahrens 1-6, Penney 1-1
RETURNS: Shaw (H) 2-25 (kickoffs); Penney (S) 2-16 (kickoffs); J. Taddio (S) 2-11 (kickoffs)

E.O. Smith 28, Farmington 0
FARMINGTON, Sept. 23 – Four turnovers hurt the cause as E.O. Smith shut out Farmington, 28-0 on Friday night at George T. Bennett Field in CCC Div. II East play. The Panthers (2-1, 1-0 CCC Div. II East) intercepted two Farmington passes and recovered two fumbles.

E.O. Smith QB Ryan Kaeser was perfect throwing the ball, completing 8-of-8 passes for 122 yards and three touchdown passes. Two touchdown passes went to Rondell Bothroyd (20 yards, 17 yards). Kaeser also completed a 76-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Pavliscak in the first quarter to give the Panthers a 12-0 lead.

Farmington (1-2, 0-1 CCC Div. II East) will take on Windsor on Friday night at 7 p.m. on the road.

E.O. Smith 28, Farmington 0
At Farmington
E.O. Smith (2-1)            12  7  3  6  — 28
Farmington (1-2)            0  0  0  0  — 0
First Quarter
EO: Rondell Bothroyd 20 pass from Ryan Kaeser (kick failed)
EO: Tommy Pavliscsak 76 pass from Kaeser (kick failed)
Second Quarter
EO: Bothroyd 17 pass from Kaeser kick (Jack Neumuth kick)
Third Quarter
EO: Jack Neumuth 45 FG
Fourth Quarter
EO: Isaiah Rivera 1 run (kick failed)
Individual statistics
RUSHING – EOS – Isaiah Rivera 14-61, Ryan Kaeser 5-50, Cadin West 3-24, Jacob Stearns 5-19, Kobe Stigler 3-13, Devon Fisher 1-2; Farmington — Jack Beisel 2-minus 1, Brian Buono 11-22, Zihare Greaves 2-1, Brooks Mihalek 8-30
PASSING: EOS – Ryan Kaeser 8-8-0, 122; Farmington — Brooks Mihalek 14-29-2, 161
RECEIVING: EOS – Tommy Pavliscsak 1-76, Rondell Bothroyd 2-24, Kobe Stigler 1-12, Isaiah Rivera 2-5, Cadin West 1-2; Farmington — Brian Buono 1-6, Dante Colagiovanni 2-31, Kevin Dunst 3-46, Zihare Greaves 3-4, Prince Phillip 5-74
RETURNS: Farmington — Brian Buono 3-65 (ko), Kevin Dunst 1-18 (ko); TACKLES: Farmington — Buono 9 (8-1), Colaviovanni 10 (7-3), Phillip 6 (6-0), Alec Bohlman 7 (4-3)


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