ENFIELD, Nov. 19 – The Canton High football continues to take steps forward.
The Warriors took a 14-point lead in the first quarter, recovered two fumbles in the game and saw running back Braedon Bean rush for 100 years for the second time this season. Quarterback Alex Higley returned to the starting lineup after missing five games due to ankle injury suffered against Lewis Mills in late September.
But it wasn’t enough as the CREC co-op football team scored 50 unanswered points to win their second game of the season with a 50-14 decision at Public Safety Academy in Enfield. CREC junior Manny Sanchez ran for 194 yards and five touchdowns on 20 carries to lead the Eagles.
Canton (0-9) took the lead for the first time this season on Bean’s six-yard run with just 1:22 gone in the game. Bean’s two-point conversion run gave Canton an 8-0 lead. The Warriors extended the lead to 14-0 on Braydon Fluckiger’s five-yard run with 2:15 left in the first quarter.
But Sanchez and CREC (Capital Region Education Council) took over after that. CREC tied the game at 14-14 on a 27-yard run from Sanchez and a two-point conversion run and a 46-yard touchdown pass to Earl Waite, Jr. from QB Marquis Hawkins with 8:45 left in the second quarter.
CREC took a 22-14 lead at halftime after Sanchez scored on an 11-yard run and Hawkins ran in the two-point conversion run with 22 seconds left in the second quarter.
CREC (2-8) extended their lead early in the third quarter on Sanchez’s 67-yard touchdown run – his longest run of the afternoon – to take a 30-14 lead with just 2:58 gone in the third quarter. Sanchez also scored on runs of 52 and 12 yards.
The Canton defense had 36 tackles and was led by Charlie Parchen and Brayon Fluckiger, who each had five tackles and recovered a fumble for the Warriors.
Higley completed 2-of-8 passes for 29 yards. Both went to receiver Gavin Wood.
The Warriors close out the 2016 campaign when they host Granby (1-8) on Thanksgiving Day morning at 10 a.m. at the turf field at the high school in the battle for the old red milk jug.
NOTES: This was the season finale for CREC, which completed its second varsity season. … Bean ran for 31 yards on his first carry of the game. … Against Granby, the Warriors will be looking to snap a 20-game losing streak dating back to the Class S playoffs in 2014. … The series with Granby is tied 3-3.
CREC co-op 50, Canton 14
Canton (0-9) 14 0 0 0 — 14
CREC (2-8) 0 22 14 14 — 50
Can: Braedon Bean 6 run (Bean run), 10:38
Can: Braydon Fluckiger 5 run (run fails), 2:15
CREC: Manny Sanchez 27 run (Marquis Hawkins run), 11:20
CREC: Earl Waite, Jr. 46 pass from Marquis Hawkins (run fails), 8:45
CREC: Sanchez 11 run (Hawkins run), 0:22
CREC: Sanchez 67 run (Hawkins run), 9:02
CREC: Sanchez 52 run (run fails), 5:45
CREC: Sanchez 12 run (Stephens run), 10:20
CREC: Isaiah Smith 2 run (Smith run), 3:30
RUSHING: Canton – Braedon Bean 14-100, Braydon Fluckiger 10-40, Carter Gavin 9-24, Jack Sczepanski 4-11, Joey Fitzgerald 2-8, Alex Higley 2-5; CREC – Manny Sanchez 20-194, Marquis Hawkins 7-39, Rashad Nelson 2-39, Isaiah Smith 1-2, Devin Weir 1-2, Joseph Sinopoli 1-minus 6
PASSING: Canton – Alex Higley 2-8-0, 29; CREC – Marquis Hawkins 3-8-0, 81
RECEIVING: Canton – Gavin Wood 2-29; CREC – Earl Waite, Jr. 2-77, Hawkins 1-4