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Canton freshman Carter Gavin runs for school record 235 yards in loss to Morgan

Canton freshman Carter Gavin (21) set a school record with 235 yards rushing Friday night against Morgan School.

Canton freshman Carter Gavin (21) set a school record with 235 yards rushing Friday night against Morgan School.

CLINTON, Nov. 4 – The Canton High football team continues to make progress. On Friday night, the Warriors had a season-high 416 yards on offense and scored a pair of touchdowns in a 48-14 Pequot Conference loss to Morgan School in Clinton. In their previous six games, Canton had scored just 12 points.

Sophomore quarterback Dugan Lloyd had a career-high 10 completions for a career-high 124 yards and a touchdown. However, freshman running back Carter Gavin had the best day. He set a new single game school record with 235 yards rushing and a touchdown on 23 carriers.

Gavin is just the fourth Canton runner to rush for more than 200 yards in a single game. Gavin’s longest run was for 60 yards and his last four rushes went for 17, 16, 22 and 44 yards, respectively. Gavin broke the record of 226 yards set by Sebby Gumbs against Hyde-New Haven in 2014.

Canton sophomore receiver Gavin Wood caught seven passes for 100 yards and a touchdown. Both were career highs for Wood.

Morgan (5-3) took a 35-0 lead in the second quarter. QB Madden Ward had a hand in four of the first five touchdowns. Ward ran for a one-yard touchdown, caught a nine-yard touchdown pass from teammate Harry White, threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Caldwell and tossed a nine-yard scoring pass to White for the Huskies. Issac Erikson also 25 yards ran for a score.

Canton (0-7) got on the scoreboard in the third quarter when Wood caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from Lloyd. After another Husky touchdown, the Warriors scored their second touchdown on a 9-yard run by Gavin with four minutes left in the third quarter. Canton added a two-point conversion – their first of the season – when Wood caught a pass from Lloyd.

The Warriors return to action on Saturday when they host Valley Regional/Old Lyme (7-1) at 1 p.m. on the turf field in Canton.

NOTES: Canton played football from 1934-64 but single-game records for rushing are not available. The Warriors resumed varsity football in 2007. … Morgan is 4-0 against the Warriors. … Canton has dropped 18 consecutive games dating back to the 2014 Class S playoffs. The school record is 23 losses but this is the longest streak since the program was reborn in 2007. … Other Canton runners with over 200 yards in a single game include Kyle Mullins with 212 against Stafford/East Windsor in 2012 and Dan Delos with 209 against Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby in 2014.

Morgan 48, Canton 14
At Clinton
Canton (0-7)           0  0  14  0  — 14
Morgan (5-3)        28  6    7  7  — 48
First quarter
M: Ryan Caldwell 34 pass from Madden Ward (Tony Coretti kick), 11:20
M: Issac Erikson 25 run (Coretti kick), 8:45
M: Ward 9 pass from Harry White (Coretti kick), 3:28
M: Ward 1 run (Coretti kick), 0:17
Second quarter
M: White 9 pass from Ward (kick failed), 7:41
Third quarter
C: Gavin Wood 26 pass from Dugan Lloyd (run failed), 7:18
M: Miles Vogel 52 run (Coretti kick), 6:25
C: Carter Gavin 9 run (Wood pass from Lloyd), 4:00
Fourth quarter
M: Coretti 25 run (Coretti kick), 8:30
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Canton – Carter Gavin 23-235, Donovan Macklin 4-45, Dugan Lloyd 8-minus 2, Jack Szczepanski 7-14; Morgan – Miles Vogl 5-88, Tony Coretti 2-24, Issac Eriksen 2-35, Madden Ward 4-18, Henry Southwood 1-0, unknown 1-11
PASSING: Canton – Dugan Lloyd 10-23-0, 124; Jack Szcepanski 0-1-0; Morgan – Madden Ward 4-8-0, 93; Miles Vogl 0-2-0, Jarett Talarczyk 1-2-0, 0, Harry White 1-1-0, 9
RECEIVING: Canton – Gavin Wood 7-100, Donovan Macklin 2-22, Carter Gavin 1-4; Morgan – Burton Caldwell 3-84, Harry White 1-9, Madden Ward 1-9, Alex Rauccio 1-0

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.

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