Bloomfield leaves no doubt in win over Avon; South Windsor rally beats Simsbury

football graphicBLOOMFIELD, Sept. 28 – Freshman quarterback Daron Bryden completed 6-of-6 passes for 205 yards and three touchdowns as the Bloomfield High football team ran away from Avon Thursday night with a 47-0 victory in a CCC Division III contest at Phil Tobin Stadium.

A year ago, the Warhawks were ranked in the top 10 in the state coaches poll and heavily favored to beat a young Avon team. But Bloomfield trailed 7-6 at halftime and led 12-7 early in the fourth quarter before scoring a late touchdown for a 20-7 victory. On Thursday, the Warhawks left no doubt of who was in command.

Bloomfield (3-1) scored 27 points in the first quarter and never looked back. It was 41-0 at halftime in favor of the Warhawks. Junior Ky’Juon Butler ran for a team-leading 109 yards on six carries while sophomore Anthony Simpson ran for 83 yards on two carries for Bloomfield.

The Falcons return to the field on Saturday when they travel to West Hartford to tangle with Northwest Catholic at 2 p.m.

Bloomfield 47, Avon 0
At Bloomfield
Avon (1-3)                               0    0  0  0  — 0
Bloomfield (3-1)                    27  14  6  0  — 47
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Bloomfield – Ky’Juon Butler 6-109, Anthony Simpson 2-83, Juwon Brown 5-25, Caleb Goodison 6-6; Avon — Jadon Folkwein 15-13, Dylan Burgos 7-29, A. Vimal 2-5, G. Corbett 1-0, A. Blea 2-0
PASSING: Bloomfield – Daron Bryden 6-6-0, 205, 3 TDs; Avon — Burgos 4-11-2, 30
RECEIVING: Bloomfield – J. Mansfield-Beaulieu 1-26, K. Watkins-Hunter 2-78, Anthony Simpson 2-51, Keon Cobham 1-50; Avon — Ryan Ollestad 3-30, A. Vimal 1-0

South Windsor 42, Simsbury 31
EAST HARTFORD, Sept. 28 – The Simsbury High football team has shown they can move the ball and score points. Now, they need to show that they can stop people in the fourth quarter.

Julian Ilbes scored four second-half touchdowns as the undefeated South Windsor football team erased a 17-point deficit to beat Simsbury on Thursday night at Rentschler Field, 42-31. The Trojans (1-3) had a 24-7 lead early in the third quarter before the Bobcats (4-0) scored 35 unanswered points.

“We’re suffering from some growing pains on defense,” Simsbury head coach Dave Masters said. “Only three kids who started on defense last year returned. Defensively, we’re trying to figure out the right pieces to get it together in the fourth quarter.”

Mark Bedson ran for two touchdowns for Simsbury while Jackson Butler caught a pair of touchdown passes from quarterback Jackson Masters. Kory Zall added a 30-yard field goal for Simsbury.

Masters completed 34-of-45 passes for 331 yards and two touchdowns. Ralph Gilliard caught a team-high 12 passes for 113 yards while Butler pulled in nine passes for 84 yards.

“We’re able to move the ball. We’re doing some good things,” Dave Masters said. “I told the kids you’re playing good football but we’re just not playing good football for four quarters.”

It’s been a tough three-game stretch for the Trojans — dropping games to No. 2 Southington (4-0), undefeated South Windsor (4-0) and East Hartford (3-1). “We call this the gauntlet portion of the schedule,” Dave Masters joked.

For Jackson Masters, it was believed to be a school-record passing performance. His 34 completions shattered the old mark of 18 set by Riley Shanley in 2015 against Hartford Public. Masters’ 331 yards passing exceeded the old mark of 305, again set by Shanley  against Hartford Public in 2015. 

Gilliard’s 12 receptions broke his own school record of 11 catches he made in a game against Manchester last September.

Simsbury returns to the field on Friday night when they host New Britain (2-2) at 7 p.m. at Holden Field.

South Windsor 42, Simsbury 31
At East Hartford (Rentschler Field)
Simsbury (1-3)                     7  10    7    7  — 31
South Windsor (4-0)            7    0  21  14  — 42
First quarter
SW: Ronnie Pinkard 10 run (Cameron Plourde kick)
S: Mark Bedson 1 run (Kory Zall kick)
Second quarter
S: Bedson 1 run (Zall kick)
S: Zall 30 FG
Third quarter
S: Jackson Butler 22 pass from Jackson Masters (Zall kick)
SW: Jullian Ibes 2 run (Plourde kick)
SW: Ibes 27 run (Plourde kick)
SW: Ibes 4 run (Plourde kick)
Fourth quarter
SW: Ibes 9 run (kick fails)
SW: Jimmy Tamburro 6 run (Ibes run)
S: Butler 10 pass from Masters (Zall kick)
Individual statistics

RUSHING: Simsbury — Raf Nieves 60 yards, Marc Bedson 4 yards; Jackson Masters 15 yards
PASSING: Simsbury — Jackson Masters 34-45-xx, 331
RECEIVING: Simsbury — Ralph Gilliard 12-113, Jackson Butler 9-84, Jake Taddio 5-68

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