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Fast start propels Ellington past Canton ’11’ for first victory of the season

Canton’s Carson Humphrey (85) is surrounded by Ellington defenders in Saturday’s Pequot Uncas Division loss. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

ELLINGTON, Oct. 7 – The Ellington High football scored 27 unanswered points to open Saturday’s Pequot Conference Uncas Division contest and rolled to a 41-8 victory over a young Canton team.

Nick Abbuzzese and Robert Martinez-Ecker each ran for two touchdowns as the Purple Knights (1-4, 1-3 Pequot Uncas) earned their first victory of the season. Carson Humprey scored the lone touchdown for the Warriors (0-5, 0-4 Pequot Uncas) while Carter Gavin ran in the two point conversion.

“A lot of young guys are getting a lot of valuable playing time that will serve this team and this program well in the years to come,” Canton head coach Dante Boffi said. “Unfortunately, these growing pains are a tough storm to weather as we move through the season.”

Canton quarterback Dugan Lloyd (7) looks for open space in Saturday’s Pequot Uncas Division game in Ellington. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Carter Gavin ran for a team-high 41 yards on nine carries while pulling in a team-leading four receptions for 36 yards. Gavin Wood caught three passes for 28 yards. Quarterback Dugan Lloyd competed 10 of 21 passes for 100 yards.

After a bye week, Canton returns to action on Friday, Oct. 20, when they host Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby under portable lights at the high school turf complex at 6:30 p.m. The loss extended Canton’s school-record losing streak to 26 games.

Ellington 41, Canton 8
At Ellington
Canton (0-5)                                     0  8    0  0  — 8
Ellington (1-4)                                20  7  14  0  — 41
First quarter
E: Jon Schneider 10 run (Ethan Martins kick), 9:57
E: Nick Abbruzzese 40 fumble return (Martins kick), 8:52
E: Abbruzzese 1 run (kick fails), 2:50
Second quarter
E: Robert Martinez-Ecker 26 run (Martins kick), 11:16
C: Carson Humphrey 2 run (Carter Gavin run), 0:45
Third quarter
E: Martinez-Ecker 3 run (Martins kick) 7:24
E: Kevin Redler 61 pass from Jon Conte (Martins kick), 4:13
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Canton – Cartin Gavin 9-41, Carson Humphrey 4-20, Braydon Fluckiger 4-19, Dugan Lloyd 15-21; Ellington – Robert Martinez-Ecker 5-48, J. Lesile 5-37, Jonathan Schneider 4-21, Kevin Redler 1-15, J. Prouty 1-6, N. Sharpe 1-5, Nick Abbruzzese 1-1, Jon Conte 1-minus 3
PASSING: Canton – Dugan Lloyd 10-21-1, 100; Ellington – Jon Contes 5-6-0, 131
RECEIVING: Canton – Carter Gavin 4-36, Gavin Wood 3-28, Colin Macklin 1-18, Donovan Macklin 2-18; Ellington – Kevin Redler 2-74, Jon Schneider 2-41, Nick Abbuzzese 1-16
FUMBLE REC: Abbuzzese (E), INTERCEPTION: J. Prouty (E)

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