Nieves runs for 214 yards, 2 TDs to help Simsbury win fifth straight; Granby falls

Simsbury’s Rafael Nieves ran for a team-high 214 yards and 2 TDs in Friday night’s win over Glastonbury. (Photo courtesy Michelle Wingfield-Meace)

GLASTONBURY – For the third time this fall, Rafael Nieves rushed for over 200 yards in a single game.

Nieves ran for a team-high 214 yards and two touchdowns to help the Simsbury High football team win their fifth straight game with a 24-7 CCC Division I win over Glastonbury on a frigid Friday night. One of his touchdown runs was an 84-yard run right up the middle of the defense and Nieves sprinted away from the Tomahawk defenders.

Nieves has rushed for more than 200 yards in back-to-back games. He had a career-high 224 yards against Manchester a week earlier.

The victory snaps a six-game losing streak against the Tomahawks. It was the first win over Glastonbury for Simsbury since 2009 when the Trojans beat Glastonbury, 34-33 in overtime to win the CCC Division I title and earn a CIAC Class L tournament berth.

Simsbury QB Jackson Masters gets good protection in Friday night’s win over Glastonbury. (Photo courtesy Michelle Wingfield-Meace)

QB Jackson Masters completed 8-of-12 passes for 192 yards and one touchdown. Masters has thrown for more yards in one season than any other Simsbury High quarterback in school history. Masters has completed 167 of 247 passes for 1,983 yards and 15 touchdowns, eclipsing the previous record of 1,626 yards set by Riley Shanley in 2015.

Ralph Gilliard caught three passes for 71 yards for Simsbury while Jackson Butler pulled in three receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown.

“I am really proud of the team,” Simsbury coach Dave Masters said. “Lot of our young players are stepping up and playing at a high level.”

Glastonbury RB Matthew Tenney ran for 90 yards on 14 carries. Zach Tabellione had 14 tackles on defense for Glastonbury.

Simsbury completes the regular season on Tuesday, Nov. 21, when they host Avon (3-6) at 6:30 p.m. for the Valley Gridiron Classic at Holden Field.

Simsbury 24, Glastonbury 7
At Simsbury
Simsbury (6-3)          0  14  7  3 — 24
Glastonbury (3-6)      0    0  7  0 — 7
Second Quarter
S: Rafael Nieves 84 run (Kory Zall kick)
S: Jackson Butler 51 pass from Jackson Masters (Zall kick)
Third Quarter
G: Matthew Tenney 35 run (Ryan Smith kick)
S: Nieves 10 run (Zall kick)
Fourth Quarter
S: Zall 26 FG
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Simsbury – Rafael Nieves 22-218, Glastonbury – Matthew Tenney 14-90
PASSING: Simsbury – Jackson Masters 9-15-1, 192
RECEIVING: Simsbury – Colby Chase 1-15, Ralph Gilliard 5-79, Jake Taddio 2-31, Jackson Butler 2-67

Coventry co-op 40, Granby 0
COVENTRY, Nov. 10 – Nick Pronovost scored five TDs as the Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton/Lyman Memorial co-op football team qualified for the CIAC Class M playoffs with a 40-0 Pequot Uncas Division win over Granby on Friday night.

Pronovost caught three TD passes from QB Jacob Carlson and ran for a pair of touchdowns on runs of one and 29 yards. Carlson completed just 3-of-4 passes for 98 yards and 3 TDs – all to Pronovost.

Coventry (9-0, 7-0 Pequot Uncas) can clinch the Pequot Uncas Division championship with a win on Saturday against SMSA/University/Classical (7-2, 6-1 Pequot Uncas) at home at 6:30 p.m. Coventry’s last Pequot Uncas title came in 2006 when they shared it with two other teams. Granby (3-6, 3-4 Pequot Uncas) closes out the regular season on Wednesday, Nov. 22 when they host Canton. 

Coventry/WT/Bolt/Lyman 40, Granby 0
At Coventry
Granby (3-6)              0    0  0  0 – 0
Coventry (9-0)         14  12  8  6 — 40
First Quarter
C: Nick Pronovost 1 run (Brandon Sklenor pass from Jacob Carlson)

C: Carlson 62 run (run failed)
Second Quarter
C: Pronovost 18 pass from Carlson (pass failed)

C: Pronovost 19 pass from Carlson (kick failed)
Third Quarter
C: Pronovost 29 run (Ethan Valdez pass from Carlson)

Fourth Quarter
C: Pronovost 50 pass from Carlson (run failed)

Individual statistics
RUSHING: Granby – Jackson Rome 13-minus 2, Keon Lawrence 1-minus 1, D. Anthony Stewart 5-7, Logan Disabella 4-7; Coventry – Jacob Carlson 9-96, Kaleb Carlson 2-2, Shawn O’Connell 17-128, Nick Pronovost 8-83
PASSING: Granby – Jackson Rome 9-17-2, 80; Coventry – Carlson 3-4-0, 98
RECEIVING: Granby –Lawrence 1-22, Disabella 2-16, Connor Hogan 2-7, Cannon Buchman 2-23, Rowan Heinze 2-12; Coventry – Pronovost 3-98

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