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Simsbury wins fourth straight game while Avon, Canton held scoreless on Friday

Canton’s Calen McKane (4) and Ryan Delehoy (56) move upfield in Friday night’s 40-0 loss to the SMSA co-op team at Dillon Stadium. (Photo courtesy Clark Klinkert)

MANCHESTER, Nov. 3 – The Simsbury High football team won their fourth straight game on Friday night as the Trojans pitched their first shutout in three years in a 24-0 CCC Division victory over Manchester. The last time that Simsbury shutout an opponent was in October 2014 with a win over South Windsor.

It was a rough evening for the Canton and Avon High football teams. Coming off their first win since 2014, Canton was shutout by Sport Science Medicine Academy’s co-op team at Dillon Stadium, 40-0. In Rocky Hill, the host Terriers continued on their march to the CIAC playoffs with a 42-0 win over Avon.

Against Manchester, Simsbury’s offense continued to do well. For the third straight game, quarterback Jackson Masters threw for at least 200 yards in the victory. Masters completed 18-of-23 passes for 220 yards and one touchdown.

Rafael Nieves ran for 224 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries – the third time in the last four games that he has rushed for more than 100 yards in a contest. Receiver Ralph Gilliard caught nine passes for 108 yards and a touchdown while Jackson Butler caught six passes for 77 yards.

“The key is we are staying positive and working hard,” Simsbury coach Dave Masters said. “They’re playing well. They’re playing loose and they’re having fun.”

Kory Zall gave Simsbury a 3-0 lead with a 27-yard field goal in the first quarter. It was his fourth field goal of the season.

The Trojans (5-3, 3-1 CCC Div. I West) increased the lead to 10-0 when Masters hit Gilliard for a 37-yard touchdown reception. It was the 14th touchdown pass of the season by Master and the seventh that Gilliard has pulled in.

A pair of touchdown runs from Nieves helped Simsbury extend its lead to 24-0.

Simsbury hits the road on Friday night to visit Glastonbury (3-5, 2-2 CCC Div. I East) in a game that begins at 7 p.m. “We’re looking forward to it,” Dave Masters said.

Simsbury 24, Manchester 0
At Manchester
Simsbury (5-3)                       10  7  7  0 — 24
Manchester (2-6)                     0  0  0  0  — 0
First quarter
S: Kory Zall 27 FG
S: Ralph Gilliard 37 pass from Jackson Masters (Zall kick)
Second quarter
S: Raf Nieves 7 run (Zall kick)
Third quarter
S: Nieves 10 run (Zall kick)
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Simsbury – Rafael Nieves 35-224, Ralphi Gilliard 2-10, Jackson Masters 1-6
PASSING: Simsbury – Jackson Masters 18-23-0, 220
RECEIVING: Simsbury – Ralph Gilliard 9-108, Colby Chase 1-17, Jake Taddio 3-18, Jackson Butler 5-77

Rocky Hill 42, Avon 0
ROCKY HILL, Nov. 3 – The Rocky Hill football team took no chances on Friday night. The undefeated Terriers (8-0) are in contention for a CIAC Class S playoff berth.

To eliminate any chance of an upset, the Terriers scored four TDs in the first 10 minutes and beat Avon, 42-0 in a CCC Division III contest at McVicar Field. Joe Catania ran for 79 yards and three TDs on nine carries for the Terriers while teammate Matt Osgood caught five passes for 105 yards and three TDs.

The Falcons (3-5) play their final home game of the year on Saturday when they host Plainville at 1 p.m. at the high school.

Rocky Hill 42, Avon 0
At Rocky Hill
Avon (3-5)                               0  0  0  0  — 0
Rocky Hill (8-0)                    28  7  7  0  — 42
First Quarter
RH: Joe Catania 17 run (Catania kick)
RH: Matt Osgood 31 pass from Danny Cavallaro (Catania kick)
RH: Catania 9 run (Catania kick)
RH: Catania 14 run (Catania kick)
Second Quarter
RH: Osgood 26 pass from Cavallaro (Catania kick)
Third Quarter
RH: Osgood 19 pass from Ja’quan Graham (Catania kick)
Individual results
RUSHING: Avon — Dylan Burgos 19-33, Arhant Vimal 6-7, Tucker Gill 2-18, T. Del Gallo 6-minus 4, G. DeJesus 2-minus 5, O. Folkwein 2-minus 4
PASSING: Avon — Burgos 0-2-0


SMSA/University/Classical QB Devin Hill threw 3 TDs passes and ran for a score in Friday night’s win over Canton at Dillon Stadium. Carson Humphrey (85) tries to chase Hill down. (Photo courtesy Clark Klinkert)

SMSA/Univ/Classical 40, Canton 0
HARTFORD, Nov. 3 – Quarterback Devin Hill threw three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth touchdown to lead the Sport Medicine Science Academy (SMSA)/University High/Hartford Classical co-op football team to a 40-0 Pequot Uncas Division win over Canton Friday night at Dillon Stadium.

Hill completed 7-of-11 passes for 210 yards and three TD passes to three different receivers for the Tigerhawks (6-2, 5-1 Pequot Uncas). He also ran for a seven-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

Canton was led by Carter Gavin, who ran for 27 yards on 11 carries. Gavin Wood caught two passes for 22 yards and Caleb McKane completed 2-of-6 passes for 18 yardsCanton (1-7, 0-6 Pequot Uncas) returns to action on Friday when they travel to Rockville (0-8, 0-6) for their first-ever game with the Rams, who joined the Pequot Conference this year after more than 40 years in the Central Connecticut Conference.

SMSA/Univ./Classical 40, Canton 0
At Hartford
Canton (1-7)                     0    0  0  0  — 0
SMSA/Univ/Class (6-2)  20  14  6  0 – 40
First quarter
S: Devin Hill 7 run (run failed)

S: Jalen Van Allen 42 pass from Hill (Hill run)
S: Hayden Jordan 42 pass from Hill (pass failed)
Second Quarter
S: Jordan Young 20 run (Bakr Lel kick)

S: Naseim Harrison 54 pass from Hill (Lel kick)
Third Quarter
S: Josh McLeggon 3 run (kick failed)
Individual statistics

RUSHING: Canton – Caleb McKane 6-7, Carter Gavin 11-27, Braydon Fluckiger 6-21, Carson Humphrey 6-16, Dugan Lloyd 3-6
PASSING: Canton – Dugan Lloyd 2-12-1, 37, Caleb McKane 2-6-1, 18; Carter Gavin 0-1
RECEIVING: Canton – Gavin Wood 2-22, Collin Mackin 1-25, Donovan Macklin 1-8
RETURNS: Canton—Carter Gavin 3-91 (kickoffs), Caleb McKane 1-10 (punts)

Canton’s Braydon Fluckiger (40) moves through traffic in Friday night’s Pequot Conference game in Hartford. (Photo courtesy Clark Klinkert)

Gilbert/Northwestern 33, Granby 13
WINSTED, Nov. 3 – Gilbert/Northwestern scored three consecutive touchdowns in the second half to pull away from Granby in a 33-13 Pequot Uncas Division win at Van Why Field Friday night under portable lights.

The Yellowjackets (4-4) had a 14-6 lead at halftime but Gilbert/Northwestern had touchdown runs from E.J. Claman (12 yards), Zack Horvay-McLellan (30 yards) and Tom Yabrosky (5 yards) to take a commanding 33-6 advantage.

Kyle Courtney had 11 tackles while Keon Lawrence had 7 stops on defense for Granby (3-5). QB Jackson Rome completed 9-of-17 passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns.  The Bears travel to face Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton/Lyman Memorial co-op team on Friday in Coventry.

Gilbert/Northwestern 33, Granby 13
At Winsted
Granby (3-5)                             0  6  0    7 — 13
Gilbert/NWR (4-4)                     6  8  6  13 – 33
First quarter
Gil: Bill Komons 5 run (kick blocked)
Second quarter
Gil: E.J. Claman 10 run (Zack Horvay-McLellan run)
Gra: Conor Hogan 10 pass from Jackson Rome (kick blocked)
Third quarter
Gil: Claman 12 run (kick fails)
Fourth quarter
Gil: McLellan 30 run (Chris Nanni kick)
Gil: Tom Yabrosky 5 run (kick fails)
Gra: Dylan Disabella 14 pass from Rome (Matthew Zyzdorf kick)
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Gilbert/NW – Claman 9-70, Komons 20-60, McLellan 3-36, Brad Lissy 5-28, Nanni 1-27, Yabrosky 3-11, Chase Sanden 2-minus 3; Granby – Jackson Rome 12-18, Keon Lawrence 2-0, Sam Attianese 8-58, Matt Jacobs 8-30, C. Warren 1-0
PASSING: Gilbert/NW – Sanden 2-6-0, 16, Komons 0-2; Granby – Rome 9-17-1, 113
RECEIVING: Gilbert/NW – Komons 1-15, Sam Mussen 1-1; Granby – Sam Attianese 2-30, Andel Smith 1-5, Logan Disabella 1-11, Conor Hogan 2-43, Luke Kenney 1-5, Cannon Buchman 2-19

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