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Granby/Canton top Patriots for sixth win in the rain and mud

The Granby/Canton football team prevailed in the rain and mud on Thursday night with a 22-14 victory over the Coventry co-op squad. (Photo courtesy Bears Football)

COVENTRY, Nov. 7 – It was cold and wet Thursday night in Coventry. Steady rain fell from the dark sky. It was a great night for football – especially if you were the Granby/Canton football team.

The Bears scored on a 29-yard run from quarterback Jackson Rome with 5:34 left in the to lift Granby/Canton to a 22-14 Pequot Conference win over Coventry/Windham Tech/LymanMemorial/Bolton on a muddy, slick field at Coventry High.

Granby/Canton improves to 6-2 and keeps their CIAC Class M playoff hopes alive. The Bears are ranked No. 9 with the top eight teams earning an invitation to the state tournament.

Rome ran for a game-high 135 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. Sam Attianese ran for 97 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries along with a two-point conversion.

“The offensive line played fantastic, grinding it out in the slop,” Granby/Canton head coach Erik Shortell said. “Our quarterback (Rome) and our running backs (Attianese, Sam Schock, Dylan Disabella) ran hard. Our defense got three more interceptions as well.

“The kids had a great time and loved it,” Shortell said. “It was a once in a lifetime sort of night.”

Simon Matthews had two of Granby’s three interceptions with Disabella getting the third. The Bears have forced 29 turnovers in eight games.

The footing was difficult in Thursday night’s win for Granby/Canton at Coventry High due to the rain and mud. (Photo courtesy Bears Football)

Coventry’s Jordan Smith ran for two touchdowns for the Patriots. Smith’s two-yard run with 10:17 left in the third quarter gave Coventry their only lead of the game, 14-8. The Bears rallied with a two-yard touchdown run from Attianese to take a 16-14 lead and a 29-yard run from Rome with 5:34 remaining in the game to extend the lead to eight points, 22-14.

The Bears have two games left in the regular season. Granby/Canton host their final home game when Gilbert/Northwestern visits on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Granby. The Bears close out the regular season campaign at Old Saybrook/Westbrook on Friday, Nov. 22.

Granby/Canton 22, Coventry co-op 14
At Coventry
Granby/Canton (6-2)      8  0  8  6  — 22
Coventry co-op (2-6)      0  8  6  0  — 14
First quarter
GC: Jackson Rome 34 run (Sam Attianese run)
Second quarter
C: Jordan Smith 2 run (Smith run)
Third quarter
C: Smith 3 run (run fails), 10:17
GC: Attianese 2 run (Attianese run)
Fourth quarter
GC: Rome 29 run (run fails), 5:34
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Granby/Canton – Jackson Rome 14-135, Sam Attianese 21-97, Sam Schock 1-39, Dylan Disabella 6-34
PASSING: Granby/Canton – Jackson Rome 2-4-1, 7
RECEIVING: Granby/Canton – Colin Mackin 2-7

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. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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