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Milestones achieved as Simsbury dominates Enfield, 56-27, for 7th victory

Simsbury’s Zach Gilbert (14) and QB Aidan Boeshans (16) celebrate after a TD in Friday night’s 56-27 win over Enfield. (Photo courtesy Simsbury High football)

SIMSBURY, November 8 – Receiver Zach Gilbert caught a career-high 10 passes for 147 yards and a school-record tying four touchdowns as the Simsbury High football team rolled past Enfield, 56-27 in a CCC Division I contest on Friday night at Holden Field.

The Trojans (7-1) set a new school record for most yards gained in a single game – 561 yard thanks to 234 yards passing and 327 yards rushing.

Quarterback Aiden Boeshans completed a career-high 20 of 27 passes for 234 yards and four TDs while Dan Sohn led the ground attack with a career-high 186 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. Boeshans ran for 94 yards on nine carries and a touchdown.

Gilbert caught touchdown passes of 3, 7, 16 and 75 yards from Boeshans. The only other players in Simsbury football history with four TD receptions in a single game were John Coleman against Avon in 1968 and Steve DeSmith against Newington in 1972.

Boeshans became just the third QB in school history to throw four or more TD passes in a single game. Jackson Masters threw four TD passes against Avon in 2017 while Doug Cramphin twice had 5 TD passes in a single game (Avon 1968, Newington 1969) and once had four TD passes (Windsor 1968) in a game.

The game was tied 14-14 in the second quarter after Enfield’s Jaylen Brown returned a kickoff 69 yards. But the Trojans took the lead for good on Boeshan’s 38-yard touchdown run, 21-14.

Simsbury extended their lead in the third quarter to 28-14 on Gilbert’s 16-yard touchdown reception from Boeshans. The Simsbury lead never dipped below 14 points again.

Gilbert’s 75-yard touchdown reception from Boeshans gave the Trojans a 35-21 lead. Enfield (3-5) got one more score on an eight-yard TD run from QB Cody Stager but Simsbury scored the final three touchdowns of the evening.

Simsbury returns to action on Friday night when they travel to Glastonbury (3-5) and the Trojans close out the regular season on Nov. 26 when they host Avon (1-7) in the annual Route 44 Classic at Holden Field.

The Trojans are currently ranked No. 4 in the CIAC’s Class LL rankings with the top eight earning a playoff berth.

NOTES: Simsbury kicker Caden Lill was a perfect 8-for-8 kicking extra points for the Trojans. … It was Simsbury’s ninth straight win over Enfield dating back to 1978. … It was the most points in a single game for the Trojans since scoring 54 in a 54-19 win over Farmington in 2009.

Simsbury 56, Enfield 27
At Simsbury
Enfield (3-5)               7    7  13    0  — 27
Simsbury (7-1)           7  14  21  14  — 56
First quarter
S: Zack Gilbert 3 pass from Aiden Boeshans (Caden Lill kick)
E: Wyatt Raymond 1 run (Tallon Stager kick)
Second quarter
S: Gilbert 7 pass from Boeshans (Lill kick)
E: Jaylen Brown 69 kickoff return (T. Stager kick)
S: Boeshans 38 run (Lill kick)
Third quarter
S: Gilbert 16 pass from Boeshans (Lill kick)
E: Owen Lawler 45 pass from Cody Stager (T. Stager kick)
S: Gilbert 75 pass from Boeshans (Lill kick)
E: C. Stager 8 run (kick failed)
S: Dan Sohn 6 run (Lill kick)
Fourth quarter
S: Sohn 18 run (Lill kick)
S: John Mairano 1 run (Lill kick)
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Simsbury — Dan Sohn 19-186, Aiden Boeshans 9-94, John Mairano 5-36, Brendan Gaffney 2-11; Enfield – Tallon Stager 10-47, Wyatt Raymond 3-2, Cody Stager 10-minus 17
PASSING: Simsbury – Aiden Boeshans 20-27-0, 234; Enfield – Cody Stager 6-14-1, 82
RECEIVING: Simsbury – Zach Gilbert 10-147, Jeffrey Coleman 4-62, Rory Walker 1-11, C. Musser 1-7, Brendan Gaffney 3-4; Enfield – Owen Lawlor 1-45, Wyatt Raymond 3-37, R. Anderson 2-0
RETURNS: Simsbury – Mairano 2-14 (kickoff), Gilbert 1-18 (kickoff), 1-0 (punt); Gaffney 2-0 (kickoff), 1-18 (punt); Enfield – Jaylen Brown 1-69 (kickoff)

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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