Defense helps Avon outlast Northwest Catholic and earn second win of season

Avon QB Dylan Burgos is taken to the ground by Northwest Catholic’s Cooper Lorenz and Teyshawn Jackson in Saturday’s game in West Hartford. (Photo courtesy Northwest Catholic HS)

WEST HARTFORD, Oct. 7 – Avon’s Jadon Folkwein had the big game-winning touchdown run on Saturday against Northwest Catholic – a 53-yard scamper in the fourth quarter that put the Falcons ahead for good as Avon snapped a three-game losing streak with a 10-7 victory over the Lions in CCC Division III play.

But this was a game won in the trenches by the offensive and defensive lines. The host Lions were able to move the ball but could only manage to put up seven points on the board. The Avon defense came up with their first safety of the year, tackling NW Catholic QB Connor Rich in the end zone to take a 2-0 lead.

“The defensive played extremely well and kept Northwest Catholic out of the end zone,” Avon High coach Sal Cintorino said. “They bottled up (NWC) on their side of the field for the entire day with the exception of one big play.”Continue Reading

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.”Continue Reading

Newest edition of state football record book is released

The Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance is pleased to release the 2017 Connecticut high school football record book. 

This is the 18th edition of the record book, a compilation of records and historical information from newspapers, team statisticians, coach’s records and individual research. Some of the new information in this year’s record book includes:

The leading scorer in the state dating back 20 years.

An update of year-end state coaches and sportswriters polls with voting for each season.

Additional history for some of the state’s co-op football programs.

Several athletes established or tied new state records in 2016.Continue Reading

Yellowjacket defense dominates as Gilbert/NWR beats Canton, 38-8

Canton QB Caleb McKane (12), shown earlier this year against the Coventry co-op squad, threw a TD pass in Saturday’s loss to Gilbert/Northwestern. (Photo courtesy Clark Klinkert)

CANTON, Sept. 30 – The Canton High football can’t afford to make too many mistakes. Visiting Gilbert/Northwestern caused five turnovers Saturday and Billy Komons ran for a game-high 160 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Yellowjackets to a 38-8 Pequot Uncas Division victory over Canton.

Gilbert/NWR quarterback Chase Sanden intercepted three passes as the Yellowjackets (2-2, 2-1 Pequot Uncas) picked off four passes, recovered a fumble, had eight tackles for losses and sacked Canton quarterbacks three times for 24 yards.

“With only four seniors on the team and just one starting, it is a young team,” Canton head coach Dante Boffi said. “We’re asking a lot of these young men to come in and play significant minutes as sophomores and freshmen.Continue Reading

Bloomfield leaves no doubt in win over Avon; South Windsor rally beats Simsbury

football graphicBLOOMFIELD, Sept. 28 – Freshman quarterback Daron Bryden completed 6-of-6 passes for 205 yards and three touchdowns as the Bloomfield High football team ran away from Avon Thursday night with a 47-0 victory in a CCC Division III contest at Phil Tobin Stadium.

A year ago, the Warhawks were ranked in the top 10 in the state coaches poll and heavily favored to beat a young Avon team. But Bloomfield trailed 7-6 at halftime and led 12-7 early in the fourth quarter before scoring a late touchdown for a 20-7 victory. On Thursday, the Warhawks left no doubt of who was in command.Continue Reading

Interception return for a TD lifts Granby past Ellington, 14-7

A fourth quarter interception return for a touchdown helped the Granby High football team beat Ellington on Friday night, 14-7. (Photo courtesy Granby Football)

GRANBY, Sept. 29 – Sophomore Sam Attianese intercepted a pass and ran it back 70 yards with 8:22 left in regulation to lift the Granby High football team to a 14-7 Pequot Conference Uncas Division win over Ellington Friday night.

Not only did Attianese’s interception and touchdown give the Bears the win but it was the first interception return for a TD in school history.

Granby (2-2, 2-0 Pequot Uncas) took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on an 11-yard touchdown run from Christian Warren with Matt Zyzdorf converting on the extra point. The Purple Knights (0-4, 0-2 Pequot Uncas) tied the game in the third quarter on a three-yard touchdown reception by Dixon.Continue Reading

RHAM pulls away in second half to hand Avon second straight defeat

Avon’s Jadon Folkwein (8) makes a tackle for a loss in Saturday’s CCC Division III East game with RHAM at the high school. (Photo courtesy Alison Folkwein)

AVON, Sept. 23 – Running back Jadon Folkwein ran for a team-high 115 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries but RHAM was able to score 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to hand Avon their second straight loss on Saturday with a 26-13 decision in CCC Division III East action.

Avon (1-2, 0-2 CCC Div. 3 East) took a 13-0 lead on a pair of Folkwein touchdowns but Callum Redman ran for a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter to tie the game at halftime, 13-13. Redman throw a 20-yard TD pass and ran for a third touchdown in the fourth quarter to lift the Sachems (2-1, 1-1 CCC DIv. 3 East).Continue Reading

Coventry co-op team quickly pulls away from Canton to remain undefeated

CANTON, Sept. 23 – The Canton High football team had too many mistakes Saturday afternoon and the visiting Patriots from the Coventry, Windham Tech, Bolton and Lyman Memorial co-op team took advantage of all of them in a 58-22 Pequot Conference victory.

Coventry’s Nick Provonost, Devin Slead and Shawn O’Connell each scored two touchdowns for the undefeated Patriots (3-0, 2-0 Pequot Uncas). Jordan Smith had an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown on the first play of the game for Coventry. A Canton fumble and a fumble after a punt return helped Coventry built a 47-0 lead in the second quarter.Continue Reading

Roundup: Late Simsbury rally falls short vs. East Hartford; Farmington shutout

football graphicSIMSBURY, Sept. 22 – A year ago, East Hartford held off a last-minute drive from Simsbury to earn a two-point victory. Things were similar on Friday night. The visiting Hornets built a 17-point lead in the second half but held off a fourth quarter Simsbury surge for another two-point win over the Trojans Friday night at Holden Field, 30-28.

Ralph Gilliard scored on his second touchdown of the game with 1:53 remaining on an 80-yard touchdown reception from Simsbury QB Jackson Masters. The extra point by Cory Zall cut the lead to two but East Hartford was able to recover the ball and run out the clock.Continue Reading

Tolland’s Carlson has 4 TDs as Eagles hand Avon first loss of the season

Freshman Quandrell Stewart (81) is surrounded by Tolland’s Collin Cook (33) and Brady Gordon in Saturday’s CCC game in Avon.

AVON, Sept. 16 – A week ago, the Avon High football team opened the season with a 34-point shutout victory over East Catholic – beating the private Catholic school for the first time in over 20 years.

But head coach Sal Cintorino said the warning signs late in the week during practice. He could see that the sharpness, intensity and focus wasn’t quite there.

Tolland’s Ryan Carlson made the Falcons pay. Carlson, a 5-foot-7 sophomore quarterback scored four touchdowns and ran for 164 yards on 18 carries to lead the undefeated Eagles (2-0) to a 34-6 Central Connecticut Conference East Division win over Avon on a sunny and warm Saturday afternoon. Carlson also passed for 73 yards and made 15 tackles on defense.Continue Reading

McKane is part of two record-setting scoring plays in Canton’s loss to Bulldogs

Canton QB Caleb McKane was a part of two-record setting plays Saturday.

CANTON, Sept. 16 –Canton High quarterback Caleb McKane was involved in two school record scoring plays Saturday as the Warriors hosted the Stafford, East Windsor and Somers co-op football team in a Pequot Conference game.

Colton Engel ran for two touchdowns, returned an interception 27 yards for a touchdown and threw a 43-yard TD pass to lead Stafford/East Windsor/Somers to a 58-26 Uncas Division victory over Canton, which tied a school record with their 23rd consecutive defeat.

But McKane was involved in two exciting plays. The sophomore QB set a new school with an 88-yard touchdown run with 5:32 left in the second quarter, breaking the previous record of 85 yards set by Joe Cungo against Berlin in 1940. It was the oldest record scoring play in the Canton High football record book.Continue Reading

Granby rolls past Raiders for first victory

football graphicGRANBY, Sept. 15 – Quarterback Jackson Rome ran for one touchdown and threw a pair of touchdown passes as the Granby High football team earned their first win of the season Friday night with a 43-6 win over Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby in a Pequot Uncas Division game.

Rome completed 6-of-12 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a team-high 53 yards and scored on a six-yard touchdown run. Logan Disabella (4-15) ran for two touchdowns while Christian Warren caught a 51-yard TD pass from Rome and also scored on an 11-yard touchdown run.Continue Reading

Gavin Carter runs for 130 yards and touchdown in season-opening loss

Canton’s Dugan Lloyd (7) fires a pass in Saturday’s Pequot Conference contest game in Durham. The Blue Devils beat Canton, 36-20.

DURHAM, Sept. 9 – Sophomore running back Gavin Carter ran for a team-high 130 yards and a 55-yard touchdown but it wasn’t enough as the Coginchaug/Hale Ray co-op team won their first game as a co-op program Saturday with a 36-20 win over Canton.

Caleb McKane ran for 85 yards and an 18-yard touchdown on seven carries and completed 5-of-7 passes for 61 yards off the bench for the Warriors (0-1). Starting QB Dugan Lloyd completed two-of-15 passes for 27 yards.

Carson Humphrey ran for 28 yards and a 7-yard touchdown on five carries. He also scored on a two-point conversion for Canton.Continue Reading

Burgos throws 2 TD passes as Avon blanks East Catholic to capture opener

AVON, Sept. 9 – Senior QB Dylan Burgos completed three passes Saturday in the season opener against East Catholic but two were for touchdown passes as the Avon High football team beat the Eagles for the first time since 1995 with a 34-0 victory.

Burgos threw a 62-yard touchdown reception to Ryan Ollestad and a touchdown pass to Dan Quick. Burgos completed 3-of-5 passes for 110 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

“The kids did a great job,” Avon High coach Sal Cintorino said. “They played hard. The offensive line was excellent along with the defensive line.”Continue Reading

Roundup: Nieves runs for 4 TDs as Simsbury tops Hall in season opener

football graphicWEST HARTFORD, Sept. 8 – Rafael Nieves ran for four touchdowns to lead the Simsbury High football team to a dominating 42-7 win over Hall Friday night in CCC Division I action. After scoring a touchdown in the first quarter, Nieves had touchdown runs of 97, 12 and 55 yards. Tate Valerio also caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from QB Jackson Masters.Continue Reading