Rookie QB Attianese runs for 3 TDs in Granby’s 19-8 win over Canton

Granby sophomore Sam Attianese (24) came in relief at quarterback and scored 3 TDs to help Granby beat Canton, 19-8 Wednesday night.

GRANBY, Nov. 22 – Granby High sophomore Samuel Attianese has gotten in some snaps at quarterback in practice this fall and a few snaps scattered throughout the season. It wasn’t enough for him to consider himself a quarterback.

Attianese came in at quarterback in Wednesday night’s Thanksgiving Eve game with Canton after starter Jackson Rome got hurt in the first series of the game. Afterwards, Attianese was asked if he had played quarterback before. “Never played before,” he stated.

Attianese fit right in. He scored three touchdowns in relief of Rome to help the Bears come from behind and beat Canton for the third straight year, 19-8, to win the old red milk jug and finish the season with a victory.

“Sam is our do it all guy,” Granby coach Erik Shortell said. “He is our leader on defense. On offense, he plays wing back and slot receiver. He stepped up and clearly got the job done today.”Continue Reading

Simsbury blanks Avon for sixth straight win and Valley Gridiron Classic title

Avon’s Dan Quick is surrounded by Simsbury defenders Ralph Gilliard (13) and Tate Valerio (81) in Tuesday night’s Valley Gridiron Classic in Simsbury.

SIMSBURY, Nov. 21 – Two years ago, the Simsbury High football finished with a 1-9 mark, giving up a school-record 371 points. A year ago, the Trojans finished at .500 with a 5-5 record.

This fall, Simsbury dropped three of their first four games to then-No. 2 Southington, East Hartford and South Windsor, who is now ranked among No. 11 in the state coaches poll. East Hartford is currently ranked No. 12.

But Simsbury didn’t falter. The Trojans (7-3) won six straight games to end the campaign including a dominating 42-0 win over Avon Tuesday night to capture the Valley Gridiron Classic for the second year in a row.

For years, Simsbury has been a team that runs the football. They embraced it further under former coach Jeff Osborne by running the triple option veer. But things have changed. Quarterback Jackson Masters set a host of new school records this season, completing 189 passes for 2,305 yards and 19 touchdown passes – all new records.Continue Reading

Burgos runs for three TDs but Plainville scores in final minutes to beat Falcons

Avon QB Dylan Burgos ran for three TDs but Plainville scored in the final three minutes to beat the Falcons Saturday.

AVON, Nov. 11 – Plainville quarterback Frank Griffin ran for a three-yard touchdown with 2:13 remaining to lift the visiting Blue Devils to a 28-21 victory over Avon in a CCC Division III contest Saturday, spoiling Senior Day for the host Falcons.

Griffin ran for a pair of touchdowns and threw two touchdown passes as Plainville (5-4) won their fourth straight game. Griffin hit Brady Callahan with a 55-yard touchdown pass with just two minutes gone in the game.

Avon QB Ryan Burgos ran for three touchdowns for the Falcons (3-6). He had a pair of touchdown runs that gave Avon a 14-7 lead after one quarter.Continue Reading

Despite throwing for record 225 yards through the air, Rockville stops Canton

Canton QB Dugan Lloyd threw for a school-record 225 yards in Friday night’s loss to Rockville. (Photo courtesy Clark Klinkert)

VERNON, Nov. 10 – Junior quarterback Dugan Lloyd completed 11-of-24 passes for a school record 225 yards and one touchdown but it wasn’t enough as Rockville High won their first game of the season with a 42-22 Pequot Uncas decision Friday night. Lloyd also ran for two touchdowns.

Receiver Donovan Macklin caught three passes for a career-high 101 yards. Collin Macklin caught three passes for 45 yards and one touchdown while Gavin Wood caught two receptions for 43 yards. Carter Gavin caught three passes for 36 yards.

Rockville (1-8, 1-7 Pequot Uncas) led 14-7 before Nick Foley caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from QB Ben Ambro with 19 seconds left in the second quarter to take a 14-point lead at halftime. Rockville extended the lead with a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter.Continue Reading

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.Continue Reading

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.Continue Reading

Despite injuries, Avon outlasts Bulkeley co-op team, 35-6 for third victory

Avon’s Quandrell Stewart (38) carries the ball as Billy Kritikos (75) leads the way in Friday night’s win over Bulkeley/HMTCA/Weaver under the lights in Avon.

AVON, Oct. 27 – Like many teams, the Avon High football team is struggling with injuries. For their teammates, it is an opportunity to hit the field and make some plays.

“We had a lot of kids with injuries,” Avon High coach Sal Cintorino said. “We had some untested kids and they had to step up. They stayed the course.”

The Falcons took advantage of several errors from the Bulkeley/HMTCA (Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy)/Weaver co-op team as they won their third game of the season Friday night under portable lights at the high school, 35-6.Continue Reading

Simsbury holds off Enfield in final seconds for win; Granby rallies to beat Rockville

football graphicSIMSBURY, Oct. 27 – The Simsbury High football team has displayed the ability to score points this year. However, the Trojans have struggled to stop the opposition – especially late in games.

On Friday night, the Trojans came up big in a 36-35 CCC Division I win over Enfield at Holden Field. It took the visiting Raiders four tries to pull within one point on a one-yard touchdown run from Mason Dumas with three seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Enfield tried to win the game with a two-point conversion run but Simsbury (4-3) stopped it to prevail with a one-point decision and their third straight win. The Raiders slip to 1-7 on the year.Continue Reading

Avon to host several games under the lights as part of Spirit Week

AVON, Oct. 23 – It’s Fall Spirit Week in Avon and with that comes the annual games under the lights at the high school.

Action under the lights begins on Wednesday night when the Avon High girls volleyball team (15-3) hosts Woodstock Academy (14-3) beginning at 6 p.m. The Falcons earned their 15th win of the season on Monday night when they beat Simsbury for the second time this season, 3-0.

Maddy Hart had 13 kills while Sofia Berrio had 12 kills in a 25-17, 25-19, 25-19 victory. Setter Audrey Worth had 31 assists.

On Thursday night, the Avon field hockey team (7-4-1-1) hosts South Windsor (10-1-1) at 6:30 p.m. on the football field. The game will be a breast cancer fundraiser.Continue Reading

Canton, Avon football teams both shutout in Friday night action

Canton’s Gavin Wood battles Gilbert/Northwestern’s Chase Sanden for the ball earlier this season. Wood caught three passes for 64 yards in Friday’s loss to Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby. (Photo courtesy Clark Klinkert)

CANTON, Oct. 20 – Quarterback Jameson Gill threw three touchdown passes as the Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby co-op football team blanked Canton, 32-0, Friday night in a Pequot Uncas Division contest under portable lights on the turf field.

Gill threw two touchdown passes to Luke Holsey. Zach Bilas returned a fumble 40 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Canton (0-6, 0-5) extended their school-record losing streak to 27 straight games but first-year head coach Dante Boffi said there is growth all over the field. “The players have been great week in and week out in practice,” he said. “We are teaching a new offense. We have a new defense and you add seven freshmen to the mix, you have a program essentially growing from the ground up.”Continue Reading

Through the air, Simsbury beats Conard for second straight win

Simsbury High football coach Dave Masters talks with his team after beating Conard on Friday night. (Photo courtesy Simsbury High football)

SIMSBURY, Oct. 20 – For the second time this season, Simsbury High quarterback Jackson Masters threw for over 300 yards to lead the Trojans to a 42-22 win over Conard in CCC Division I West action at Holden Field on Friday night.

Masters completed 29-of-38 passes for 307 yards and three touchdown passes. Ralph Gilliard caught a school record 13 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown for the Trojans, snapping the old record of 12 receptions that he set in loss to South Windsor earlier this year. Gilliard also scored on a 46-yard fumble return and intercepted two passes.

Jackson Butler pulled in a career-high 12 receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown as Simsbury (3-3, 3-1 CCC Div. I West) won their second straight game. Rafael Nieves ran for 90 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.Continue Reading

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