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Two close games, two close defeats on Opening Day – The Collinsville Press
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Two close games, two close defeats on Opening Day

CANTON, Sept. 19 — The ole Canton High campus was buzzing Saturday. Canton’s field hockey team hosted Cheshire in its season opening game and played well but lost, 2-1, when Cheshire scored with a minute left in regulation.

Finally home after a long journey that began in 1964, the Canton football team hosted their first home game on campus in 45 years. But two costly fumbles helped stymie the Warriors in a 12-7 loss to Gilbert/ Northwestern before hundreds of fans at its new field.

The Warriors coughed up the ball on the Gilbert 20-yard line early in the second quarter and did it again on the Gilbert 4-yard line with 6:47 left in the game. Canton had just 26 yards of offense and one first down in the first half. Still, Gilbert only had a lead of 6-0 at halftime and extended it to 12-0 early in the fourth quarter.

Canton cut the lead to five when QB Nick Grabowski found Tyler Plourd for an 18-yard touchdown pass with 3:10 remaining in the game. Jeff Nasson kicked the extra point. Canton got the ball back with 1:38 left but an interception sealed the win for Gilbert.

Members of the Canton High field hockey team cheer on Kassie Grecula during a breakway against Cheshire at the high school. Grecula scored but Canton lost on a last-minute goal, 2-1.

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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