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By beating Farmington, it all comes down to game with Glastonbury

FARMINGTON, Nov. 13 – Simsbury took care of business on a wet, rainy Friday evening in Farmington and now the stage is set for an epic regular season finale next Saturday in Glastonbury. The Trojans rolled over the Indians for 362 yards of rushing in a 54-19 victory.

With the win, Simsbury (8-1, 5-1 CCC Division I) sets up a showdown with defending Class LL champion Glastonbury (8-0, 6-0) next week on the road at 1 p.m. With a victory, Simsbury wins a share of the Division I title and clinches a berth in the CIAC Class L playoffs for the second straight year. A loss likely ends the season.

Against the Indians, senior Connely Cummings led Simsbury with 3 TDs and 103 yards rushing on the ground. QB Kyle Decker continued to close in on 1,000 yards rushing with 97 yards and a TD. Decker has rushed for 920 yards in nine games. Defensively, James Poggio had a superb evening, scooping a fumble return and running 17 yards for a touchdown and intercepting a pass and racing 42 yards for a second defensive TD. Simsbury back Kevin Kucinskas also ran for a TD.

The 35-point victory was the second-largest win in the series’ long history. Last year, the Trojans won by a record 42 points in a 42-0 shutout. Simsbury also won by 35 points in the first year the two teams played in 1923. Simsbury, which has won 15 of the last 17 meetings between the two schools, leads the series, 18-14-1. The 54 points is the most points ever scored in the series by either team.

Simsbury 54, Farmington 19
At Farmington
Simsbury (8-1)          20  0 27 7 – 54
Farmington (2-7)        6   7  0 6 – 19
First quarter
S: Kevin Kucinskas 3 run (James Poggio kick)
F: Christian Dubay 85 kickoff return (kick blocked)
S: Josh Helmkamp 90 kickoff return (kick failed)
S: Conley Cummings 3 run (Poggio kick)
Second quarter
F: Pat Wallenberg 2 pass from Colin Callahan (kick good)
Third quarter
S: Cummings 30 run (Poggio kick)
S: Cummings 10 run (kick failed)
S: Poggio 17 blocked punt return (Poggio kick)
Fourth quarter
S: Kyle Decker 15 run (Poggio kick)

F: Derek Beaupre 90 kickoff return (kick blocked)

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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