AVON, August 30 — On a beautiful, sunny afternoon, the Avon High football team renewed their dormant rivalry with Farmington in a scrimmage at the high school. The two programs played each other for years in the final game of the season until they moved into separate leagues over a decade ago in 2005.
Avon joined the Central Connecticut Conference last September but Avon’s end-of-the-year rivalry was determined to be Simsbury and the two schools will play the second annual Valley Gridiron Classic in November. Farmington has been playing Thanksgiving Day contests with Plainville since 2011.
On Tuesday, Farmington got the upper hand, scoring four touchdowns in the scrimmage between the two varsity squads. Junior Zac Conrad and senior Brooks Milhalek each threw a touchdown pass for the Indians, who won 27-0.
Avon completes the exhibition season with a scrimmage against SMSA/University on Saturday. Farmington hosts Newington on Saturday at 11 a.m. to conclude their scrimmages.
The Falcons open the season on Saturday, Sept. 10, when they host Rocky Hill at 1 p.m. in Avon. Farmington opens the season with a game at 2015 Class L playoff participant Wethersfield at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9.
For all but two years in the 1990s (1996-97), Avon and Farmington met on the gridiron. They first began playing in 1960 and played until 2005 when Avon joined the Pequot Conference in football. Because there were so many teams in the Pequot Conference, no non-league games were allowed, ending the long rivarly between the two schools.