NEW BRITAIN, Oct. 7 – The Simsbury High football team forced five New Britain turnovers to help lead the Trojans to their first victory of the season on Friday night with a 31-13 decision at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Defensive back Ralph Gilliard intercepted three passes, including one pass on the one-yard line to end a New Britain scoring opportunity late in the second quarter that ensured that the Trojans would keep a 24-7 lead at halftime. Simsbury (1-4) intercepted New Britain QB Jahfari Newman five times.
Simsbury QB Riley Shanley ran for 39 yards and two touchdowns while completing 14-of-19 passes for a season-high 233 yards. Gilliard led the way for Simsbury, catching eight passes for 128 yards.
Simsbury’s Sean Penney ran for a game-high 105 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. Teammate Connor Aherns recovered a Simsbury fumble in the end zone at the end of a nine-yard run from Shanley for the first score of the game.
The win snapped an eight-game losing streak by Simsbury. It was the first win over the Hurricanes (3-2) for Simsbury since 2012.
Simsbury 31, New Britain 13
At New Britain
Simsbury (1-4) 12 12 0 8 – 31
New Britain (3-2) 7 0 0 6 – 13
S: Connor Ahrens fumble recovery in end zone (kick fails)
S: Riley Shanley 1 run (kick fails)
NB: Keyon Wellington 5 run (Tristan Wallace kick)
S: Sean Penney 2 run (pass fail)
S: Penney 1 run (kick fail)
NB: Dajion Hill 30 pass from Jafari Newman (pass fail)
S: Shanley 8 run (Spencer Meance kick)
RUSHING: Simsbury – Sean Penney 21-105, Riley Shanley 17-39, Mark Bedson 2-11; New Britain – Keyon Wellington 17-41, Jahfari Newman 3-14, Muhamed Codjore 3-14
PASSING: Simsbury – Riley Shanley 14-19-1, 233; New Britain – Newman 15-32-5, 226
RECEIVING: Simsbury – Ralph Gilliard 8-128, Alex Haggerty 1-40, Jackson Butler 3-35, Sean Penney 2-30; New Britain – Alex Silva 6-108, R. Lozada 2-50, Daijon Hill 3-44, Donovan Dorce 2-13, Keyon Willington 1-11
RETURNS: Penney (S) 2-19, Tate Taddio (S) 1-13; TACKLES: Cole Hermson (S) 10, Jackson King (S) 7; INTERCEPTIONS: Ralph Gilliard (S) 3, Alex Haggerty (S), Cole Magnifico (S)
Bristol Central 29, Farmington 19
FARMINGTON, Oct. 7 – Quarterback Isaiah Miller ran for three touchdowns and 122 yards as Bristol Central won their third straight game with a 29-19 victory over Farmington Friday night at George T. Bennett Field. Miller ran a team-high 122 yards on 22 carries for the Rams, who ran the ball well. Teammate Luis Medina gained 75 yards and scored a touchdown on 22 carries while Dathan Hickey ran for 48 yards on four carries.
Zac Conrad had a pair of touchdown passes for the Indians (1-4). Farmington cut the lead to 21-12 in the third quarter on Brian Buono’s 25-yard touchdown run. But Central put the game on ice with a one-yard touchdown run from Miller with 11:25 left in the contest.
Bristol Central 29, Farmington 19
Bristol Central (3-2) 7 7 7 8 – 29
Farmington (1-4) 0 0 12 7 – 19
BC: Isaiah Miller 8 run (Brett Adams kick)
BC: Luis Medina 1 run (Adams kick)
F: Connor Hillemeir 12 pass from Zac Conrad (kick failed)
BC: Miller 1 run (Adams kick)
F: Brian Buono 25 run (kick failed)
BC: Miller 1 run (Jaekwon Spencer pass from Miller), 11:25
F: Kevin Dunce 7 pass from Conrad (Hillemeir kick)
RUSHING: Farmington – Brian Buono 13-111, Dante Colagiovanni 1-4, Zac Conrad 4-15, Brooks Milhalek 1-3
PASSING: Farmington – Zac Conrad 10-25-2, 172; Brooks Mihalek 2-5-0, 9
RECEIVING: Farmington – Brian Buono 2-20, Dante Colagiovanni 3-18, Kevin Dunst 5-68, Connor Hillemeir 2-65