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Bulldogs co-op squad overwhelms Canton in Pequot Uncas victory

Canton QB Dugan Lloyd completed 10-of-19 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown Friday night but it wasn’t enough in a 41-8 loss to Stafford/East Windsor/Somers. (Photo courtesy Clark Klinkert)

STAFFORD, Sept. 14 – Stafford/East Windsor/Somers overwhelmed Canton on Friday night in a 41-8 Pequot Uncas Division contest. Stafford QB Colton Engel ran for a game-high 120 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries as the Bulldogs raced out to an early 35-0 lead.

Julian Rivas also ran for a pair of touchdowns for Stafford/East Windsor/Somers (2-0, 1-0 Pequot Uncas).

The Warriors (0-2, 0-1 Pequot Uncas) were led by quarterback Dugan Lloyd, who completed 10-of-19 passes for 118 yards and one touchdown. Lloyd threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to receiver Colin Mackin in the third quarter. Joey Fitzgerald ran for the two-point conversion for Canton.

Lloyd had a team-high 60 yards on the ground while Fitzgerald gained 14 yards on five carries. Colin Mackin returned four kickoffs for 70 yards while Max Klinkert recovered a fumble for the Warriors.

The 33-point victory was the largest win by the Bulldogs over Canton in the series’ long history, topping the mark of 32 points set in Stafford’s 2011 victory. The two teams first began playing each other in 1938 and the Warriors own a 9-5-2 edge in the series.

It was Canton’s 13th straight defeat under the lights dating back to 2014 when the Warriors beat Enfield.

Canton returns to action on Friday night when they travel to Coventry to face the Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton/Lyman Memorial co-op team in another Pequot Uncas contest.

Stafford/East Windsor/Somers 41, Canton 8
At Stafford
Canton (0-2)         0    0  8  0  — 8
Stafford (2-0)     14  21  0  6  — 41
First Quarter
S: Colton Engel 3 run (Luke Phillips kick)
S: Julian Rivas 22 pass from Engel (Phillips kick)
Second Quarter
S: Rivas 24 run (Phillips kick)
S: Engel 48 run (Phillips kick)
S: Cody Gebo 8 run (Phillips kick)
Third Quarter
C: Colin Mackin 39 pass from Dugan Lloyd (Joey Fitzgerald run)
Fourth Quarter
S: Anthony Desso 5 run (kick failed)
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Canton – Dugan Lloyd 12-60, Joey Fitzgerald 5-14, Braydon Fluckinger 3-4, Nate Biega 2-6
PASSING: Canton – Dugan Lloyd 10-19-1, 118
RECEIVING: Canton – Nate Biega 5-52, Colin Mackin 2-49, Gavin Wood 3-15, Joey Fitzgerald 1-2
RETURNS: Canton – C. Mackin 4-70 (kickoff), Fitzgerald 2-30 (kickoff)
FUMBLE RECOVERY: Max Klinkert (Canton)


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 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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