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Granby pitches third straight shutout in win over Ellington; Farmington rallies to win

The Bears celebrate after beating Ellington, 47-0, on Saturday to win their third straight game. (Photo courtesy Granby High football)

ELLINGTON, Sept. 29 – Quarterback Jackson Rome threw three touchdown passes and ran for TDs on his own to help lift the Granby Memorial football team to a dominating 47-0 win over Ellington in Pequot Uncas Division action Saturday afternoon.

Not only did the Bears (3-1, 2-0 Pequot Uncas) win their third straight game and but they pitched their third consecutive shutout for the first time in program history. Granby also shutout Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby, 20-0, and Old Saybrook/Westbrook, 26-0, in the previous two weeks.

Against Ellington, Ben Kibby led the Bears defense with eight tackles, 1½ sacks and three tackles for a loss. Keon Lawrence had an interception, blocked a punt and had five tackles while Garrett Strain had six tackles including a tackle for a loss. Conor Hogan had four tackles and 1½ sacks with Dylan Disabella making four tackles.

Rome completed 4-of-10 passes for 125 and three touchdowns while running for 114 yards and two touchdowns on nine carriers. Strain ran for two TDs with Disabella, Lawrence and Andel Smith scoring on TD receptions.

The 47-point margin of victory was the second largest in school history following a 48-point win over Lewis Mills in 2015. It was Granby’s first ever win over the Ellington (0-4, 0-3 Pequot Uncas) on their home field.

Granby faces a stiff challenge on Friday night when they host the Stafford/East Windsor/Somers co-op team at 7 p.m. The undefeated Bulldogs (4-0, 3-0 Pequot Uncas), who went 9-1 a year ago and won a CIAC Class S tournament game, have been impressive this fall with 162 points – second most points scored in the Pequot Conference thus far.

Granby 47, Ellington 0
At Ellington
Granby (3-1)                    12  21  14  0  — 47
Ellington (0-4)                  0  0    0  0  — 0
First quarter
G: Garrett Strain 1 run (kick fails)
G: Jackson Rome 16 run (kick fails)
Second quarter
G: Strain 35 run (kick fails)
G: Dylan Disabella 19 pass from Rome (Disabella pass from Rome)
G: Andel Smith 35 pass from Rome (Matt Zyzdorf kick)
Third quarter
G: Rome 30 run (Zyzdorf kick)
G: Keon Lawrence 26 pass from Rome (Zyzdorf kick)
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Granby – Jackson Rome 9-114, Garrett Strain 3-39, Dylan Disabella 5-23
PASSING: Granby – Jackson Rome 4-10-0, 125
RECEIVING: Granby – Dylan Disabella 1-19, Andel Smith 1-35, Keon Lawrence 1-26

Farmington 40, Bristol Eastern 34
FARMINGTON, Sept. 29 – The Farmington High football team scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to erase a 12-point halftime deficit to beat Bristol Eastern Saturday afternoon and win their second game of the season, 40-34.

Junior quarterback Jacob Conrad completed 12 of 27 passes for a career-high 250 yards and three touchdown passes. He also ran for a touchdown and kicked four extra points. Angel Velez led the Indians (2-2, 0-1 CCC Div. II East) on the ground by running for 111 yards and a touchdown.

Bristol Eastern (0-4, 0-1 CCC Div. II West) had a 32-20 lead at the half but the Indians got back in the game with a pair of long touchdown passes from Conrad to Michael Gregory. Farmington got on the board first in the third quarter with a 58-yard touchdown pass to Gregory that cut the lead to 32-26.

Early in the fourth quarter, Conrad completed an 81-yard touchdown pass to Gregory and with an extra point that gave Farmington a 33-32 advantage. The Indians extended the lead to eight points, 40-32, on Velez’s 29-yard touchdown run with 1:47 remaining in the game.

Bristol Eastern QB Bryce Curtin threw completed 9-of-25 passes for 210 yards and four touchdowns in the loss. Three TD passes came in the first quarter as the visiting Lancers built up an early 21-6 lead.

Farmington 40, Bristol Eastern 34
At Farmington
Farmington (2-2)           13    7  6  14  – 40
Bristol Eastern (0-4)    20  12  0    2  — 34
First Quarter
F: Jacob Conrad 4 run (kick fails), 8:43
BE: Jaden Laprise 53 pass from Bryce Curtin (kick fails)
BE: Laprise 60 pass from Curtin (Jack Bachand kick)
BE: Elijah Gagliardo 34 pass from Curtin (Bachand kick)
F: Aidan Sposato 12 pass from Conrad (Conrad kick), 1:30
Second Quarter
F: Angel Velez 5 run (Conrad kick), 10:37
BE: Laprise 23 pass from Curtin (kick fails)
BE: Trinidad Gonzalez 1 run (pass fails), 1:24
Third Quarter
F: Michael Gregory 58 pass from Conrad (kick fails)
Fourth Quarter
F: Gregory 81 pass from Conrad (Conrad kick), 6:16
F: Velez 29 run (Conrad kick), 1:47
BE: Safety, 1:14
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Farmington — Farmington: Angel Velez 21-111, Jacob Conrad 5-54, Aidan Sposato 2-10; Bristol Eastern — Matt D’Amato 18-73, Bryce Curtin 7-62, Trinidad Gonzalez 7-22-1, Gagliardo 1-5, Jaden Laprise 1-minus 3
PASSING: Farmington– Jacob Conrad 12-27-0, 250; Bristol Eastern – Bryce Curtin 9-25-0, 210
RECEIVING: Farmington — Michael Gregory 2-139, Niko Bouzakis 4-46, Zihare Greaves 3-40, Mitchell Guglielmo 2-20, Abhi Gadangi 1-5; Bristol Eastern – Jaden Laprise 4-137, Trinidad Gagliardo 4-54, Zach Adkins 1-5

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