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Big plays help Windsor Locks co-op team pull away from Canton; Mills falls to Devils

Canton’s Carter Gavin led the Warriors in rushing and receptions in Saturday’s Pequot Conference loss to the Windsor Locks co-op team. (Photo courtesy Clark Klinkert)

WINDSOR LOCKS, October 20 – Quarterback Jameson Gill threw four touchdown passes and ran for a fifth touchdown to lead the Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby co-op football team to a 41-6 Pequot Uncas Division win over winless Canton Saturday.

Gill threw a pair of touchdown passes to Eric Pino (55, 75) and Miquel Gonzalez (42, 48). Gonzalez scored three touchdowns in the game, also running for a 25-yard TD in the first quarter.

Canton QB Dugan Lloyd completed 6-of-10 passes for 77 yards and ran for 48 yards on nine carries. Carter Gavin ran for a team-high 63 yards on 14 carries. Gavin was Lloyd’s favorite target on Saturday, catching four passes for 24 yards. Colin Mackin did catch a 50-yard pass from Lloyd.

“Carter Gavin continues to be a workhorse all over the field, running hard on every play,” Canton coach Dante Boffi said. “Charlie Parchen was a one-man wrecking crew on both sides of the ball. Drew Ferrone blocked a kick.”

Windsor Locks (2-3, 2-2 Pequot Uncas) held a 14-6 lead with three minutes left in the first half and the Warriors (0-6, 0-5 Pequot Uncas) were driving down field. But Canton fumbled the ball away and Locks had two big plays late in the first half to take a comfortable 27-6 lead at halftime. Locks had TD receptions of 75 and 42 yards in the final three minutes of the first half.

“We’re still learning how to play four quarters of football,” Boffi admitted.

Canton quarterback Dugan Lloyd (7) fights hard for yardage in Saturday’s Pequot Conference loss to the Windsor Locks co-op team. (Photo courtesy Clark Klinkert)

Injuries forced seven freshmen into the starting lineup. “Jordan Williams, John Bruhin and Chris Dineen played well as starters on the offensive line,” Boffi said. “Malik Brown and Malique Thompson had bright spots on defense as did Connor Nadeau and Michael Brosnan in the defensive backfield.”

Canton dropped their ninth straight game.

“The score wasn’t pretty but we learned a lot about some younger guys on Saturday,” Boffi said.

The Warriors return to action on Saturday when they travel across the state to challenge Woodstock Academy (1-5) at 1 p.m. It will be the first-ever contest between the two schools in football.

Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby 41, Canton 6
At Windsor Locks
Canton (0-6)                             6  0  0  0  — 6
WL/Suff/EG (2-3)                 14  13  6  8  — 41
First quarter
WL: Miquel Gonzalez 25 run (Nick Romano kick)
WL: Eric Pino 55 pass from Jameson Gill (Romano kick)
C: Nathan Biega 5 run (kick fails)
Second quarter
WL: Pino 75 pass from Gill (Romano kick)
WL: Gonzalez 42 pass from Gill (kick fails)
Third quarter
WL: Gonzalez 48 pass from Gill (conversion fails)
Fourth quarter
WL: Gill 1 run (Idris Crumpler run)
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Canton – Carter Gavin 14-63, Dugan Lloyd 9-48, Nathan Biega 4-11, Braydon Fluckiger 3-12, Joey Fitzgerald 1-2
PASSING: Canton – Dugan Lloyd 6-10-0, 77
RECEIVING: Canton – Carter Gavin 4-24, Colin Mackin 1-50, Gavin Wood 1-8, Donovan Mackin 1-1

Coginchaug/HR/EH 34, Lewis Mills 12
BURLINGTON – Michael Slade scored three touchdowns in the first quarter and ran for a game-high 173 yards on 18 carries to lead the Coginchaug/Hale-Ray/East Hampton co-op football team to a 34-12 Pequot Sassacus victory over Lewis Mills Saturday.

Cooper Mattiello recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown for winless Lewis Mills (0-6) while Nick Romano scored on a four-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Coginchaug/Hale Ray/East Hampton 34, Lewis Mills 12
At Burlington
Coginchaug/HR/EH (3-3)     21 0 0 13 — 34
Lewis Mills (0-6)                       6 6 0   0 — 12
First quarter
C: Michael Slade 58 run (Utah Griffin kick)
C: Slade 4 run (Griffin kick)
C: Slade 46 run (Griffin kick)
LM: Cooper Mattiello fumble recovery in the end zone (kick failed)
Second quarter
LM: Nick Romano 4 run (pass failed)
Fourth quarter
C: Elijah Rivera 4 run (kick failed)
C: David Skelps 24 run (Griffin kick)
Individual Statistics
RUSHING: Coginchaug — Ryan Genest 7-40, Michael Slade 18-173; David Skelps 4-59; Andrei Correa 2-3; Justin Czermicha 4-13; Elijah Rivera 3-18; Jackson Moore 2-7. Lewis Mills —  Sean Polinsky 9-41; Nick Romano 5-32; Grayson LaBerge 6-1; Colby Nordstrom 2-1; Seamus Hannon 1-0
PASSING: Coginchaug — Michael Slade 1-2-0, 19, Elijah Rivera 2-5-0, 26; David Skelps 0-1; Lewis Mills — Grayson LaBerge 3-12-1, 60
RECEIVING: Coginchaug – Jackson Moore 1-19, Michael Slade 1-14, Justin Czermicha 1-12; Mills – Nick Roman 1-18, Colby Nordstrom 1-7, Tyler Kolenda 1-38


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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  1. Deirdre Lloyd

    October 22, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Thank you very much for your coverage of local high school football, Mr. deSimas. We appreciate it!

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