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Tigerhawks race away from Canton in 47-0 win; Simsbury wins third straight

Canton sophomore Nathan Biega (32) ran for a team-high 61 yards in Friday night’s shutout loss to the SMSA co-op team.

CANTON, Nov. 2 – Junior quarterback Mark Boyer threw a career-high three touchdown passes as the SMSA/University/Classical co-op football team rolled to a 47-0 victory over Canton Friday night in Pequot Uncas action at the turf field.

Jorden Rivera ran for a pair of touchdowns for the Tigerhawks (4-4, 3-3 Pequot Uncas) while Griffin Wood had a 56-yard interception return.

“The better team won but the score was not indicative of the effort,” Canton coach Dante Boffi said. “We started five freshmen and three sophomores and our inexperience showed. SMSA was the hungrier and the much faster team.”

Canton (1-7, 0-6 Pequot Uncas) had their moments, though. Joey Fitzgerald continues to harass opposition quarterbacks and had 3½ sacks bringing his total to 18 on the season, according to Boffi. Charlie Parchen had five tackles and forced a fumble. Junior Drew Ferrone had a pair of interceptions for the Warriors.

Canton’s Joey Fitzgerald had 3 1/2 sacks Friday night against the SMSA co-op team.

Canton closes out the season with a pair of home games on the turf field. The Warriors host Rockville on Friday night at 7 p.m. before closing out the campaign with the annual rivalry game against Granby on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 21, beginning at 6 p.m.

“I expect a more complete effort in the next two games,” Boffi said. “I think we were still thinking about our win last week to a certain extent.”

Canton erased a 16-point deficit a week ago to earn their first victory of the season with an 18-16 victory over Woodstock Academy.

“The tricky thing about winning is learning to never get content,” Boffi said. “Staying hungry is the key and SMSA was hungry tonight.”

SMSA/University/Classical 47, Canton 0
At Canton
SMSA/Univ/Class (4-4)         6  34  7  0  — 47
Canton (1-7)                              0    0  0  0  — 0
First quarter
S: Hayden Jordan 13 pass from Mark Boyer (kick fails)
Second quarter
S: Julian Ryans 19 pass from Boyer (pass fails)
S: Devin Hill 20 run (Ryans pass from Boyer)
S: Jorden Rivera 9 run (kick fails)
S: Rivera 1 run (Aaron Wood kick)
S: Griffin Wood 56 interception return (A. Wood kick)
Third quarter
S: Naseim Harrison 5 pass from Boyer (A. Wood kick)
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Canton – Nathan Biega 11-61, Dugan Lloyd 11-41, Joey Fitzgerald 2-26, Braydon Fluckinger 1-2, Michael Brosnan 1-5, Kevin Czermia 1-5
PASSING: Canton – Dugan Lloyd 6-26-3, 61
RECEIVING: Canton – Donovan Makin 2-9, Connor Makin 1-15, Gavin Wood 1-15, Nathan Biega 1-15, Fluckinger 1-7

Simsbury running back Mark Bedson ran for 252 yards in Saturday’s win over Manchester.

Simsbury 34, Manchester 19
SIMSBURY, November 3 – Senior Mark Bedson ran for a career-high 252 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries to lead the Simsbury High football team to their third straight victory with a 34-19 CCC Division I win over Manchester Saturday afternoon at Holden Field.

Bedson is the first Simsbury running back to rush for more than 250 yards in more than 22 years. Aaron Pumerantz ran for 268 yards in 1996 against Windsor.

Manchester (2-6) led by six points after one quarter, 13-7 but the Trojans (3-5) scored 27 unanswered points to take control of the game. Bedson scored on runs of 3, 10 and 6 yards while Simsbury QB Jackson Butler also ran for two touchdowns (9, 1 yards).

Simsbury 34, Manchester 19
At Simsbury
Manchester (2-6)                 13  0  0  6   – 19
Simsbury (3-5)                       7  7  7  13  — 34
First quarter
M: Joseph D’Amora 63 pass from Logan Tomlinson (A.J. Alibrio kick)
S: Jackson Butler 9 run (Kory Zall kick)
M: Tomlinson 7 run (kick fails)
Second quarter
S: Mark Bedson 3 run (Zall kick)
Third quarter
S: Bedson 10 run (Zall kick)
Fourth quarter
S: Butler 1 run (Zall kick)
S: Bedson 6 run (kick fails)
M: Alibrio 15 pass from Tomlinson (no kick attempted)
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Simsbury – Mark Bedson 32-252, Jackson Butler 15-69, D. Sohn 2-4; Manchester – Logan Tomlinson 12-64, Wesley Allison 5-15, Eli Ford 5-7
PASSING: Simsbury – Jackson Butler 7-11-0, 89; Logan Tomlinson 17-26-2, 220
RECEIVING: Simsbury – Colby Chase 2-42, Jeffrey Coleman 2-16, Patrick Shanley 1-16, J. Harper 1-13, Mark Bedson 1-2; Manchester – Joseph D’Amora 5-109, Jaheim Carr 2-40, Treyshawn West 2-23, AJ Albrio 2-19, Allison 2-13, Alius Gonzalez 1-7


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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