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Attianese scores 2 TDs to help Granby/Canton beat Cougars for fourth win

Granby/Canton’s Sam Attianese (24) scored two touchdowns and recovered two fumbles at the Bears beat Haddam-Killingworth on Friday afternoon, 27-7

Sam Attianese ran for 123 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries to help lead the Granby/Canton football team to a 27-7 Pequot Conference victory over winless Haddam-Killingworth on Friday afternoon in Haddam.

Attianese scored on 49-yard run in the fourth quarter and also scored on a 14-yard reception from quarterback Jackson Rome in the third quarter. Attianese caught four passes for 51 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, he made 12 tackles, had two tackles for a loss and recovered two fumbles.

The Bears (4-1) forced four turnovers, recovering three fumbles and intercepting a pass. The host Cougars fell to 0-4.

Sam Schock had an interception, one fumble recovery and five tackles while Simon Matthews had 11 tackles and two tackles for a loss. Dylan Disabella and Dontel Williams each had 10 tackles.

Granby/Canton took a 7-0 lead on their first drive when Simon Matthews pulled in a 69-yard touchdown reception from Rome. The Bears extended the lead to 14-0 on Rome’s 14-yard TD pass to Attianese with 8:25 left in the third quarter.

Granby/Canton added two touchdowns in the final 5:23 of the game to pull away and secure the win.

Rome completed 8-of-12 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns. He was intercepted twice.

The Bears have a bye next week and return to action on Friday, Oct. 25 when Granby/Canton hosts Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby at 6:30 p.m. in Granby.

Granby/Canton 27, Haddam-Killingworth 7
At Haddam
Granby/Canton (4-1)      7  0  7  13 – 27
H-Killingworth (0-5)         0  0  7  0 – 7
First quarter
G/C: Simon Matthews 69 pass from Jackson Rome (Sam Attianese kick)
Third quarter
G/C: Attianese 14 pass from Rome (Attianese kick), 8:24
HK: James Bobbi 3 run (Kevin Cavrell kick), 5:26
Fourth quarter
G/C: Rome 5 run (kick fails), 5:30
G/C: Attianese 49 run (Attianese kick), 3:27
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Granby/Canton: Sam Attianese 16-123
PASSING: Granby/Canton: Jackson Rome 8-12-2, 172
RECEIVING: Granby/Canton: Simon Matthews 3-110; Attianese 4-51

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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