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Boeshans throws 3 TD passes as Simsbury blanks Conard for 10th straight win

Simsbury’s Dan Sohn (2) celebrates after scoring a touchdown in Friday night’s 32-0 win over Conard at Holden Field. (Photo courtesy Simsbury High football)

Quarterback Aiden Boeshans threw a career-high three touchdown passes and the Simsbury High defense intercepted three passes in their own territory to lead the undefeated Trojans to a 32-0 victory over Conard in a CCC Division I West contest Friday night at Holden Field in Simsbury.

Zack Gilbert caught two touchdown passes from Boeshans, while Jeffrey Coleman also pulled in a TD reception for the Trojans (5-0, 3-0 CCC Div. I West), who won their tenth straight game dating back to last season.

An interception from Michael Schultz on the three-yard line stopped a Conard drive in the first quarter. An interception from Coleman led to a Simsbury scoring drive in the second quarter. An interception from Dan Sohn on the five-yard line late in the third quarter ended another Chieftain possession. Conard had driven to the Simsbury nine-yard line.

It was the second shutout in three games for Simsbury, which is off to their best start since 2009 when they won their first five games of the season. The Trojans blanked South Windsor, 39-0, two weeks ago.

Conard (2-3, 0-2 CCC Div. I West) threatened early. The Chieftains drove to the Simsbury 21-yard line in the first quarter before Coleman tipped a pass up into the air that Schultz intercepted.

In the second quarter, Coleman’s interception stopped a Conard drive. On Simsbury’s first offensive play, Boeshans completed a 31-yard pass to Coleman down to the Conard 28-yard line. Good runs from Gilbert and Boeshans moved to the ball to the Conard. A few plays later, it was Sohn with a one-yard TD run and a 6-0 lead.

Simsbury extended their lead to 12-0 with a 65-yard march. The big play on the drive was a 35-yard pass to Coleman down to the Conard 25-yard line. After a holding penalty, Sohn gained 11 yards to the 25 when Boeshans found Coleman for a 25-yard touchdown pass and a 12-0 lead with 1:11 left in the second quarter.

The Trojans scored on their first drive of the third quarter with an 80-yard drive with Brendan Gaffney scoring from two yards out for an 18-0 lead. The two-point conversion failed. Coleman had a 27-yard reception from Gilbert on a halfback option play on the drive.

In the fourth quarter, punter Mohammed Haroon scrambled with a 14-yard run to the Conard 28-yard line on a fourth down-and-three play to keep a drive alive. John Mairano had a 53-yard run to the Conard four-yard line on the drive. Gilbert scored on a six-yard TD reception from Boeshans for a 25-0 lead after the extra point from Caden Lill.

Mairano actually ran in for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter but both were erased by holding penalties.

Simsbury’s Tommy Guilfoyle (57) and Dan Sohn (2) lead the way for Zack Gilbert, center, in Friday’s CCC Division I West contest in Simsbury The host Trojans blanked Conard, 32-0. (Photo courtesy Simsbury High football)

Boeshans completed 14-of-22 passes for 184 yards and three TDs. Coleman caught five passes for 100 yards while Gilbert pulled in four receptions for 43 yards. Mairano led the Trojans on the ground with 69 yards on six carries while Sohn earned 62 hard-earned yards on 15 carries.

Simsbury is off next week with a bye but returns to action on Friday, October 25 when they travel to Manchester (2-3) to face the Red Hawks at 6:30 p.m.

Simsbury 32, Conard 0
At Simsbury
Conard (2-3)                     0    0  0    0  —   0
Simsbury (5-0)                 0  12  6  14  — 32
Second quarter
S: Dan Sohn 1 run (kick blocked), 4:33
S: Jeffrey Coleman 25 pass from Aiden Boeshans (kick fails), 1:11
Third quarter
S: Brendan Gaffney 2 run (run fails), 5:31
Fourth quarter
S: Zack Gilbert 6 pass from Boeshans (Caden Lill kick), 8:42
S: Gilbert 15 pass from Boeshans (Lill kick), 5:38
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Simsbury – Aidan Boeshans 8-23, Dan Sohn 15-62, John Mairano 6-69, Evan Wallace 1-7, Brendan Gaffney 1-2; Conard – Aidan Shaffer 21-51, Israel Lopez 7-30, Jack Kennedy 6-28, J. Calcaterra 2-21
PASSING: Simsbury – Aidan Boeshans 14-22-0, 184; Conard – Jack Kennedy 2-9-2, 18; Israel Lopez 2-7-1, 16
RECEIVING: Simsbury – Jeffrey Coleman 5-100, Zach Gilbert 4-43, Sean Carr 1-35, Rory Walker 1-10, Brendan Gaffney 2-17, Dan Sohn 1-1; Conard — Jack Tousignant 2-17, Sean Guevara 1-11, Silas Bridges 1-6

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

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