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Rome runs for three TDs to lead Granby/Canton to fifth win

Granby/Canton QB Jackson Rome ran for 148 yards and 3 TDs in Saturday’s Pequot Conference win over the Coginchaug co-op team.

DURHAM, Nov. 2 – The Granby/Canton football team caused six turnovers and quarterback Jackson Rome ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns as the Bears improved to 5-2 with a 27-6 Pequot Conference win over the Coginchaug/East Hampton/Hale-Ray football team on Saturday afternoon.

“The defense was dominant with six turnovers caused and the offense was moving the ball up and down the field,” Granby/Canton head coach Erik Shortell said. “Sam Attianese and Colin Makin had great games on both sides of the ball.”

Makin caught one pass for nine yards but on the defensive side of the ball, he intercepted two passes for 20 yards and had seven tackles. Attianese ran for 94 yards and a touchdown offensively while getting four tackles, including one for a loss on defense.

The Bears have forced 26 turnovers in seven games this season. Brady Kaluna, Malik Thompson and Simon Matthews each recovered fumbles for the Bears. Matthews and Derrick Flagg each had six tackles. Disabella had three tackles for a loss.

Rome scored on runs of 66, 6 and 1 yard in the first half to lead the Bears.

Granby/Canton returns to action on Friday night when they head to Coventry to face the Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton and Lyman Memorial co-op team.

Granby/Canton 27, Coginchaug co-op 6
At Durham
Granby/Canton (5-2)                  7  14  0  6  — 27
Coginchaug co-op (3-3)             0    6  0  0  — 6
First quarter
GC: Jackson Rome 66 run (Sam Attianese kick)
Second quarter
GC: Rome 6 run (Attianese kick)
GC: Rome 1 run (Attianese kick)
C: Evan Failla 26 pass from Aaron Failla (kick fails)
Fourth quarter
GC: Attianese 1 run (kick fails)
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Granby/Canton—Jackson Rome 19-148; Sam Attianese 16-94, Sam Schock 4-30, Carter Gavin 1-5, Dylan Disabella 4-11, Nate Biega 2-2; Coginchaug co-op – Alex Case 17-42, Aaron Faiella 4-19, Evan Faiella 1-9
PASSING: Granby/Canton – Jackson Rome 7-12-0, 71; Coginchaug co-op – Aaron Faiella 20-34-3, 187, Jaden Morehead 2-4-0, 2
RECEIVING: Granby/Canton — Colin Makin 1-9, Sam Schock 1-13. Dylan Disabella 1-4. Cooper Schneider, 1-3, Carter Gavin, 1-8, Sam Attianese 1-11, Nate Biega, 1-23; Coginchaug co-op – Evan Faiella 6-59, A.J. DeFilio 5-51, Alex Case 3-8, Jackson Moore 7-54, Tyler Garretson 1-17
INTERCEPTIONS: Colin Makin (GC) 2, Rome (GC); FUMBLE REC: Brady Kaluna (GC), Malik Thompson (GC) and Simon Matthews (GC)

Pequot Conference leaders

Team Pequot Overall
Rockville 7-0 7-0
SMSA/Univ/Classical 6-1 6-1
Windsor Locks/Suffield/E. Granby 5-1 5-1
Granby/Canton 5-2 5-2
North Branford 5-2 5-2
Stafford/East Windsor/Somers 4-2 4-2


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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