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Cardillo leads No. 1 Southington past Simsbury

SOUTHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2022 – Lincoln Cardillo ran for a game-high 164 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 1 Southington to a 37-9 win over Simsbury in CCC Tier 1 action on Friday night.

In the third quarter, Simsbury’s Dan Sullivan hit a 43-yard field goal, which is three yards shy of the school record of 46 yards set by Aaron Pumerantz against Wethersfield in 1996.

Ravi Bhamidipati and Austin Coiro had interceptions for Simsbury (1-3) while Coiro caught seven passes for 95 yards. Trojan QB Charlie Strayer completed 9-of-23 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown.

Southington QB C.J. DiBenedetto completed 10-of-21 passes for 198 yards and a touchdown. Cameron Beaudoin caught five passes for 72 yards for the undefeated Blue Knights (4-0).

Southington 37, Simsbury 9
At Southington
Simsbury (1-3)          0  0  3  6  — 9
Southington (4-0)    20  8  7  2  — 37
First quarter
South: Lincoln Cardillo 2 run (Cardillo kick), 9:07
South: Cardillo 2 run (Cardillo kick), 5:38
South: Evan Anderson 15 pass from C.J. DiBendetto (kick fails), 0:16
Second quarter
South: Marco Testa 17 run (Anderson run), 2:16
Third quarter
Sims: Dan Sullivan 43 FG, 6:21
South: Cardillo 2 run (Cardillo kick), 1:57
Fourth quarter
Sims: Zach Tartaglia 13 pass from Charlie Strayer (run fails), 11:51
South: Safety: Punter Sullivan knee touches ground in end zone, 3:48
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Southington – Lincoln Cardillo 30-164, Marco Testa 7-31, Chris Totonis 5-18, Evan Anderson 1-minus 6, C.J. DiBenedetto 2-minus 9; Simsbury – Noble Gongon 14-83, Jacob Isabel 1-1, Charles Strayer 13-minus 7, Dan Sullivan 1-minus 10
PASSING: Southington – C.J. DiBenedetto 10-21-2, 198; Evan Anderson 1-1-0, 44; Simsbury – Charles Strayer 9-23-0, 118, Patrick Matczyk 1-2-0, 4
RECEIVING: Southington – Kameron Beaudoin 5-72, Evan Anderson 3-59, Lincoln Cardillo 3-59, John Flynn 1-14; Simsbury – Austin Coiro 7-95, Noble Gongon 2-14, Zach Tartaglia 1-13
FUMBLE REC: Aaron Borkowski (Southington); INTERCEPTIONS: Ravi Bhamidipati (Simsbury), Austin Coiro (Simsbury)

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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