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Roundup: Granby/Canton rallies to beat Ellington; Avon falls

Granby/Canton scored 21 unanswered points to beat Ellington, 21-7 on Friday night.

GRANBY, Oct. 28, 2022 – The Granby/Canton football team picked up a big victory in their quest to earn a CIAC playoff berth for the third consecutive season.

The Bears scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to beat Ellington, 21-7 in a Pequot Conference Uncas Division contest on Friday night.

“The kids played their hearts out and never gave up,” Granby/Canton coach Erik Shortell said. “They played super physical and got the job done.”

Granby quarterback Will Migliaccio threw a pair of touchdown passes in the third quarter to Brandon Powell (31 yards) and Will Attianese (25 yards) as the Bears (5-2, 5-1 Pequot Uncas) took a 14-7 lead.

Connor Richardson’s 50-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter gave Granby/Canton a two-score cushion. Richardson set a co-op record with the return, eclipsing the previous record of 43 yards set by Sam Attianese in 2019.

“I was proud of how the boys made the adjustments we put in (at halftime) and played a great second half, putting up 21 (points) and shutting them out,” Shortell said.

Migliaccio completed 13-of-23 passes for 162 yards and two TDs. Luke Maher the Bears on the ground with 56 yards rushing on 12 carries.

With the win, Granby/Canton moved up to No. 5 in the CIAC’s Class SS football rankings with the top eight teams earning a spot in the tournament.

The Bears return to action on Friday when they host Morgan School at 6:30 p.m. in Granby.

Granby/Canton 21, Ellington 7
At Ellington
Granby/Canton (5-2)      0  0  14  7  — 21
Ellington (5-2)                  7  0    0  0  — 7
First quarter
Ell: Elijah Miler 3 pass from Dante Mangiafico (kick good)
Third quarter
G: Brandon Powell 31 pass from Migliaccio (Horst kick)
G: Will Attianese 25 pass from Migliaccio (Horst kick)
Fourth quarter
G: Connor Richardson 50 interception return (Horst kick)
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Granby/Canton – Luke Maher 12-56, Will Attianese 7-35
PASSING: Granby/Canton – Migliaccio 13-23-0, 162
RECEIVING: Granby/Canton – Will Attianese 2-36, Brandon Powell 1-31. Connor Richardson 5-105, Charles Attianese 3-21 

Pequot Uncas Div. Overall
y-SMSA co-op 6-0 7-0
Granby/Canton 5-1 5-2
Ellington 3-2 5-2
Rockville 3-2 4-2
Stafford/EW/Somers 2-3 3-4
Windsor Locks/Suff/EG 2-3 2-4
CREC co-op 1-5 2-5
Coventry co-op 0-6 0-7
y-clinched share of Uncas Division title

Berlin 35, Avon 8
BERLIN, Oct. 28, 2022 – Josh Clement rushed for a career-high four touchdowns and 100 yards to lead undefeated Berlin to a 35-8 win over Avon at Sage Park on Friday night in a CCC Tier 3 contest. Quarterback Lorenzo Miele completed 6-of-13 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown for the Redcoats (7-0, 4-0 CCC Tier 3).

Avon (3-4, 1-3 Tier 3) was led by Connor Lavore, who ran for a game-high 135 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries. The Falcons scored on a 91-yard march that ate up more than nine minutes in the third quarter.

The Falcons return to action on Friday night when they host Plainville beginning at 6 p.m.

Berlin 35, Avon 8
At Berlin
Avon (3-4)         0  0  8    0  — 8
Berlin (7-0)      21  0  0  14  — 35
First quarter
B: Josh Clement 4 run (Josh Grimm kick)
B: Clement 2 run (Grimm kick)
B: Clement 13 run (Grimm kick), 4:56
Third quarter
A: Connor Lavore 9 run (Lavore run), 2:24
Fourth quarter
B: Clement 5 run (Grimm kick)
B: Elijah Santos 33 pass from Lorenzo Miele (Grimm kick)
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Berlin – Lorenzo Miele 7-37, Josh Clement 15-100, Will Weber 2-15, Elijah Santos 3-17, Kyle Melville 4-minus 8, Mason Dimauro 1-2; Avon – Connor Lavore 28-135
PASSING: Berlin – Miele 6-13-1, 114
RECEIVING: Berlin – Santos 1-33, Mason Memery 1-18, Luke Maguder 4-63

Platt 42, Farmington 7
MERIDEN, Oct. 30, 2022 – Amari Robinson ran for a pair of touchdowns while quarterback Avery Robinson threw three TD passes as Platt High rolled to a 42-7 win over Farmington on Friday night in Central Connecticut Conference Tier III action at Falcon Field. Platt improves to 5-2 and 5-1 in Tier III on the year.

Jahkai Veal caught a six-yard touchdown pass from QB Kevin Ives for the River Hawks (2-5, 1-3 Tier III).

Platt 42, Farmington 7
At Meriden
Farmington (2-5)         0    7    0  0  — 7
Platt High (5-2)            7  21  14  0  — 42
First quarter
P: Vittiro Church 47 pass from Avery Robinson (Trevor Cannata kick), 4:25
Second quarter
P: Kevin Acosta 5 pass from Avery Robinson (Cannata kick), 9:19
P: Amari Robinson 3 run (Cannata kick), 4:11
F: Jahkai Veal 6 pass from Kevin Ives (Jacob Skinner kick)
P: Amari Robinson 30 run (Cannata kick), 0:44
Third quarter
P: Amari Robinson15 run (Cannata kick), 10:30
P: Jayden Vega 4 pass from Avery Robinson (Cannata kick)

Rocky Hill 42, Lewis Mills 7
ROCKY HILL, Oct. 28, 2022 – Rocky Hill’s Frankie Guerrera had a game for the record books on Friday night against Lewis Mills at McVicar Field.

Guerrera scored a school-record 42 points and six touchdowns to lead the Terriers to a 42-7 win over Lewis Mills in CCC Tier 4 action. Guerrera ran for a career-high 169 and five TDs on 15 carries while pulling five receptions for 94 yards and another touchdown.

Along with touchdowns, Guerrera also kicked six extra points, another career-high. The Terriers improved to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in Tier 4.

Lewis Mills (1-6, 0-4 Tier 4) was led by Jack Stanislaw, who had a 77-yard kickoff return. The Spartans return to action on Saturdaym Nov. 5, when they host E.O. Smith at noon in Burlington. 

Rocky Hill 42, Lewis Mills 7
At Rocky Hill
Lewis Mills (1-6)              0    7  0  0  — 7
Rocky Hill (4-3)  7  28  7  0  — 42
First quarter
RH: Frankie Guerrera 13 run (Guerrera kick)
Second quarter
RH: Guerrera 14 run (Guerrera kick)
RH: Guerrera 10 run (Guerrera kick)
LM: Jack Stanislaw 77 kickoff return (Gianluca Dolzadelli kick)
RH: Guerrera 48 pass from Joseph Moles (Guerrera kick)
RH: Guerrera 12 run (Guerrera kick)
Third quarter
RH: Guerrera 50 run (Guerrera kick)
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Rocky Hill – Frankie Guerrera 15-169, Lewis Mills – Evan Pannuto 2-minus 3, Larry Weaver 7-minus9, Jack Stanislaw 6-33, Patryk Klonowski 1-19, Connor Crosbie 1-3, Cole Ronalter 1-3, Gianluca Dolzadelli 2-8
PASSING: Lewis Mills – Larry Weaver 4-8-0, 8
RECEIVING: Rocky Hill – Guerrera 5-94; Lewis Mills – Stanislaw 1-minus 5,Ronalter 1-1, Tyler Pierzchalski 2-7

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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