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Strong defense lifts Simsbury, Granby/Canton to gridiron victories

Simsbury forced five turnovers in Thursday night’s 38-26 win over Manchester to improve to 3-3 on the season. (Photo courtesy Scott Kerr)

MANCHESTER, Oct. 20, 2022 – Noble Gongon rushed for 102 yards and three touchdowns while QB Charlie Strayer ran for 122 yards on 17 carries and three a touchdown pass to lead the Simsbury High football team to a 38-26 win over Manchester on Thursday night in Central Connecticut Conference action.

Simsbury (3-3) forced five turnovers in the game, intercepting three passes and recovering two fumbles. Mitch Wallman scored a pair of touchdowns for the Trojans, including a 20-yard interception return in the fourth quarter.

For Manchester, quarterback Jayden Kennedy completed 20-of-30 passes for 240 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Kennedy ran for 128 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Jared Lidstrom caught eight passes for 131 yards and two TDs for the Red Hawks (2-4).

Simsbury 38, Manchester 26
At Manchester
Simsbury (3-3)               10  7  7  14 — 38
Manchester (2-4)           7  0  6  13 — 26
First quarter
S: Noble Gongon 3 run (Dan Sullivan kick)
M: Nasir White 85 kickoff return (Jailen Pinni kick)
S: Sullivan 38 FG
Second quarter
S: Mitch Wallman 4 pass from Charlie Strayer (Sullivan kick)
Third quarter
M: Jayden Kennedy 21 run (kick fails)
S: Gongon 79 run (Sullivan kick)
Fourth quarter
S: Wallman 20 Interception Return (Sullivan Kick)
S: Gongon 13 run (Sullivan kick)
M: Jared Lidstrom 5 pass from Jayden Kennedy (Pinni Kick)
M: Lidstrom 16 pass from Kennedy (run fails)

Granby/Canton 44, Rockville 20
VERNON, Oct. 21, 2022 – The Bears had three interceptions and scored 35 unanswered points to earn a 44-20 win over Rockville in Pequot Uncas Division action on Friday night.

Quarterback Will Migliaccio and running back Will Attianese each ran for two touchdowns for Granby/Canton (4-2, 4-1 Pequot Uncas) with Brandon Powell scoring on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Migliaccio and George Horst kicking a 29-yard field goal.

Sophomore Carter Chambers had a 43-yard interception return in the fourth quarter.

Rockville (3-2, 2-2 Pequot Uncas) had a 13-9 lead when a Horst interception gave the Bears the ball. A 20-yard pass from Migliaccio to Luke Maher put the ball on the Rams five-yard line. Two plays later, Migliaccio scored from the two to give Granby/Canton the lead for good. Horst’s extra point made it 16-13.

On Rockville’s next possession, the Bears defensive pressure caused a fumble that Granby/Canton recovered on the Rockville two-yard line. Will Attianese scored from the two with 5:45 left in the second quarter for a 23-13 lead.

Rockville did respond with a 12-play, 86-yard march to the Bear two-yard line. But the Rams lost five yards on a bad snap and Rockville QB Brady Ramsdell had three consecutive incomplete passes.

Granby/Canton extended the lead to 30-13 late in the third quarter after Migliaccio had consecutive runs of 16, 10 and eight yards respectively to put the Bears in the end zone. Luke Maher had a team-high 69 yards rushing on 13 carries and caught six passes for 54 yards.

Granby/Canton hosts Ellington next week in another big Pequot Uncas contest in Granby beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Granby/Canton 44, Rockville 20
At Vernon
Granby/Canton (4-2)    9  14  7  14  — 44
Rockville (3-2)                7    6  0    7  — 20
First quarter
Ro: Joseph Christian 20 pass from Brady Ramsdell (Molly Wilson kick), 8:35
G: George Horst 29 FG, 4:22
G: Brandon Powell 32 pass from Will Migliaccio (Horst kick), 3:21
Second quarter
Ro: Hason Green 10 pass from Ramsdell (pass fails), 11:04
G: Migliaccio 2 run (Horst kick), 6:45
G: William Attianese 2 run (Horst kick), 5:45
Third quarter
G: Migliaccio 8 run (Horst kick), 4:59
Fourth quarter
G: William Attianese 2 run (Horst kick), 8:27
G: Carter Chambers 43 interception return (Horst kick), 7:39
R: Green 80 pass from Ramsdell (Wilson kick), 7:21
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Granby/Canton — Migliaccio 7-31, Luke Maher 13-69, Will Attianese 6-14
PASSING: Granby/Canton — Migliaccio 11-19-0, 151; Rockville — Brady Ramsdell 21-49-3, 325
RECEIVING: Granby/Canton — Brandon Powell 1-32; Luke Maher 6-54

E.O. Smith 37, Farmington 21
FARMINGTON, Oct. 21, 2022 – Tyler Holcomb and Connor Ouellette each ran for a pair of touchdowns as E.O. Smith beat Farmington, 37-21, on Friday night in CCC action at the George Bennett Field.

Luke Watson scored a pair of touchdowns for the River Hawks (2-4) while Griffin Kiniry scored on a 12-yard touchdown reception from QB Kevin Ives.

E.O. Smith 37, Farmington 21
At Farmington
E.O. Smith (2-4)             14  14  7  3  — 37
Farmington (2-4)             7    7  0  7  — 21
First quarter
EO: Ben Rosenberg 5 run (kick failed)
EO: Tyler Holcomb 6 run (Anthony Bolduc kick)
F: Luke Watson 40 run (Adam Maselek kick)
Second quarter
EO: Connor Ouellette 5 run (Bolduc kick)
EP: Holcomb 5 run (Bolduc kick)
F: Griffin Kiniry 12 pass from Kevin Ives (Maselek kick)
Third quarter
EO: Ouellette 1 run (Bolduc kick)
Fourth quarter
EO: Bolduc 17 FG
F: Watson 21 run (Maselek kick)

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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