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Roundup: Record-setting night for Maher; Simsbury, Farmington drop contests

Granby/Canton’s Luke Maher (24) had two touchdowns including a 98-yard fumble recovery for a TD as the Bears beat Morgan on Friday night, 38-22.

GRANBY, Nov. 4, 2022 – Running back Luke Maher keeps making things happen for the Granby/Canton football team. Maher scooped up a fumble recovery and raced 98 yards for a touchdown to help the Bears beat Morgan, 38-22 in a Pequot Conference contest on Friday night.

With his fumble recovery for a TD, Maher set a new state record for most fumble recoveries for a touchdown in a single season with four, according to the Connecticut High School Football Record Book.

Maher, a senior from Canton, returned a fumble for a touchdown (40 yards) against the SMSA co-op and returned two (24, 74 yards) against CREC co-op. The previous state record was three, shared by three players.

Granby/Canton QB Will Migliaccio completed 16-of-27 passes for 214 yards and three touchdown passes to lead the Bears (6-2), who won their third straight game. Charles Attianese caught two TD passes (19, 28 yards) while Connor Richardson pulled in a 10-yard TD reception. Attianese caught six passes for 80 yards.

The Bears play their final home game of the season on Thursday, Nov. 10 when they host Capital Prep/Achievement First beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Granby/Canton 38, Morgan 22
At Granby
Morgan (2-5)     0    0    0  22  — 22
Granby (6-2)      0  21  10    7  — 38
Second quarter
G: Charles Attianese 19 pass from Will Migliaccio (George Horst kick)
G: Luke Maher 5 run (Horst kick)
G: Connor Richardson 10 pass from Migliaccio (Horst kick)
Third quarter
G: Charles Attianese 28 pass from Migliaccio (Horst kick)
G: Horst 37 FG
Fourth quarter
G: Maher 98 fumble return (Horst kick)
M: Corrigan 6 run (xxx run)
M: Corrigan 11 run (xxx run)
M: Nye 2 pass from Baldwin (run fails)
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Granby/Canton – Will Attianese 8-73, Luke Maher 3-44
PASSING: Granby/Canton – Will Migliaccio 16-27-0, 214
RECEIVING: Granby/Canton – Charles Attianese 6-80, Connor Richardson 2-27

Newington 28, Simsbury 25
NEWINGTON, Nov. 4, 2022 – Akari Rosemond scored on a nine-yard touchdown pass from QB Padraig Brown with 59 seconds left in regulation to help Newington rally and beat Simsbury, 25-20 in a CCC Tier I contest Friday night.

Noble Gongon ran for two touchdowns for Simsbury (3-5, 1-4 CCC Tier I) while Austin Coiro scored on a 75-yard run for the Trojans. Jacob Isabel also had 57-yard run for a score to give Simsbury a 25-20 lead after three quarters.

Newington (2-6, 2-4 CCC Tier I) won their second straight game after opening the season with six straight losses. Brown ran for three touchdowns and completed 24-of-38 passes for 309 yards and one touchdown. Brendon Piggott recovered a fumble near midfield in the final two minutes to give the Nor’easters one last chance to score.

Simsbury did get the ball back and drove to the Newington 36-yard line but turned the ball over when they couldn’t convert on a fourth down and two with 24 seconds remaining. For the Trojans, Garret Degenais led the defense with 10 tackles, 5 assists and 4 tackles for loss.

Newington 28, Simsbury 25
At Newington
Simsbury (3-5)                 7  0  18  0  — 25
Newington(2-6)               14  0  6  8  — 28
First quarter
S: Noble Gongon 1 run (Daniel Sullivan kick)
N: Padraig Brown 13 run (Brown kick)
N: Brown 4 run (Brown kick)
Third quarter
S: Austin Coiro 75 run (kick failed)
S: Gongon 9 run (run fails)
N: Brown 5 run (kick fails)
S: Jacob Isabel 57 run (run fails)
Fourth quarter
N: Akari Rosemond 9 pass from Brown (Josiah Ross pass from Brown), 0:59
Individual leaders
RUSHING: Simsbury — Coiro 2-76, Jacob Isabel 6-69, Gongon 6-37; Newington — Brown 10-33
PASSING: Newington — Padraig Brown 21-38-0, 309
RECEIVING: Simsbury — Coiro 2-12, Gongon 2-25; Newington — Josiah Mills 10-178

Berlin 39, Farmington 21
FARMINGTON, Nov. 4, 2022 – Luke Maguder ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns on four carries as undefeated Berlin claimed a share of the CCC Tier III championship with a 39-21 victory over Farmington on Friday night.

Berlin (8-0, 6-0 CCC Tier III) can clinch the division championship outright with a win over Plainville on Friday night.

Lorenezo Miele completed 7-of-13 passes for 110 yards and one touchdown while also running for a team-leading 124 yards on 10 carries.

Farmington (2-6, 1-4 CCC Tier III) was led by Kevin Ives, who ran for an 11-yard touchdown and threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Griffin Kiniry and a nine-yard reception to Ethan O’Hara. Ives completed 15-of-26 passes for 220 yards and two touchdown passes.

Farmington hosts their final home game of the season on Saturday when they host Bristol Eastern with a 4:30 p.m. kickoff.

Berlin 39, Farmington 21
At Farmington
Berlin (8-0)                14  13  0  12  — 39
Farmington (2-6)       0    7  7    7  — 21
First quarter 
B: Josh Grimm 27 rush (kick failed)
B: Lorenzo Miele 34 rush (Luke Maguder run)
Second quarter 
B: Maguder 11 rush (Grimm kick)
F: Griffin Kiniry 38 catch from Kevin Ives (Jacob Skinner kick)
B: Maguder 44 rush (kick failed)
Third quarter 
F: Ethan O’Hara 9 catch from Kevin Ives (Skinner kick)
Fourth quarter
B: Mason Dimauro 2 rush (kick failed)
B: Elijah Santos 4 rush (kick failed)
F: Ives 11 rush (Skinner kick)
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Berlin – Lorenzo Miele 10-124, Josh Clement 6-14, Ryan Lavender 1-3, Will Weber 2-9, Elijah Santos 2-7, Kyle Melville 2-11, Mason DiMauro 5-30, Luke Maguder 4-102
PASSING: Berlin – Miele 7-13-0, 110
RECEIVING: Berlin – Santos 1-6, Melville 2-19, Maguder 1-1, Mason Memery 2-47, Josh Grimm 1-27

E.O. Smith 1, Lewis Mills 0
BURLINGTON, Nov. 3, 2022 – Lewis Mills forfeited Saturday’s game with E.O. Smith because they could not field a full team due to an outbreak of the flu on the squad. The Spartans are now 1-7 with seven consecutive defeats after a season-opening win over Plainville, 25-14.

Tory Vibert has been the interim coach this year of the Spartans this season, according to athletic director Jay Pelchar. John Oko, who originally planned for this to be his final season at the helm of the program, stepped down just prior to the first year of the season for personal reasons, Pelchar said.

Mills will be back on the field at Northwest Catholic on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. and close out the season at Avon on Nov. 22 at 6 p.m.

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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