Varsity Blues—Weekly High School Football Blog

Opening week was wild as usual. The week started on Wednesday and didn’t end until Monday night. The state played lightning delayed games, had heat postponements, rain delays, cancellations, and it ended with some Monday night football under the lights in Manchester. There were two huge upsets this week as both Canton and Windsor Locks knocked off recent playoff teams in the Pequot.  Every team in TSD’s circulation played and we had some exciting games.

THE ULTIMATE WARRIORS

The Canton Warriors started their season with a shocking 16-13 upset over Avon. The Warriors had never beaten Avon, and hadn’t held a lead versus them in over six years. The game came down to a last second game winning touchdown by Terrance Brophy who scored from six yards out to seal the victory. The game featured very little offensive output by either team, but it gave the fans a fantastic finish.

Canton got the ball with 2:39 left in the game and marched 69 yards in nine plays to set up Brophy’s touchdown. This senior laden team, which was 0-10 just two years ago, should contend for the division crown. Their win over the conference’s top dogs has set the stage for exciting things in Canton. The loss for Avon was their first regular season loss in almost two years and it came in the debut of first year coach Jim Cauoette.

The Raaaaaaiiiddders

With the most shocking score of the weekend, the Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby Raiders beat the Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton Patriots in the battle of the longest names in sports history. The Patriots jumped out to a 19-0 lead and left the Raiders for dead. …….however, something strange happened. The Raiders woke up and pulled off a shocking 34-33 win.

Coventry has been one of the Pequot’s best teams compiling a 23-7 record, while Windsor Locks has been one of the Pequot’s bottom feeders, going 4-26 during this time. Once the score hit 19-0, it looked like another Coventry romp, but things changed rapidly. Jarvis Miller had 320 yards rushing on 16 carries and scored four touchdowns (like Al Bundy in the Chicago City Championship) to lead the way. His score with 2 minutes left all but sealed the deal. Coventry returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown to setup the winning score before Locks stopped the two point conversion to seal the win.

Knight Time

The Ellington/Somers Knights continued their winning ways with a 40-14 victory over Stafford/East Windsor on Friday night. Quarterback Joe Leslie led the charge with 117 yards passing and 120 yards rushing for the Knights. Christian Schneider also contributed 81 yards on the ground and Marc Hickman hauled in two touchdowns. The Knights amassed 320 yards on the ground with their triple option offense and the defense only allowed six points with the varsity squad in. Defensive lineman Ben Bahler also chipped in with an interception and five tackles.

The win was the first in the career of head coach Sean Byrne who got to celebrate the achievement on the bus ride back to Ellington. The Knights take on Class S runner-up North Branford at home on Saturday in one of the area’s most intriguing games.

The other Raiders

Enfield High helped to christen the new turf field at Granby Memorial High on Sunday. The Raiders got back to their winning ways behind a strong performance by running back Jason Davis. Davis scored two touchdowns and carried 12 times for 149 yards in the 28-10 victory. The Raiders were also aided by an 80 yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Tom Watson.

Fighters of the early armies (Trojans vs. Indians)

In an early season matchup between two rivals, Farmington outlasted Simsbury 28-14 in a CCC matchup.

The game was delayed by lightning, but when play resumed, Kenny Jones caught a touchdown pass from Jeremy Buck to ice the victory. Ivan Guadalupe was the star of the game with 21 carries for 130 yards, four catches for 52 yards, and an interception that was returned for a TD.

Brad Helmkamp, had 15 total tackles, an interception and ran for 183 yards and one TD. He is closing in on the school record for most tackles in a career.

In other news…..

Glastonbury dropped a tough matchup to Southington 16-9. This was Glastonbury’s lone regular season loss last season, and it was a rematch of the state playoff quarterfinals, a game which Glastonbury won.

South Windsor fell to Hartford Public 28-14, Tolland lost to Killingly 40-14, Rockville dropped their opener to EO Smith 35-16, and Fermi, although tied with East Catholic 6-6 at the half, lost 40-12 to extend their losing streak to 24 games.

Bud Kilmer Player of the Week

Jarvis Miller from Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby’s Raidercats was this week’s MVP. He had a Bundy’s ransom with four touchdowns and a whopping 320 yards rushing. The win was also a monumental upset for the Raidercats over the always strong Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton squad.

Photo by Erika Studer

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