Local football squads struggle early

South Windsor, Tolland, and Rockville have all combined for a 0-15 record to start the season. The locals have faced some tough competition and will continue to do the same for the rest of the year. Rockville’s high hopes have been put on hold for the moment, but there is still belief that the program is headed in the right direction. South Windsor faces their always tough challenges in the CCC Division 1, and Tolland continues to struggle through their rebuilding phase.
However Ellington-Somers has had a season of both highs and lows during an eventful 2-3 start.

 Ellington/Somers
The Knights aren’t exactly where they planned to be at this point in the season. They stand at 2-3 after five games, their most losses in three years. The Knights are feeling the effects of the restructured Pequot schedule as they faced off against state powers in North Branford and Cromwell, losing in tough battles 14-6, and 20-8 respectively. In their two wins, they have been given strong efforts from quarterback Joe Leslie, who has 483 yards rushing, and tailback Christian Schneider. So far Ellington’s strength has been defensively as they have been limiting opponents to low yardage totals and have given up 20 twice.
Currently they have 15.5 sacks as a team, led by sophomore defensive lineman Kevin Barrett with 2.5 and freshman Tyrik Noel with three.
The main problem for the Knights seems to be their inconsistency and turnovers. Ball security has been an issue as in all three games their turnovers have led to scores for the opponents. The bad news for the Knights is the schedule doesn’t get much easier.
This weekend the Knights suffered one of their worst losses in team history. They lead Gilbert/Northwestern 14-0 with 7:09 to play before giving up 20 unanswered points to lose in overtime. The Yellowjackets used a double pass, and a deep bomb to tie the game before winning on a tight end screen in overtime.

Tolland
The Eagles have struggled to begin their season. They face the tough challenge of replacing a strong senior class and they have struggled to get the ball in the end zone so far. Chris Janton has played well from the quarterback position and Alex Suchecki has also played well.
Rockville
The Rams have not gotten off the start that they had envisioned. Coach Steve Schortmann saw playoff potential, but the Rams have not been able to play at that level. Their most disappointing loss came against Weaver, when they were beaten 37-0. The Rams had handled the Beavers quite easily in the past. Dan Wheeler and AJ Spencer have been strong contributors thus far.

South Windsor
The Bobcats are in the same boat as Rockville, Stafford and Tolland—the ball just does not seem to be bouncing their way. This season the Bobcats have put up more points than they had last year, but they are still struggling to finish games. James Nyarko has paced both the offense and defense.

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