Farmington 5-0, faces Windsor next

Canton and Farmington are the two teams who have impressed in this valley. Canton, two years removed from an 0-10 season is 4-1, and Farmington is rolling to a 5-0 start. Unfortunately the two teams will not face each other due to their drastic difference in school size. Canton had one of the biggest wins of the month when they beat Avon at the buzzer. Farmington has continued to build upon their strong expectations to start the season.

Farmington

The Indians are off to a fantastic start to the season and they have their eyes dead set on the CIAC state playoffs. At 5-0, the Indians are winning in all fashions—blowouts, close games, preserving leads, building leads. The Team has been paced by Ivan Guadalupe who has been outstanding on both offense and defense. Currently he has 537 yards rushing and three touchdowns on the ground. He has also caught two scores and scored a defensive touchdown. Jeremy Buck has also been impressive at quarterback throwing for 7 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

The team is in first place in Division 2 West, tied with powers Middletown and Windsor. Their true tests will be when those teams face off later in the season. In the past, those two teams have been their biggest obstacles. This year’s team looks primed to get over the hump.

On Saturday, the Indians blanked E.O. Smith 35-0 as their defense continues to dominate.

Canton

The Warriors are the feel good story of the Farmington Valley. After their thrilling 28-27 victory versus Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton on Friday they improved their record to 4-1. So far the Warriors have knocked off Pequot powers Avon and Coventry, both games have come down to the last play of the game.

Against Avon, Terrance Brophy scored on the last play of the game to seal a 16-13 win. On Friday, they gave up a touchdown to the Patriots on the last play of the game, for the second year in a row (same play, same player) but CWB botched the snap on the extra point and Canton escaped with the win.

Sebby Gumbs and Nate Wood have helped pace the offense behind the strong running of Brophy and the strong quarterback play of Eric Scott.

Avon

The Falcons have opened up their offense under new coach Jon Cauoette. In the past it had been give to Colin Moore right, give it to him left, and give it to him in the middle. This year quarterback Noah Hahn is getting the opportunity to throw the ball and he has been doing quite well. However, the Falcons now sit at 3-2, coming off of last year’s 10-0 season.

The Falcons lost a game at the buzzer to Canton 16-13, and lost to Valley Regional on Friday 21-18. In between they have beaten up on Lewis Mills and Nonnewaug. As usual, senior linebacker and running back Jimmy Murphy has been a stud for Avon. Murphy is being featured more in the offense as a tailback, but his play at linebacker has been strong. The Falcons are still in competition for their division, but the loss to Canton hurt their start.

Avon had the most impressive win of the week. In a shootout with North Branford they had an amazing comeback to win 41-38. The Falcons scored twice in the final 26 seconds of the game in order to steal the win.

Simsbury

The Trojans are 1-4 this year, but their one win was a thrilling 23-20 win over East Hartford on a final minute field goal. As head coach Jeff Osborne expected, the team has been led by Brad Helmkamp who has 415 yards rushing through the first four games. He is also pacing the defense with strong efforts on the defensive line.

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