VARSITY BLUES: Week 6

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The Farmington Indians have had some tough times in the past decade. Since making it to the state championship game in 1999, the team has been trying to build its way back up. The day the Indians hired Chris Machol things started to change. In the past four years they have had teams that just missed the playoffs, and have been a force in the CCC. However, Friday night marked their re-coming out party.

The Indians beat the number five team in the state, the Windsor Warriors, a perennial contender 13-7 at home on Friday night. The win was a flat out statement. Farmington’s dominating defense set the tone for the victory.

In the past Windsor has run through their CCC schedule only to falter against better teams in the playoffs, and Friday Farmington had their number. After losing by a combined score of 69-29 the last two years to Windsor, they went into halftime down 7-0. Quarterback Jeremy Buck led a scoring drive and scored on a qb sneak from the 1. His numbers weren’t impressive (15 carries 66 yards and 9 of 24 passing for 85 yards), but it got the job done. Star running back Ivan Guadalupe was held in check all evening, as the defense carried them to victory. Farmington defensive back Kenny Jones picked off a Windsor pass to seal the victory and Jayson Martin, Chauncey Pilgrim, and Colin Graham all played well. The next big showdown will be versus undefeated Middletown.

What else is new?

Glastonbury continued their winning ways with a dominant win over East Hartford 56-26. The Tomahawks jumped out to a 28-0 first quarter lead and never looked back. Jalen Ollie threw for two first quarter touchdowns (Anthony Anismov 37 yarder, and Donevin O’Reilly 19 yard score) and Kyran Mckinney-Crudden ran in for a score, as Romelle Jack returned a fumble 24 yards. The game was over after that. Ollie finished the night with 170 yards passing, three touchdowns, and he ran for a score.

Eagles fly to a shutout

The Tolland Eagles got in the win column for the first time this season with a convincing 19-0 win over rival Rockville. Devin Kokosczka had two touchdowns (6 yard reception and a 7 yard rush) to lead them to victory at Rockville High. MJ Vanderpool also pitched in with a rushing touchdown in the first quarter. The defense helped shutdown the Rams, limiting AJ Spencer to 60 yards on 13 carries.

Raiders hold on

The Enfield Raiders started fast and held on to beat the Hyde Howling Wolves 13-9 in Enfield. Tyrik Henry returned the opening kickoff 75 yards and Jason Davis scored a second quarter touchdown to give Enfield a 13-0 lead. From there they held on. Enfield stopped Hyde for four plays on the one yard line in the third quarter and limited them to one rushing touchdown on the day. The Raiders are now 3-3.

Knights Win

Ellington/Somers got back in the win column with a 28-6 victory over SMSA/University on Thursday night in Hartford. Despite a malfunctioning scoreboard, the Knights were able to jump out to a 14-0 lead at the half. Christian Schneider, Iziah Castro-Vega, and Joe Leslie all pitched in with touchdowns for the Knights. They overcame four turnovers, none of which proved to be costly, to beat the Tigerhawks.

Canton/Avon

The Canton Warriors continued their strong season by crushing Nonnewaug 42-6 and Avon did the same beating Housatonic/Wamogo 41-6.

The Rest….

Simsbury dropped a tough one 14-7 in Overtime to New Britain, Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby blew a 13-0 lead versus Cromwell to lose 27-13, South Windsor fell to Newington 52-36, Stafford/East Windsor lost to Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton 49-14, and Fermi lost to RHAM 36-12, their 29th consecutive loss.

Bud Kilmer Player of the Week

THE FARMINGTON INDIANS DEFENSE! Anytime a team can limit the Windsor Warriors to seven points, there is something impressive going on. Kenny Jones sealed the win for Farmington, but a team effort helped control the Warriors and give the Indians their biggest victory since the early 2000’s.

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