VARSITY BLUES: Week 7

After seven weeks we have a great idea of how each team is going to finish. Although there are tough games ahead, many teams are still in the hunt. Farmington, Glastonbury, seem to be locks for the playoffs, while a few teams are still alive, including Avon, Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby, Ellington/Somers, and Canton. Some locals played more competitive games this week, but Farmington and Glastonbury seem to be head and shoulders above the rest right now.

Ooohoohoh oooh, ohohh (Is that how you type the Tomahawk Chop? I’m not sure)

This team is good. As expected, the Tomahawks ran through Manchester on Friday night. The game was never in question as they rolled to a 41-0 victory. Jalen Ollie was even better than advertised. He was 16 of 25 with 327 yards passing and five touchdowns (one better than Bundy—his were all rushing). Yes, you read those stats correctly. The Hartford Courant reported that he may want to go to prep school next year, but it’s obvious that Ollie is a special played. Glastonbury is heating up as we come to the final weeks of the season. They now stand at 6-1. Donevin O’Reilly caught four passes for 154 yards, and the defense was led by Ryan Trzcniski and Tom Reardon. They helped hold Manchester to under 150 yards of total offense on the evening.

The Tribe

The Farmington Indians also rolled to a victory over Bristol Central with a 35-0 win. Like the Glastonbury game, this one was never in question. The Ivan Guadalupe show was back on display as he had two touchdowns and an interception. However, the passing attack was the thing that dominated this game. Jeremy Buck went 19 of 29 for 300 yards passing and he threw touchdowns to Kenny Jones and Anthony Carpenter. Carpenter had six catches for 127 yards, and Jones had 93 yards receiving. Glastonbury and Farmington were on a mission to prove that defensive backs do not play any role in a football game. They succeeded.

SimCity

Simsbury bested South Windsor 27-6 on Saturday afternoon. Brad Helmkamp rushed for 147 yards on 16 carries and scored two touchdowns. Danny Dietz also had two touchdown runs for the Trojans as they improved their record to 2-5. They were able to control the clock with their option attack and the defense was stout, only allowing one touchdown. This was the antithesis of the other CCC games I mentioned before.

Knighted

This game would have made modern day football coaches puke. Ellington and Windsor Locks ran the ball nonstop for four quarters, Windsor Locks only had 15 yards passing…..but that didn’t matter. Jarvis Miller had 282 yards rushing and three touchdowns in a losing effort for Windsor Locks. Yes, a losing effort with those stats! Ellington’s usually stingy defense, had little success stopping Miller, but they did when they needed to. Jake Hinkle picked up a Miller fumble and returned it 52 yards to give Ellington a 41-26 lead that would seal the deal. Joe Leslie threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and ended with 147 yards rushing. Christian Schneider also chipped in with a TD and 119 yards on the ground. Miller was the star, but Ellington moved back into a first place tie with in the Pequot North.

Avon

Avon beat Granby handily 38-19 at home on Saturday night.

Canton

The Warriors had a big showdown with Gilbert/Northwest Regional, but they had a tough time stopping senior running back Tony Ortiz. Ortiz had 292 yards rushing and two touchdowns, including a 90 yarder to lead Gilbert to a 28-15 win.

The rest….

With Fermi’s 40-20 loss to Wethersfield they extended their losing streak to 30 games. Stafford fell to Nonnewaug 34-16, Rockville lost to East Catholic 40-15, Tolland fell to Bloomfield 41-7, and Enfield had a bye.

Bud Kilmer Player of the Week

Come on, who did you think? Jalen Ollie gets the award with another outstanding effort. Buck and Miller will honorable mention, but you can’t ignore the stats Ollie put up against a traditionally strong school.

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