Varsity Blues: Week 8

This was a tough week for area football teams. Farmington finally had their first letdown of the season in a battle of undefeated versus Middletown. The Blue Dragons won 21-7, sending Farmington home with their first loss of the year. Avon lost a heartbreaker to Gilbert/Northwestern 34-33 on the last play of the game, and Enfield pulled off the upset of the week with a dominating win of Cromwell 20-7.


Things didn’t go well for the Indians right from the start. Middletown scored a 62 touchdown on the second play of the game and it never got better from there. Dario Highsmith of Middletown had 286 yards rushing on 37 carries to lead the way to the victory. Ivan Guadalupe was held to 22 yards rushing on 10 carries as they couldn’t get the offense going. Middletown is now 8-0 heading into the final two weeks of the season. Farmington still has the playoffs on their mind, but they must get back on track.


The Falcons scored on the last play of the game to go behind Gilbert 34-33 in a Pequot West showdown. Down one point, Coach Jon Cauoette decided to go for the two point conversion and the win. Quarterback Noah Hahn targeted running back Jimmy Murphy, but the pass was intercepted and the game was lost. Gilbert is now in first place in the league, and look poised to make the playoffs. Avon is 5-3, and will most likely miss the playoffs this season.


Jason Davis had a dominating performance on Friday night as Enfield continues to play well down the stretch. Davis rushed for 202 yards on 23 carries two touchdowns and was 10 of 15 for 121 yards and a touchdown. Jake Watts had two interceptions for Enfield as well. The Raiders now stand at 4-3 and have made the Pequot North race quite interesting. The win put Ellington/Somers in first place at 4-1 (with one league game left), Cromwell is 4-2 (with one league games left), Enfield has 2 losses, Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby has 2 losses, Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton has 2 losses, and SMSA/University has 2 losses. There are many matchups head to head, the most important being Ellington/Somers vs. Coventry on Thanksgiving’s eve. If Ellington wins, they will claim the title. If they lose, there could possibly be a four way tie for division championship. However, it is almost certain that no one will make the playoffs, only Windsor Locks still has a chance.


Jalen Ollie was 16 of 27 for 230 yards passing and three touchdowns as the Tomahawks beat Conard 39-7. Donevin O’Reilly rushed for 163 yards on 16 carries and totaled 295 all-purpose yards. They currently stand at number 6 in the state rankings.

The rest of the area did not fare well.

Canton beat H-K 41-6, Rockville lose to Plainville 40-7, Simsbury fell to Manchester 26-7, Tolland lost 28-27 versus East Catholic, Lewis Mills downed Stafford 32-6, Valley Regional beat Ellington 48-21, Fermi lost to RHAM 36-7, and South Windsor lost to Hall 42-6.

Bud Kilmer Player of the Week

Jason Davis—look at the stats again: rushed for 202 yards on 23 carries two touchdowns and was 10 of 15 for 121 yards and a touchdown. The Raiders are rolling and Davis is leading the charge.

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