Friday Night Football Fantastic Finish

ELLINGTON – The first ever regular season night football game at Ellington certainly had plenty of buildup and hype. Turns out, the pre-game excitement paled in comparison to one of the most electrifying and dramatic finishes in the history of the program.

With just over two minutes remaining in the game, Ellington/Somers  trailed by four points and faced a desperate fourth-down and 5 at the Hyde 10-yard line. Throughout the game the Knights  put together a handful of sustained drives that ultimately stalled inside the red zone.

Not this time.

With the largest (and most frenzied) crowd of the season looking on, Ellington/Somers quarterback Christian Rider rolled to his right, dodged a couple of onrushing linebackers and somehow rifled a pass into the arms of receiver Isaiah Castro-Vega for the go-ahead which helped the Knights to a wild and unforgettable  13-10 victory.

With 1:56 remaining on the game clock, the packed bleachers behind the Ellington/Somers bench were pure bedlam.

(See TD Pass here:!i=3621554735&k=23PxSbr )

The Knights defense, as it has done all season, held firm on Hyde’s last possession to preserve the victory. The punctuation point for the defense came when Ellington’s Shane McGown tracked and sacked Hyde quarterback Dwayne Hunter-Parker to effectively end the game.

Ellington/Somers’ also had a touchdown by Mark Hickman, who racked up over 70 yards on the ground. With the victory Ellington/Somers improved to 5-1 and the Knights remain very much in the hunt for the Pequot Conference North Division championship as well as a spot in the state playoffs.  Hyde dropped to 3-3.


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