East Catholic keeps playoff hopes alive, MHS loses finale

The way East Catholic senior running back Andre Brackett saw things, the Eagles annual Thanksgiving eve matchup with rival Northwest Catholic-West Hartford was essentially a first round playoff game.  The Eagles entered the game with a tenuous hold on the No. 8 spot in the CIAC Class S state tournament and the only way to maintain that spot was to win.

And that’s exactly what the Eagles did, dismantling Northwest Catholic early and often, on the way to a 48-0 victory at the Cheney Tech Sports Complex Wednesday night. Brackett was a key figure for the Eagles scoring three first half touchdowns as East raced to a 28-0 lead at intermission. Bracket finished with 111 yards on just 10 carries and was named team Most Valuable Player.

East will not know if it has a spot in the Class S tournament until after all of the games have concluded on Thanksgiving Day, but Brackett feels the Eagles are playoff ready. “We deserve a spot and we just wanted to stay focused and finish business,” Brackett told the Hartford Courant after the game.

See more action photos of the Eagles here: https://thesportsdept.smugmug.com/East-Catholic-Thanksgiving/

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Manchester Drops Season Finale

Justin McCray scored the game-winning touchdown on an 82-yard run in the fourth quarter as East Hartford came from behind on the road to defeat Manchester 33-28 Wednesday night.

Manchester (2-8) took an 8-6 lead into the half, but East Hartford (6-4) quickly took the lead in the third quarter on a 25-yard pass from Sergio Rodriguez to Jean Montanez. Rodriguez then connected with Deshawn Givens on a 27-yard touchdown pass after Givens intercepted a pass on the previous Manchester possession. See full report here

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