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East Catholic keeps playoff hopes alive, MHS loses finale - TheSportsDept.com

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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