Top Performers of the Week: Football Players Have Memorable Thanksgiving Games

East Catholic senior teammates Andre Brackett and Chris Amata helped secure a Class S playoff berth for the Eagles with outstanding performances on both sides of the ball in the team’s 48-0 Thanksgiving eve shellacking of Northwest Catholic. Brackett ran for 111 yards and three touchdowns on just 10 carries, earning game MVP honors. Brackett scored on runs of 18, 5 and 2 yards, and also picked off two passes in the first half. Amata opened the game by returning a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, and also ran in a pair of two-point conversions.

East Catholic (8-2) qualified for the playoffs as a number 7 seed. It will play at No. 2 Bloomfield on Tuesday night in the first round.

Ellington Teammates Help Squad Win Division Title

Isiah Castro-Vega and Mark Hickman ran roughshod over Coventry in Ellington’s annual Thanksgiving game with CHS, leading the squad to a 45-8 win and the 2015 Pequot East title. Castro-Vega, a junior, carried the ball nine times for 145 yards and four touchdowns. In his final game for the program, Hickman caught two passes for 57 yards and a touchdown and also had a highlight reel interception return of 80 yards for a touchdown. The Knights finished the season 8-2.

Rocky Hill and Cromwell/Portland Defenses Dictate the Action in Teams First Thanksgiving Day Game

In a game that was owned by the defenses, Rocky Hill captured a 9-7 win when senior linebacker Patrick Sullivan sacked Panthers quarterback Jarius Bailey for a safety with 58 seconds to play. Sullivan finished the day with 11 tackle and three sacks, and also forced a fumble recovered by teammate Jason Carducci, who earned 10 tackles. Junior Ricky Montalvo was named the team’s defensive player of the game by making 11 tackles, including two for a loss. Dianta Highsmith made a late interception for Cromwell/Portland. Grant Nieves and Kristian Sapp scored their team’s lone touchdowns, with Nieves running for a 23-yard score and Sapp catching a 13-yard screen pass from Bailey. Both squads finished the season with records of 8-2.

South Windsor Offense Dominates in Thanksgiving  Day Win Against Rockville

South Windsor quarterback Connor Kapisak threw for 129 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Bobcats to a memorable 46-34 win. Connor Dun caught two TD throws of 25 and 16 yards, and Mike Foley also snatched two for 6 and 3 yards. Daniel Kupchunos threw two touchdowns for Rockville. South Windsor finished the season 4-6, while the Rams ended it 3-7.


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