High School Football Notebook: Many Teams Get Off to Solid Starts

The first three week of the football season have been highly exciting. Just two local teams are under .500 following the first three weeks of the season, with RHAM undefeated and one of the top Class L squads.

RHAM is 3-0 and ranked eighth in the Class L standings, and is the only currently undefeated squad TDS covers. The Sachems opened the season by defeating Tolland and Northwest Catholic on the road by scores of 21-7 and 35-0. Against Tolland, quarterback Cal Redman and Kevin Clark hooked up for touchdown passes of 25 and 23 yards, and Redman added a rushing TD in the fourth quarter. It was a memorable start to the season for Clark all around, as he made 15 tackles and earned two sacks. RHAM continued to improv on both sides of the ball against Northwest. Seamus Queen rushed for 140 yards and found the end zone, while Redman both ran and threw for a touchdown. Jordan Frey rushed for a 70-yard score. RHAM routed Avon by the same score in its hope opener on the 21st. Queen rushed for TDS of 77 and 71 yards and finished with 210, and Redman threw two TDS. On defense, Clark returned an interception 35 yards for a score. The Sachems allowed just one first down in the first half.

Glastonbury, East Catholic and Enfield are each 2-1 in the CCC.

After a huge loss at state power Southington in the season opener, Glastonbury rebounded and then some with a 40-0 win against rival South Windsor on the 14th. Senior Drew Daniels had a career-defining performance, throwing for five touchdowns and 165 yards while earning eight tackles. Freddie Thomas and Andreis Ramirez each caught two touchdowns and blocked two punts, with one of Thomas’s catches going for 59 yards. Matthew Tenney returned a punt for a touchdown and caught Daniels final touchdown, going for 58 yards. Brandon Myers earned 11 tackles. The Tomahawks moved over .500 a week later by outlasting Hall 14-13. The defense was unstoppable in the second half, allowing Hall to gain just 8 yards. Daniels secured the win with a 1-yard TD run in the fourth.

Enfield opened the season with impressive road wins at Manchester and Hall before falling to Conard in its home opener. The opening win was a barnburner, as the Eagles rallied in the fourth to send the game into overtime tied at 34 before winning 51-43 in double overtime. Cody Stager threw for 223 yards and five touchdowns and was also great on the ground, rushing for 90 yards and a score. Joel Stewart caught two TDs. Tallon Stager led the defense with seven tackles. The next week, the offense broke through late in a 12-10 win. Cody Stager led Enfield on a winning drive in the fourth, ultimately finding Wyatt Raymond open in the end zone for an 8-yard score. It was Stager’s second TD, as he had rushed for one in the first.

After two close wins, Enfield found itself on the other end of such a game, losing 31-27 to Conard at home. The Eagles trailed 14-0 and 31-21 before mounting a comeback, but were ultimately unable to execute on a late drive. Tallon Stager connected for two touchdown bombs of 89 and 80 yards as well as one of “just” 28 and ran for a TD.

On the season, Cody Stager has thrown four six touchdowns against just one interception and rushed for 167 yards. Stewart leads Eagles with 11 catches and 185 yards receiving. On defense, Tallon Stager leads in tackles with 13.

East Catholic recorded a 28-18 win against Avon and 42-6 domination of Bulkeley/HMTCA/Weaver. Against Avon, four different players rushed for touchdowns, with Matt Byam leading the way with 96 rushing yards. Byam also had 12 tackles, while Rocco Desimone was also in double figures with 10. Byam cemented his performance with an interception. After an ugly loss at Berlin, the Eagles immediately bounced back on the 21st by dominating on both ends. Byam rushed for 3 touchdowns and caught a 20-yard TD. Noah Vail and David Lundy each rushed for a score.

Over in the Pequot Uncas conference, Rockville is 2-1, already better the number of wins the Rams had last season. The first win was certainly memorable, as the Rams ran roughshod over Gilbert/Northwestern 48-7 in its second contest. QB Ben Ambro tossed three touchdowns and Jon O’Coin rushed for 127 yards and two scores. Monty Thomas was everywhere, making 10 tackles and rushing for a TD. Led by Thomas, the defense allowed just 16 rushing yards. Rockville then moved over .500 with a 14-13 win at Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby. Kevin Foley and Nick Foley helped secure the win by making a key third-down tackle and blocking a pass in the end zone, respectively.

Ellington is 0-3. The Knights have struggled heavily on offense, averaging just 10 points. The team’s best performance came in a 20-17 loss at Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton/Lyman on the 15th. Jeremy Davis ran for 153 yards and a touchdown and Nathan Schneider also ran for a TD. Steven Moller recorded an interception. On the season, Davis leads the team in rushing yards and Moller has caught its lone touchdown, grabbing 6 passes overall.

South Windsor has played very poorly after losing much talent from last season’s playoff team. The Bobcats have scored just 7 points and allowed 40 points or more in all three game. Ronnie Pinkard rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown against East Hartford. Royale Richards made seven tackles against EHS, two for loss, while Gabriel Hill earned six.

 

 

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