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Cromwell-Portland 13, Coginchaug Hale-Ray East Hampton 6: On a beautiful Saturday in October, the boys in blue traveled to Pierson Park to take on the vaunted Cromwell-Portland Panthers.
Cromwell, one of the best teams in the Pequot, came in with an undefeated record and averaged over 40 points a game.
Further, the last two times Cromwell played Coginchaug the Panthers scored over 50 points.
This time, Cromwell received the ball and scored on a long touchdown pass on their first play from scrimmage.
Coginchaug would not back down, however.
The Blue Devils scored before halftime, controlled the ball the entire third quarter and held Cromwell scorless until the final frame as the score remained 7-6 Panthers.
After Coginchaug failed to convert on a fourth-and-goal situation from the three-yardline to begin the fourth, Cromwell responded with a 99-yard drive to go up 13-6.
Late in the fourth, Coginchaug forced a fumble and had an excellent opportunity to win the game but couldn’t pull off the upset.
Durham-Middlefield (B team) 26, Simsbury 20: The Falcons came out strong and scored on their second drive on a one-yard TD keeper by Tyler Doyle.
Right before halftime, the Falcons (3-2) struck again, this time on a 61-yard interception return by Lucas Rivera.
After Simsbury got on the board in the second half, the ensuing kickoff went to Rivera, who took it to the house for a 71-yard TD to make it a 20-6 game.
From there, the locals expanded their lead on another QB keeper by Doyle.
Simsbury made a game of it down the stretch, but the comebacl fell short.
The Falcons’ Brad Dragan went 7 for 10 with 43 yards. He connected with Justin Garretson, Rivera, Ryan Grant and Jake Manning.
Powering the victors on the ground were Grant (7 carries, 79 yards), Manning (4 carries, 15 yards), Rivera (9 carries, 50 yards), Dragan (2 carries, 6 yards) and Doyle (8 carries, 25 yards).
The Falcons’ defense was anchored by Grant (5 tackles), Rivera (6) and Donovan Vumback (4).
Jacob Harkins, Garretson and Jack Franceschet each had two tackles and Jacob Kolawinski, Manning, Tyler Lanning, Jack Martin, Doyle and Lucas Harkins also had takedowns.
Justin Garretson had two sacks. Ryan Grant had one.
Rivera and Manning each had an interception.
Durham-Middlefield (D team) 12, Rocky Hill 7: Spencer Lanning scored on a long run on the Falcons’ first drive to set the pace.
Brody Manning had an interception at the end of the first half that stopped a long Rocky Hill drive and Johns Fotopoulus created a QB fumble, picked up the loose ball and ran it in for a TD to give the Falcons a 12-0 lead.
The victors played tough, considering they only had 11 players. All the boys had to execute on every play.