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Week 9 (Nov. 12-13)
Mon. Nov. 15
Rocky Hill 58, St. Paul 12
Vinal Tech 44, RHAM 22
Sat. Nov. 13
N.W. Catholic 39, East Catholic 14
Plainville 27, Farmington 22
Sun. Nov. 14
Berlin 33, Middletown 7
Enfield 14, Avon 10

Plainville 27, Farmington 22
PLAINVILLE, Nov. 13 -- The Blue Devils rallied with three TDs in the fourth quarter to stun Farmington and severely damage any CIAC playoff hopes. Chris Boland scored on a 10-yard TD pass from Mike Synder with 13 seconds left to complete the comeback. Plainville trailed 22-7 to open the fourth quarter. T.C. Scott (27-171, 2 TDs) had a 12-yard TD run to cut the lead to 22-13. Synder scored on a 26-yard run and Scott's 2-point conversion run trimmed the lead to 22-21. Nick Bliss, playing for the first time in four weeks, ran for 141 yards and 2 TDs.

N.W. Catholic 39, East Catholic 14
WEST HARTFORD, Nov. 13 -- Backup QB Mike Bourdon completed 13-of-21 passes for 173 yards and 2 TDs as NWC handed East Catholic/Cheney Tech its first loss of the year and probably ending any chance that East could qualify for the Class LL playoffs. NWC moved up to fourth place in the Class SS race with its Thanksgiving Day game with Plainville left on the schedule. The Indians took advantage of five Eagle turnovers and scored a pair of TDs on defense to hand East Catholic (8-1, 7-1 Nutmeg) their first loss. "We made a lot of mistakes and that made their path easier," East Catholic coach Bill Baccaro told the Journal Inquirer. "But take nothing away from Northwest. They outplayed us and they clearly deserved to win."

Vinal Tech/Coginchaug 44, RHAM 22
MIDDLETOWN, Nov. 15 – The Hawks took an 18-point lead but saw RHAM trim that lead to two before Vinal Tech/Coginchaug pulled away for a 44-22 victory. "I’m most proud of how we handled adversity," V/C coach Bob McNamara told the Middletown Press. "The game could have gotten away from us in the second and third quarters, but it didn’t. It got scary, but the halftime was good for us. It gave us a chance to make some adjustments. That we got the ball to open the second half helped."

Vinal Tech led 24-6 but RHAM cut the lead to two, 24-22, by halftime. But the Hawks dominated in the second half, scoring three TDs and running 31 plays to 12 for RHAM. Antonio Inglis ran for 236 yards on 31 carries, including 130 in the second half.

Week 8 (Nov. 5-6)
Fri. Nov. 5
Plainville 28, Rocky Hill 14
Berlin 48, Enfield 0
Sat. Nov. 6
East Catholic 48, St. Paul 0
Farmington 42, N.W. Catholic 38
RHAM 34, Avon 0
Vinal Tech 40, Middletown 26

Week 7 (Oct. 29-30)
Fri. Oct. 29
Berlin 35, Farmington 28

Sat. Oct. 30
N.W.Catholic 47, Avon 7
Middletown 41, Plainville 13
Enfield 36, St. Paul 14
East Catholic 31, Vinal Tech 7
Rocky Hill 28, RHAM 6

Berlin 35, Farmington 28
FARMINGTON, Oct. 29 – Dan Madley lofted a 7-yard TD pass to Jon Brummel on fourth down with 4:41 left to lift Berlin to a 35-28 win over Farmington in a battle of unbeaten teams. Berlin scored 21 points in the final 3:49 of the second quarter to take a 14-point halftime lead but Farmington rallied with a pair of second half TDs to tie the score. Berlin's Chris Laroche ran for a team-high 113 yards, scored 2 TDs and ran for 85 yards in kickoff returns to spark the Redcoats. Read more at Avon Football Online.

Enfield 36, St. Paul 14
ENFIELD, Oct. 31 -- Kenny Byrd led the Falcons (0-7) with a game-high 142 yards and 2 TDs. But outside of a safety and some booming punts from Kyle Abucewicz, the Falcons showed little in the first half, trailing 28-2 at the break. A fumble recovery, interception and botched kickoff return by St. Paul helped Enfield outscore St. Paul 22-0 in the second quarter and earn its first victory of the season.

Rocky Hill 28, RHAM 6
ANDOVER, Oct. 30 – Greg Lappen ran for 122 yards, intercepted two passes to lead Rocky Hill past RHAM. “The defense stepped up," Rocky Hill coach Dave Coyne told The Herald Press. "We knew they were going to pass, and our secondary was terrific. The kids really executed our game plan. Coaches just draw up X’s and O’s, the kids are the ones who do it and deserve the credit."

Middletown 41, Plainville 13
MIDDLETOWN, Oct. 30 – Despite a sore ankle, Middletown QB Shamar Carr threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more to lead the Dragons. "We were planning to throw the ball a little more today because Shamar’s ankle was probably only 60 percent," Middletown coach Eric Marszalek said. "With him not in the run game, it changes the way we do things a little bit." Still, he threw TD passes of 40 and 80 yards in the first half to help Middletown build a 21-point halftime lead. Carr threw for 238 yards and 2 TDs and also ran for a pair of fourth quarter TDs.

East Catholic 31, Vinal Tech 7
MANCHESTER, Oct. 30 -- Antonio Inglis rushed for 144 yards and a TD but undefeated East Catholic rolled. Dan Belli (5-7) threw for 3 TDs and 93 yards.

Week 6 (Oct. 22-23)
Fri. Oct. 22
Vinal Tech/Coginchaug 41, St. Paul/GT 24
Farmington 52, Enfield 0
Berlin 24, N.W. Catholic 14
Sat. Oct. 23
Plainville 41, Avon 12
East Catholic 55, RHAM 8
MIddletown 49, Rocky Hill 21

Berlin 24, N.W. Catholic 14
BERLIN, Oct. 22 - Quarterback Dan Madey ran for 2 TDs and the defense pitched a second-half shutout as Berlin prevailed in a battle of unbeaten teams. Berlin (6-0, 5-0 Nutmeg) won despite an interception and lost two punts on fumbles. "The team that turns the ball over the least generally wins the game no matter what level of football you’re playing," Berlin head coach John Capodice told The New Britain Herald. "I was very happy to get to halftime (tied). We were very fortunate."

East Catholic 55, RHAM 8
MANCHESTER, Oct. 16 – East Catholic/Cheney Tech (6-0, 5-0 Nutmeg) kept pace with Berlin and remained atop the Nutmeg Conference with a dominating victory over RHAM, a first-year squad. “We came to play today,” East Catholic coach Bill Baccaro told The Hartford Courant. “We wanted to control the line of scrimmage, control the clock and have the defense give us turnovers.” Kyle Marandino rushed for 2 TDs and 110 yards along with 3 receptions for 72 yards and a TD. East Catholic QB Dan Belli was 4-of-8 for 89 yards along with 96 yards of rushing and a TD.

Middletown 49, Rocky Hill 21
ROCKY HILL, Oct. 16 – Jashone Cunningham scored 5 TDs to lead Middletown. Cunningham (14-155) scored on runs of 65, 7, 1 and 10 yards and caught a 53-yard TD pass from Shamar Carr. For Rocky Hill, Mark Fritz (23-145, 1 TD) and Greg Lappen (17-139, 2 TDs) each played well.

Vinal Tech/Coginchaug 41, St. Paul/GT 24
MIDDLETOWN, Oct. 22 – Antonio Inglis broke his own school record with 278 yards rushing on 22 carries and scored 4 TDs to lead Vinal Tech/Coginchaug to a 41-24 win over winless St. Paul/Goodwin Tech. "He’s just a very good football player who loves to play the game. It’s hard to believe that someone his size can run so hard between the tackles,” Vinal coach Bob McNamara said.

Farmington 52, Enfield 0
FARMINGTON, Oct. 22 – Playing without leading rusher Nick Bliss, the Indians rolled over Enfield, 52-0. Sean Gerhart scored 3 TDs including a pair of receptions from QB Steve Harrington (8-for-14, 148 yards, 3 TDs). James Fox scored a TD and rushed for 183 yards.

Week 5 (Oct. 15-16)
Fri. Oct. 15
N.W. Catholic 18, Rocky Hill 7
East Catholic/CT 58, Enfield 0
Sat. Oct. 16
Farmington 52, St. Paul/GT 14
Vinal Tech/Cog. 39, Avon 14
Berlin 7, Plainville 2
Middletown 48, RHAM 23

N.W. Catholic 18, Rocky Hill 7: Jonathan Rocque, Joe Robinson and Dan Murphy each scored TDs as the Indians (5-0) remained atop the Nutmeg Football League in Rocky Hill.

East Catholic/CT 58, Enfield 0: The undefeated Eagles (5-0) rolled past winless Enfield as Kyle Marandino rushed for 125 yards and 3 TDs (9, 18, 13) on eight carries Friday in Manchester. He also caught a 38-yard TD pass from Dan Belli, who rushed for 103 yards himself on 11 carries.

Farmington 52, St. Paul/GT 12: Nick Bliss ran for 307 yards and six TDs as the Indians rolled past St. Paul on Saturday night at Muzzy Field in Bristol. The Falcons’ Jamel Greenlee did haul in a 74-yard TD reception from Kenny Byrd for the longest TD pass since the co-op program began in 2000.

Berlin 7, Plainville 2: One interception return for a touchdown was the difference as Berlin outlasted Plainville, 7-2 at Plainville High. Nick Catalano’s 46-yard TD interception return in the second quarter of a Cam Vincelette pass was the difference for undefeated Berlin (5-0). "This was our game, and we beat ourselves today," Plainville coach Michael Archangelo told The Herald Press. "Offensively, (Berlin) didn’t do anything. They broke down on a couple of key plays and offensively, (Plainville) just made some foolish mistakes that cost us the game." Plainville threw three interceptions and had two other fumbles. "(Berlin) won this game on our mistakes that we made," said Archangelo. "We are a young team and I expect them to make mistakes but not from my senior group."

Week 4 (Oct. 8-9)
Fri. Oct. 8
Farmington 38, Vinal Tech 28
Berlin 53, Rocky Hill 0

Sat. Oct. 9
East Catholic 49, Avon 15
Middletown 69, St. Paul/GT 14
Plainville 27, Enfield 6
N.W. Catholic 50, RHAM 21

Farmington 38, Vinal Tech/Cog. 28
MIDDLETOWN, Oct. 8 – The Indians erased an early 14-0 deficit and outscored Vinal Tech to remain undefeated. Farmington QB Steve Harrington completed 9-of-14 passes for 187 yards and 4 TDs while Nick Bliss gained 177 yards on 20 carries. Martin Jones caught two TD passes and rushed for a third TD. Vinal’s Antonio Inglish had 4 TDs for the Hawks and ran for a school-record 278 yards on 27 carries. "We absolutely stole one tonight," Farmington coach Jeff Bemis said. "I think we got lucky. We are not doing enough to help ourselves defensively. I know that (Antonio) Inglis is a very talented back, but they spread us out and made it hard for us to contain him. Still, we missed so many tackles." Vinal was hurt by three turnovers that Farmington converted into points.

Berlin 53, Rocky Hill 0
BERLIN, Oct. 8 – Chris Laroche scored 3 TDs including a sharp 56-yard run in the third quarter to lead Berlin. Laroche went outside the right tackle, up the sideline and cut inside to avoid a defender before returning to the sideline. Laroche gained 153 yards on 12 carries.

Plainville 27, Enfield 6
ENFIELD, Oct. 9 -- T.C. Scott (24-133) scored three TDs in the fourth quarter as Plainville broke open a close contest and earn its third win of the season over winless Enfield. "We learned from our mistakes at halftime," Plainville coach Michael Archangelo told the New Britain Herald. "We had to get our linebackers out a little bit. We played the game I knew we were capable of in the second half."

N.W. Catholic 50, RHAM 21
WEST HARTFORD, Oct. 9 -- NWC QB Mike Sarnese threw a pair of TD passes and ran for a third as the Indians remained undefeated. Sarnese was 8-of-12 for 166 yards with a 9-yard TD and TD passes to Justin Jarvis (37, 15). Joe Robinson (8-71) scored 3 TDs for NWC.

Middletown 63, St. Paul/GT 14
BRISTOL, Oct. 9 – Strong running from QB Shamar Carr lifted Middletown to an easy win at Muzzy Field. Carr scored on a 42-yard run and had a 68-yard run that set up another second quarter TD as the Dragons erased an early St. Paul lead (8-6) and built a 20-8 edge. A 68-yard run by Carr set up Middletown’s third TD. Korey Speller scored three TDs for Middletown including punt returns of 60 and 77 yards.

Week 3 (Oct. 1-2)
Fri. Oct. 1
Berlin 56, St. Paul/GT 8
East Catholic/CT 42, Rocky Hill 7
Plainville 14, Vinal/Coginchaug  7
Sat. Oct. 2
Middletown 41, Avon 0
Farmington 42, RHAM 39
NW Catholic 24, Enfield 8

Farmington 42, RHAM 39
ANDOVER, Oct. 2 -- An 80-yard kickoff return with 3:36 left by Sean Gerhart enabled Farmington to avoid a huge upset defeat at Andover. RHAM rallied from a 10-point deficit to take the lead. Down 10, RHAM took over on the Farmington 20-yard line following a turnover and scored to cut the deficit to four, 35-31 with 5:02 left. The extra point was wide. RHAM recovered the onside kick and took the lead when Tyler Ware scored on a 10-yard run and ran in the two-point conversion for a 39-35 lead.

N.W. Catholic 24, Enfield 8
WEST HARTFORD, Oct. 2 -- The Indians improved to 3-0 and remained in first place with a win over Enfield.

Plainville 14, Vinal Tech/Coginchaug 7
PLAINVILLE, Oct. 1 – Sophomore T.C. Scott scored on a 77-yard run and junior Nick Forcella scored on a 59-yard scamper as the Devils (2-1) prevailed. On its first drive of the game, Vinal Tech (0-3) had first-and-goal from the Plainville 4-yard line but only got as far as the one-yard line. Antonio Inglis led Vinal with 162 yards on 29 carries, including a 2-yard TD run.

East Catholic/CT 42, Rocky Hill 7
ROCKY HILL, Oct. 1 – Kyle Marandino rushed for 4 TDs and caught another to lead the Eagles. He also rushed for 124 yards on 12 carries.

Berlin 56, St. Paul/GT 8
BERLIN, Oct. 1 – Chris Laroche scored 4 TDs on a 85-yard pass reception, a 24-yard run, 1-yard run  and 60-yard punt return to lead Berlin. Jon Brummel and Tom Liberda each added a pair of TDs. Robert Dornfield was 8-for-8 in PATs.

Week 2 (Sept. 23-25)
Saturday, Sept. 25
NW Catholic 38, St. Paul/GT 0
Farmington 41, Middletown 34
RHAM 27, Enfield 24
Friday, Sept. 24
Berlin 50, Vinal Tech 7
East Catholic 41, Plainville 15
Thursday, Sept. 23
Rocky Hill 24, Avon 6

Farmington 41, Middletown 34: The Indians captured their season opener as Nick Bliss rushed for 316 yards and 5 TDs on 32 carries. His longest TD scamper was for 46 yards. Middletown QB Shamar Carr was 14-of-26 for 290 yards and 2 TDs. He also ran for 2 TDs. "We felt we had a size advantage, not only with who we had at certain points but with the extra guys we had to fill in," Farmington coach Jeff Bemis told The Herald Press. "They only played 16 or 17 guys. I figured we could wear them down. I’ve got seven guys that I feel confident rotating in and out and they can play different positions."

N.W. Catholic 38, St. Paul/Goodwin Tech 0: N.W. Catholic QB Mike Sarnese completed 11 of 18 passes for 251 yards and three TDs as the Indians blanked St. Paul/GT, 38-0. Justin Jarvis was 5-175 with all 3 TDs.

RHAM 27, Enfield 24: The Sachems won their first-ever varsity contest by holding off Enfield when Jeff Keurian hauled in a 23-yard TD pas from Tyler Ware in the fourth quarter after Enfield had taken a 3-point lead. Ben Schadtle rushed for 2 TDs and 166 yards on 30 carries. Ben Lindo (6-87) led Enfield (0-2) with two rushing TDs. He also caught 4 passes for 95 yards.

Week 1 (Sept. 15-19)
Thursday, Sept. 15
N.W. Catholic 55, Vinal Tech 15
Fri. Sept. 16
East Catholic/Cheney Tech 56,
St. Bernard/Norwich Tech 19
Sun. Sept. 18
Berlin 12, NFA 7
Mon. Sept. 19
Middletown 40, Enfield 20
Bacon Academy 24, RHAM 6
Sports & Medical Sciences Academy 24, Rocky Hill 7
Plainville 10, St. Paul/GT 0
Avon 28, Wright Tech 0

N.W. Catholic 55, Vinal Tech 15: The Indians opened the season with a dominating win over Vinal in Middletown.

East Catholic/CT 56, St. Bernard/Norwich Tech 19: Kyle Marandino scored three TDs while Jordan Evans scored on a 71-yard run as East Catholic dominated. The Eagles had 453 yards of offense, including rushing for 443 yards on 41 carries.

Berlin 12, NFA 7: Two interceptions helped set up a pair of Berlin touchdowns as rookie head coach John Capodice prevailed in his varsity debut at NFA. John Brummel faked out a NFA defender on a 28-yard TD pass from Dan Madey while Tom Liberda added the second TD on a 73-yard TD run. Liberda set up that play with a second quarter interception.

Middletown 40, Enfield 20: In a game of big plays, host Middletown outran Enfield. Shamarr Carr and Jashone Cunningham each scored twice for the Blue Dragons. There were nine TDs scored including five over 40 yards. An additional three TDs were called back due to penalties. Carr led Middletown with 172 yards rushing and 155 yards passing after completing eight of 15 passes.

Bacon Academy 24, RHAM 6: The Bobcats rushed for 235 yards on 33 carries to overwhelm RHAM, which was playing its first-ever varsity game. Bacon’s Jon Baker ran for 80 yards. "Pretty much it was run the ball up the middle for us," Baker said. "We know we have some big guys on the line. We wore them down by playing hard-nosed football."

Plainville 10, St. Paul/GT 0: The Blue Devils scored on its opening possession and it was enough to earn a victory. TC Scott rushed for a game-high 123 yards and scored on a 34-yard run early in the contest.

Sports & Medical Sciences Academy 24, Rocky Hill 7: SMSA erased an early 7-0 deficit and took advantage of three Rocky Hill fumbles to win at Dillon Stadium in Hartford. Eric Fritz had 118 yards on 16 carries for the Terriers but SMSA’s Ricky Padilla rushed for 162 yards on 9 carries while Chaise Pressey threw a pair of TD passes.

2004 Nutmeg League final standings
Team            Lg.        Over.
y-Berlin          8-1         9-2
y-E. Catholic  8-1         9-2
NW Catholic   6-2-1    7-2-1
Farmington     7-2         7-2
Middletown     6-3         6-4
Plainville        5-3-1    6-3-1
Vinal Tech      5-4         5-5
Rocky Hill      3-6         3-7
RHAM           3-6         3-7
Enfield           2-7         2-8
Avon              0-9         1-9
St. Paul         0-10       0-10
y-share league championship
Co-operative teams:
Vinal Tech/Coginchaug;
East Catholic/Cheney Tech
St. Paul/Goodwin Tech
CIAC playoffs
Tuesday, Nov. 30 semifinals
Class M: Hand 41, Berlin 14
Class S: Hyde 56, NW Catholic 22

Week 10 (Nov. 19-25)
Friday, Nov. 19
Farmington 42, Avon 0
Sat. Nov. 20
East Catholic/CT 7, Berlin 0

Tuesday, Nov. 23
Vinal Tech 71, Rocky Hill 48
Thursday, Nov. 25
N.W. Catholic 27, Plainville 27
Fermi 14, Enfield 12
Xavier 41, Middletown 6
Saturday, Nov. 27
RHAM 34, St. Paul/GT 14