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2006 Avon High football schedule
Saturday, Sept. 16: Hyde 28, Avon 12
Thursday, Sept. 21: North Branford 40, Avon 27
Saturday, Sept. 30: Coventry/Windham Tech 19, Avon 8
Saturday, Oct. 7:    Avon 31, Housatonic/Wamogo 19
Saturday, Oct. 14:  Windsor Locks/Suffield 35, Avon 14
Friday, Oct. 20:      Avon 21, Stafford/East Windsor 14, OT
Friday, Oct. 27:      Tolland 45, Avon 16
Saturday, Nov. 4:    Avon 19, Ellington/Somers 12
Saturday, Nov. 11:  Avon 30, Gilbert/Northwestern Reg. 0
Saturday, Nov. 18:  Avon 48, Vinal Tech/Coginchaug 28

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Around the Pequot Conference  2006
'06 standings and statistics: Uncas, Sassacus
Copyright 2006,
Collinsville Publishing Co.
Final record
4-3 Pequot Uncas
5-5 overall
Previous seasons
2005 (4-6)
2004 (1-9)
2003 (4-6)
2002 (1-9)

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2006 Pequot Conference
Uncas Division
Team           Lg.   Over.
x-Coventry /WT         6-1         7-4
x-Tolland          6-1         7-4
x-Wind. Locks/Suff   6-1         7-3
Avon                           4-3         5-5
Stafford/EWins         2-5         3-7
Housatonic/Wam    2-5         2-8
Ellington/Somers    1-6         3-7
Gilbert/NWR             1-6         2-8

Sassacus Division
Team           Lg.   Over.
xy-Cromwell             7-0        9-2
North Branford         6-1        9-2
Hyde                 5-2        8-2
Valley Reg./OL          3-4        6-4
H-Killingworth           3-4        6-4
Morgan             2-5        3-7
Old Saybrook/West  1-6        3-7
Vinal Tech/Cogin      1-6        1-9
x-clinched division championship
y-won league championship
Co-operative teams:
Windsor Locks/Suffield
Coventry/Windham Tech
Stafford/East Windsor
Old Saybrook/Westbrook
Valley Regional/Old Lyme

2005 Pequot Conference
Uncas Division
Team           Lg.   Over.
x-Coventry /WT          6-0        7-4
Tolland             5-1        6-4
Wind. Locks/Suff      4-2        5-5
Ellington/Somers    3-3         4-6
Gilbert/NWR             2-4         3-7
Housatonic/Wam    1-5        1-9
Stafford/EWins         0-6      0-10

Sassacus Division
Team           Lg.   Over.
xy-Hyde                       6-0      12-0
North Branford          5-1        9-2
Cromwell         4-2         8-2
Valley Reg.      3-3         7-3
H-Killingworth           2-4        5-5
Old Saybrook/West  1-5        2-8
Morgan             0-6        3-7
x-clinched division championship
y-won league championship

CIAC playoffs 2005
Class S semifinals
Hyde 22, Rocky Hill 19
Class S championship
Hyde 31, New London 13
Class MM semifinals
Branford 13, Coventry/WT 12
Class SS semifinals
Woodland 27, North Branford 7

Pequot Conference 2006 highlights
CIAC playoffs
Bloomfield 45, Cromwell 14
BLOOMFIELD, Nov. 28 – Bloomfield’s Andre Delaire rushed for four touchdowns and passed for a fifth as the speedy Warhawks (10-1) defeated Cromwell 45-14 in the Class S semifinals. Delaire scored on runs of 48, 2, 7 and 52 yards. Bloomfield improved to 9-1 in CIAC semifinal games. Bloomfield will face Ansonia in the Class S final.

Holy Cross 48, Tolland 8
WATERBURY, Nov. 28 – Holy Cross RB Dan Mulrooney ran in 3 TDs and had a 70-yard punt return for a TD as the Crusaders rolled up 48 points at halftime in an easy 48-8 win over Tolland at Municipal Stadium in the Class SS semifinals. Cross (11-1) scored on a 71-yard TD on the first play of the game. The Crusaders intercepted three passes and recovered two fumbles. Holy Cross will face Stratford in the final.

New Canaan 49, Coventry/Windham Tech 14
NEW CANAAN, Nov. 28 – QB Curtis Casali completed 14 of 16 passes for 250 yards and 5 TDs in the first half as New Canaan (10-2) dominated Coventry/Windham Tech in a Class MM semifinal, 49-14. Coventry’s leading rusher Travis Pascarelli (1,180 yards) missed the game with pneumonia. New Canaan will face Maloney in the final.

Ansonia 47, North Branford 14
ANSONIA, Nov. 28 --  Junior running back Alex Thomas carried 26 times for 285 yards and four touchdowns to lead Ansonia (12-0) to a 47-14 victory in the Class S semifinals Tuesday at Jarvis Stadium. Thomas scored on runs of 19 and 38 yards in the first quarter and scored from 16 and 56 yards in the third quarter.

Week 10
Friday, Nov. 17
North Branford 36, Hyde 19
Saturday, Nov. 18
Avon 48, Vinal Tech/Coginchaug 28

Wednesday, Nov. 22
Windsor Locks/Suff 41, Stafford/EW 14

Thursday, Nov. 23 (Thanksgiving)
Gilbert/NW Regional 14, Housatonic/Wamogo 12, 3 OT
Tolland 14, Ellington/Somers 8
Coventry/Windham Tech 7, Cromwell 3

Saturday, Nov. 24
Haddam-Killingworth 54, Valley Reg./Old Lyme 27
Sunday, Nov. 25
Morgan 47, Old Saybrook/Westbrook 22

CIAC semifinals: Tuesday, Nov. 28, 6:30 p.m.

Class MM: Coventry/Windham Tech at New Canaan
Class SS: Tolland at Holy Cross
Class S: Cromwell at Bloomfield
Class S: North Branford at Ansonia

CIAC finals: Saturday, Dec. 2

Week 9
Friday, Nov. 10
Coventry 21, Tolland 14
Stafford 6, Ellington 2

Saturday, Nov. 11
Avon 30, Gilbert/NWR 0
Cromwell 17, North Branford 7 
Haddam-Killingworth 41, Old Saybrook/Westbrook 16 
Hyde Leadership 31, Valley Regional/Old Lyme 8 
Morgan 48, Vinal Tech/Coginchaug 22 
Windsor Locks/Suffield at Housatonic/Wamogo

Coventry clinched the Uncas Division title with a 21-14 win over Tolland while Cromwell clinched the Sassacus Division crown with a 17-7 win over North Branford.

Week 8
Friday, Nov. 3
North Branford 42, Old Saybrook 8

Saturday, Nov. 4
Avon 19, Ellington/Somers 12
Windsor Locks/Suffield 13, Coventry/WT 8
Valley Regional/OL 52, Vinal Tech/Cog 19
Tolland 38, Gilbert/NWR 0
Hyde 28, Haddam-Killingworth 0
Housatonic/Wamogo 17, Stafford/EW 12
Cromwell 43, Morgan 7

Week 7
Friday, Oct. 27
Tolland 45, Avon 14
North Branford 28, Morgan 14
Valley Regional 26, Old Saybrook 0
Hyde 48, Vinal Tech 6

Sunday, Oct. 29
Coventry 36, Stafford 6
Housatonic 6, Ellington 0
Cromwell 35, Haddam-Killingworth 18
Monday, Oct. 30
Windsor Locks/Suffield 36, Gilbert/NWR 16

Week 6
Friday, Oct. 20
Tolland 38, Housatonic/Wamogo 0
Avon 21, Stafford/East Windsor 14, OT

Saturday, Oct. 21
Cromwell 14, Hyde 6
Valley Regional 17, Morgan 0
Coventry 36, Gilbert 6
Windsor Locks 21, Ellington 0
Old Saybrook 27, Vinal Tech 0

Cromwell 14, Hyde 6: The Panthers snapped Hyde's school-record 29-game winning streak thanks to Dominique Carr's 60-yard interception return for a TD in the second half. Cromwell forced five turnovers.

Week 5
Friday, Oct. 13
Cromwell 42, Valley Regional 7
HK 34, Morgan 0
Tolland 40, Stafford 20

Saturday, Oct. 14
Hyde 50, Old Saybrook 6
North Branford 48, Vinal Tech 8
Coventry 46, Housatonic 0
Windsor Locks 35, Avon 14
Ellington 27, Gilbert 18

Week 4
Friday, Oct. 6
North Branford 33, Valley Regional 7
Vinal Tech 22, Haddam Killingworth 12
Tolland 42, Windsor Locks 22
Stafford 22, Gilbert 14

Saturday, Oct. 7
Avon 31, Housatonic/Wamogo 19
Cromwell 49, Old Saybrook 12
Hyde 46, Morgan 6
Coventry 26, Ellington 20

Cromwell 49, Old Saybrook/Westbrook 12: Cromwell sophomore Tyshawn Prude rushed for 197 yards and 3 TDs on nine carries as the Panthers (4-0, 2-0 Pequot Sassacus) rolled. Panther QB John Schmaltz threw 2 TD passes (14-38, 187) as Cromwell led 49-6 at the half. The two teams tangled on the field after a punt return in the first quarter with Old Saybrook getting two unsportsmanlike penalities. Cromwell got one. “They're mouthy, we knew that coming in,” Old Saybrook coach Mark McCray said told the New London Day. “That's what the scuffle ended up being about. I'm proud of the kids that we didn't take it. You can't take that, not only for today but for the future of the program. We can't be a punching bag.”

Hyde 46, Morgan 6: The two-time defending Class S champion Wolves were consistent and strong in a win over Morgan. "There are flashes of greatness," Hyde coach John Acquavita told the New Haven Register. "The whole line is brand new with the exception of one player. We replaced a lot of guys. We don’t use this as an excuse here. Two things have to happen — first, our offensive line has to get better and (senior quarterback) Robert Walker has to be ‘the man.’ If those two things happen, we can take it to another level. I am not sure where we are right now." Hyde ran for 250 yards against Morgan. Marvin McClendonran for 2 TDs while Walker ran for 48 yards and passed for 134 yards and 2 TDs.

Derby wants to leave the Southern Connecticut Conference and play football against schools more comparable in size to the Raiders, a Class S school with 160 boys. A Derby official said his school would be more competitive playing against Old Saybrook and North Branford, currently members of the Pequot Conference. "The tables are stacked against us," Derby coach Camen DiCenso told the New Haven Register. "Do we want our kids just to participate, or do we want them to achieve? ... I know they want to achieve.” Derby athletic director Joe Orazietti supports the idea, saying the SCC has grown too large for Derby in all sports. "Our much smaller student body has caused us some difficulty in our level of competitiveness in all our sports programs," Orazietti said.

North Branford 33, Valley Regional/Old Lyme 7: The memory of Tolland RB Mike Gallic running over the T-Birds (4-0, 1-0 Pequot Sassacus) a week ago for 327 yards was the inspiration in a rout of Valley Regional. "They were more physical than us. There are no excuses, they kicked the living snot out of us,” Valley coach Tim King told the New Haven Register.  "How many missed tackles? That goes back to the weight room. That's what I told my kids at the end. Any time I tell you to get in the weight room, that is the reason why."

Week 3
Friday, Sept. 29
Valley Regional 7, Ellington 6
North Branford 29, Tolland 28

Saturday, Sept. 30
Coventry/Windham Tech 19, Avon 8
Old Saybrook/Westbrook 21, Stafford/E. Windsor 6
Hyde 19, Windsor Locks/Suffield 14
Cromwell 44, Vinal Tech/Coginchaug 0
Haddam-Killingworth 26, Housatonic 6
Gilbert/NWR 23, Morgan 12

Gilbert 23, Morgan 12: Host Gilbert forced three turnovers and Chris Smith scored twice including once a 61-yard reverse as the Yellowjackets beat Morgan for its first victory of the season. Gilbert sacked Morgan quarterbacks five times. Smith led all rushers with 123 yards on 15 carries.

H-K 26, Housatonic 6: Angry that H-K ran a play with 30 seconds left and a 20-point lead instead of taking a knee, Housatonic coach Mike DeMazza pulled his team off the field bringing an awkward end to a 26-6 win by the Cougars. “The refs told us H-K was going to take a knee. My defense was just standing there and six of our guys got knocked to the ground because they were expecting them to run a play,” Housatonic coach Mike DeMazza told The Register Citizen. H-K held a slight 13-6 lead in the fourth quarter before the Cougars recovered a fumble and intercepted a Housatonic pass. They scored quickly after both turnovers.

Week 2
Thursday, Sept. 21
North Branford 40, Avon 27
Ellington 39, Morgan 21

Friday, Sept. 22
Valley Regional/Old Lyme 10, Gilbert/NW Regional 6

Saturday, Sept. 23
Cromwell 35, Windsor Locks 7
Old Saybrook 28, Housatonic 14
Haddam Killingworth 26, Stafford 13
Hyde 33, Coventry 20
Tolland 40, Vinal Tech/Coginchaug 0

Old Saybrook 28, Housatonic 14: Big conversions on third and fourth down helped the Rams outlast Housatonic/Wamogo. Old Saybrook/Westbrook scored on its first drive converting on a third-and-15 and a fourth-and-8. They scored on a second-and-18 play. Junior QB Brian Cormier (17-of-29, 210 yards) completed 15-of-23 passes for 195 yards and 4 TDs in the first half. “I was sitting back there forever,” Cormier told the New London Day. “I'm not really the fastest guy on the team. I just like sitting back there and finding open guys and throwing the ball around.”

Tolland 40, Vinal Tech 0: Tolland rolled past Vinal Tech/Coginchaug at Palmer Field. The Eagles scored on the opening kickoff and were playing freshman for most of the second half to avoid breaking the CIAC’s new mandate of winning by under 50 points or risk being suspended. "This 50-point rule [CIAC rule that calls for suspending a coach who wins by more than 50 points] puts us all in a bind. No one benefits from intentionally not playing,” Tolland coach Patrick Cox told the Middletown Press. “Both teams did that tonight and no one benefits from that." Vinal coach John Bozzi said, “I'll bet their offensive line spent a lot more time in the weight room over the offseason than our defensive line did. And it showed.”

Cromwell 35, Windsor Locks 7: Cromwell’s Tyshawn Prude had four touchdown runs to lead Cromwell past host Windsor Locks/Suffield. Prude scored on runs of 12, 4, 2, and 4 yards. Panther QB John Schmaltz completed 21 of 26 passes for 163 yards.

Haddam-Killingworth 26, Stafford 13: In Higgaum, the Cougars received a pair of TD runs from Jarrod Ramsey (25, 6) to beat visiting Stafford/East Windsor. 

Week 1
Friday, Sept. 15
Cromwell 36, Tolland 20
Valley Regional/Old Lyme 21, Stafford/East Windsor 0

Saturday, Sept. 16
Hyde 26, Avon 12
Ellington/Somers 28, Old Saybrook/Westbrook, 22
Haddam-Killingworth 35, Gilbert/NW Regional 6
North Branford 33, Coventry/Windham Tech 0
Windsor Locks/Suffield 40, Vinal Tech/Coginchaug 13
Morgan 34, Housatonic/Wamogo 12

Cromwell 36, Tolland 20: QB John Schmaltz threw 3 TD passes and for 179 yards to lead the Panthers in Tolland. Tyshawn Prude scored a pair of fourth quarter TDs (11, 25) for Cromwell, which scored the final 21 points of the game to erase a 20-12 Eagle lead.

Ellington 28, Old Saybrook 22: The Knights ran over
the Rams in a 28-22 victory in Old Saybrook. Rams junior QB Brian Cormier completed 15-of-25 passes
for 208 yards and 1 TD.

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