Students at 2013
School Students Class Change 1. Avon 540 L down 8
2. WL/Suff/EG* 535 L down 9
3. Coventry/WT/Bolt* 528 M up 14
4. Ellington/Somers* 437 M down 42
5. Gilbert/NWR* 431 M down 27
6. Lewis Mills 409 M no change
6. Valley Reg./OL* 409 M up 25
8. Granby 390 M up 24 9. Enfield 380 S down 11
10. SMSA/Univ.* 360 S up 34
11. Nonnewaug 353 S no change
12. Housy/Wam* 333 S up 52
13. Old Saybrk/WB* 321 S down 19
14. No. Branford 312 S down 1
15. H-Killingworth 309 S down 35
16. Morgan 308 Sup 17 17. Canton 286 Sup 3
18. Stafford/EW* 281 S up 15
19. Coginchaug 279 S down 4
20. Cromwell 270 S down 7 21. Hyde 161 S up 8
Source: CIAC. Numbers are students
in grades 9-12. Change is difference in number of students from 2013 to 2012.
Students at 2012
School Students Class Change 1. Avon 548 L no change 2. WL/Suff/EG* 544 Lup 49
3. East Hampton/VT 525 M down 22
4. Coventry/WT/Bolt 514 M down 12
5. Ellington/Somers 479 Mup 43 6. Gilbert/NWR 458 Mup 40 7. Lewis Mills 409 Mdown 9 8. Enfield 391 M down 49
9. Valley Reg./OL 384 S no change
10 Granby 366 S down 25
11. Nonnewaug 353 S first year
12. H-Killingworth 344 S down 16
13. Old Saybrook/WB 332 Sdown 6 14. SMSA/Univ. 326 S down 98
15. No. Branford 313 S down 27
16. Morgan 291 Sup 5 17. Canton 283 Sup 13
17. Coginchaug 283 S unavailable
19. Housatonic/Wam 281 S down 115
20. Cromwell 277 S down 12 21. Stafford/EW266 S down 87 22. Hyde 153 S down 10
Source: CIAC. Numbers are students
in grades 9-12. Change is difference in number of students from 2012 to 2011.
Students at 2011
School Students Class Change 1. Avon 548L down 15
2. E. Hampton/VT 547 L 1st yr tm
3. Coventry/WT* 526L up 15 4. WL/Suff/EGran* 495L down 61
5. Ellington/Som * 436 M up 6
6. Enfield 440M up 12
7. SSMA/Univ* 424 M up 78
8. Gilbert/NWR* 418 M down 57
8. Lewis Mills 418 M down 16
10. Housatonic/Wam* 396 S up 96
11. Granby 391 S down 3 12. Valley Reg/OL* 384S up 19
13. H-Killingworth 360 S down 3
14. Stafford/EW* 353 S up 5 15. North Branford 340 S up 4
16. Old Saybrook/WB* 338 S down 5
17. Cromwell 289 S down 21 18. Morgan 287 S no change 19. Canton 270 S down 19 20. Hyde 163 S up 13
Source: CIAC. Numbers are students
in grades 9-12. Change is difference in number of students from 2011 to 2010.
Students at 2010
School Students Class 1. Avon 563L 2. WL/Suff/EGran* 556L 3. Coventry/WT* 511M 4. Wolcott Tech 510M 5. Gilbert/NWR* 475M 6. Lewis Mills 434M
7. Ellington/Somers* 430 M
8. Enfield 428M 9. Granby 394S 10. Valley Reg/OL* 365S 11. H-Killingworth 363 S 12. Stafford/EW* 348 S 13. SSMA/Univ* 346 S
14. Old Saybrook/WB* 343 S
15. North Branford 336 S 16. Cromwell 310 S
17. Housatonic/Wam* 300 S
18. Canton 291 S 19. Morgan 287 S 20. Hyde 150 S
Source: CIAC. Numbers are students
in grades 9-12
Students at 2009
School Students Class
1. Vinal Tech/Cog* 622 MM
2. Windsor Locks/Suff * 609 MM
3. Avon 535 M
4. Coventry/WT* 522 M
5. Enfield 485 M
6. Gilbert/NWR* 478 M
7. Ellington/Somers * 451 SS
8. Wolcott Tech 415 SS
9. Nonnewaug 383 SS
10. H-Killingworth 376 S
11. North Branford 370 S
12. Valley Reg/OL* 347 S
13. Stafford/EW* 346 S
14. Old Saybrook/WB* 324 S
15. Housatonic/Wam * 328 S
16. Canton 278 S
17. Cromwell 269 S
18. Hyde 177 S
Source: CIAC. Numbers are students
in grades 9-12
2013 CIAC football
The top four teams in each division will be selected using a point system as follows:
Four classes: Class LL, L, M and S
A school will receive 100 points for defeating a school in its own class;
· 90 points for defeating a school in one lower class;
· 80 points for defeating a school in two lower classes;
· 110 points for defeating a school in one higher class;
· 120 points for defeating a school in two higher classes.
A school defeating a league opponent of a lower class will not be subject to the structure as outlined above but will receive 100 points.
A school will receive 10 points for each victory earned by any opponent it has
The total number of playoff points will be divided by the total number of games played to determine the point value earned by each school.
The following three steps will be used in breaking ties in pairings if two or more schools finish with the same point value in the same division.
1) In the event the schools have met during the regular season, the winner wins the position in question.
2) The wins and ties of each of the opponents are added (2 points per win and l point per tie) and the team with the greatest number of points wins the position in question. This includes each opponent regardless of whether the game was won or lost.
3) If there is still no winner the computer will “flip a coin” to determine the winner of the position.
The top four (4) teams in each division will qualify for the Semi-final games (24 teams total)
Pequot Conference tiebreakers
The Pequot Football Conference has tiebreakers for determining its divisional and overall league champions.
1. If there is a tie between two teams, the winner of the head-to-head decision is the divisional champion.
2. If the two teams did not play head-to-head, the division champion shall be the team with the best conference record.
3. If it is still tied, the teams shall be declared co-champions
1. The league champion will be the divisional champion with the best overall record.
2. If the two teams are tied, head-to-head competition will be used to break the tie.
3. If they did not meet in a game, the two divisional champions shall be declared co-champions.
Source: Section D of the Pequot Football Conference by-laws.
Pequot moves back to
two division format
AVON, May 26, 2014 -- With Housatonic dropping its varsity program due to a low number of players, the Pequot Conference has modified its schedule and divisions. In 2013, the Pequot moved to a three division format with seven teams in each division (West, North, South). With 20 varsity teams, the league is moving back to its two division format (Uncas and Sassacus) that the Pequot used from 1993 to 2012.
Pequot Conference names All-Stars
The Pequot Conference has announced its 2013 All-Star teams for the three divisions as determined by the coaches in the respective divisions. Valley Regional was the overall league champion with a 11-0 record in the league.
Player of the Year (tie): Jimmy Murphy RB/LB, Avon and Tony Ortiz, RB/S, Gilbert/Northwestern
QB: Noah Hahn, Avon
RB: Jimmy Murphy, Avon; Tony Ortiz, Gilbert/Northwestern
WR: Dylan Marquis, Avon; Ian Downey, Granby
TE: Paxton Lewis-Franklin, Gilbert/Northwestern
OL: Pierce Walsh, Canton; Ryan Rogers, Avon; John Brucker, Granby; Kevin Wheeler, Nonnewaug, Matt Selander, Granby
K: John Burdick, Avon
Flex: John Lippincott, Gilbert/Northwestern, Sebby Gumbs, Canton
DB: Seth Dayton, Gilbert/Northwestern; Cam Daley, Canton; Max Stone, Lewis Mills; Avik Vimal, Avon
LB: Ryan Ott, Gilbert/Northwestern, Stephen Griffin, Avon; Cam McHale, Lewis Mills
DL: Jason Largay, Granby; Mitchell Jackson, Gilbert/Northwestern; Gene Llenga, Nonnewaug; Shane Toland, Canton
P: Eric Scott, Canton
QB: Joe Lesile, Ellington/Somers
RB: Jarvis Miller, Windsor Locks/Suffield/EG; Jason Davis, Enfield
WR: Tyrik Henry, Enfield; Jarvis Bailey, Cromwell; Devan Valdez, Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton
OL: Shawn Lozada, SMSA/University; Joey Chaves, Cromwell; William Szozda, Windsor Locks/Suffield/EG; Ben Bahler, Ellington/Somers; Justin Finch, Stafford/East Windsor; Kyle Whalen, Enfield; Trevor Printy, Ellington/Somers
PK: Mike McNally, Cromwell
Flex: Ago Jiminez, Windsor Locks/Suffield/EG
DB: Antwaum Burney, Cromwell; Nick Joren, Enfield; Wilfredo Alicea, SMSA/University; Kadeem Johnson, SMSA/University; Mike Cascino, Ellington/Somers
LB: Christian Schneider, Ellington/Somers; Vincento Marciano, Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton; Ezequiel Ortiz, SMSA/University; Jeremy Wilson, Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby
DL: Connor Hutchens, Stafford/East Windsor; Nick Condron, Windsor Locks/Suffield/EG; John Weaver, Cromwell; Jacob Hinkel, Ellington/Somers, Sean Green, Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton
P: Logan Frassinelli, Stafford/East Windsor
Division MVP: Jake Ward, running back, Morgan
QB: Phil Cohen, Valley Regional/OL
RB: Jake Ward, Morgan; Jack Granger, Coginchaug, Brett Sparaco, Old Saybrook/Westbrook
WR: Austin Calamita, North Branford; David Peck. Valley Regional/OL; Devin Rodrigue, Coginchaug
OL: Eric Peterson, Morgan, Ryan Murphy, Coginchaug, John Burke, North Branford, Jackson Driscoll, Valley Regional/OL; Jake Turner, Morgan
PK: Dwayne Parker, Hyde
Flex: Dwayne Parker, Hyde, Evan Smith, Valley Regional/OL
DB: Chris Jean Pierre, Valley Regional/OL; Joe Lee, Morgan
LB: Greg Lee, Morgan; Austin Wotherspoon, Old Saybrook/Westbrook; Mike Kaiser, North Branford; Justin Cheverier, Valley Regional/OL, Ty Kartiganer, Coginchaug; Jaquane Manly, Hyde
DL: Peter Barry, Valley Regional/OL; Jace Garcia, Morgan; Lou DiStasio, North Branford; Jack Gianconia, Valley Regional/OL; Cory VonDassel, Old Saybrook/Westbook
Semifinals, Saturday, Dec. 7
Brookield 20, Valley Regional/Old Lyme 13: Brookfield’s Bobby Drysdale scored on a five-yard run with 1:08 let in the game to lift the Bobcats into the Class M finals. Drysdale (15-88 rushing) scored on a fourth down and one play and then scored on a two-point conversion. Valley Regional/OL (12-1) took a 13-6 lead with 10:50 remaining on a 20-yard TD pass to Chris Jean-Pierre from QB Phil Cohen (10-18-2, 103 yards). Brookfield responded with Daniel Jackson scoring on a 9-yard run with about six minutes remaining to cut the lead to 13-12. The conversion failed. A go-ahead touchdown from Cohen to David Peck on fourth down would have extended Valley’s lead on its next drive but the play was nullified by a holding call.
Gilbert/Northwestern's Tony Ortiz (7) runs for yardage in the Class M quarterfinals against Joel Barlow.
Quarterfinals, Tuesday, Dec. 3
Joel Barlow 54, Gilbert/Northwestern 27: Joel Barlow scored on eight consecutive possessions as the Falcons eliminated the Yellowjackets at WCSU in Danbury. No. 3 Joel Barlow ran for 538 yards on 51 carries, led by QB Jack Shaban with 184 yards and 4 TDs on 17 carries. A hamstring injury to QB/LB John Lippincott hurt the Yellowjacets on both sides of the ball. Tony Ortiz ran for 143 yards on 22 carries for Gilbert. He also returned 3 kickoffs for 140 yards, including a school record 99-yard return.
Ansonia 49, Coginchaug 21: Running back Arkeel Newsome scored 7 TDs and ran for 492 yards on 26 carries to lead the undefeated Chargers (13-0) at Jarvis Stadium. He scored on runs of 83, 72, 68, 64, 55, 15 and 3 yards. Ansonia has won 41 consecutive games. With starting QB JaiQuan McKnight out of the game with an ankle injury, Newsome took the majority of snaps out of the shotgun formation. Woodland 47, Morgan 21: Coby Vaccarelli ran for 3 TDs and Sean McAllen ran for an additional two to lead Woodland, which led 27-13 at halftime and extended its lead to 27 points in the third quarter. The Hawks shutdown Morgan RB Jake Ward, who came into the game with 2,494 yards and 41 TDs. Ward finished with 71 yards on 20 carries. Woodland QB Tanner Kingsley completed 24-of-37 passes for 262 yards and a TD.
Thursday, Nov. 28
Gilbert/Northwestern 27, Housatonic/Wamogo 22: Playing primarily the second unit on defense and managing playing time for the starters on offense, playoff-bound Gilbert/Northwestern (9-2, 6-0 West) beat the shorthanded Mountaineers to win the Pequot West championship. The Yellowjackets will play in the Class M quarterfinals at Joel Barlow on Tuesday. Tony Ortiz ran for 2 TDs and 142 yards on 10 carries for the Yellowjackets while QB John Lippincott ran for 95 yards and a TD. Housatonic, which forfeited its five previous varsity games, dressed only 14 players. Nonnewaug 13, Lewis Mills 0: Senior Nick Bordiere ran for two TDs and Nick Uberti ran for 96 yards on 21 carries to lead the Chiefs (4-7, 2-4 West) to a victory. Christian Metallo had a 51-yard interception return to set up the second TD for the Chiefs. It was the first-ever football game on the Mills campus in Burlington. Mills RB Max Stone ran for 77 yards on 17 carries before getting hurt on a kickoff return.
Morgan 27, Old Saybrook/Westbrook 6: Jake Ward ran for a game-high 208 yards and 2 TDs on 40 carries to lead the Huskies (10-1, 5-1 South). He also recovered a fumble. QB Alex Lipka completed 5-of-12 passes for 53 yards and ran for 62 as well. Tom White had a kickoff return for a touchdown.
Coginchaug 35, Cromwell 6: The Blue Devils forced six turnovers and running back Jack Granger ran for 101 yards and a touchdown as Coginchaug (9-2, 4-2 South) clinched a spot in the Class S playoffs with a victory. QB Tyler Meeker threw two TD passes to Jake Obert and Devin Rodrigue. This is Coginchaug’s fourth varsity season.
Wednesday, Nov. 27
Granby 21, Canton 19: Led by sophomore Dominic Pagano, who ran for a game-high 143 yards and scored three touchdowns, the Bears (6-5, 4-2 West) rallied from a 13-point deficit to beat Canton and clinch its first-ever winning season and capture the ceremonial red Old Milk Jug on a wet and windy Thanksgiving Eve. Down by two, the Warriors (7-4, 4-2 West) had a first down on the Granby 27-yard line with 1:12 remaining. But the drive imploded. A fumble, two dropped passes and an overthrown pass ended the series, the threat to score and the game. Ellington/Somers 40, Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton 12: Mark Hickman scored 3 TDs to help the Purple Knights (6-5, 5-1 North) win the Pequot North division championship. Hickman ran for two scores and caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from QB Joe Lesile. Danny Hayes ran back an interception for a TD. Windsor Locks/Suffield/E. Granby 26, Stafford/East Windsor 6: Jeremy Wilson rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown while Jarvis Miller ran for 65 yards and 1 TD to help the Raiders earn their seventh victory of the season. Nick Condon led Locks (7-4, 3-3 North) with 10 tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery. Jake Lareau also had two tackles. Junior back Khamri Thomas had a 60-yard TD run for Locks. North Branford 36, Hyde 14: Josh Melaccio ran for a game-high 138 yards and 3 TDs as the Thunderbirds (7-4, 3-3 South) won the Harvest Bowl for the fourth straight year.
Stafford picks up forfeit win: Due to use of ineligible player, Old Saybrook/Westbrook has forfeited its Nov. 22 varsity football victory over Stafford/East Windsor. The original result of the contest was a 41-22 victory for Old Saybrook/Westbrook, but the winning team used a player that was required to sit out one game due to a disqualification.
Tuesday, Nov. 26
Valley Regional/Old Lyme 48, Haddam-Killingworth 0: Valley finished undefeated in the regular season for the second time in four years with a dominant win over the winless Cougars. Valley finished 11-0 as senior QB Phil Cohen threw for 101 yards and 2 TDs. Senior RB Tyler Jaynes and junior RB Justin Cheverier each ran for 2 TDs. Valley also won the first Pequot South championship. Enfield 13, SMSA/University 12: On a wet, muddy field, Enfield’s Thomas Watson ran for 2 TDs and Nick Joren hit a key extra point to lift the Raiders at Dillon Stadium. Enfield marched 68 yards on 10 plays for its game-winning score in the fourth quarter.
Thursday, Nov. 21
Canton 36, Enfield 7: Canton QB Eric Scott completed 5-of-8 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns to help spark the Warriors to a 36-7 win over Enfield (4-6). Four of Scott’s five completions were for 27 yards or more.
Friday, Nov. 22
Valley Regional/Old Lyme 35, Gilbert/NWR 0: In a battle of two Pequot Conference divisional champions going to the Class M playoffs, Valley Regional/Old Lyme dominated Gilbert/Northwestern in Deep River. The Warriors (10-0) took a quick 14-0 lead on a 60-yard TD run from Evan Smith on Valley’s first offensive play and David Peck’s 48-yard interception return for a touchdown. The Warriors held Gilbert’s dynamic running back Tony Ortiz to 34 yards rushing on 23 carries. RB Justin Chevrier ran for 177 yards and 3 TDs on 15 carries for Valley. North Branford 24, Cromwell 6: After the Panthers took a 6-0 lead, the Thunderbirds scored 24 unanswered points to get the victory. QB Paul Paset ran 13 yards for a TD and threw a 28-yard TD pass to Austin Calamita. Josh Melaccio had a 51-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter to ice the victory for North Branford (6-4).
Old Saybrook/Westbrook 41, Stafford/East Windsor 22: Brett Sparaco ran for 4 TDs and 160 yards to lead the Rams (5-5). For Stafford/East Windsor (1-9), QB Kyle Mathieu ran for a 11 yard touchdown and threw a pair of TD passes to Kyle Mathieu.
Morgan 40, SMSA/University 16: Junior running back Jake Ward ran for five touchdowns and a career-high 345 yards on 29 carries as the Morgan School clinched a spot in the CIAC’s Class S tournament.
Granby 28, Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton 21: Dom Pagano ran for a team-high 120 yards and two TDs and QB Curtis Field threw 2 TD passes to lead the Bears (5-5) to its first-ever win over the Patriots. Field completed 12-of-22 passes for 194 yards. Coventry (5-5) QB Dan Lawrence threw two TD passes.
Saturday, Nov. 23
Avon 30, Ellington/Somers 13: Senior All-State linebacker Jimmy Murphy scored two touchdowns, quarterback Noah Hahn threw three touchdown passes and the Falcons forced five turnovers to finish the season with a victory.
Nonnewaug 1, Housatonic/Wamogo 0: For the fifth straight week, the Mountaineers forfeited due to injuries and a lack of players. Housatonic hopes to field enough players to face Gilbert/Northwestern on Thanksgiving morning.
Coginchaug 47, Haddam-Killingworth 8: The Blue Devils moved a step closer to clinching its first-ever playoff berth with a dominating victory over the Cougars. QB Tyler Meeker (6-for-6, 156 yards) threw 2 TD passes while Devin Rodrigue caught a TD pass and returned an interception for a touchdown. Parker Tregoning ran for 121 yards and a 59-yard TD.
Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby 21, Lewis Mills 12: The Raiders clinched a winning season with a victory at Muzzy Field in Bristol. Jeremy Wilson ran for 121 yards and two TDs while teammate Jarvis Miller scored a TD and rambled for 110 yards. After Mills cut the Raiders lead to one, 7-6, Wilson scored on an 81-yard touchdown run and 18-yard run in the second quarter to extend the lead to 21-6. Mills’ Max Stone scored his second TD of the game in the third quarter to cut the lead to nine but the Spartans could close the gap.
Friday, November 15
Canton 42, Lewis Mills 16: Terrance Brophy ran for two touchdowns and a game-high 101 yards on 10 carries to lead the Warriors. QB Eric Scott, who scored his first touchdown of the season, completed 4-of-5 passes for 99 yards and two touchdown passes. Canton (6-3, 4-1 Pequot West) hosted its first-ever night game on its new turf field.
Coginchaug 48, North Branford 20: Devin Rodrigue caught 3 TD passes from QB Tyler Meeker as the Blue Devils (7-2, 3-2 Pequot South) closed in on a Class S playoff berth with a victory. Jake Ober also ran for two TDs.
Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton 34, Enfield 33: The Raiders scored a touchdown with no time left on the clock on an 18-yard touchdown reception from Jake Watts to Marcus Talacio. But the Patriots (5-4, 3-2 Pequot North) held on for the win by denying Enfield's attempted two-point conversion run. Vinny Marciano ran for 3 TDs and 163 yards for Coventry while teammate Dan Gebhardt rushed for 175 yards and 2 TDs.
SMSA/University 30, WIndsor Locks/Suffield/EG 20: The hard-running Tigerhawks (5-4, 3-2 Pequot North) had three players run for over 100 yards -Kadeem Johnson, Wilfredo Alicea and Ezequiel Ortiz -- in a win over the Raiders. Alicea scored two TDs for SMSA/University. Windsor Locks (5-4, 2-3) was led by Jarvis Miller with 100 yards on the ground and 3 TDs.
Granby 1, Housatonic/Wamogo 0: Due to injuries and a lack of players, the Mountaineers forfeited for the fourth consecutive week. Granby improves to 4-5 while Housatonic slips to 0-9.
Saturday, November 16
Avon 44, Cromwell 14: Jimmy Murphy scored a career-high 4 TDs and ran for 160 yards as the Falcons (7-3) dominated a young Cromwell team. Gilbert/NW Regional 27, Nonnewaug 7: Tony Ortiz scored 3 TDS and caught a pair of touchdown passes (74, 84 yards) from QB John Lippincott as Gilbert clinched a tie for its first league championship since 1975. The Yellowjackets (8-1, 5-0 Pequot West) can take sole possession of the Pequot West title with a win over Housatonic/Wamogo on Thanksgiving.
Valley Regional/OL 42, Old Saybrook/Westbrook 0: The Warriors (9-0, 5-0 Pequot South) dominated as QB Phil Cohen completed 8-of-11 passes for 213 yards and 4 TD passes.
Morgan 48, Hyde 14: Jake Ward scored 6 TDs and ran for 176 yards on 26 carries to lead the Huskies (8-1, 4-1 Pequot South). Teammate Gabe Eriksen had a 61-yard punt return for a touchdown.
Saturday, November 9
Gilbert/NWR 34, Enfield 13: Leading by eight points, the Yellowjackets (7-1) scored 21 straight points in the fourth quarter to pull away from Enfield at Van Why Field. Tony Ortiz (23-158) ran for 2 TDs in the Yellowjacket surge. Seth Dayton scored 2 TDs for the Yellowjackets and ran for 65 yards on five carries. Additional coverage: Litchfield County Sports
Old Saybrook/Westbrook 34, Nonnewaug 16
Avon 41, Haddam-Killingworth 24: Jimmy Murphy ran for 166 yards and two TDs while QB Noah Hahn threw three TD passes as the Falcons rolled over winless Haddam-Killingworth.
Ellington/Somers 26, Canton 14
SMSA/University 40, Lewis Mills 30: Ezequiel Ortiz scored three TDs to help the Tigerhawks beat Lewis Mills. Ortiz scored 28 points with three touchdowns and five 2-point conversion runs.
Coginchaug 36, Granby 16
Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby 1, Housatonic/Wamogo 0: Due to a lack of players, the Mountaineers forfeited the game for the third week in a row
Friday, November 8
Valley Regional/Old Lyme 49, Cromwell 2: Phil Cohen threw 3 TD passes to Chris Jean Pierre (23, 34, 50 yards) to lead the undefeated Warriors. David Peck scored 2 TDs for Valley including a 28-yard interception return. The two points for Cromwell came when Valley snapped the ball out of the end zone in a punt.
Morgan 47, Stafford/East Windsor 0: Jake Ward ran for 4 TDs and returned an interception for a TD to lead the Huskies. Morgan returned three interceptions for TDs in the game. Joe Lee had a 70-yard interception return, Gabe Eriksen had a 10 yard return and Ward had a 50-yard interception return in the fourth quarter. On the ground, Ward ran for 134 yards on six carries.
Hyde 19, Lyman Hall 14: In a rare non-league contest, Hyde prevailed over Lyman Hall in Wallingford with Ronnie Freeman running for 2 TDs. He had a 60-yard TD run in the first quarter and a 21-yard run in the third quarter that was the game-winning score. Lyman Hall marched to the Hyde 25 in the final seconds but the Howling Wolves stopped Lyman at the goal line for the win. Hyde, playing without QB Dwayne-Hunter Parker, snapped a three-game losing streak.
North Branford 58, Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton 35: The Thunderbirds earned their fifth win in a shootout.
Saturday, November 2
Gilbert/NWR 34, Avon 33: The Falcons nearly erased a 22-point deficit but Gilbert/Northwestern’s Seth Dayton intercepted an attempted two-point conversion pass by Avon with no time left in the game to seal Gilbert’s thrilling 34-33 decision. Avon scored the last 21 points of the game and scored a touchdown with no time left on the clock on a one-yard run from quarterback Noah Hahn. The touchdown cut the Yellowjacket lead to one point. Old Saybrook/Westbrook 33, SMSA/University 26: Brett Sparaco ran for 203 yards and two TDs to lead the Rams. The Tigerhawks cut the lead to one after a 74-yard kickoff return by Derek Mitchell and a two-point run but the Rams scored a final TD to secure the win. Canton 41, Haddam-Killingworth 6: In the second-ever meeting between the two programs, Dan Delos and Terrance Brophy each ran for two TDs as Canton dominated Haddam-Killingworth, 41-6. Brophy ran for 85 yards and 2 TDs on 12 carries.
Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton 21, Hyde 18: Dan Lawrence threw a pair of TD passes and Dan Gebhardt scored on a 4-yard TD run as the Patriots outlasted Hyde. The Howling Wolves made it close with Ronnie Freeman’s 95-yard TD pass from Hunter Parker.
Coginchaug 1, Housatonic/Wamogo 0: For the second consecutive week, the Mountaineers forfeited the game due to injuries and a low number of players available to play.
Friday, November 1
Morgan 33, North Branford 21: RB Jake Ward ran for 4 TDs and 330 yards on 32 carries to lead the Huskies (6-1, 3-1 South), who scored the final 12 points of the game.
Valley Regional/Old Lyme 50, Ellington/Somers 21: Evan Smith scored 3 TDs to lead the undefeated Warriors (7-0). Smith scored on a 52-yard run and caught 2 TD passes of 31 and 38 yards from QB Phil Cohen. Ellington QB Joe Lesile ran for 2 TDs (57, 4).
Lewis Mills 32, Stafford/East Windsor 6: RB Max Stone ran for 3 TDs and 99 yards on 23 carries to lead Mills to its first win of the season on the field. The Spartans received a forfeit win over Housatonic a week ago. Trevor Watts scored on a 22-yard pass from Lucas Lanning.
Enfield 20, Cromwell 7: Enfield QB Jason Davis had a great Friday night. He ran for 202 yards and 2 TDs and completed 10-of-15 passes for 121 yards and a TD to lead the Raiders to a win over Cromwell. Enfield’s Jake Watts intercepted two passes. For Cromwell, QB Mavric Pelletier completed 17-of-35 passes for 155 yards and three interceptions.
Granby 34, Nonnewaug 20: For the second straight game, Granby running back Dominic Pagano ran for over 150 yards. On Friday night, Pagano rushed for 168 yards and 2 TDs to lead the Bears to the win. QB Curt Field ran for a TD and threw a 19-yard TD pass to Ian Downey.
Saturday, Oct. 26
SMSA/University 36, Cromwell 19: The Tigerhawks stunned Cromwell in their biggest win since joining the Pequot Conference. SMSA/University ran for 310 yards, forced three turnovers, sacked Cromwell QB Marvic Pelletier seven times and blocked two extra points. Kadeem Johnson ran for 138 yards and scored 2 TDs. Cromwell slips to 4-2, 4-1 North.
Ellington/Somers 41, Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby 26: Leading by just one, 27-26 in the fourth quarter, the Purple Knights received a 52 TD run from Christian Schneider and a 50-yard fumble return from Jake Hinkel to pull away. Joe Lesile ran for 147 yards and a TD for Ellington (4-3, 4-1 North).
Avon 38, Granby 19: Jimmy Murphy continued rushed for team-high 124 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Falcons (5-2, 4-1 West). He also caught two passes for 30 yards.
Coginchaug 21, Hyde 20: Trailing by 21 points, the Howling Wolves scored 3 TDs but missed an extra point in a loss to Coginchaug. Jacob Ober scored 2 TDs for Coginchaug. Ronnie Freeman scored twice for Hyde.
Old Saybrook/Westbrook 30, Haddam-Killingworth 8: The Rams earned their first Southern Division victory by beating the Cougars.
Friday, Oct. 25
Valley Regional/Old Lyme 51, Morgan 6: In a battle of unbeaten teams, the Warriors (6-0, 4-0 South) dominated holding Morgan’s top runner Jake Ward to just 90 yards rushing and intercepted QB Alex Lipka twice. Ward had run for more than 1,200 yards and 20 TDs this season. Justin Cheverier ran for 2 TDs in the second quarter. The Huskies slip to 5-1 and 2-1 in the South Division.
Nonnewaug 34, Stafford/East Windsor 16: The Chiefs won their second game with a win on the road.
Lewis Mills 1, Housatonic 0: The Mountaineers forfeited the game on Thursday due to injuries and a lack of players.
Saturday, Oct. 19
Avon 41, Housatonic/Wamogo 6: The Falcons won their second straight with a dominating win over the Mountaineers.
Granby 17, Lewis Mills 14: Matt Holmes intercepted a pass with 1:54 remaining and kicked the game-winning field goal with 3.6 seconds left as Granby scored the final 10 points of the game to win its second straight. Canton 42, Nonnewaug 6: Dan Delos scored 3 TDs for the second straight game and the Warriors (4-1, 3-0 West) had over 400 yards of offense to earn the victory.
Coginchaug 54, Old Saybrook/Westbrook 13: QB Tyler Meeker threw for 248 yards and 3 TDs to lead the Blue Devils.
Enfield 13, Hyde 9: The host Raiders forced four Hyde turnovers and stopped the Howling Wolves with an outstanding goal line stand on the 1-yard line in the third quarter to upset Hyde. Tyrik Henry had a 75-yard kickofff return for Enfield.
Cromwell 27, Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby 13: The Panthers scored 20 points in the second half to earn the win. Jarvis Miller ran for 152 yards and TD for Windsor Locks.
Friday, Oct. 18
Morgan 47, Haddam-Killingworth 8: The Huskies (5-0, 2-0 South) remained undefeated with a solid effort. Running back Jake Ward ran for 197 yards and 3 TDs on 14 carries. Gabe Eriksen had an 82-yard kickoff return for the winners.
Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton 49, Stafford/East Windsor 14: Vincenzo Marciano ran for 4 TDs on four consecutive drives to lead the Patriots (3-3, 2-2 North) to the win. Dan Lawrence ran for 2 TDs and threw a 26-yard TD pass to Devan Valdes. Coventry led 42-0 at halftime.
Valley Regional/Old Lyme 38, North Branford 13: QB Phil Cohen completed 20 of 29 passes and threw for 291 yards and 3 TDs to lead the undefeated Warriors (5-0, 3-0 South). Valley’s defense also forced five turnovers to seize control of the game. Cohen threw a pair of TD passes to Justin Cheverier and Chris Jean-Pierre to give Valley a quick 14-0 lead. North Branford (3-2, 1-1 South) cut the lead to one on a 35-yard TD pass to Austin Calamita from QB Eddie Miller and a 3-yard TD run from Miller. But Valley scored 17 straight points to take command thanks to two Thunderbird turnovers and a bad snap on a punt.
Thursday, Oct. 17
Ellington/Somers 28, SMSA/University 6: QB Joe Lesile completed 9-of-13 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown to lead the Purple Knights (3-3, 3-1 North) at Dillon Stadium. He also had a team-leading 65 yards rushing and one TD on 10 carries. SMSA (2-3, 1-2 North) was led by sophomore Eliyah Nyama, who ran for a game-high 146 yards and 1 TD in his first varsity start at running back.
Friday, Oct. 11
Stafford/East Windsor 30, Housatonic/Wamogo 8: The Bulldogs won their first game of the season.
Valley Regional/Old Lyme 50, Enfield 7: Valley Regional remained undefeated as Evan Smith scored 3 TDs on a 32-yard run, a 27-yard pass and a 24-yard interception return.
Saturday, Oct. 12
Hyde 23, H-K 0 : The Howling Wolves shutout the Cougars for their fourth win of the season.
SMSA/University 26, Nonnewaug 20: Quarterback Wilfredo Alicea ran for a game-high 200 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Tigerhawks to their second win of the season.
W. Locks/Suffield/E. Granby 20, Old Saybrook/Westbrook 6
Coginchaug 40, Lewis Mills 7: The Blue Devils dominated Mills.
Avon 41, North Branford 38: Twice, North Branford had leads of 11 points but they couldn't hold on as Avon scored 2 TDs in the final 26.6 seconds of the fourth quarter to hand the stunned T-Birds their first loss of the year.
Friday, Oct. 4
Valley Regional/Old Lyme 22, Avon 18: Big plays helped Valley Regional/Old Lyme win. Warrior QB Phil Cohen completed 6-of-14 passes for 95 yards and 2 TDs, including a 68-yard bomb to David Peck in the first quarter. Valley Regional/OL (3-0) had two touchdowns in the third quarter taken off the board due to penalties
Granby 42, Haddam-Killingworth 22: The visiting Bears earned their first win of the season as QB Curtis Field completed 10-of-15 passes for 274 yards and 4 TDs, including three to his younger brother, Connor.
Coventry/WT/Bolton 28, SMSA/University 16: Wilfredo Alicea ran for a pair of touchdowns and 130 yards on 19 carries but Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton scored two fourth quarter TDs to pull away and beat the Tigerhawks at Dillon Stadium. Alicea’s second TD run of the game gave the Tigerhawks a 16-14 lead in the third quarter but Vincent Marciano and Justin Blosser scored on individual runs in the fourth quarter to lead the Patriots.
Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby 19, Nonnewaug 8: QB Ago Jiminez threw a two TD passes to Nate Pierce (30, 43 yards) lead Locks (3-1). Jarvis Miller ran for 150 yards for the Raiders.
Ellington/Somers 42, Enfield 21: The Purple Knights scored 3 unanswered TDs in the second half to beat the host Raiders. QB Joe Lesile ran for 3 TDs including an 37-yard run in the fourth quarter. He also caught a 13-yard TD pass from Shane McGowan, also in the fourth quarter. Lesile completed 8-of-11 passes for 175 yards and 1 TD.
Saturday, Oct. 5
Gilbert/NWR 44, Lewis Mills 12: The Yellowjackets went back to running the ball in the second half to pull away from Mills at Van Why Field in Winsted. Gilbert/NWR led 7-6 at halftime and turned the ball over four times. In the second half, the Yellowjackets gave the ball to Tony Ortiz, who scored 2 TDs and ran for 171 of his 215 rushing yards.
Cromwell 32, Stafford/East Windsor 0: The Panthers dominated Stafford/EW to win its third game o th season. Kristian Sapp ran for 167 and a TD on 14 carries. QB Mavric Pelletier threw for 189 yards and 2 TDs while Mike McNally kicked a school-record 47-yard field goal.
Morgan 62, Coginchaug 35: Jake Ward had another spectacular day for the Huskies. He ran or 5 TDs and 314 yards on 31 carries. QB Alex Lipka completed 8-of-13 passes for 144 yards and 2 TDs.
Hyde 20, Canton 13: Despite being tightly controlled on the ground, the host Warriors had a one-point lead throughout the second half until Hyde’s Ronnie Freeman scored on a 12-yard TD run with 6:38 remaining to lift the Howling Wolves to the victory.
North Branford 29, Old Saybrook/Westbrook 22: The Thunderbirds (4-0) remained undefeated with the victory.
Friday, Sept. 27
North Branford 42, Gilbert/NWR 25: The Thunderbirds may have lost many of their skill players from the team that went 12-1 a year ago but they still have a big offensive line that pushed around the Yellowjackets Friday night. RB Cory Seymour ran for 2 TDs while QB Eddie Miller (7-of-10, 151 yards) threw for a TD and ran for another to lead North Branford (3-0). Gilbert/NWR QB John Lippincott completed 14-of-34 passes for 273 yards and 3 TDs. The Thunderbirds limited Gilbert RB Tony Ortiz to 82 yards on 19 carries. Gilbert slips to 2-1.
Enfield 42, Stafford/EW 7: QB Jason Davis had a heck of a game to lead the visiting Raiders (2-1) to a big win. Davis completed 6-of-7 passes for 169 yards and 2 TDs while running for 150 yards and a TD. Ryon Gates had a 27-yard interception return for Enfield.
Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton 42, Haddam-Killingworth 16: Vin Marciano and Dan Gebhart each ran for two TDs to lead the Patriots (1-2). Marciano ran for 174 yards and Gebhart raced for 115 yards.
Morgan 43, Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby 6: The undefeated Huskies (3-0) dominated in the win. Morgan RB Jake Ward ran for 234 yards and 3 TDs while QB Alex Lipka completed 9-of-11 passes for 152 yards and 2 TDs.
Hyde 6, Granby 0, OT: Hyde’s Dwayne Hunter Parker scored from the six-yard line in overtime to lift the Howling Wolves to the win. On Granby’s possession, Hyde forced Dom Pagano to fumble ending the game. Pagano ran for 87 yards on 20 carries for the Bears (0-3) while QB Curtis Fields completed 8-of-14 passes for 50 yards. It was the first night football game for Granby at its new athletic complex.
Saturday, Sept. 28
Cromwell 20, Ellington/Somers 8: Cromwell’s defense looked sharp in the win. They had three interceptions and had an impressive second quarter goal line stand, stopping four plays from the two-yard line. Canton 47, Housatonic/Wamogo 7: Dan Delos had three TDs and QB Eric Scott threw two TD passes as Canton (2-0) won their first two games of the season for the first time since 1954. Avon 42, Nonnewaug 7: Jimmy Murphy had 3 TDs and Noah Hahn threw a pair of TD passes as the Falcons rolled in the first-ever meeting of the two schools on the gridiron.
Friday, Sept. 20
Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby 25, Enfield 13: Keeping the ball on the ground helped the Raiders top Enfield to win their second straight game. Jarvis Miller scored a 35-yard TD and ran for a team-high 120 yards on 14 carries. Jeremy Wilson ran for a TD and 103 yards on six carries. Enfield was led by QB Jason Davis, who completed 7-of-11 passes for 120 yards. He also ran for 120 yards and 1 TD.
Cromwell 20, Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton 14: Kristian Sapp scored a TD and ran for 73 yards on 17 carries to lead the Panthers (1-1). A 58-yard from Vincentzo Marcianno gave Cromwell a 20-7 lead.
Valley Regional/Old Lyme 61, Coginchaug 12: It took just six carries for Justin Cheverier to scored four TDs and run for 170 yards in a big win over Coginchaug. QB Phil Cohen, who was 6-for-6 for 93 yards, threw a 34-yard TD pass to Chris Jean Pierre. Valley’s Evan Smith scored on a 91-yard kickoff return to open the game.
Saturday, Sept. 21
Hyde 20, Old Saybrook/Westbrook 0: Dwyane Hunter-Parker rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown and passed for 124 yards and two touchdowns to lead Hyde.
SMSA/University 36, Stafford/East Windsor 18: QB Wilfredo Alicia and RB Kadeem Johnson each scored two TDs to lead the Tigerhawks (1-1). Ezequiel Ortiz and Johnson scored fourth quarter TDs to enable SMSA to pull away.
Gilbert/NW Regional 48, Granby 21: Tony Ortiz ran for 198 yards and 4 TDs to lead the Yellowjackets (2-0). He also caught a 53-yard TD pass from QB John Lippincott, who ran for 56 yards and a TD. For Granby, QB Curtis Field was 12-of-31 for 235 yards, two TDs and one interception. Avon 35, Lewis Mills 0: Jimmy Murphy scored 3 TDs and ran for a game-high 93 yards to lead the Falcons. Murphy also recovered a fumble.
Nonnewaug 26, H-K 6: Nick Bordiere ran for two TDs (60, 20 yards) as the Chiefs opened the season with a victory over the Cougars.
Morgan 46, Housatonic/Wamogo 8: Jake Ward scored 5 TDs in the second quarter as the Huskies rolled over Housatonic. Ward ran for 262 yards on 17 carries. He had a 99-yard touchdown run and caught a 40-yard TD pass.
North Branford 14, Ellington/Somers 6: Joe Lesile led the Thunderbirds with 129 yards on 22 carries.
Canton 16, Avon 13: Trailing by three points with under three minutes to go, Canton’s Dan Delos stripped an Avon receiver of the ball to give the Warriors a chance to mount one last scoring drive. Sebastian Gumbs recovered the ball and Canton drove 69 yards in nine plays with Terrance Brophy scoring from the six-yard line with no time left on the clock as Canton beat Avon for the first time ever. Valley Regional/Old Lyme 34, Hyde 0: QB Phil Cohen threw three TD passes to lead the Warriors to a big shutout win over Hyde. Cohen was 16-of-20 for 159 yards. Justin Cheverier ran for 74 yards and 1 TD for the Warriors. Valley intercepted two passes, recovered a fumble and had five sacks.
Gilbert/NWR 34, Cromwell 27: Behind the hard running of Tony Ortiz, the Yellowjackets topped Cromwell. Ortiz ran for 234 yards and two 2 TDs (74, 66) while QB John Lippincott ran for 170 yards and 2 TDs (50, 76).Gilbert raced out to a 20-5 lead before the Panthers rallied to tie the game at 27-27. Kristian Sapp ran for 79 yards and 2 TDs for Cromwell. Tied at 27, Gilbert drove downfield and took the lead on a 7-yard TD pass from Lippincott to Ortiz.
Old Saybrook/Westbrook 37, Housatonic/Wamogo 7: OSW’s Brett Sparaco ran for 145 yards and 1 TD on 13 carries to lead the Rams. Dion Swain ran for 55 yards and 2 TDs on 5 carries for the winners.
Coginchaug 48, SMSA/University 38: Jake Ober ran for four TDs and 91 yards on 17 carries to lead the Blue Devils to a win at home Thursday night. Coginchaug scored 22 points in the third period to take command of the contest. Kadeem Johnson had a 69 punt return for the Tigerhawks while Ezequiel Ortiz ran for a TD and caught a TD pass from Wilfredo Alicea.
North Branford 39, Haddam-Killingworth 0: The game was suspended in the third quarter due to lightning and heavy rain with the Thunderbirds leading. Both teams agreed to call it and not resume the contest.
Friday, Sept. 13
Ellington/Somers 40, Stafford/East Windsor 14: Using his feet and his arm, QB Joe Lesile helped Ellington win its season opening contest. Lesile ran for 128 yards and a touchdown and also passed for 117 yards and 2 TDs to lead the Purple Knights.
Morgan 40, Lewis Mills 8: Morgan’s Jake Ward ran for 182 yards and 4 TDs on 22 carries to lead Morgan to a season opening win on Friday night. Mills scored on a Collin Thorn TD pass to Nate Cook.
Saturday, Sept. 14
Windsor Locks/Suffield/E. Granby 34, Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton 33: The Raiders stopped an attempted two-point conversion run from Vinny Marciano with 1:19 remaining that would have given the Patriots the lead and hung for the victory. Jarvis Miller ran for 320 yards and 4 TDs on 16 carries to lead Locks. Devan Valdes pulled Coventry within a point with a 86 yard kickoff return with 1:19 remaining. It was his second kickoff return for a TD. He also had an 80 yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter.
Sunday, Sept. 15
Enfield 28, Granby 10: Jason Davis ran for 149 yards and 2 TDs on 12 carries as Enfield prevailed in the first-ever game at Granby’s new artificial turf football field at the high school. Tom Watson had an 80-yard kickoff return for Enfield. Granby QB Curtis Field completed 18-of-34 passes for 203 yards, 1 TD and two interceptions. Dominic Pagano ran for 108 yards on 21 carries and caught six passes for 44 yards. Connor Field caught six passes for 65 yards.
2013 Pequot Conference previews
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Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby
Avon has largest school in Pequot
For the fourth year in a row, Avon is the largest school in the Pequot Football Conference according to figures provided by the CIAC in its yearly football packet. Avon has 540 boys in grades 9-12. The co-op teams of Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby and Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton have 535 and 528 boys in grades 9-12, respectively.
Pequot splits into 3 divisions for 2013
It’s been a busy offseason of chatter in the Pequot Football Conference. The league finally agreed to restructure as some coaches had been advocating for the last several years. The 21-team league, which has been split into two divisions (Uncas and Sassacus) since 1993, will have three divisions (North, South, West) beginning next fall.