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2005 Avon High football results
Sat., Sept. 17: Dean Vocational 16, Avon 14
Sat., Sept. 24: Rocky Hill 39, Avon 0
Sat. Oct. 1: Middletown 28, Avon 6
Fri. Oct. 7: East Catholic/CT 47, Avon 7
Sun. Oct. 16: Avon 12, Vinal Tech/Coginchaug 6*
Sat. Oct. 22: Plainville 30, Avon 0
Sat. Oct. 29: N.W. Catholic 55, Avon 6
Sat. Nov. 5: Avon 28, RHAM 13
Sat. Nov. 12: Avon 21, Enfield 19
Sat. Nov. 19: Avon 21, Farmington 20
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Rivalry with Farmington off with Avon in Pequot
With Avon joining the Pequot Conference in 2006, the long-time rivalry with Farmington will end for now. The league isn’t allowing Avon to play an out-of-league contest so for only the third time since 1960, the Falcons and Indians won’t play. The two teams didn’t play in 1996 and 1997 during Avon’s first tenure in the Pequot Conference.

Next fall, Avon will host two-time defending Class S champion Hyde-New Haven, Housatonic/Wamogo, Gilbert/Northwestern Regional, Coventry/Windham Tech and Vinal Tech/Coginchaug. They will be on the road to face Windsor Locks/Suffield, Stafford, Tolland and Ellington. Avon will play in the Pequot’s Uncas Division.

Avon leads the series over Farmington, 23-21 and has won three of the last four games between the two schools. Pequot officials did accept an application from Vinal Tech to join the league earlier this month.

Battaglino, Donino named All-Nutmeg
AVON, Dec. 11 – Linebacker Alex Battaglino earned All-Nutmeg honors for the second year in a row. Battaglino, who was first team All-Nutmeg as a linebacker a year ago, was named to the first team this season as a defensive lineman. Battaglino was second on the team with 62 tackles and blocked a key extra point in the win over RHAM.

Offensive lineman Zack Donino was all named to the All-Nutmeg first team. Honorable mention selections included cornerback Eric Hertenstein (2 interceptions, 57 tackles) and running back John Rowley (1,060 yards, 5 TDs).

Nutmeg votes to bounce Vinal Tech from league
MIDDLETOWN, Dec. 6 – Earlier this fall, the Nutmeg League voted to expel Vinal Tech/Coginchaug according to a report in the Middletown Press. But that move has been delayed and won’t occur unless Vinal’s program is accepted into the Pequot Conference, which will consider that application in December. But Vinal Tech was stunned that the league voted to throw them out, leaving the league with 10 schools, including NCCC member Enfield. The league is currently at 11 schools with Avon’s departure after the 2005 season.
Middletown Press, Dec. 6: Nutmeg asks Vinal Tech to leave league

McNamara resigns at Vinal
MIDDLETOWN, Dec. 8 – Bob McNamara, the only coach in the history of the Vinal Tech/Coginchaug program, has stepped down as head coach.

Ground control lifts Avon to win over Farmington
AVON, Nov. 19, 2005 –  The Falcons ended the season on a high with a thrilling 21-20 win over rival Farmington to earn its third straight win and earn the Maskery/McLellan Trophy. Thanks to its rejuvenated running game, Avon (4-6, 4-5 Nutmeg) led 13-3 at halftime thanks to a 36-yard TD run by Eric Hertenstein on a reverse and a 19-yard scamper by Ben Ewbank, who broke two tackles on the run.

Farmington (3-7, 3-6 Nutmeg) rallied for 17 points in the third quarter to take a 20-13 lead. But Avon responded as Hertenstein got around the corner and rambled 38 yards to the Farmington 36. Five plays later, Ewbank ran up the middle on third-and-4 with a 14-yard touchdown run. On a key two-point conversion, Ewbank found a hole on the left side and powered into the end zone to give Avon a 21-20 lead.

Farmington controlled the ball for the next 5:21 but ended with nothing to show for it. A Indian receiver had a Steve Harrington pass bounce off his chest in the end zone and fall incomplete. A 27-yard field goal attempt with 6:28 left wasn’t long enough.

Avon’s defense bent but didn’t break, forcing Farmington to attempt 3 field goals. Harrington was 22-of-41 for 317 yards – all career-highs and probably single-game school records. But he threw an interception in the end zone and had several receivers drop passes.

Ewbank ran for 106 yards on 19 carries while Rowley got 73 yards on 25 carries to go over 1,000 yards for the season. Hertenstein had a career-high 95 yards on 7 carries. "We know we’re going to run,” Ewbank said. “So you have to go harder than they do and that’s what we did.”
Avon Football Online, Nov. 19: Avon controls ground in thrilling victory over Farmington

Maskery-McLellan Trophy on the line Saturday
AVON, Nov. 18 – For the second year, Avon (3-6) and Farmington (3-6) will play for the Maskery-McLellan Trophy in honor of the two long-time coaches. Farmington won the trophy a year ago, 42-0 in the most one-sided win in the series' history. Paul Maskery coached Farmington from 1969-82 and has the most wins in FHS football history (70-56-2). Glenn McLellan coached at Avon from 1966-91 and 1994 compiling a mark of 130-116-2. The team that wins will get to keep the trophy for a year. From 1969-95, the winner of the Avon/Farmington game took home the George T. Bennett Cup, named in honor of the former FHS principal (16 years), who died in July 1969.

Nutmeg finale for Avon
AVON -- The game is Avon's final game in the Nutmeg League. They join the Pequot Conference next year. Avon is 26-69 in Nutmeg League play as a league member from 1992-95 and 1998-2005. ... Avon's best Nutmeg record was 4-3 in 1994 when they were 4th. The only other year Avon won four league games was in 2001 (4-4-1).

NCCC football future uncertain despite 7 schools with teams
AVON, Nov. 17 -- The future of NCCC football hasn’t been decided, despite seven schools fielding teams. Avon, looking to be more competitive on the field, is leaving the Nutmeg League to rejoin the Pequot Conference. "It is
a more competitive league for us," Avon athletic director Jeffery Sunblade told the Manchester Journal
Inquirer. "The best record we ever had in the Nutmeg (since rejoining in 1998) is 4-5-1. We don't need a winning season every year, but when you have your best team you want to be above .500."

Avon will play in the Pequot Uncas Division with Tolland, Stafford/East Windsor, Ellington/Somers and
Windsor Locks/Suffield. Housatonic and Gilbert are also part of the Uncas Division. Another NCCC school Enfield will remain in the Nutmeg League and isn’t advocating for an NCCC league at this time. "Enfield is participating in the Nutmeg League and we are happy
there," Enfield athletic director Trish Witkin said. "The Nutmeg is the right league for our program to play in." Another NCCC team could be on the horizon. Canton and Granby are discussing the options of forming their own co-op team.
Manchester Journal Inquirer, Nov. 17: Future for NCCC football up in the air

Ground game helps Avon win 2nd straight
ENFIELD, Nov. 12 – The Falcons (3-6, 3-5 Nutmeg) showed some heart and outlasted Enfield, 21-19 for its second straight win. John Rowley (23-187) ran for 2 TDs while Ben Ewbank rushed for 111 yards on 20 carries. “I am proud of our running backs,” Avon coach Brett Quinion said. “They ran hard today. Many times there were no holes but they ran hard, spun, and kept their legs driving for the extra yards.” Rowley is 13 yards shy of 1,000 yards for the season.

“It was one of those games where everyone contributed,” Quinion said. “It was a case of bending and not breaking as Enfield throws the ball well from their spread offense. We knew that they would execute some big plays. It was a matter of surviving those bursts and then having some long drives of our own.”

Avon led 14-0 early in the second quarter thanks to a pair of TD runs from Rowley and Conor Mack (1st of the year). The Raiders cut the lead to one, 14-13 in the second quarter. But in the third, Avon pulled ahead, 21-13 on a 38-yard run by Rowley and an extra point conversion by freshman Mike D’Onofrio. Going into the game, Avon was 1-for-6 kicking an extra point but D’Onofio was an impressive 3-for-3 Saturday kicking PATs.

That put the pressure on Enfield, who scored on a fourth quarter TD pass from QB Peter Kelley (15-of-24, 196 yards). But the two-point conversion pass that could have tied the game failed.
Farmington holds on for win
FARMINGTON, Nov. 10 – Trailing by one with a minute left in the fourth quarter, a Plainville receiver dropped a touchdown pass in the end zone on fourth down as Farmington (3-6) held on to beat Plainville, 17-16.

Dominant rushing helps Avon outlast RHAM
HEBRON, Nov. 5 – Keeping the ball on the ground, Avon rushed for 373 yards and ran over RHAM to earn its second win in four weeks with a 28-13 win over the Sachems. John Rowley rushed for a career-high 189 yards on 24 carries and scored a pair of second-half TDs before re-spraining his ankle late in the game.

Ben Ewbank ran 134 yards on 23 carries while Eric Hertenstein got 45 yards on six carries. Avon coach Brett Quinion was proud of his offensive line. “We ran many counters, traps, and counter treys where we pulled one or two guys,” he said. “Center AJ Mancini had 55 perfect shotgun snaps and blocked well with guards Alex Battaglino and Zack Donino, tackles Andy St. Onge and Zak Locke and tight ends Dane Mealey and Ryan Gallagher.”

RHAM took advantage of an Avon fumble and drove downfield to take a 7-0 lead on a 15-yard pass to Khalil Lane from Tyler Ware. The Falcons (2-6, 2-5) responded with Ewbank scoring from five yards out and converting on a two-point conversion run for an 8-7 lead. A 12-yard TD by Ewbank made it 14-7 at halftime.

RHAM adjusted their defense in the third quarter but Avon was able to run to the outside and move downfield. As Rowley crossed the Sachem 3-yard line, Joe Kearns ripped the ball away from him, scooped up the ball and scored on a 97-yard fumble return. Avon’s Alex Battaglino blocked the extra point attempt and the Falcons led, 14-13.

But Avon wasn’t deterred and continue to march up and down the field. Rowley’s 3-yard run in the third quarter extended Avon’s lead to 21-13. His 30-yard run in the fourth quarter and two-point conversion run gave Avon a healthy 28-13 advantage.

“We had a couple nice defensive stands in the second half where we stopped them in four-down territory,” Quinion said. “All in all it was a complete game.  We were efficient in all aspects and the results reflected that.”

The Falcons prevailed despite missing two starters who were suspended for two games for violating team rules. It was Avon's first victory ever over RHAM. For the season, Rowley has rushed for 800 yards and 3 TDs.

Northwest Catholic runs over Falcons in 55-6 win
AVON, Oct. 29 – Playing under the temporary lights, Pete Andrusiewicz scored 3 TDs to lead undefeated Northwest Catholic to a 55-6. Rich Kevorkian (22-112) scored 2 TDs for the Indians (7-0) while kicker Rob Dornfield was 7-of-8 kicking PATs. Ben Ewbank led the Falcons with a season-high 125 yards on 26 carries and scored a 48-yard TD. Turnovers continue to haunt the Falcons (3 fumbles, 5 interceptions). It was the largest win for NWC in the history of the series between the two schools.

Avon hosts NW Catholic under the lights Saturday
AVON, Oct. 27 – For the second straight season, the Falcons will host a night game at Avon High when the Falcons host undefeated Northwest Catholic (6-0) Saturday night at 7 p.m. Avon is 7-5 playing at home under the lights in its history. One of the five losses was to N.W. Catholic, 18-6, in 1992. The Falcons are 16-25 all-time under the lights and have lost 10 at night in a row since beating Vinal Tech in 2000.

Turnovers haunt Falcons in loss to Plainville
PLAINVILLE, Oct. 22 – Plainville intercepted three passes, returning one for a 40-yard TD return to lead the Blue Devils (5-1). In the first half, Plainville caused an Avon fumble and recovered. Ben Sparks (11-80) made Avon pay with a 34-yard TD run.

Leading 15-0, Plainville repelled a Falcon threat late in the second quarter. Avon’s Matt Gouvela returned an interception to the PHS 4-yard line with 1:15 left in the half. An enroachment penalty moved the ball to the 2. Avon lost 1 yard on the next play and QB Dan Heelan gained 1 yard on third down. On third and goal from the 2, Heelan rolled to his left but Aaron Benson intercepted the ball in the end zone with 4 seconds left.

Benson completed the scoring with a 40-yard interception return with 7:22 left in the game. "He wanted to play this game so bad," Plainville coach Mike Archangelo told The Herald Press. "For him to do what he did defensively, with the interceptions and the turnovers and returning that one, the kid’s just a great athlete."

"Our defense stepped up as they’ve done all year. I think our defense came in here with something to prove today because we had a very poor showing last week against Berlin, and they wanted to bounce back,” Archangelo said. “That stance kind of solidified how much they wanted to shutout this team today." Ben Ewbank led the Falcons with 74 yards on 22 carries.
The Herald Press, Oct. 23: Defense carries Plainville past Avon

Avon savors taste of victory over VT
AVON, Oct. 16 – The Falcons made enough big plays to snap a 13-game losing streak with a 12-6 victory over Vinal Tech/Coginchaug on Homecoming. Avon's Ben Ewbank broke out of the pack for the longest scoring play of the season with a 38-yard run late in the first quarter. Less than five minutes later, 5-foot-4 sophomore John Rowley scored on a 4-yard run for a 12-0 lead.

When the visiting Hawks responded with a drive to the Avon 13-yard line, Mike Brandao ended the drive with an eight-yard sack of Vinal QB Kevin Doherty on fourth down.“We played real well,” Avon coach Brett Quinion said. “Our defense, at gut check time, came up big.”

Avon (1-4, 1-4) had some impressive drives sputter. The Falcons marched from their own 29 to the Vinal 20 thanks to runs of 28 and 12 yards by Rowley. But a fumble ended that drive.
The Hawks (0-5, 0-5) cut the lead to 12-6 as Doherty threw a 15-yard TD pass to Nick Amarante on 4th and 5 from the Falcon 15 with 11:25 left in the game. But Avon ate up the next 5: 32 with an 11-play drive that stalled on the Hawk 23-yard line.

Junior QB Danny Heelan made an impressive 12-yard completion to Ewbank on 3rd and 12 from its own 34 to keep the drive alive. Ewbank caught the ball a few yards shy of the first down but fought his way to the Falcon 46.

The Falcons allowed a season-low 84 yards on the ground to the Hawks. Rowley rushed for a game-high 153 yards on 28 carries. Heelan did a nice job in place of starter Preston Anderson, who missed game for breaking a school rule. Heelan (4-5-1, 57) completed his first four passes.

Vinal Tech game moved to Sunday at 3
AVON, Oct. 14 – Due to the week of rain and forecast for additional rain on Saturday, the Falcons have shifted Saturday’s Homecoming game against Vinal Tech/Coginchaug to Sunday at 3 p.m.

Eagles are too much
MANCHESTER, Oct. 7  -- Jordan Evans rushed for 120 yards and 3 TDs while Dan Garcia also scored 3 TDs as East Catholic/Cheney Tech rolled to a dominating 47-7 victory Friday night in the rain at Mt. Nebo Field. Avon (0-4) lost its 13th straight game. John Rowley rushed for a game-high 115 yards on 22 carries. Preston Anderson threw his first TD pass of the year to Ben Ewbank, who scored on a 7-yard pass.

Speller Express is
too fast for Avon
MIDDLETOWN, Oct. 1 – The Falcons (0-3) couldn’t stop Middletown’s Korey Speller, who ran for 4 TDs and a game-high 307 yards to lead Middletown. Ben Ewbank (22-82) pulled Avon within a point in the second quarter at 7-6 with a 3-yard TD run.

Turnovers hurt the Falcons, who threw four interceptions. Avon ran 76 plays but could only manage six points. Middletown ran 29 plays but received some big plays from Speller. MHS blocked a 25-yard field goal attempt by Mike Brandao and an extra point. Avon’s Alex Battaglino, Ryan Gallagher, Matt Gouveia, and Andy Roell each recovered a fumble. John Rowley led the Falcons with 89 yards on 29 carries.

Air power lifts Terriers AVON, Sept. 24 -- Stymied early on the ground, Rocky Hill took to the air to beat Avon, 39-0 on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Rocky Hill QB Doug Elliot completed 13-of-20 passes for a school-record 249 yards and 3 TDs. In the second quarter, Elliot threw touchdown passes of 75 and 63 yards, respectively, on back-to-back possessions. “We took advantage of the opportunities we had,” Elliot said. “We saw their cornerbacks playing off and we knew our wide receivers could beat them.”

Avon showed little offensively. They lost two fumbles and threw an interception. They didn’t get a first down until there was about 5 minutes left in the third quarter. A 15-yard run by Conor Mack (6-51) to the Rocky Hill 31 was wiped out with a motion penalty early in the fourth. John Rowley (19-57) had 57 hard-earned yards.
The Herald Press, Sept. 25: Rocky Hill takes to the air to blank Avon

Dean Tech tops Avon in season opener
HOLYOKE, Mass., Sept. 17 – Carlos Garcia rushed for 2 TDs and for 175 yards on 10 carries to lead Dean Tech Vocational (1-1) to a victory over Avon (0-1). John Rowley gained a career-high 182 yards on 21 carries for Avon. Dean QB completed a pair of two-point conversion passes to Nathan Hernandez that gave the Hawks the edge. Dane Mealey and Mike Brandao each led the Falcons with 8 tackles each. Scott Warner had an interception while Andy St. Onge recovered a fumble and Alex Battaglino (6 tackles) blocked a punt.

With Dean leading 8-0, a 40-yard scamper by Rowley to Dean 5-yard line set up Ewbank's TD run. The Falcons trailed by 2 after the conversion pass was dropped. Rowley was outstanding in the second half with 146 yards on 11 carries but he left the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. After the Hawks went up 16-6, Avon responded by taking advantage of a short kickoff and two penalties (late hit, pass interference). A 27-yard run by Ewbank put the ball on the 3 and two plays later, Scott Warner scored. Ewbank's conversion run cut the lead to two. Avon's Alex Battaglino blocked a punt with 1:55 left to give Avon the ball on the Dean 40 but Avon fumbled the ball away on the first play to end the threat.

Breaking new ground
Avon faces 1st out-of-state opponent in opener
AVON, Sept. 13 – The Falcons open the 45th varsity campaign Saturday in Holyoke with its first out-of-state contest when they take on Dean Vocational Technical. Coach Brett Quinion begins his third season at the helm as Avon tries to win its opener for the second straight year. It's the final season for Avon in the Nutmeg Football League. Next year, they rejoin the Pequot Conference.

Dean: Small but quick
HOLYOKE, Mass., Sept. 11 -- Whitter Regional-Haverhill beat Dean Tech, 32-8 last Friday night. Whitter led 32-0 at the half. Carlos Garcia scored on a 12-yard run for host Dean (0-1) in the third quarter. Many players go back ways for the Hawks, who have 51 kids out for the team. QB Jeff Ortega returns for his second year with speedsters Jose Rodriguez and Garcia at RB. A small but quick offensive line returns for Dean, 5-5 a year ago. “Defensively, we’re not big, but we’ll rely on quickness,” coach Joe Dustar told the Springfield Republican.
n Dean Tech season preview

Mixed bag for AHS
Core group will go both ways
AVON, Sept. 13 – It’s a mix of youth and inexperience for the Falcons this fall. How it will translate on the field remains to be seen. Six seniors, led by captains Ben Ewbank, Dane Mealey, A.J. Mancini and Derek Erman, will see heavy playing time offensively and defensively. Ewbank led the team in rushing (708 yards, 3 TDs) and scoring (20 pts.) a year ago. Most will play on both sides of the ball. Depth is a concern.

All-Nutmeg LB Alex Battaglino returns for his 3rd season and will start at FB and nose tackle. Mancini will start for the third year at offensive tackle and DE. Junior Preston Anderson (28-96, 397 yds., 4 TDs, 8 INT) returns at QB and he will have a new corps of receivers to throw to. Junior Danny Heelan is the backup.

Avon to rejoin Pequot Conference in 2006
AVON, June 28 – After a nine-year absence, the Avon High football team is headed back to the Pequot Football Conference. The PFC has accepted the Falcons back into the league beginning in the 2006 season. Avon played in the PFC for two seasons in 1996 and 1997 before rejoining the Nutmeg Football League. The Falcons’ last winning season came in 1997 when they were 6-5.

Avon will play a full Nutmeg League schedule in 2005 along a non-league game against a Massachusetts school on opening day. Sister schools from the NCCC from Windsor Locks/Suffield, Tolland, Stafford and Ellington also play in the Pequot. Enfield is also a NCCC member but they are members of the Nutmeg League. The status of the annual end-of-season rivalry game with Farmington is uncertain beyond this year's 2005 contest.
State football record book
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2005 final statistics

Avon 21, Farmington 20
At Avon
Farmington (3-7)  3  0  17  0  -- 20
Avon (4-6)  6  7    0  8  -- 21
First quarter
A: Eric Hertenstein 36 run (kick wide), 6:48
F: Ryan Dunn 16 FG, 4:15
Second quarter
A: Ben Ewbank 19 run (Mike D’Onofrio kick), 8:42
Third quarter
F: Marc Wilson 47 pass from Steve Harrington (Dunn kick), 9:56
F: Dunn 31 FG, 4:47
F: Harrington 3 run (Dunn kick), 2:17
Fourth quarter
A: Ewbank 13 run (Ewbank run), 11:55
               FHS      AHS
First Downs1712
Rushing     69274
Passing     3170
C-Att-Int22-44-1     0-0-0
Fum ret-yds         1-00-0
Int-yds       0-01-0
Pun ret-yds1-00-0
KO ret-yds4-35        5-73
Penalties  3-15       0-0
Sacks-yds   0-0        0-0
3rd down conv     3-9        5-11
4th down conv     1-3         3-3
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Avon – Eric Hertenstein 7-95, John Rowley 25-73, Ben Ewbank 19-106; Farmington – Steve Harrington 13-45, Matt Robinson 3-8, Mike Peltier 1-0, Chris Mitchell 1-1, Orlando Ortiz 2-8, Marc Wilson 1-7
PASSING: Farmington – Steve Harrington 22-41-1, 317; Avon – no passes attempted
RECEIVING: Farmington – Domingo Astiasaran 4-60, R.J. Simeone 6-73, Ray Marci 3-16, Marc Wilson 6-106, Orlando Ortiz 1-12, Matt Robinson 2-49
KICKOFF RETURNS: Avon – Hertenstein 2-41, Ryan Gallagher 1-0, Preston Anderson 2-32; Farmington – Lou Tribuzio 1-14, Marc Wilson 2-7, R.J. Simeone 1-14
PUNT RETURNS – Simeone (F) 1-0
PUNTS: Anderson (A) 3-90
INTERCEPTIONS: Hertenstein (A) 1-0
Individual leaders
RUSHING    Att-Yds  TDs
Rowley   198-1060     5
Ewbank   162-798      8
Hertenstein 15-141    1
Mealey        14-47        0
Mack           16-64        1
Hannifan      2-26        0
Heelan         10-8         0
Warner         3-8           1
Anderson    14-5         0

Anderson    14-54-7   113    1
Heelan          7-26-8     68     0
Rowley          2-12-1     12     0

RECEIVING  C-Yds  TD (Final)
Ewbank        8-53     1
Roell             6-76      0
Hannifan      5-24     0
Erman          1-17     0
Mealey          1-14     0
Hoffman       2-19     0

POINTS (Final)
                TDs PAT 2pt  Pts
Ewbank    8-1   0     3    60
Rowley     5-0    0    1    32
Warner     1-0   0     0      6
Mack         1-0    0     0     6
Hertenstein 1-0  0    0    6
D'Onofrio  0-0   4     0     4
Brando     0-1    1     0     1
Canfield   0-0    1     0     1

KICKING (PATs): D'Onofio 4-5, Brandao 1-4, Anderson 0-2
FIELD GOALS: Brandao 0-1
PUNTING: Anderson 22-672 (30.5 avg), Brandao 3-93 (31.0), Mancini 4-142 (35.5)
Return yardage
KICKOFFS: E. Hertenstein 18-298, Hoffman 8-166, Gallagher 5-49, Rowley 2-35, Anderson 4-63, D'Onofrio 1-12, Brandao 2-10, Mauzrick 1-7, Lauzon 2-0, Mealey 1-0, Jung 1-0;  PUNTS: E. Hertenstein 4-16, Hoffman 1-13, Francis 1-10, Anderson 1-31
Interceptions (4): Warner 1, Hertenstein 2, Gouveia 1
Fumble recovery (7): Ewbank 1, Battaglino 1, Gallagher 1, Gouveia 1, Roell 1, Solari 1, Hertenstein 1
SACKS (4): Dane Mealey (A) 1, Mike Brandao (A) 2, Andy St. Onge (A) 1, Preston Anderson (1)
Blocked extra points (1): Battaglino
TACKLES:   Dane Mealey 72,  Alex Battaglino 62, Matt Peters 60, Ryan Gallagher 58, Eric Hertenstein 57, Zack Domino 34, Mike Brandao 34, Matt Jung 34, Ben Ewbank 33, Matt Gouveia 29, Andy St. Onge 34
Defensive leaders: Hertenstein 107 points, Mealey 96, Peters 96, Battaglino 85, Gallagher 86,  Gouveia 64, Brandao 56,  Jung 58, Domino 48, Ewbank 59, St. Onge 52.
n Defensive points include tackles, interceptions, sacks.

Avon 21, Enfield 19
At Enfield
Avon (3-6)7     7  7  0 – 21
Enfield (1-8)       0  13  0  6  -- 19
First quarter
A: John Rowley 2 run (Michael D’Onofrio kick)
Second quarter
A: Conor Mack 2 run (D’Onofrio kick)
E: Alex Anderson 52 run (Adam Loveday kick)
E: Bob Caplette 66 pass from Peter Kelley (kick failed)
Third quarter
A: Rowley 38 run (D’Onofrio kick)
Fourth quarter
E: Matt Barry 3 pass from Kelley (pass failed)
Individual statistics
RUSHING: John Rowley (A) 23-187, Ben Ewbank (A) 20-111, Conor Mack (A) 2-5, Tom Hannifan (A) 1-minus 7, Eric Hertenstein (A) 2-1
PASSING: Preston Anderson (A) 0-1, John Rowley (A) 0-2
RETURNS: Ryan Gallagher (A) 1-8 kickoff; Anderson (A) 1-11 kickoff; Hertenstein (A) 1-20 kickoff; Matt Jung (A) 1-0 kickoff
PUNTS: Anderson (A) 4-143

Avon 28, RHAM 13
At Hebron
Avon (2-6)  0  14  6  8  – 28
RHAM (2-6)7    0  6  0  -- 13
First quarter
R: Khalil Lane 15 pass from Tyler Ware (Lyle Govoni kick)
Second quarter
A: Ben Ewbank 5 run (Ewbank run)
A: Ewbank 12 run (kick failed)
Third quarter
R: Joe Kearns 97 fumble recovery (kick blocked)
A: John Rowley 3 run (kick failed)
Fourth quarter
A: Rowley 30 run (Rowley run)
Avon Individual statistics
RUSHING: Ben Ewbank 23-134, John Rowley 24-189, Conor Mack 1-5, Preston Anderson 1-0, Eric Hertenstein 6-45
PASSING: Rowley 1-7-0, 7
RECEIVING: Ewbank 1-7
PUNTING: Anderson 1-26
RETURNS: Hertenstein 1-7 punt; Hertenstein 1-23 kickoff, Mike D'Onofrio 1-12 kickoff; Eric Mazurick 1-7 kickoff

N.W. Catholic 55, Avon 6
At Avon
NWC (7-0)21  13  21  0  -- 55
Avon (1-6)0  6  0  0  -- 6
First quarter
NW: Pete Andruskiewicz 6 run (Rob Dornfield kick)
NW: Rick Kevorkian 11 run (Dornfield kick)
NW: Cullen Bonner 31 pass from Mike Bourdon (Dornfield kick)
Second quarter
A: Ben Ewbank 48 run (kick failed)
NW: Andruskiewicz 3 run (kick failed)
NW: Bonner 20 pass from Bourdon (Dornfield kick)
Third quarter
NW: Kevorkian 10 run (Dornfield kick)
NW: Matt Velazquez 42 interception return (Dornfield kick)
NW: Andruskiewicz 3 run (Dornfield kick)
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Rich Kevorkian (NW) 22-112, Ben Ewbank (A) 26-125, Dane Mealey 3-10
PASSING: Dan Heelan (A) 0-4-2, 0; Preston Anderson (A) 1-9-3, 12
RECEIVING: Andy Roell (A) 1-12
PUNTING: Anderson (A) 1-31
KICKOFF RETURNS: Anderson (A) 1-20, Eric Hertenstein 4-32, Zack Hoffman (A) 4-106

Plainville 30, Avon 0
At Plainville
Avon (1-5)   0  0  0     0 –  0
Plainville (5-1)      8  7  0  15 – 30
First quarter
P: Ben Sparks 48 run (Andrew Satalino pass from Todd Carroll)
Second quarter
P: Sparks 34 run (Mike Paradis kick)
Fourth quarter
P: Tom Bouchard 37 pass from Carroll (run good)
P: Aaron Benson 40 interception return (Paradis kick)
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Avon -- Ben Ewbank 22-74, Dane Mealey 8-33, John Rowley 7-15, Conor Mack 4-minus 9, Dan Heelan 3-5, Tom Hannifan 1-33; Plainville --
PASSING: Avon -- Dan Heelan 1-10-3, 3; Ben Ewbank 0-1-0; Plainville --
RECEIVING: Avon -- Ben Ewbank 1-3; Plainville --
PUNTING: A.J. Mancini (A) 4-142
KICKOFF RETURNS: Ryan Gallagher (A) 2-31, Zach Hoffman 3-54; INTERCEPTIONS: Matt Gouveia (A)

Avon 12, Vinal Tech/Cog. 6
At Avon
V. Tech/Cog (0-5)    0  0  0  6 -- 6
Avon (1-4)      6  6  0  0 – 12
First quarter
A: Ben Ewbank 38 run (kick wide), 4:53
Second quarter
A: John Rowley 4 run (kick blocked), 11:57
Fourth quarter
VT: Tom Hunsicker 15 pass from Kevin Doherty (pass fails), 11:32
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Avon – Ben Ewbank 10-60, John Rowley 28-153, Danny Heelan 4-minus 7; Vinal Tech – Kevin Doherty 4-11, Chris Dreaher 7-34, Emanuel Allen 13-24, Ozzie Hill 6-12, Eric Dlugolenski 1-3
PASSING: Avon – Heelan 4-5-1, 57 yards; Vinal Tech – Kevin Doherty 5-26-0, 62
RECEIVING: Avon – Ewbank 2-21, Andy Roell 1-20, Zach Hoffman 1-16; Vinal Tech – Eric Francis 2-22, Nick Amarante 2-35, Dreaher 1-5
PUNTS: Avon – Mike Brandao 3-93; Armarante 5-124
PUNT RETURNS: Avon – Eric Hertenstein 1-0; Francis 1-10
KICKOFF RETURNS: Avon – Ryan Gallagher 1-10, Dane Mealey 1-0
SACKS: Brandao (A)1-8
INTERCEPTIONS: Fredrick Jones (VT) 1-0, FUMBLE RECOVERIES: Amarante (VT) 1-0, Mike McCormack (VT)1 -0

East Catholic/CT 47, Avon 7
At Manchester
Avon (0-4)         0    7  0  0  -- 7
EC/CT (2-2)    20  20   0  7 – 47
First quarter
EC: Jordan Evans 9 pass from Niko DeNovellis (Mike McCormack kick)
EC: Evans 18 run (kick failed)
EC: Tyler Caetano 54 punt return (McCormack kick)
Second quarter
EC: Dan Garcia 3 run (McCormack kick)
EC: Evans 1 run (kick failed)
A: Ben Ewbank 7 pass from Preston Anderson (Mike Brando kick)
EC: Garcia 3 run (McCormack kick)
Fourth quarter
EC: Garcia 2 run (McCormack kick)
Individual statistics
RUSHING -- Rowley (A) 22-115, Ewbank (A) 4-11, Mealey (A) 5-12, Anderson (A) 2-minus 6
PASSING -- Anderson (A) 3-11-0, 11 yards, 1 TD
RECEIVING -- Hannifan (A) 1-0, Ewbank (A) 2-11
PUNTS -- Anderson (A) 5-165
KICKOFF RETURNS -- Hertenstein (A) 5-108, Brando (A) 1-2
INTERCEPTIONS: Hertenstein (A) 1; FUMBLE REC: Andrew Solari (A)

Middletown 28, Avon 6
At Middletown
Avon (0-3)   0  6  0  0  -- 6
Middletown (3-0)   0  7  7  14 – 28
Second quarter
M: Korey Speller 96 run (Todd Hetrich kick)
A: Ben Ewbank 3 run (kick blocked)
Third quarter
M: Speller 7 run (Hetrich kick)
Fourth quarter
M: Speller 29 run (Hetrich kick)
M: Speller 64 run (Hetrich kick)
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Avon -- John Rowley 29-89, Ben Ewbank 22-82, Dane Mealey 1-2, Preston Anderson 7-4; Middletown -- Antiwone Carr 4-minus 6, Devin Dukes 1-10,
Korey Speller 20-307.
PASSING – Avon – Preston Anderson 8-17-4, 80; Middletown -- Antiwone Carr 2-5-0, 10 yards
RECEIVING: Avon -- Andy Roell  2-27, Ben Ewbank 2-11, Derek Erman 1-17, Dane Mealey 1-14, Tom Hannifan 2-11;  Speller 2-10
MISSED FIELD GOALS: Mike Brandao (A) 25 blocked
SACKS: Bill McFarrah (M)
INTERCEPTIONS: Ronnie Brown (M) 2-53, Antiwone Carr
1-37, McGarrah 1-1
PUNT RETURNS: Eric Hertenstein (A) 1-9; Andre Privott (M) 1-11
KICKOFF RETURNS: Eric Hertenstein (A) 1-13, Ben Lauzon (A) 2-0; Mike Brandao (A) 1-8; Michael Bradley 1-26, Speller 1-31
FUMBLE RECOVERIES: Alex Battaglino (A), Ryan Gallagher (A), Matt Gouveia (A), Andy Roell (A)

Rocky Hill 39, Avon 0
At Avon
Rocky Hill (2-0)   7  19  13  0  -39
Avon (0-2)0    0    0  0  -- 0
First quarter
RH: Mark Fritz 2 run (Chris Tyler kick), 8:04
Second quarter
RH: Bobby Abate 9 run (kick blocked), 6:04
RH: Sean Burgwardt 73 pass from Doug Elliot (Tyler kick), 4:17
RH: Abate 63 pass from Elliot (kick fails), 2:57
Third quarter
RH: Fritz 8 pass from Elliot (Tyler kick), 6:46
RH: Dan Carducci 35 run (kick wide), 2:35
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Rocky Hill – Bobby Abate 7-46, Mark Fritz 11-33, Greg Lappen 6-23, Eric Lecco 2-8, Julio Sierra 1-2, Ryan Bengston 3-10, T.J. Magnoli 2-3, Dan Carducci 3-40, Josh Esposito 1-9, Devin DeNovellis 1-minus 4; Avon – Conor Mack  6-51, John Rowley 19-57, Ben Ewbank 3-9, Sean Higgins 1-3, Dan Heelan 4-4, Preston Anderson 3-6, Tom Hannifan 1-minus 4
PASSING: Rocky Hill – Doug Elliot 13-20-0, 249 yards, 3 TDs, Esposito 0-1-0; Avon – Anderson 2-8-0, 10; Dan Heelan 1-3-1, 5; John Rowley 1-1-0, 5
RECEIVING: Rocky Hill – Sean Burgwardt 8-137, Lappen 2-26, Abate 2-80, Fritz 1-8; Avon – Hannifan 2-13, Andy Roell 2-7
PUNTING: Anderson  (A) 6-209
KICKOFF RETURNS: Eric Hertenstein (A)  2-53; Rowley (A) 2-35; Lappen (RH) 1-13
PUNT RETURNS: Lappen (RH) 3-14; Burgwardt (RH) 2-33; Eric Hertenstein (A) 1-0
INTERCEPTIONS: Carducci (RH) 1-44; FUMBLE RECOVERYS: Ryan Bengston (RH), Lappen (RH), Ben Ewbank (A)
TACKLES: Mark Hertenstein (A) 14, Ryan Gallagaher (A) 10, Alex Battaglino (A) 8

Dean Tech 16, Avon 14
At Holyoke
Avon (0-1)   0  0  6  8  --14
Dean Tech (1-1)   8  0  0  8  – 16
First quarter
D: Carlos Garcia 75 run (Nate Hernandez pass from Jeff Ortega)
Third quarter
A: Ben Ewbank 6 run (pass failed), 4:05
Fourth quarter
D: Garcia 60 run (Hernandez pass from Ortega), 4:33
A: Scott Warner 1 run (Ewbank run), 3:29
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Avon -- John Rowley 21-182, Ben Ewbank 11-74, Scott Warner 3-8, Conor Mack 3-15; Dean -- Carlos Garcia 10-175
PASSING: Avon -- Preston Anderson 0-8, Danny Heelan 1-4-1, 3 yds., Rowley 0-2-1, 0
RECEIVING: Avon -- Zach Hoffman 1-3
PUNTING: Avon -- Anderson 3-89
PUNT RETURNS: Avon -- Hoffman 1-13; KICKOFF RETURNS: Avon -- Hoffman 1-6, Eric Hertenstein 2-8
INTERCEPTIONS: Scott Warner (A) 1; BLOCKED PUNTS: Alex Battaglino (A) 1; FUMBLE RECOVERIES: Andy St. Onge (A) 1; TACKLES: Dane Mealey (A) 8, Mike Brandao (A) 8, Alex Battaglino (A) 6; Eric Hertenstein (A) 6; SACKS: Dane Mealey (A) 1, Mike Brandao (A) 1
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