After 11 games (FINAL)
RUSHING Att-Yds TDs
Moore 260-2144 30
Cappello 53-282 2
JimMurphy 14-133 1
JoeMurphy 6-88 1
Allmendinger 13-50 0
Hahn 21-49 0
Macko 12-45 2
Suttmeier 5-21 0
McDonald 6-7 1
Giarrantana 1-3 0
Dlugolecki 2-2 0
Putnam 1-2 0
PASSING C-Att-Int Yds TDs
Hahn 49-86-3 711 6
Moore 3-4-0 13 1
Suttmeier 1-1-0 29 0
RECEIVING C-Yds TD
Suttmeir 24-292 3
Reichler 15-255 3
McDonald 5-84 1
TDs PAT 2pt Pts
Moore 30-0 0 0 180
Cappello 2-0 42 0 57
Suttmeir 0-3 0 0 18
Reichler 0-3 0 0 18
McDonald 1-1 0 0 12
JoeMurphy 1-0 0 0 12**
Macko 2-0 0 0 12
Griffin 0-0 0 0 6*
Gauthier 0-0 0 0 6***
JimMurphy 1-0 0 0 6
*Interception return for TD
**Kickoff return for TD
***Punt return for TD
FIELD GOALS (1): Cappello 27
PUNTING: Marquis 20-723 (36.1)
PATs: Cappello 42-47
KICKOFFS: Dylan Marquis 4-77, Jim Murphy 3-76, Mitch Cappello 3-60, Joey Murphy 1-50, Patrick Driscoll Kelly 1-40, Colin Moore 1-20, Gauthier 1-8, Ian McDonald 1-8,
PUNTS: Moore 7-126, Gauthier 4-50, Cappello 1-7,Griffin 1-20
Interceptions (12): Anders Bill 2-43, Dylan Marquis 2-36, Mitch Gauthier 2-0, Stephen Griffith 1-56, Colin Moore 1-34, Avik Muralidharan 1-15, Michael Pinkerton 1-10, Chris Suttmeier 1-0, Jake Corrigan 1-0
Fumble recovery (14): Jimmy Murphy 4, Dylan Marquis, Luke Jalbert, Stephen Griffin, Patrick Driscoll Kelly, Michael Pinkerton, Anders Bill, Nick Rowe, Avik Muralidharan, Spencer Borden, Justin Reichler
SACKS (18): Jimmy Murphy 8-50, Stephen Griffin 2.5-17, Nick Rowe 2-18, Dan Rodrigues 1-11, Luke Jalbert 1-10, Joey Murphy 1-6, Chappy Wingo 1-4, Justin Reichler 0.5-9, Zack Davis 0.5-6, Gino Bonalumi 0.5-6
Blocked FG (0):
TACKLES: (10 games) Jimmy Murphy 143 tackles for 298 points; Joey Murphy 120 tackles for 189 points; Stephen Griffin 74-144; Patrick Driscoll Kelly 67-123;
Dylan Marquis 63-91; Dan Rodrigues 58-86; Justin Reichler 58-85; Nick Rowe 52-74; Mitch Gauthier 39-73;
Patrick Logan 44-64
New Canaan 16, Avon 7
New Canaan (9-2) 0 0 0 16 – 16
Avon (10-1) 7 0 0 0 -- 7
A: Colin Moore 49 run (Mitch Cappello kick), 9:39
NC: Andrew Read 15 pass from Teddy Bossidy (Jack Gilio pass from Nick Cascione), 11:01
NC: Cole Turpin 9 pass from Cascione (Graham Wagner pass from Cascione), 3:53
RUSHING: Avon – Colin Moore 18-111, Noah Hahn 5-minus 7, Jimmy Murphy 2-3, Mitch Cappello 2-3, Ian McDonald 1-2; New Canaan – Teddy Bossidy 7-5, Frank Cognetta 14-57, Louis Hagopian 13-66, Nick Cascione 7-26, Jack Gilio 1-4
PASSING: Avon – Noah Hahn 6-12-1, 69, Chris Suttmeier 1-1-0, 26; New Canaan – Teddy Bossidy 10-17-0, 56, Nick Cascione 1-3-0, 9
RECEIVING: Avon – Chris Suttmeier 3-22, Colin Moore 2-36, Justin Reichler 2-26; New Canaan – Grady Lynch 1-minus 8, Jack Gilio 2-5, Robby Paul 1-1, Andrew Read 5-58, Louis Hagopian 1-0, Cole Turpin 1-9
RETURNS: Kickoffs – Michael DiCosmo (NC) 2-24, Jimmy Murphy (A) 2-42, Dylan Marquis (A) 1-15; Punts – Alex LaPolice (NC) 2-10, Dylan Marquis (A) 2-70
SACKS: Graham Thalacker (NC) 1½-18, Zachary Allen (NC) 1½-12; Jimmy Murphy (A) 1-6, Chappy Wingo (A) 1-4; INTERCEPTION: Mike DiCosmo (NC) 1-3; Passes batted down – Reichler (A) 1, Joseph Murphy (A) 1
PUNTS: Zach Bruno (NC) 4-163 (40.7)
Avon 34, Windsor Locks 20
At Windsor Locks
Avon (10-0)14 14 6 0 -- 34
WL/Suff/EG (1-8) 0 0 0 20 – 20
A: Colin Moore 20 run (Mitch Cappello kick)
A: Justin Reichler 60 pass from Noah Hahn (Cappello kick)
A: Moore 14 run (Cappello kick)
A: Moore 1 run (Cappello kick)
A: Moore 33 run (kick failed)
WL: Daneteus Correa 3 run (Tristan Caulley run)
WL: Caulley 68 run (run failed)
WL: Correa 2 run (run failed)
RUSHING: Colin Moore 25-198, Mitch Cappello 3-16, Ted Almendinger 3-4; Noah Hahn 3-10; Ian McDonald 2-minus 5
PASSING: Noah Hahn 9-11-0, 147
RECEIVING: Chris Suttmeier 4-46, Justin Reichler 2-67, Colin Moore 1-24, Ian McDonald 1-10
PUNTING: Dylan Marquis 1-16
RETURNS: Stephen Griffin 2-20 (punts), Patrick Driscoll-Kelly 1-40 (KO), Jimmy Murphy 1-34 (KO), Ian McDonald 1-8 (KO)
Ellington/Som (7-1) 0 7 0 0 -- 7
Avon (9-0) 0 7 7 0 -- 14
E: Joe Lesile 1 run (Justin Oliver kick), 8:54
A: Chris Suttmeier 43 pass from Noah Hahn (Mitch Cappello kick), 4:50
A: Jimmy Murphy 8 run (Mitch Cappello kick), 3:22
RUSHING: Avon – Colin Moore 27-137, Jimmy Murphy 3-22, Noah Hahn 2-16, Ian McDonald 1-minus 6, Mitch Cappello 1-minus 1; Ellington/Somers – Neal Janiga 20-93, Joe Lesile 8-17, Brandon Rhodes 1-6, Christian Schneider 7-34, Mike Casciano 4-21
PASSING: Avon – Noah Hahn 5-9-0, 105; Ellington/Somers – Joe Lesile 7-12-0, 87
RECEIVING: Avon – Chris Suttmeier 3-90, Ian McDonald 1-18, Justin Reichler 1-minus 3; Ellington/ Somers -- Austin Tautkus 2-34, Brendan Coverdill 1-5, Christian Schneider 4-48
RETURNS: Colin Moore (A) 1-17 punt, Dylan Marquis (A) 1-25 kickoff, Mike Casciano (E) 1-22 kickoff, Christian Schneider (E) 2-33 kickoff; FUMBLE REC: Neal Janiga (E); MISSED FG: Justin Oliver (E) short; PUNTING: Marquis (A) 2-85; PAT: Cappello (A) 2-2
Avon 26, Enfield 6
Avon (8-0)0 13 7 6 – 26
Enfield (4-4) 0 0 0 6 – 6
A: Colin Moore 36 run (Mitch Cappello kick)
A: Moore 39 run (kick failed)
A: Chris Suttmeier 6 pass from Noah Hahn (Cappello kick)
E: Nick Bellacqua 3 run (kick fails)
A: Moore 15 run (kick fails)
RUSHING: Avon – Colin Moore 27-243, Jimmy Murphy 1-8, Mitch Cappello 6-47, Noah Hahn 3-minus 11
PASSING: Avon – Noah Hahn 2-3-0, 14; Colin Moore 0-1-0
RECEIVING: Avon – Justin Reichler 1-6, Chris Suttmeier 1-8
Punting: Dylan Marquis (A) 3-116
RETURNS: Mitch Gauthier (A) 1-4, punt; Colin Moore (A) 1-19, punt; Dylan Marquis (A) 1-17, kickoff; Interception: Anders Bill (A) 1-12, Dylan Marquis (A) 1-1
Avon 37, Housatonic/Wamogo 7
Avon (7-0) 7 20 0 10 -- 37
Housatonic (0-6) 0 0 0 7 – 7
A: Colin Moore 7 run (Mitch Cappello kick)
A: Moore 25 run (kick failed)
A: Moore 40 run (Cappello kick)
A: Moore 6 run (Cappello kick)
H: Matt McElhone 2 run (Tyler Washburn kick)
A: Devin Machko 10 run (Cappello kick)
A: Cappello 27 field goal
RUSHING: RUSHING: Avon – Colin Moore 19-221, Devon Macko 7-39, Ted Almendinger 3-14, Noah Hahn 2-6, Chris Suttmeir 3-4, Joey Murphy 1-0, Mitch Cappello 7-27; Housatonic -- Doug Whipple 2-48; Matt McElhone 7-35; Steve Coggshall 7-10.
PASSING: Avon – Noah Hahn 2-4-1, 57
RECEIVING: Avon – Colin Moore 1-13, Chris Suttmeir 1-44
PUNTING: Dylan Marquis (A) 2-98; PAT: Cappello 4-5; RETURNS: Gauthier 1-8 (KO), 1-0 (punts)
Avon 42, Granby 7
Avon (6-0)7 21 14 0 -- 42
Granby (2-3) 0 0 0 7 – 7
A: Colin Moore 1 run (Mitch Cappello kick)
A: Ian McDonald 3 pass from Moore (Cappello kick)
A: Justin Reichler 62 pass from Noah Hahn (Cappello kick)
A: Moore 2 run (Cappello kick)
A: Moore 35 run (Cappello kick)
A: Joey Murphy 41 run (Cappello kick)
G: Ian Downey 13 pass from Curt Field (Downey kick)
RUSHING: Avon -- Colin Moore 20-145, Mitch Cappello 5-58, Joey Murphy 1-41, Ted Almendinger 7-32, Ian McDonald 1-6, Jamison D’lugolecki 2-2, Jackson Putnam 1-2, Paul Giarrantana 1-3, Chris Suttmeir 1-16; Granby – Ben Marlor 5-25, Caleb McMullin 7-13, Dom Pagano 3-13, Curtis Field 1-minus 10, Alden Crosse 1-minus 4
PASSING: Avon -- Noah Hahn 6-10-0, 142; Colin Moore 1-1-0, 3; Granby – Curt Field 11-21-0, 133; Jacob Largay 1-1-04,
RECEIVING: Avon -- Justin Reichler 3-79, Colin Moore 1-16, Ian McDonald 2-31, Stephen Griffin 1-19; Granby – Caleb McMullin 4-38, Dylan Ayotte 2-39, Marlor 1-8, Ian Downey 3-37, Pagano 1-16, Drew Ash 1-3
Tackles – Thomas Ullmann (G) 19
PUNTING: Dylan Marquis (A) 3-82
RETURNS: Colin Moore 2-19 (punt), Mitch Gauthier 1-8 (punt)
Avon 41, Gilbert/NWR 10
Gilbert/NWR (2-3) 0 3 0 7 -- 10
Avon (5-0) 0 7 27 7 – 41
A: Ian McDonald 25 pass from Noah Hahn (Mitch Cappello kick)
G: John Ambrozaitis 24 FG, 0:20
A: McDonald 22 run (Cappello kick)
A: Jimmy Murphy 25 run (Cappello kick), 8:44
A: Chris Suttmeier 23 pass from Hahn (Cappello kick)
A: Colin Moore 75 run (run failed)
A: Devan Macko 3 run (Cappello kick)
G: Ambrozaitis 14 pass from John Lippincott (Ambrozaitis kick)
RUSHING: Gilbert – Tony Oritz 6-43, John Lippincott 8-1, Matt Nieves 3-11, Aiden Tellier 2-6, Seth Dayton 3-3; Avon – Colin Moore 23-205, Ian McDonald 1-22, Devon Macko 4-6, Mitch Cappello 6-14, Jimmy Murphy 2-30
PASSING: Gilbert – John Lippincott 10-18-4, 121; Avon – Noah Hahn 4-6-0, 54
RECEIVING: Gilbert – John Ambrozaitis 6-91, Tom Casey 2-2, Tony Ortiz 1-19, Ed Vanty 1-9; Avon – Chris Suttmeir 1-23, Ian McDonald 1-25, Justin Reichler 1-5, Moore 1-1
RETURNS: Dylan Marquis (A) 1-25 (kickoff); FUMBLE REC: Mike Pinkerton, Nick Rowe; INTERCEPTIONS: Colin Moore (A) 1-25, Mitch Gauthier (A) 2-0, Jake Corrigan (A) 1-0
Avon 28, Canton 6
Avon (4-0)7 7 7 7 -- 28
Canton (2-2) 0 0 0 6 – 6
A: Colin Moore 49 run (Mitch Cappello kick), 1:04
A: Stephen Griffin 56 interception return (Cappello kick), 6:48
A: Moore 15 run (Cappello kick), 5:42
A: Chris Suttmeier 16 pass from Noah Hahn (Cappello kick), 11:47
C: Jake Wood 14 pass from Eric Scott (run fails), 8:51
RUSHING: Avon – Jimmy Murphy 1-4, Noah Hahn 3-4, Colin Moore 28-236, Mitch Cappello 8-38; Canton – Kyle Mullins 16-105, Jessie LaChance 3-23, Eric Scott 2-4, Dan Delos 8-32
PASSING: Avon – Noah Hahn 3-9-1, 23; Colin Moore 1-1-0, minus 6; Canton – Eric Scott 5-19-1, 38
RECEIVING: Avon – Chris Suttmeier 3-23, Stephen Griffin 1-minus 6; Canton – Jake Wood 1-14, Sebastian Gumbs 2-11, Terrence Brophy 1-8, Cameron Daley 1-5
PUNTING: Canton – Scott 5-163
RETURNS: Canton – Daley 2-44 (punts); Daley 4-40 (kickoffs), Gumbs 2-29 (kickoffs); Avon – Cappello 1-14 (kickoff), Bujwid 1-0
INTERCEPTIONS: Griffin (A) 1-56, Terrence Brophy (C) 1-2; SACK: Jimmy Murphy (A) 1-1
Avon 42, SMSA/Univ. 19
Avon (3-0)14 14 0 14 – 42
SMSA/Univ (0-2) 0 0 7 12 -- 19
A: Mitch Cappello 8 run (Cappello kick), 7:00
A: Colin Moore 15 run (Cappello kick), 2:15
A: Mitch Gauthier 40 punt return (Cappello kick), 8:00
A: Moore 4 run (Cappello kick), 1:39
S: Kayron Macon 10 pass from Wilfredo Alicea (Brett Fox kick), 4:00
A: Moore 5 run (Cappello kick), 11:10
S: Ezequiel Ortiz 7 run (run fails), 2:34
A: Joey Murphy 50 kickoff return (Cappello kick), 2:19
S: Jon Hamilton 16 pass from Alicea (kick fails), 0:07
RUSHING: Avon – Colin Moore 22-114, Jimmy Murphy 1-37, Mitch Cappello 4-35, Noah Hahn 1-20, Chris Suttmeier 1 1-1; SMSA – Wilfredo Alicea 14-77, Ezequiel Ortiz 11-49, Kayron Macon 11-12, Dashua Roldan 1-2
PASSING: Avon – Hahn 4-7-0, 52; SMSA – Wilfredo Alicea 9-26-0, 148
RECEIVING: Avon – Justin Reichler 2-42, Chris Suttmeier 2-10; SMSA – Kayron Macon 5-78, Patrick Richards 1-30, Jon Cunningham 3-40
RETURNS: Kickoffs – Cappello (A) 2-34, Joey Murphy (A) 1-50; Johnson (S) 5-128, Macon (S) 1-20; Punts – Moore (A) 2-30, Gauthier (A) 1-38
Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton 15
Cov./WT/B (1-1) 2 0 0 13 – 15
Avon (2-0) 7 7 14 7 – 35
A: Colin Moore 54 yard run (Mitch Cappello kick), 9:30
C: Sarif Stewart sack Noah Hahn in end zone, 1:49
A: Moore 15 run (Cappello kick), 6:27
A: Cappello 8 run (Cappello kick), 9:32
A: Moore 1 run (Cappello kick), 6:21
A: Moore 25 run (Cappello kick), 11:14
C: Nathan Decker 34 pass from Thomas Myers (Myers kick), 6:20
C: Vincenzo Marciano 1 run, 0:14
RUSHING: Avon – Colin Moore 25-293, Mitch Cappello 5-15, Noah Hahn 2-12, Jimmy Murphy 2-15, Joey Murphy 2-13; Coventry/WT -- Vincent Marciano 13-40, Daniel Lawrence 5-16; Daniel Tyszka 14-55, Austin Ives 7-14, Tom Myers 2-1, Devan Valdes 9-17
PASSING: Avon – Hahn 0-2-0; Coventry/WT -- Devan Valdes 9-16-2, 93; Myers 1-1-0, 34; Lawrence 1-2-0, 25
RECEIVING: Avon – none; Coventry/WT -- Myers 7-68; Vincent Marciano 2-22, Matthew Decker 2-62
PUNTING: Dylan Marquis (A) 2-63
FUMBLE REC: Jimmy Murphy; INTERCEPTIONS: Anders Bill, Dylan Marquis; SACK: NIck Rowe
Stafford/East Windsor 0
Stafford (0-1) 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Avon (1-0)14 0 7 6 -- 27
A: Colin Moore 3 run (Mitch Cappello kick), 9:04
A: Moore 4 run (Cappello kick), 2:57
A: Moore 5 run (Cappello kick), 3:08
A: Moore 14 run (kick fails), 7:43
RUSHING: Avon -- Colin Moore 28-233, Mitch Cappello 6-26, Joey Murphy 2-34, Jimmy Murphy 2-14; Noah Hahn 1-minus 1
PASSING: Avon – Noah Hahn 8-13-0, 53; Moore 1-1, 16
RECEIVING: Avon – Chris Suttmeier 5-26, Justin Reichler 3-27, Stephen Griffin 1-16
PUNT RETURNS: Moore 2-56
KICKOFF RETURN: Cappello 1-7
INTERCEPTIONS: Chris Suttmeier 1
FUM RECOVERY: Luke Jalbert, Jimmy Murphy, Stephen Griffin
SACKS: Jimmy Murphy 3, Stephen Griffin 1.5, Zack Davis 0.5, Nick Rowe 0.5
Moore, Murphy earn All-State honors
Senior running back Colin Moore and junior linebacker Jimmy Murphy earned All-State honors in football in balloting conducted by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association (CHSCA). Moore was named to the overall All-State team as a running back while Murphy was named as a linebacker to the Class L team. Moore was also selected to the New Haven Register’s All-State football team – just the fifth player in school history to be named to that prestigious squad.
In 2009, RB Ross McDonald was named to the Register’s All-State team, which has just one offensive and defensive team. Dennis Daly and Bill Loeffler were honored by the Register in 1967 while Jeff Burrows was named All-State in 1963. The Register has been naming an All-State football teams since 1932.
Eight players earn All-Pequot honors
Eight Avon High players were recognized with All-Pequot Conference honors in balloting by the league coaches after an undefeated regular season (10-0). Running back Colin Moore and linebacker Jimmy Murphy earned All-Pequot honors for the second consecutive season.
Mitch Cappello (kicker), Mitch Gauthier (defensive end), Joey Murphy (linebacker), Stephen Griffin (defensive end), Nick Rowe (defensive line) and Patrick Driscoll-Kelly (defense) were also recognized.
Moore named state player of the year
AVON, Dec. 2 -- For the first time ever, an Avon High football player has been selected as the state player of the year. Senior running back and defensive back Colin Moore has been selected as the Gatorade football player of the year from Connecticut.
The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. For the second straight season, Moore ran for over 2,000 yards and he helped Avon earn a perfect 10-0 regular season campaign and a Pequot Uncas Division championship this fall.
Quinion steps down after 10 years
AVON, Dec. 2 — Brett Quinion, who led the Avon High football team to five Pequot Conference Uncas Division titles and three CIAC playoff appearances, has resigned as head coach of the Falcons. Quinion declined to speak why he decided to end his tenure but just said, “It’s time.”
Quinion just completed his 10th season with the Falcons, the second-longest tenure in team history behind Glenn McLellan, who coached for 26 seasons. Quinion finished with a record of 67-37. Only McLellan has more wins (130). More coverage on Quinion's tenure with Avon High football in our story.
Class L quarterfinals
New Canaan rallies in second half to beat Avon
SIMSBURY, Nov. 28 -- At halftime, visiting New Canaan was a little rattled in Wednesday night’s Class L quarterfinal game against undefeated Avon. The Falcons led 7-0 and had held the high-scoring Rams to 46 yards on the ground and just 25 yards passing. New Canaan came into the game averaging 33.7 points per game and nearly 200 yards a game on the ground.
“All the players were a little freaked out,” said New Canaan quarterback Teddy Bossidy. “The coaches did a good job of calming us down and relaxing us.” New Canaan held Avon to minus four yards rushing in the second half and gave up just two first downs as they rallied for a 16-7 victory.
Class L quarterfinal preview
Another big playoff challenge awaits Avon
AVON, Nov. 26 -- Few people outside of Avon are giving the undefeated Avon High football team much of a chance against New Canaan and its legendary coach Lou Marinelli when they meet in the Class L quarterfinals on Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. at Simsbury High.
Avon went 10-0 and won its fourth Pequot Uncas Division championship in five years to secure the No. 3 seed in the eight-team Class L tournament. New Canaan went 8-2 and earned the No. 6 seed. It will be the first meeting ever between the two schools in football. Avon hasn’t faced an FCIAC opponent since 1962 – its third season as a varsity program. Click on the link below for more information about the visiting Rams in our playoff preview.
Avon to host playoff game at Simsbury
AVON, Nov. 19 -- Avon (10-0) will host its Class L quarterfinal playoff game on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at Simsbury High beginning at 6:30 p.m. Avon will probably play either New Canaan (8-1), Middletown (8-1) or Fitch (8-1) but that will be determined after the Thanksgiving Day contests. The game is at Simsbury because Avon doesn't have permanent lights at their home field. In 2009, the Falcons hosted a Class L semifinal against Berlin at Muzzy Field in Bristol. Click on the link below for the analysis of sportwriters with lots of time on their hands to figure out will play in the CIAC football tournaments.
Four area grid teams play
on Thanksgiving morning
AVON, Nov. 19 -- Four of the six Farmington Valley football teams will be in action on Thurday morning with Thanksgiving Day action. Click on the story for previews of the Turkey Day contests.
Falcons run the table with 11th straight win
WINDSOR LOCKS, Nov. 17 – For just the third time in school history, the Avon High football team has gone through the regular season undefeated. The Falcons earned its second 10-0 campaign in four years with a dominating 34-20 victory over Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby on Saturday. Avon also went 10-0 in 2009. It only other undefeated regular season campaign was in 1967 when they went 8-0.
Avon’s next game is in the CIAC Class L quarterfinals on Tuesday, Nov. 27. The tournament pairings will be announced on Friday, Nov. 23 after the Thanksgiving Day football games.
Behind a game-high 198 yards and 4 touchdowns from running back Colin Moore, the Falcons tied a school record with their 11th straight victory. Avon won 11 straight games from 1966-67. Moore finishes the regular season with 2,033 yards and 29 TDs. Moore is a little under 200 yards away from the single season school record of 2,206 that he set a year ago. His 29 TDs is second to Ross McDonald, who scored 35 in 2009.
Falcon QB Noah Hahn had his best passing day of the season, completing 9-of-11 passes for 147 yards and a 60-yard touchdown to Justin Reichler. Tristan Caulley (14-114) scored a TD for the Raiders (1-8).
Game 10 preview
Avon (9-0, 9-0 Pequot Uncas) at Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby (1-7, 1-7), Saturday, Nov. 17, 1 p.m. Avon has already won the Pequot Uncas Division title for the fourth time in five years and secured a spot in the Class L tournament that begins on Tuesday, Nov. 27. But the Falcons are stilling working on improving their game and technique so they can be competitive in the playoffs. Windsor Locks is led by running back Tystan Caulley. Avon is looking for its second 10-0 regular season campaign in four years. A win will tie the school record for most wins in a row, 11, set initially in 1966-67. Avon back Colin Moore has rushed for 1,835 yards this season. Series: Began 1979. Avon leads, 17-3
Big completions help Falcons top Knights to win Uncas title
AVON, Nov. 10 -- The team that made its living on the ground got two huge pass plays to capture another league championship and earn a berth into the CIAC Class L tournament. Avon QB Noah Hahn completed just five passes but one was a 43-yard touchdown pass to Chris Suttmeier and the second was a 35-yard reception by Suttmeier that sparked a second scoring drive to lift the Falcons to a 14-7 victory over Ellington/Somers in a battle of two undefeated teams.
For Avon (9-0, 9-0 Pequot Uncas), the victory clinches its fourth Pequot Uncas championship in five years. And the win also gives Avon its first CIAC tournament berth since 2009. Colin Moore, Avon’s senior running back, came into the game with nearly 1,700 yards. He had run for more than 200 yards in six of eight games. The Purple Knights limited him to just 137 yards but for Avon, it was enough.
Newspaper says Avon has clinched berth in playoffs
AVON, Nov. 2 – With Middletown’s win over Farmington and SMSA/University’s win over Windsor Locks/Suffield, the Falcons clinched a playoff berth in the CIAC’s Class L tournament, according to The Republican American. The official playoff berths will be announced by the CIAC later in November. If this stands, this would be Avon’s third-ever playoff berth and first since 2009. The top 8 teams qualify for the CIAC's Class L tournament with the quarterfinals on Monday, Nov. 26, the semifinals on Sat. Dec. 1 and the championship game on Saturday. Dec. 8.
Moore races for 3 TDs in win over Enfield
AVON, Nov. 2 – Enfield High was hoping to stop Avon running back Colin Moore but they adjusted allowing senior back Colin Moore to run for over 200 yards for the seventh time this season in a 26-6 victory over the Raiders under the lights on Friday night.
Moore ran for 243 yards and 3 TDs to lead the undefeated Falcons (8-0, 8-0 Pequot Uncas), who will host undefeated Ellington/Somers (7-0, 7-0) for the league championship next Saturday at Avon High.
“Enfield knew he was getting the ball,” Avon High coach Brett Quinion told the Hartford Courant. “Our offensive line did a nice job of adjusting to what Enfield was doing.” Avon intercepted two Enfield passes but also coughed up the ball three times on fumbles in the second half. But the Avon defense survived, giving up just six points.
Avon has little problem beating Housatonic
AVON, Oct. 27 – Playing under the lights at Avon High, Colin Moore ran for over 200 yards for the fifth time in seven games the Falcons easily beat Housatonic/Wamogo, 37-7. Moore ran for a game-high 221 yards and 4 TDs to lead undefeated Avon (7-0). Mitch Cappello converted four of five extra points and hit his first field goal of the season from 27 yards away.
Game 7 preview
Housatonic/Wamogo (0-5, 0-5 Pequot Uncas) at Avon (6-0, 6-0), 6:30 p.m. The Falcons face a tough task under the lights at the high school on Saturday night. They need to play hard from the start against the Mountaineers, who have struggled this season. While coaches preach against it all the time, high school athletes can overlook opponents. A year ago, Avon had to rally to beat the Mountaineers in a snowstorm in Falls Village in overtime, 17-14 on a field goal from Will Destefano. The Mountaineers are one of the few teams in the nation that run the single wing offense, a style of football that was popular in the first half of the 20th century. Created by Glenn “Pop” Warner, the single wing formation has three players lined up on one side in the backfield. The center directly snaps the ball to a tailback, fullback or quarterback, who is frequently called upon to block. A wing back lines up near the end of the line. There are no wide receivers or tight ends. Avon’s Colin Moore has run for 1,234 yards and 15 TDs in six games, which is No. 2 in the state behind New Milford’s Joe Pacheco, who has run for 1,468 yards and 17 TDs. Avon is 13-5 at home under the lights and has won its last six home games at night. Series: Began 1962. Avon leads, 15-3
Avon wins sixth straight game
GRANBY, Oct. 20 – Avon’s Colin Moore ran for three touchdowns and 145 yards on 20 caries to lift the undefeated Falcons (6-0) at Ahrens Field. Moore also threw a TD pass to Ian McDonald. QB Noah Hahn completed 6-of-10 passes for 142 yards and 1 TD.
Game 6 preview
Avon (5-0, 5-0 Pequot Uncas) at Granby (2-2, 2-2), Saturday, 2 p.m. (Aherns Park): The Falcons got more balance offensively with QB Noah Hahn completing 4-of-6 passes for 54 yards and 2 TDs in last week’s 41-10 win over Gilbert. Back Colin Moore continues to be among the top rushers in the state with 1,089 yards and 14 TDs after five games. Only New Milford’s Joe Pacheco (1230) has rushed for more. Avon’s defense continues to be solid, forcing eight turnovers against Gilbert (4 interceptions, 4 fumbles). Granby is a young team led by QB Curtis Fields, who has completed 51-of-103 passes for 3 TDs and 6 interceptions. Ian Downey (15-186, 1 TD) and Ben Marlor (12-144) are the top receivers while Steve Blake leads on the ground (51-233, 1 TD). The Bears beat perhaps the worst team in the Uncas Division last week in a 36-6 win over Housatonic/Wamogo. They have a much more significant challenge this week. Series: Began 2010. Avon leads, 2-0
Falcons force eight turnovers in big win over Yellowjackets
AVON, Oct. 13 – The Avon High football team forced seven Gilbert/Northwestern turnovers in the second half and 34 unanswered points to remain undefeated with a decisive 41-10 victory over the Yellowjackets on Saturday. Gilbert (2-3) lost three fumbles and threw four interceptions in the second half. They had eight turnovers in the game. Senior back Colin Moore finished the game with 205 yards – the fourth time this season he has exceeded 200 yards rushing. QB Noah Hahn threw a pair of TD passes for the undefeated Falcons (5-0).
Game 5 preview
Gilbert/Northwestern (2-2, 2-2 Pequot Uncas) at Avon (4-0, 4-0), Saturday, Oct. 13, 1 p.m. Rivalries don’t really blossom until teams begin beating each other. In the last two years, Gilbert has beaten Avon twice. In 2010, a 7-0 win in the final game of the regular season kept Avon out of the CIAC playoffs and propelled Gilbert into the post-season. Last year, Gilbert won, 20-10 in a hard-fought game in Winsted. The Yellowjackets are quick led by running back Tony Ortiz and they also have a veteran QB in John Lippincott, who threw a pair of TD passes in last week’s 35-0 win over SMSA/University. Turnovers have hurt Gilbert this year. Avon has been trying to establish its passing game and it stumbled in last week’s 28-6 win over Canton. But the Falcons have been moving forward on the running of Colin Moore with three 200-plus rushing games in four outings and its defense. “They’ll be more than ready for us,” Gilbert coach Scott Salius said. “It will be a big chess match between the coaches and a slugfest on the field. It will be the team that plays harder that will come out on top. If we want to have a great season, we have to go through them. They know if they want to have a huge season they have to come through us.” Series: Began 1960. Avon leads, 18-12
Moore, Falcon defense help Avon win fourth in a row
CANTON, Oct. 6 -- The passing game was struggling and the Canton High defense was making some stops. But senior running back Colin Moore was patient and eventually found room to run. For the third time in four games this season, Moore ran for over 200 yards and 2 TDs as the Falcons remained undefeated with a 28-6 win over Canton Saturday.
The Falcon defense chipped in, too. Stephen Griffin had a 56-yard interception return for a touchdown, the secondary played well giving up 38 yards through the air and front line kept constant pressure on the Warriors.
Game 4 preview
Avon (3-0, 3-0 Pequot Uncas) at Canton (2-1, 2-1), Saturday, Oct. 6, 3 p.m. Canton has won two straight games and hasn’t allowed a point in two games, something that the Warriors haven’t accomplished since 1957. QB Eric Scott completed 9-of-13 passes for 103 yards and a TD in last week’s 40-0 win over Housatonic/Wamogo. Kyle Mullins rambled for a season-high 102 yards and 2 TDs but the Warrior running game is a combination of Mullins, Dan Delos and Jesse LaChance. Defensively, LB Henry Bonini, Delos and Patrick Lawler have been playing well. Canton will have to try and stop Avon’s speedy back Colin Moore and contend with a strong defensive line. Moore has rushed for over 600 yards and 11 TDs in just three games. But the Falcons also have hard-running Mitch Cappello and QB Noah Hahn, who is a better passer this year. Focus and disciplined play will be the key for the Falcons who ran just nine offensive plays in the second half of a 42-19 win over SMSA/University on Monday. Of course, a 28-0 halftime lead was very helpful.
Avon gets job done against Tigerhawks
HARTFORD, Oct. 1 – Avon scored on its four possessions of the game to beat Sports Science Medicine Academy/University High, 42-19 on Monday night in its first-ever trip to Dillon Stadium. The Falcons led 28-0 at halftime but had the ball for only nine offensive plays in the second half, scoring a touchdown on one possession. “It was a tale of two halves,” Avon High coach Brett Quinion said. “I thought we played better in the first half. (SMSA/University) came out in the second half and punched us in the mouth. They were more physical.”
The Tigerhawks had two long drives in the second half. They scored on a 12-play, 65-yard drive in the third quarter and moved to the Avon three-yard line in the fourth quarter thanks to a 19-play, 74 yard march but didn’t score.
Colin Moore led Avon (3-0) with 114 yards and 3 TDs on 22 carries. Mitch Cappello scored a TD, ran for a season-high 35 yards and converted on six extra point tries.
Game 3 preview
Avon (2-0, 2-0 Pequot Uncas) at Sport Science Medicine Academy/University High School (0-1, 0-1), Friday night, 6:30 p.m., Dillon Stadium, Hartford: In Avon’s first-ever appearance at Dillon Stadium in Hartford, the Tigerhawks will have to contend with Avon’s stout defense and its outstanding running game. In two games, the Falcons have allowed just 15 points and senior running back Colin Moore has run for 4 TDs and over 230 yards in both games. Moore set a single game school record with 293 yards last week in the win over Coventry/Windham Tech. After two weeks, Moore (525 yards) leads the state in rushing and is No. 2 in scoring with 8 TDs for 48 points. SMSA is quick and athletic but they managed just seven points in last weekend’s 47-7 loss to Ellington, which scored 4 TDs in the first quarter.
Moore runs hard, defense clamps down on Patriots
AVON, Sept. 22 – Senior Colin Moore had another record-setting afternoon Saturday. Not only did run for over 200 yards in a single game for the eighth time (a new school record) but he also set a new single game rushing record of 293 yards in a 35-15 win over Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton. Moore scored 4 TDs and the Falcon defense forced three Patriot turnovers, scoring on drives following each turnover.
Game 2 preview
Coventry/Windham Tech (1-0, 1-0 Pequot Uncas) at Avon (1-0, 1-0 Pequot Uncas), Saturday, Sept. 22, 1 p.m.: The Falcons will have to try and stop Coventry’s 6-foot-5 wide receiver Thomas Myers, who is going to UConn next year and who scored 3 TDs last week in a win over Gilbert. Myers is big, strong and hard to stop. He scored on TD passes of 46, 35 and 3 from QB Devan Valdes last week in a 34-21 win over Gilbert. The Patriots forced four Gilbert turnovers but did allow over 400 yards of offense. Avon has Colin Moore, who set a new school record with his seventh rushing effort over 200 yards. Moore ran for 233 yards and 4 TDs on 28 carries. QB Noah Hahn showed that he is a year older and a year stronger, completing 8-of-13 passes for 53 yards. Defensively, the Falcons pitched a shutout and linebacker Jimmy Murphy had four sacks and recovered a fumble.
Despite mistakes, Avon blanks Stafford
STAFFORD, Sept. 15 – Amidst a flurry of mistakes and penalties, the Avon High football team opened the 2012 campaign with a dominating 27-0 win over Stafford/East Windsor on a gorgeous fall afternoon at the high school.
Senior back Colin Moore didn’t lose a step, running for four TDs and 233 yards on 28 carries. It’s the third time in his career he has scored four TDs in a single game and he set a new school record with the seventh rushing performance over 200 yards in his career.
It could have been more but the Falcons had three touchdowns wiped off the board due to penalties including a 40-yard scoring scamper by Moore. Also called back was a 27-yard touchdown pass to Justin Reichler e from Noah Hahn and a short TD pass to Moore, also from Hahn. “We made a lot of mistakes and there is a lot we can work on,” Avon coach Brett Quinion said.
There were plenty of bright spots. Hahn completed 8-of-13 passes for 53 yards, including several short passes which will be necessary to help keep opponents from stacking the line of scrimmage to stop Moore. Chris Suttmeier caught five passes for 25 yards while Justin Reichler pulled down three receptions for 27 yards.
Defensively, the Falcons bent but did not break. Linebacker Jimmy Murphy had three sacks while Suttmeier had an interception. It was Avon's ninth opening day shutout and the first since beating Wright Tech-Stamford in 2004, 28-0.
2012 season preview
Can Avon put the pieces together this fall on gridiron?
AVON – There will be no shortage of outstanding football players on the field for the Avon High football team in 2012. Some are experienced but others are young. The question will be how they can come together as a team. All-Pequot Conference running back Colin Moore and linebacker Jimmy Murphy are the most recognizable players returning for the Falcons in 2012.
Eleventh season of coverage for Avon Football Online
AVON, Sept. 15 – Avon Football Online celebrates its 10th anniversary as we begin coverage of our 11th season of Avon High football. Since we first debuted on Sept. 15, 2002, we have been sharing the victories, losses and challenges surrounding the Falcon football program with professional stories and photography. One of the oldest continuing high school football websites in Connecticut, we have a Facebook page to provide additional access and information to our readers and a platform to interact with each other.
Opening day milestones
Biggest win: 1976, Avon 42, Pomperaug 0
Last win: 2012, Avon 30, Stafford/East Windsor 7
Biggest defeat: 1999, Windsor 40, Avon 0
Note: This is the second straight year that Avon will begin the season playing Stafford/East Windsor. Avon is 13-1 all-time in games against Stafford, including a 21-14 win in overtime in 2006, the first OT win in the program’s history.
Falcons have two more scrimmages left in preseason
AVON, Aug. 25 – The Falcons have two more scrimmages as they prepare for the 2012 season. Avon will scrimmage at Simsbury on Wednesday, August 3 at 3 p.m. and host Prince Tech-Hartford for its final scrimmage on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 4 p.m. at the high school.
All-Pequot Conference RB Colin Moore, who set a single-season school record a year ago with 2,206 yards rushing and 23 TDs, returns along with All-Pequot linebacker Jimmy Murphy, a junior who led the team with 135 tackles and 9½ sacks. We’ll be getting additional information on the Falcons in the coming weeks here at Avon Football Online.
Avon went 7-3 a year ago for its fifth straight winning season. The Falcons open the season on Saturday, Sept. 15 when they host Stafford/East Windsor at the high school at 1 p.m. It will be the 10th season for coach Brett Quinion, who has 57 career wins, the second-highest in team history behind his high school coach Glenn McLellan, who had 130 victories in a 26-year career.
2012 Pequot Conference schedule posted
The 2012 Pequot Conference schedule for all 22 teams in the league has been posted on our Pequot Conference page, where you can find the latest PFC results and news.