2014 Avon High schedule
Sat. Sept. 13: ELLINGTON/SOMERS, 1:30 p.m.
Fri. Sept. 19: at Granby, 7 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 27: STAFFORD/EAST WINDSOR, 1:30 p.m.
Thur. Oct. 2: at SMSA/University, 5:30 p.m.
Fri. Oct. 10: ENFIELD, 6 p.m.
Fri. Oct. 17: at North Branford, 6:30 p.m.
Fri. Oct. 24: at Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton, 7 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 1: WINDSOR LOCKS/SUFFIELD/EAST GRANBY, 1
Sat. Nov. 8: VALLEY REGIONAL/OLD LYME, 1 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 15: at Canton, 1:30 p.m.
Thur. Nov. 27: GILBERT/NORTHWESTERN, 10 a.m.
Falcons look to contend for Uncas title and playoff bid
AVON -- It will be a special year for the Falcons. It is their final season in the Pequot Conference before Avon joins the Central Connecticut Conference next fall. Avon will play on Thanksgiving morning for the first time when they host Gilbert/Northwestern at the high school. Avon went 8-3 a year ago, losing three games by a combined total of seven points. “Practices are very crisp,” Avon High coach Jim Caouette said. “These kids are focused. We don’t have to get on them about paying attention.” Why? “They saw how close we were last year,” he said.
Avon’s expectations haven’t changed – contend for the Pequot Conference Uncas Division title and a Class M playoff berth.
Lots of energy as Avon begins preseason workouts for season
AVON, Aug. 14 – The Avon High football team held its first preseason conditioning workouts Thursday night at the high school. Second-year coach Jim Caouette wants to build on last year’s 8-3 record. Avon has two scrimmages to help prepare for the 2014 campaign -- Watertown at home on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 5 p.m. and a road game at Newington on Sept. 4.
Avon to play on Thanksgiving for first time this fall
AVON, May 26 – For the first time in its history, the Avon High football team will play football on Thanksgiving this fall. The Falcons are scheduled to host rival Gilbert/ Northwestern on Thursday morning, Nov. 27 at 10:30 a.m.
“There is nothing like the atmosphere of a Thanksgiving Day football game,” Avon High coach Jim Caouette said. “It brings so much out of the kids and the fans. It is really a tremendous thing for high school football.”
In its 54-year history, Avon has never played on Thanksgiving or even on the week of Thanksgiving. They are one of the few schools in the state never to have played on Thanskgiving. Caouette wanted to play a Thanksgiving game and he found a willing opponent in Gilbert/Northwestern.
Pequot moves back to
two division format
AVON, May 26 -- 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.
Murphy selected for Super 100 game
AVON, April 10, 2014 -- Two-time All-State linebacker Jimmy Murphy was drafted to play in the Connecticut High School Coaches Association’s (CHSCA) Super 100 Senior All-Star football game on Saturday, June 28, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford at 4:30 p.m. The two teams drafted 50 players to form their teams. They’ll select another 50 to round out their rosters.
CCC votes to admit Avon
AVON, April 4 – Avon will make its long-talked about jump to the Central Connecticut Conference in September 2015. On Thursday night, the CCC voted to accept the Falcons as the league’s 33rd member. Avon will join the CCC in all sports, including football. Avon will play one final season in the Pequot Conference in 2014.
Can Avon be competitive as a member of the CCC?
AVON, April 4 – The Central Connecticut Conference has voted to accept Avon as a member beginning in September 2015. Can the football program compete in the league? Sure. But it will be more competitive. The Falcons can look forward to resuming their dormant rivalry with Farmington in football.
Murphy, Griffin named All-State
AVON, January 15, 2014 – Two Avon High players earned All-State honors in balloting by coaches in the Connecticut High School Coaches Association (CHSCA). Jimmy Murphy and Stephen Griffin were named to the Class L team. For Murphy, it was his second straight year on the team. Murphy ran for over 1,000 yards, scored 25 TDs and was a dynamic player on both sides of the ball. He was named to the team as a defensive back and he probably didn’t play a single play there. He was the running back and a linebacker. But he is on the team.
Griffin was a four-year starter for the Falcons and was recognized for his play at linebacker. He also scored nine TDs, ran for 267 yards and had 138 yards receiving.
Seven Falcons named to All-Pequot West All-Star team
AVON, January 1, 2014 -- Seven Avon High football players were named to the Pequot Conference’s All-Western Division All-Star team. QB Noah Hahn, RB/LB Jimmy Murphy, WR Dylan Marquis, lineman Ryan Rogers, kicker John Burdick, DB Avik Vimal and LB Stephen Griffin were recognized in voting by the league coaches.
Murphy was named the Western Division co-player of the year along with Gilbert/NWR’s fantastic running back and defensive back Tony Ortiz. Murphy was a catalyst for the Falcons this season. He became the 11th player in school history to run for more than 1,000 yards in a single season, rushing or 1,149 yards and 19 TDs. Defensively, he was a stalwart at linebacker consistently making big plays.
Hahn rewrote the Avon High record books when it comes to passing. He completed a school-record 101 passes for 1,667 yards and 25 touchdowns – also school records. Marquis led the team in receptions (25) and TDs (8). Rogers helped anchor an offensive line that allowed Murphy and Hahn to flourish this season and score 376 points – the second-highest total in school history.
Burdick connected on 40 of 44 extra points this season and made four of five field goal attempts. Vimal shared the team lead in interceptions (three) with Marquis.Griffin was a versatile linebacker who started all four years of his career.