2012 Pequot Conference football – The Collinsville Press


Avon Football Online’s coverage of the 2012 football season included a page devoted to scores and information about the Pequot Football Conference in 2012. We’re sharing what was originally published at Avon Football Online in 2012. Some links may not work anymore.

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.
Collinsville Press, March 21: Pequot Conference to split into three divisions for 2013; Some schools look to SCC

All-Uncas All-Star team announced
The 2012 Pequot Conference All-Uncas Division team as voted by the league coaches. We have not received the full Sassacus Division team.

QB – Joe Lesile, Ellington; John Lippincott, Gilbert/NWR
RB – Colin Moore, Avon;  Tony Ortiz, Gilbert/NWR; Zack Rollins, Stafford/EW; Kyle Wing, Coventry/WT/Bolton
WR – Austin Tautkus, Ellington/Somers; Brendan Coverdill, Ellington/Somers; John Ambrozaitis, Gilbert/NWR
TE – Tom Myers, Coventry/WT/Bolton
T – Marc Wildman, Housatonic/Wamogo; Will Ennis, Coventry/WT/Bolton; Jake Largay, Granby
G – Sean Tynan, Ellington/Somers, Henry Bonini, Canton; Darick Orange, Coventry/WT/Bolton
C – Jim Schmitz, Gilbert/NWR
Kicker – Mitch Cappello, Avon
Flex – Nate Decker, Coventry/WT/Bolton; Sebastian Gumbs, Canton; Avery Boissy, Enfield; Trystan Cauley, Windsor Locks/Suffield/EG; Matt McElhone,

DB – Mitch Gauthier, Avon; Cam Daley, Canton; Mike Crowley, Enfield; Mike Casciano, Ellington/Somers; Austin Ives, Coventry/WT/Bolton
LB – Jimmy Murphy, Avon; Joey Murphy, Avon; Thomas Ullmann, Granby; Neal Janiga, Ellington/Somers; Ryan Ott, Gilbert/NWR; Vinny Marciano, Coventry/WT/Bolton
DE – Kyle Mullins, Canton; Stephen Griffin, Avon
DL – Ben Bahler, Ellington/Somers; Nick Rowe, Avon; Shawn Lozada, SMSA/University; Shawn Bruey, Gilbert/NWR
Punter – Ian Downey, Granby
Utility – Emerson Dolby, Stafford/EW; Christian Schneider,
Ellington/Somers; Kadeem Johnson, SMSA/University; Patrick Driscoll-Kelly, Avon; Kyle Gain, Gilbert/NWR

Class S championship
Ansonia 59, North Branford 26: In a game where the two teams combined for over 1,000 yards of offense and 11 touchdowns, it was some defensive stops from undefeated Ansonia (14-0) that lifted the Chargers to a second straight state championship victory.  Ansonia stopped North Branford three times inside the 21-yard line to help secure the win. Thunderbird QB Brandon Basil completed 22 of 43 passes for 398 yards and 4 TDs — three to Joe DeLucia (9-204) but it wasn’t enough.
New Haven Register: Ansonia stops North Branford


CIAC semifinals
Sunday, Dec. 2
Class S: Ansonia 41, Hyde 13: Ansonia’s Arkeel Newsome ran just 15 times but rambled for 207 yards and 4 TDs to lead the undefeated Chargers (13-0) into the Class S championship game at Rosek-Skubel Stadium in Middletown. Ansonia earned its 27th straight win and will try to win its 18th state title against North Branford. The Chargers held Hyde (10-2) to just 13 yards from scrimmage in the first half.
Class S: North Branford 62, Woodland 27: Taking advantage of five Woodland fumbles (four in the first half), the unbeaten Thunderbirds earned a spot in the Class S final for the first time since 2001. North Branford accumulated 578 yards of offense in the game, led by Dale Hausman, who ran for 174 yards and 3 TDs. North Branford QB Brandan Basil completed 14 of 21 passes for 217 yards. He also scored two rushing TDs.


CIAC quarterfinals
Wednesday, Nov. 28
Class L: New Canaan 16, Avon 7 At halftime, visiting New Canaan was a little rattled. Avon led 7-0 and had held the high-scoring Rams to 46 yards on the ground and just 25 yards passing. 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 M: Weston 29, Ellington/Somers 22: QB Tyler Hassett completed 16-of-28 passes for 154 yards and ran for 2 TDs and 97 yards to lead No. 6 Weston to the win.
Class S: North Branford 49, Trinity Catholic 28: The Thunderbirds earned their first CIAC playoff win since 2001 as QB Brandan Basil threw for 3 TD passes. He completed 14-of-19 passes for 164 yards. North Branford had lost its last four playoff games. Trinity Catholic from Stamford was paced by senior Sean Brown, who ran for 3 TDs and scored a fourth. Key sacks from senior Christian Sgro and junior John Burke slowed down Trinity in the second half.

Tuesday, Nov. 27
Class S: Hyde 15, Rocky Hill 14: Seniors Ezekiel Nixon and William Burroughs each got a hand on an extra point attempt from Rocky Hill kicked Greg Marzilli to help Hyde top the host Terriers. Marzilli was trying to tie the game with 17 seconds left in regulation after teammate Chris Young had scored from the three-yard line. Nixon was a big contributor on offense, too, rushing for 143 yards and 2 TDs, including an 80-yard run on the first play from scrimmage. Hyde led 15-0 before Rocky Hill rallied.

Week 11
Thursday, Nov. 22
Canton 38, Granby 12: A year after going 0-10, Canton senior Kyle Mullins ran for two touchdowns and 95 yards on 11 carries and the Warriors forced four Granby turnovers as Canton finished the season with a 7-3 record.
Cromwell 36, Coginchaug 22: RB Derrick Villard scored 4 TDs in the second half and ranf ro 346 yards on 29 carries to become the all-time leading rusher in Cromwell history to lead the Panthers. Villard has rushed for 4,467 yards in his career. Coginchaug (3-7) led by 14 after one quarter and led 22-21 with eight minutes remaining.
Nonnewaug 20, Lewis Mills 0: QB Christian Metallo completed 6-of-10 passes for 76 yards and 1 TD to lead the Chiefs (2-8) to their second win of the season. LB R.J. Burke had 12 tackles and two sacks for Nonnewaug. Mills finishes the season at 0-10.
Enfield 50, SMSA/University 16: Enfield’s Nick Bevilacqua fran for 109 yards and 2 TDs to lead the Raiders (5-5). QB Kyle Maynard completed 10-of-15 passes for 183 yards and 3 TDs. For SMSA/University (3-7), Kadeem Johnson ran for 2 TDs.
Ellington/Somers 38, Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton 14: The Purple Knights (9-1) clinched a spot in the Class M tournament with the victory. Neal Janiga scored 2 TDs while Christian Schneider caught a pair of TD passes. The Patriots (7-3) had six turnovers, losing five fumbles.
Gilbert/NW Regional 44, Housatonic/Wamogo 0: QB John Lippincott ran for 2 TDs and completed 10-of-18 passes for 208 yards and 2 TDs to lead the Yellowjackets (7-3). John Ambrozaitis ran for a touchdown, kicked a 30-yard FG and four extra points. Matt Perrotti ran for 50 yards for Housatonic (0-10).

Real-time CIAC point standings and pairings

Wednesday, Nov. 21
North Branford 32, Hyde 28: Thunderbird QB Brandon Basil had two key runs in the fourth quarter as North Branford (10-0) rallied to beat Hyde and win the Pequot Sassacus championship. He picked up a key first down with a 17-yard run to keep the game-winning drive alive and scored a 14-yard TD run on a fourth down and 3 play with 4:20 remaining. Basil scored 2 TDs. Hyde (9-1) led 28-12 early in the third quarter before North Branford rallied. Akeem Berry ran for a 60-yard TD and caught a 13-yard TD pass.
Valley Regional/Old Lyme 42, Haddam-Killingworth 12: QB Phil Cohen completed 9-for-15 passes for 155 yards to lead the Warriors (7-3). Justin Cheverier ran for 133 yards on 13 carries. Nate Cruz led the Cougars (5-5) with 72 yards on 16 carries.
Morgan 20, Old Saybrook/Westbrook 7: Morgan won its fourth straight game as sophomore RB Jake Ward ran for 245 yards and 3 TDs. It was Morgan’s first Thanksgiving win over OSW since 2009
Stafford/East Windsor 50, Windsor Locks/Suffield/E. Granby 20: Zach Rollins ran for 3 TDs and 173 yards on 23 carries to lead Stafford/EW (2-8) to a win in the season finale. Rollins finished the year with 1,098 yards on the ground. He scored 23 touchdowns rushing and receiving.


Week 10
Thursday, Nov. 15
Coventry/Windham Tech 57, Granby 28: Kyle Wing ran for 6 TDs and 361 yards to lead the Patriots (7-2) to the victory. Wing scored all 6 TDs in the first half as Coventry held a 49-14 lead. For Granby (4-5), QB Curtis Field was 8-of-19 for 210 yards and 2 TDs. It’s the most points allowed by the Bears in its short three-year history.

Friday, Nov. 16
Canton 20, SMSA/University 14: Dan Delos scored 2 TDs as the Warriors won their sixth game of the season. Canton (6-3) had two sacks, 10 tackles for a loss and recovered a fumble.
Morgan 41, Coginchaug 19: Jake Wood scored 5 TDs and ran for 183 yards on 30 carries to lead Morgan (4-5). The Blue Devils slip to 3-6.
Old Saybrook/Westbrook 44, Haddam-Killingworth 20: The Rams (5-4) erased a 13-point deficit with 35 unanswered points to earn the victory. Jailan Swain ran for 220 yards and 3 TDs on 15 carries. For the Cougars (5-4), Nate Cruz scored 3 TDs and ran for 157 yards.
Valley Regional/Old Lyme 45, East Hampton/Vinal Tech 0: QB Phil Cohen threw 4 TD passes for 201 yards to carry the Warriors (6-3). Evan Smith and Justin Chieverier each caught  2 TD passes for Valley. East Hampton finishes 1-9.

Saturday, Nov. 17
Avon 34, Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby 20: Colin Moore ran for 177 yards and 4 TDs as the Falcons finished 10-0 for the second time in the last four years.
Hyde 48, Nonnewaug 0: Kevin Jones scored 2 TDs and threw a TD pass as Hyde (9-0) clinched a berth in the Class S playoffs with a victory. Elijan Nixon returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown.
North Branford 49, Lewis Mills 0: North Branford (9-0) clinched a spot in the Class S playoffs as Joe Delucia scored 23 points with three TDs, a 17-yard field goal and 2 extra points. Delucia intercepted three passes and ran back two for TDs.  Mills (0-9) is still searching for its first win.
Ellington/Somers 46, Housatonic/Wamogo 0: QB Joe Lesile ran for 3 TDs and threw 3 TD passes for Ellington/Somers. Lesile completed 12-of-18 passes for 210 yards and ran for 129 yards on the ground.
Gilbert/NW Regional 42, Stafford/East Windsor 22: Tony Oritz ran for 184 yards and caught 2 TD passes to lead the Yellowjackets (6-3). QB John Lippincott threw for 114 yards and 4 TD passes for Gilbert. John Ambrozaitis caught TD receptions of 8 and 28 yards.


Week 9
Saturday, Nov. 10
Avon 14, Ellington 7: The Knights (7-1) held Colin Moore to just 132 yards on the ground but two big pass completions and a big goal line stand helped the Falcons (9-0) win the Pequot Uncas Division title and clinch a Class L tournament berth.
Morgan 48, East Hampton/Vinal Tech 0: Morgan earned its third win of the season
Old Saybrook/Westbrook 40, Lewis Mills 14: Jailan Swain and  Brett Sparaco each scored 2 TDs to lead Old Saybrook (4-3). Swain ran for 115 yards on 12 carries and had a 22-yard interception return for a TD. For Mills (0-8), Collin Thorn scored 2 TDs.
Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton 41, Enfield 20: Kyle Wing scored 5 TDs and ran for 270 yards to lead the Patriots (6-2) to a win over Enfield (4-5).
Granby 44, Stafford/East Windsor 18 : QB Curtis Field completed 16-of-24 passes for 290 yards and a school record 4 TDs passes to lead the Bears (4-4). Ben Marlor ran for 145 yards and 2 TDs on 13 carries. For Stafford (1-6), Zach Rollins had six catches for 143 yards and 2 TDs
Gilbert/NW Regional 55, Windsor Locks/Suffield/E. Granby 16: John Ambrozaitis scored 3 TDs on an 80-yard punt, a touchdown pass and run, Tony Ortiz scored 2 TDs and QB John Lippincott threw 2 TD passes as the Yellowjackets (5-3) rolled. Tystan Caulley scored a TD and two-point conversion to give Windsor Locks (1-7) an 8-7 lead but Gilbert responded with a flurry of points.
SMSA/University 28, Housatonic/Wamogo 14: SMSA (3-5) won for the third time in four games with a pair of kickoff returns for TDs at Dillon Stadium Saturday night. Kadeem Johnson had a 74-yard TD return and ran for a career-high 181 yards on 18 carries. Housatonic is 0-8.

Sunday, Nov. 11
Haddam-Killingworth 22, Coginchaug 14: Tyler Meeker threw a pair of TD passes for Coginchaug (3-5) but H-K’s Patrick Dougherty caught a 20-yard TD pass from Griffin Bremer in the fourth quarter to lift the Cougars (5-3) to the win. Nate Cruz ran for 118 yards for H-K and scored on a 28-yard fumble return.
North Branford 56, Nonnewaug 7: Chris Caron caught 2 TD passes from Brandan Basil and scored on an 80-yard kickoff return to lead the Thunderbirds (8-0). Basil threw 5 TD passes including a pair to Joe DeLucia.

Monday, Nov. 12
Cromwell 20, Valley Regional/Old Lyme 14: Cromwell (7-2) scored 20 points in the second quarter to outlast the Warriors (5-3).


Week 8
Friday, Nov. 2
Hyde Leadership 56, East Hampton/Vinal Tech 6
Canton 42, Stafford/East Windsor 22
Avon 26, Enfield 6

Saturday, Nov. 3
North Branford 41, Coginchaug 0
Valley Regional/Old Lyme 41, Lewis Mills 7
SMSA/University 29, WIndsor Locks/Suffield 16
Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton 36, Housy/Wamogo 7
Gilbert/Northwestern 37, Granby 0

Sunday, Nov. 4
Morgan 20, Nonnewaug 6

Monday, Nov. 6
Cromwell 15, Old Saybrook/Westbrook 14


Week 7
Friday, Oct. 26
East Hampton/Vinal Tech 26, Lewis Mills 0
Haddam-Killingworth 20, Morgan 7

Saturday, Oct. 27
Hyde Leadership 45, Old Saybrook/Westbrook 8
North Branford 42, Cromwell 7
Valley Regional/Old Lyme 36, Coginchaug 7
Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton 47, Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby 14
Ellington/Somers 21, Enfield 0
Gilbert/NW Regional 21, Canton 0
Avon 37, Housatonic/Wamogo 7
Granby Memorial 20, SMSA/University 12


Week 6
Saturday, Oct. 20
Canton 28, Coventry/Windham Tech 26: Kyle Mullins tied a school record with 4 TDs as the Warriors won the for the fourth time in five games. Canton (4-2) scored the go-ahead TD with 2:26 left and stopped a two-point conversion with no time left to secure the win. Coventry slips to 3-2.
SMSA/University 36, Stafford/East Windsor 30, 2 OT: Stepping in for the injured Kayron Macon, Ezequiel Ortiz ran for a career-high 166 yards and 2 TDs to help lead SMSA/University (1-4) to its first victory of the season with a 36-30 win over Stafford/East Windsor (1-4) in double overtime at Dillon Stadium.
Ellington/Somers 41, Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby 0:  Ellington (6-0) received a balanced performance to remain undefeated. Neal Janiga (13-167) ran for 1 TD while QB Joe Lesile (7-16-0, 201) threw TD passes to Brendan Coverhill (16, 45). Justin Oliver made 2 FGs for the Knights (20, 30).
Old Saybrook/Westbrook 22, Coginchaug 14: Shahiyd Flemming ran for a team-high 119 yards and 1 TD on 24 carries to lead OSW (3-2). Jailen Swain’s 1-yard run and Torin Wood’s 2-point conversion in the fourth quarter was the difference. Swain ran for a team-high 147 yards on 26 carries. Jack Granger scored 2 TDs for Coginchaug (3-2).
Cromwell 16, Morgan 10: Brandon Walker picked up a fumble and ran it 34 yards for a TD to help Cromwell (5-1). The Panthers forced 5 Morgan turnovers, including two fumbles recovered by Kenny Paklos, who had a sack and 14 tackles. Derrick Villard led the Panthers (24-193) and one interception while QB Alex Ramirez completed 7-of-19 passes for 175 yards and 1 TD. Morgan slips to 1-4.
Hyde 48, Lewis Mills 0: Kevin Jones scored 3 TDs in the first quarter on runs of 70 and 46 yards and a 47-yard punt return to lead Hyde (6-0) at Muzzy Field in Bristol
Avon 42, Granby 7: Avon’s Colin Moore ran for three touchdowns and 144 yards on 21 caries to lift the undefeated Falcons (6-0) at Ahrens Field. Curt Field threw a TD pass to Ian Downey for Granby (2-3)
Haddam-Killingworth 50, Nonnewaug 6: Nate Cruz (25-205) ran for 4 TDs while teammate Zach Roth (16-130) ran for 2 TDs as the Cougars improved to 3-3 with a big victory.  Nonnewaug is 1-5.
North Branford 45, East Hampton/Vinal Tech 0: Brandan Basil threw a 3 TD passes, including two to Chris Caron (53, 80 yards) while Dale Hausman ran for 2 TDs to lead the undefeated Thunderbirds (5-0). East Hampton slips to 0-6.
Enfield 40, Housatonic/Wamogo 12: Nick Liucci ran for 2 TDs as Enfield (4-2) moved past winless Housatonic/Wamogo. Doug Whipple ran for 89 yards and 2 TDs on seven carries for the Mountaineers (0-5).


Week 5
Friday, Oct. 12
Hyde 28, Valley Regional/Old Lyme 13: Kevin Jones had a 1-yard TD run and scored on a 90-yard kickoff return to lead the undefeated Wolves (5-0).  Eziekel Nixon had a 73 yard interception return for Hyde.
North Branford 70, Old Saybrook/Westbrook 38: QB Brandan Basil completed 9-of-14 passes for 288 yards and 6 TDs to lead undefeated North Branford. Dale Hausman (14-151) ran for 2 TDs while Chris Caron and Joe DeLucia each caught 3 TD passes from Basil. DeLucia scored 4 TDs, caught a 2-point conversion pass and kicked 6 extra points to score 32 points in the contest.
Granby 36, Housatonic/Wamogo 6: Stephen Blaker scored 2 TDs on a 24-yard run and a 42-yard fumble recovery as Granby (2-2)  earned its second win. Curtis Field completed 12 of 22 passes for 186 yards and 2 TD passes. Jeremy Stiewing (18-56) scored a TD for the winless Mountaineers (0-4).

Saturday, Oct. 13
Canton 28, Enfield 21: Canton beat Enfield for the first time, stopping two Raider drives inside its own 20 in the final five minutes. Cameron Daley threw a pair of TD passes for Canton, which won for the third time in the last four games. RB Kyle Mullins ran for 2 TDs as Canton (3-2) beat a team with a winning record for just the second time since 2007. Enfield is 3-2.
Avon 41, Gilbert/Northwestern 10: Avon (5-0) forced seven Yellowjacket  turnovers in the second half and 34 unanswered points to remain undefeated. Gilbert (2-3) lost three fumbles and threw four interceptions in the second half. Avon’s 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.
Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton 21, SMSA/University 20: Tommy Myers intercepted a pass, ran it back 16 yards for a TD and kicked the game-winning extra point as the Patriots (3-1) to beat the Tigerhawks (0-4). SMSA QB Wilfredo Alicea threw for a career-high 212 yards and 1 TDs. He also ran for a team-high 123 yards and 1 TD.
Ellington/Somers 49, Stafford/East Windsor 28: Neil Janiga scored 4 TDs and ran for 67 yards to lead the undefeated Purple Knights (5-0). Christian Schneider scored 2 TDs for Ellington.
Cromwell 52, Nonnewaug 6: The Panthers scored 35 unanswered points in the second half to pull away from Nonnewaug (1-4).
Coginchaug 35, East Hampton/Vinal Tech 6: The Blue Devils (3-1) had two runners rush for over 100 yards — Jake Ober (103) and Sean Harper (100) — in a big win over winless East Hampton (0-5). Jack Granger scored 3 TDs for Coginchaug.
Haddam-Killingworth 42, Lewis Mills 7: RB Nathan Cruz and Zach Roth combined to score 4 TDs and rush for 213 yards to lead the visiting Cougars (2-3) at Muzzy Field over Mills (0-4).


Week 4
Saturday, Oct. 6
Avon 28, Canton 6: Avon’s RB 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 (4-0). 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.
Hyde 21, Cromwell 10: The Panthers (3-1) fumbled the ball away three times and threw an interception in the first quarter as undefeated Hyde (4-0) built a 21-0 lead. Hyde’s Elijan Nixon scored 3 TDs, on an 18-yard and 22-yard TD pass from QB Kevin Jones and a 71-yard run. Cromwell cut the lead to 11 with a touchdown and field goal in the second quarter but couldn’t score again. Cromwell RB Derrick Villard ran for 183 yards on 21 carries.
Ellington/Somers 35, Granby 6: Joe Lesile threw 3 TD passes and Neal Janiga rushed for 104 yards and a TD to lead the Purple Knights (4-0). Austin Tautkus (6-109) caught a TD pass.
The Bears (1-2) were led by Ben Marlor, who caught an 11-yard TD pass from Curtis Field.
Coginchaug 40, Lewis Mills 0: Jack Granger scored 2 TDs on a 15-yard run and a 69-yard punt return to lead the Blue Devils (2-1). Jeff Grumm scored a TD on a 20-yard fumble return while Devin Rodrigue scored on a 30-yard interception return. Mills slips to 0-3
Haddam-Killingworth 29, East Hampton/Vinal Tech 14: The Cougars (1-3) won their first game of the season Saturday night at Palmer Field over winless East Hampton (0-4).
Old Saybrook/Westbrook 36, Nonnewaug 14: Old Saybrook/Westbrook 36, Nonnewaug 14: OSW’s Jailan Swain ran for a game-high 256 yards and 2 TDs to lead the Rams. OSW (2-1) ran for 374 yards on the ground. John Gombos scored 2 TDs for Nonnewaug (1-3).

Friday, Oct. 5
Gilbert/NWR 35, SMSA/University 0: Gilbert QB John Lippincott completed 6-of-10 passes for 158 and 2 TDs to lead Yellowjackets (2-2). He also ran for 72 yards and 2 TDs. Tony Ortiz ran for 114 yards on 14 carries for Gilbert. The game was ended with 10:07 left in the fourth quarter after a student tried to commit suicide elsewhere on the Gilbert campus.
Valley Regional/Old Lyme 40, Morgan 20: Justin Cheverier (14-80 rushing) scored two TDs to lead the Warriors (3-1). He ran two yards for one TD and ran back an interception 38 yards for his second score. Ricky Harrison hit two field goals for Valley, including a 37-yarder in the second quarter. Phil Cohen threw a pair of TD passes for Valley. Morgan slips to 1-3.
Enfield 29, Windsor Locks/Suffield/EG 6: Nick Bevilacqua led the Raiders (3-1) by rushing for 124 yards and a TD on 12 carries. QB Kyle Maynard threw for 123 yards and 2 TDs. Locks slips to 1-3.
Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton 52, Stafford/East Windsor 22:The Patriots (2-1) received a stellar performance from RB Kyle Wing, who ran for 288 yards and 3 TDs on 25 carries. Teammate Tommy Myers caught 3 passes for 133 yards and a TD. Zach Rollins (18-170) led Stafford (1-3).


Week 3
Monday, Oct. 1
Avon 42, SMSA/University 19: Avon scored on its four possessions of the game 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. Avon’s Colin Moore ran for 114 yards and 3 TDs on 22 carries.

Saturday, Sept. 29
Nonnewaug 8, East Hampton/Vinal Tech 7: Nonnewaug’s T.J. Meyer blocked an attempted field goal with no time left on the clock as the Chiefs won their first game since September 20, 2008, snapping a 31-game losing streak. Nonnewaug intercepted three passes. Nick Bordierre scored on a three-yard TD run for Nonnewaug (1-2) and Nick Uberti caught the two-point conversion pass from Christian Metallo to take the lead. East Hampton slips to 0-3.
Ellington/Somers 20, Gilbert/Northwestern 17: Trailing 17-7, Ellington received a 85 yard kickoff return from Christian Schneider and Brendan Coverdill scored on a 33-yard TD pass from Neal Janiga to beat Gilbert at Van Why Field. Gilbert tried to send the game into OT but when the snap was bobbled on a potential 23-yard game-tying field goal, holder John Ambrozaitis’ run was three yards short of the first down. Ellington (3-0) limited Gilbert’s Tony Ortiz to 81 yards on 22 carries. John Lippincott threw 2 TD passes for Gilbert (1-2).
Canton 40, Housatonic/Wamogo 0: Kyle Mullins ran for a season-high 102 yards and 2 TDs as the Warriors (2-1) won by shutout for the second straight game – the first time they’ve done that since 1957. QB Eric Scott completed 9-of-13 passes for 103 yards and 1 TD. Housy slips to 0-3.
Granby 12, Windsor Locks/Suffield/EG 6: Granby’s Curtis Field completed 20 of 33 passes for 205 yards and ran for both touchdowns as the Bears won their first game of the season at Ahern’s Park. Ian Downey caught six passes for 63 yards for the Bears (1-2). Thomas Ullmann made 12 tackles for Granby.
Cromwell 53, Haddam Killingworth 8: Cromwell’s Derrick Villard scored 3 TDs to lead the Panthers (3-0). He had a 32-yard interception return for a TD while also rushing for 2 TDs and 94 yards. QB Alex Ramirez was 7-of-10 for 111 yards and 2 TDs.
Valley Regional/Old Lyme 33, Old Saybrook/Westbrook 17: Valley’s Justin Cheverier ran for 5 TDs and 117 yards to lead the Warriors (2-1). Shahyid Flemming (18-157) ran for a TD and kicked a 30-yard field goal for OSW (1-1).
Hyde 7, Coginchaug 0: QB Kevin Jones scored on a 12-yard run with 47 seconds left in the third quarter to lift the Howling Wolves (3-0) to the win. Marcus Rogers led Hyde with 112 yards on 16 carries.
North Branford 46, Morgan 7: QB Brandan Basil threw four TD passes including two to Chris Caron as the Thunderbirds (3-0) rolled past the Huskies (1-1). Josh Melaccio returned an interception 26 yards for a TD for North Branford.

Friday, Sept. 28
Enfield 42, Stafford/East Windsor 30: Avery Boissy scored 4 TDs, including a 75-yard kickoff return to lead the Raiders (2-1).


Week 2
Friday, Sept. 21
Gilbert/Northwestern 41, Enfield 26: Tony Ortiz scored 4 TDs and ran for 181 yards to lead the Yellowjackets to their first win of the season. QB John Lippincott completed 6-of-10 passes for 135 yards.
North Branford 51, Haddam-Killingworth 6: A quick Thunderbirds squad belted the Cougars with five TDs in the first quarter to roll. North Branford scored on a 50-yard interception return, on TD runs of 77, 18 and 1 yard and a 33 yard pass reception. Joe DeLucia ran for 2 TDs and scored a third on an 42-yard interception return to lead the Thunderbirds. QB Brandon Basil threw 3 TD passes for North Branford.
Stafford/East Windsor 52, Housatonic/Wamogo 20: Zach Rollins ran for 202 yards and 3 TDs on nine carries to lead the Bulldogs.
Valley Regional/Old Lyme 49, Nonnewaug 0: QB Phil Cohen completed 6-of-12 passes for 142 yards and 2 TDs to lead the Warriors. Valley had 350 yards of offense and limited Nonnewaug to just 57 yards.

Saturday, Sept. 22
Avon 35, Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton 15: 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. Moore scored 4 TDs and the Falcon defense forced three Patriot turnovers, scoring on drives following each turnover.
Canton 8, Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby 0: Kyle Mullins’ touchdown with 4:59 was the difference as Canton snapped a 13-game losing streak under the lights at Suffield High on Saturday night. But the key to this victory was the heart shown by the Warriors on offense and defense.
Cromwell 47, Lewis Mills 14: Derrick Villard ran for 172 yards and 3 TDs in the first quarter as the Panthers overwhelmed Lewis Mills.
Ellington/Somers 47, SMSA/University 7: Neal Janiga ran for 3 TDs in the first quarter as the Purple Knights rolled. QB John Lesile threw 2 TD passes for Ellington. Kayron Macon scored for SMSA/University.
Hyde 41, Morgan 10: Elijah Nixon scored 3 TDs on a 50-yard pass from Kevin Jones, a 63-yard run and a 74-yard interception return to lead the Hyde. Jones completed 7-of-12 passes for 123 passes for the Howling Wolves.
Old Saybrook/Westbrook 25, East Hampton/Vinal Tech 13: Jailan Swain ran for 4 TDs and 190 yards on 19 carries to lead OSW. C.J. Lamare threw 2 TD passes for East Hampton, which was led in rushing by Mackenzie O’Connor (20-117). East Hampton turned the ball over twice early in third period on a fumble and blocked punt. OSW scored after both turnovers.


Week 1
Friday, Sept. 14
Coventry/Windham Tech 34, Gilbert/NWR 21: Coventry’s 6-foot-5 receiver Tom Myers scored on 3 TD receptions (46, 6, 35 yards) from QB Devan Valdes to lead the Patriots. Gilbert coughed up the ball four times but still rolled up over 400 yards of offense. QB John Lippincott completed 5-of-17 passes for 188 yards, 2 TDs and 2 interceptions. Lippincott threw an 80-yard TD pass to John Ambrozaitis and an 83-yard TD pass to Tony Ortiz (3-104 receiving, 15-158 rushing).
Hyde 33, Haddam Killingworth 15: Marcus Rogers (12-104) and Akeem Barry (12-103) each scored a TD for Hyde.
North Branford 41, Valley Regional 16: North Branford established themselves as the favorites to win the Sassacus Division with a dominating win over two-time defending Sassachus champion Valley Regional/Old Lyme. North Branford QB Brandan Basil completed 26-of-39 passes for 308 yards and 4 TDs. The Thunderbirds marched 98 and 97 yards respectively on their first two drives.
Enfield 34, Granby 0: Avery Boissy ran for 2 TDs and 156 yards on 20 carries while teammate Lukasz Kluk scored 2 TDs to lead Enfield. Ryan Morales had 3 sacks for the Enfield.
Morgan 40, Lewis Mills 6: The Huskies got their season off to a good start with a dominating victory at home.

Saturday, Sept. 15
Windsor Locks/Suffield/EG 40, Housatonic/Wamogo 0: Tristian Caulley ran for 3 TDs and 189 yards on just 12 carries to lead the Raiders. Teammate Austin Kingsberry ran for 84 yards and a TD while Danatas Correa had a 21-yard interception return for a TD.
Coginchaug 47, Nonnewaug 0: Jack Granger (8-107 rushing) scored 5 TDs to lead Coginchaug. Granger ran for two TDs and caught 3 TD passes. Tyler Meeker threw 3 TD passes for Coginchaug.
Cromwell 51, East Hampton/Vinal Tech 14: Derrick Villard ran for 3 TDs and 241 yards on 31 carries to lead Cromwell, who scored 30 unanswered points and forced five East Hampton turnovers.
Ellington 21, Canton 7: Neal Janiga scored 2 TDs as Ellington/Somers handed Canton its 13th straight loss. It was a one score game when Canton scored on its opening drive of the third quarter to cut the lead to seven, 14-7 on a 50-yard run from Jessie LaChance.
Avon 27, Stafford/East Windsor 0: Colin Moore ran for 4 TDs and over 230 yards to lead the Falcons at home. Avon had three additional TDs nullified due to penalties.

Season previews
Can Avon put the pieces together?
AVON, Sept. 11  – 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.
Collinsville Press, Sept. 11: Defense is solid. Can Avon give Moore help on offense?

H-K loses starting QB to injury
HIGGNAUM, Sept. 11 — Haddam-Killingworth loses veteran QB Alex DiMauro-D’ broken leg in final preseason scrimmage. He had played for three years.
Middletown Press, Sept. 10: Cougars solider on despite loss of QB

Pequot Conf. preview capsules
The New Haven Register takes a peek at the 20 teams in the Pequot Football Conference in the Uncas Division and Sassacus Division.
New Haven Register, Sept. 10: 2012 Pequot Conference preview capsules

More team previews
Shoreline Times: North Branford
Shoreline Times: Valley Regional/Old Lyme
Collinsville Press: Canton
Register Citizen: Nonnewaug
Register Citizen: Gilbert/Northwestern
Register Citizen: Housatonic/Wamogo
Register Citizen: Lewis Mills
Hartford Football Online: SMSA/University

2012 CIAC football points formula
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.
Divisional 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

Conference champion
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

Student enrollment for 2012 Pequot schools

School Students Class Change
1. Avon 548 L no change
2. WL/Suff/EG* 544 L Up 49
3. East Hampton/VT 525 M down 22
4. Coventry/WT/Bolt 514 M down 12
5. Ellington/Somers 479 M Up 43
6. Gilbert/NWR 458 M Up 40
7. Lewis Mills 409 M down 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 S down 6
14. SMSA/Univ.  3 26 S down 98
15. No. Branford 313 S down 27
16. Morgan 291 S up 5
17. Canton 283  S u p 13
17. Coginchaug 283 S unavailable
19. Housatonic/Wam 281 S down 115
20. Cromwell 277 S down 12
21. Stafford/EW 266 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.
*Co-op programs

2012 standings
Uncas Division

Team    Division Overall
x-Avon 10-0 10-1
Ellington/Somers 9-1 9-2
Gilbert/NWR 7-3 7-3
Canton 7-3 7-3
Coventry/WT/Bolt 7-3 7-3
Enfield 5-5 5-5
Granby 4-6 4-6
SMSA/University 3-7 3-7
Stafford/EWins 2-8 2-8
W. Locks/Suff/EG 1-9 1-9
Housatonic/Wam 0-10 0-10

Sassacus Division

Team Division Overall
x-North Branford 10-0 12-1
Hyde 9-1 10-2
Cromwell 8-2 8-2
Valley Reg/OL 7-3 7-3
H-Killingworth 5-5 5-5
Old Saybrook/WB 5-5 5-5
Morgan 5-5 5-5
Coginchaug 3-7 3-7
Nonnewaug 2-8 2-8
East Hampton/VT 1-9 1-9
Lewis Mills 0-10 0-10
x-clinched division title

Co-operative teams:Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton
Gilbert/Northwestern Regional
SMSA/University HS
Stafford/East Windsor
Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby
East Hampton/Vinal Tech
Old Saybrook/Westbrook
Valley Regional/Old Lyme

We’re sharing what was originally published at Avon Football Online in 2012.