Buzzer Beater; Knights take their first lead on the final play of the game

“The guys kept battling and made plays. The nerves were high on the sidelines. Everyone was tense, and we just told them to calm down and just make a play,” said Southington coach Mike Drury. “We were there. We put drives together this game offensively, but we just weren’t making the plays. They just made the plays, finally, at the right time.”

Now, the Knights will try to cap the season a win on Thanksgiving. Cheshire (6-3) enters the game after a decisive 33-0 win over Hamden, and the Rams look to continue their five game winning streak in the Apple Valley Classic. Southington will try to break their trend of slow starts with a No. 1 seed in the Class LL tournament hanging in the balance.

“It’s the Thanksgiving Day game, and it’s an enormous rivalry. Our guys are really excited for it, and I know that Cheshire is too,” said Drury. “You can throw team records out the window for those games. We’ve just got to prepare and get ready to get after it.”

It will be the first home game on Southington’s artificial turf complex. Kick-off is scheduled for 10:30 am on Thanksgiving morning.

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By Vinnie Rossitto

Corbin Garry out-hustles a pair of Manchester defenders for the game winning touchdown on the final play of regulation.

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