By John Goralski
Southington High School snapped their five-game losing streak in the Apple Valley Classic with a 38-13 victory over Cheshire.
Quarterback Stephen Barmore capped the opening drive with a 10 yard touchdown run as Southington took an early lead for the first time in five contests. Kyle Smick kicked a 37-yard field goal on Southington’s next drive. Tyler Hyde (5 yards) and Zach Maxwell (1 yard) scored on short runs in the second quarter, and the Knights entered the break with a 24-0 lead.
Barmore and Jarrid Grimmett scored in the second half. Cheshire scored twice in the second half and won the turnover battle with a pair of interceptions, but Southington never trailed. The 38-13 victory was the first on Southington’s new artificial turf complex. With the win, the Knights (10-0) secured a home game in the upcoming Class LL championships. Matchups will be announced on Friday, Nov. 23, and the quarterfinal game will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Kick-off will be at 6:30 p.m. at Fontana Field.
APPLE VALLEY CLASSIC AWARDS
The Offensive award was presented to Southington’s offensive line. Cheshire’s offensive award was given to Ram quarterback Vincent Sansone.
The Defensive award was presented to Zach Maxwell (Southington) and Beau Bartone (Cheshire).
Zach Maxwell was honored as the 2012 Apple Valley Classic Most Valuable Player.