Thanksgiving football game moved to Wednesday night

SOUTHINGTON – The Southington-Cheshire football game will now be a Thanksgiving Eve affair.

“Due to the impending record-cold temperatures on Thursday, [Cheshire] and [Southington] have decided to move their Thanksgiving Day Football Game to Wednesday night at 6 PM. It will still be held at Fontana Field,” read a Twitter message from Southington athletic director Greg Ferry.

The last time Southington and Cheshire didn’t play on Thanksgiving was in 2014. In 2014, the game was played on the Saturday after Thanksgiving at Southington High School due to inclement weather.

Southington-Cheshire is not the only game to move to Wednesday. Plainville will now play Farmington on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Farmington High School. The Battle for the Bell football rivalry between Bristol Eastern and Bristol Central will now be played at 2 p.m. on Friday according to a tweet from Bristol Eastern faculty manager John Stavens. The game will still be played at Muzzy Field.

Southington enters the contest at 9-0 and have already clinched a berth in the upcoming Class LL championships, but a victory could help secure a home game in the quarterfinal round.

Southington’s offensive leaders:

PASSING

Jacob Drena: 126-for-210 (.600), 27 TDs, 2245 yards, 249.4 yds/game.

SCORING

Tanner LaRosa: 72 points, 8.0 pts/game.

Jacob Flynn: 66 points, 7.3 pts/game.

Evan Johanns: 53 points, 5.9 pts/game.

RECEIVING

Will Downes:38 catches, 719 yds, 5 TDs, 63.2 yards/game.

Jacob Flynn: 32 catches, 694 yds, 11 TDs, 21.7 yards/game.

RUSHING

Tanner LaRosa: 803 yds, 89.2/game, 11 TDs

Dillon Kohl: 494 yds, 61.8/game, 8 TDs.

Southington’s defensive leaders:

TACKLES

Anthony Plantamuro: 33 solo tackles, 57 assists, 90 total (10.0/game).

Billy Carr: 26 solo tackles, 55 assists, 81 total (9.0/game).

SACKS

John Miller: 6.0 sacks, 51 yards lost.

FORCED TURNOVERS

Matt Thomson: 5 interceptions, 1 fumble.

Johnny Carreiro: 2 interceptions, 1 blocked FG

Steve Witte: 1 interception, 2 blocked FGs

J.T. Martin: 1 interception, 1 blocked FG

Cheshire enters the contest at 3-6 and have already been eliminated from the upcoming Class LL championships, but a victory would snap a six year losing streak in the Apple Valley Classic.

Cheshire’s offensive leaders:

PASSING

Colby Griffin: 31-for-70 (.443), 3 TDs, 412 yards, 45.8 yds/game.

Jason Shumilla: 21-for-45 (.467), 2 TDs, 227 yards, 56.8 yds/game.

SCORING

Jake McAlinden: 54 points, 6.0 pts/game.

Jotham Casey: 30 points, 3.8 pts/game.

RECEIVING

Alec Frione: 12 catches, 210 yds, 1 TD, 23.3 yards/game.

Jake McAlinden: 8 catches, 111 yds, 1 TD, 12.3 yards/game.

RUSHING

Jake McAlinden: 920 yds, 102.2 yds/game.

Jason Shumilla: 234 yds, 58.5 yds/game.

Cheshire’s defensive leaders:

TACKLES

Jacob Dubois: 31 solo tackles, 34 assists,  65 total (7.2/game).

Jon Oris: 25 solo tackles, 28 assists,  53 total (5.9/game).

SACKS

Sean Cangiano: 6.5 sacks, 4 hurries.

FORCED TURNOVERS

Alec Frione: 1 interception, 1 fumble.

Tim Krutz, Trevor DeLott, Christian Russo: 1 interception (tied).

Chisom Okoro, Sean Cangiano: 2 fumbles (tied).

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