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:
Jacob Drena: 126-for-210 (.600), 27 TDs, 2245 yards, 249.4 yds/game.
Tanner LaRosa: 72 points, 8.0 pts/game.
Jacob Flynn: 66 points, 7.3 pts/game.
Evan Johanns: 53 points, 5.9 pts/game.
Will Downes:38 catches, 719 yds, 5 TDs, 63.2 yards/game.
Jacob Flynn: 32 catches, 694 yds, 11 TDs, 21.7 yards/game.
Tanner LaRosa: 803 yds, 89.2/game, 11 TDs
Dillon Kohl: 494 yds, 61.8/game, 8 TDs.
Southington’s defensive leaders:
Anthony Plantamuro: 33 solo tackles, 57 assists, 90 total (10.0/game).
Billy Carr: 26 solo tackles, 55 assists, 81 total (9.0/game).
John Miller: 6.0 sacks, 51 yards lost.
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:
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.
Jake McAlinden: 54 points, 6.0 pts/game.
Jotham Casey: 30 points, 3.8 pts/game.
Alec Frione: 12 catches, 210 yds, 1 TD, 23.3 yards/game.
Jake McAlinden: 8 catches, 111 yds, 1 TD, 12.3 yards/game.
Jake McAlinden: 920 yds, 102.2 yds/game.
Jason Shumilla: 234 yds, 58.5 yds/game.
Cheshire’s defensive leaders:
Jacob Dubois: 31 solo tackles, 34 assists, 65 total (7.2/game).
Jon Oris: 25 solo tackles, 28 assists, 53 total (5.9/game).
Sean Cangiano: 6.5 sacks, 4 hurries.
Alec Frione: 1 interception, 1 fumble.
Tim Krutz, Trevor DeLott, Christian Russo: 1 interception (tied).
Chisom Okoro, Sean Cangiano: 2 fumbles (tied).