It was a cold and windy night at Glastonbury High School last Friday when Southington football (7-1) took on the Tomahawks (3-5). It was an odd game to say the least, but the Blue Knight’s defense dominated again in a 20-0 win, their first shutout of the season.
In a game in which all the scoring took place in the second quarter, the conditions Friday night may have made it more difficult for both teams to get into the end zone. Coach Mike Drury did not think it had too much of an impact, and said that is what conditions will be like come playoff time.
“Sometimes, this can happen but I don’t think it had much to do with how we did offensively,” Drury said. “It was definitely a cold game but it was like a December game. You are going to have to play playoff football in weather like this.”
MJ Bennett, filling in for starter Dillon Kohl for the second game this season, started the scoring for the Knights in the second quarter, rushing in for two scores at the 11:30 and 7:54 marks.
Southington also scored right before halftime for the second straight week. With 39 seconds left, Josh Vitti took a quick pass from Brady Lafferty, broke a tackle, and raced down the sideline for a 46-yard touchdown.
Despite trailing, Glastonbury stayed committed to running the football in the second half, trying to play keep-away from the Knights’ offense. The Tomahawks actually led in time of possession, 25:18-22:42.
While Southington’s offense did not have the ball much in the second half, they also had trouble protecting the football, coughing it up to Glastonbury twice.
“We just didn’t execute well offensively in the second half,” Drury said. “It didn’t go nearly as well as it should have. We can’t turn the ball over. That is a big thing for us. So, that is something we are definitely going to address and take care of.”
The Knights’ defense, once again, had a shutdown performance, allowing just 100 yards total in the game, including just nine yards in the first half and one first down.
Angelo Plantamuro had nine tackles, including three for a loss and a forced fumble. He also recorded one sack.
Billy Carr led the team with 12 tackles and also had three for a loss. Riley Clingan had ten tackles, including one for a loss, while Max Cassella also had ten tackles.
“Biggest thing our defense did tonight was get off the field on third down,” Drury said. “They created negative plays and they shut down the run game, which was big. They showed up tonight.”
Offensively, Bennett carried the ball 11 times for 69 yards and the two scores. Lafferty completed 21 of 35 passes for 262 yards, including the touchdown to Vitti and an interception.
Vitti finished with six catches for 101 yards and a touchdown. Jake Delmonte had six catches for 79 yards and Carter Uhlman caught six balls for 51 yards.
Up next: Southington remained third in the Class LL rankings entering this week and was ranked seventh in the state polls.
Before the Apple Classic against Cheshire on Thanksgiving, the Knights will have their senior night tonight at 7 p.m. when they host New Britain (3-5). It may be a game that most teams take lightly with Thanksgiving on the horizon, but Drury expects New Britain’s best football tonight.
“They are going to play tough and physical football,” Drury said. “It is a rivalry game and they are going to give us everything they got. It will be an exciting game.”
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