Posts Tagged ‘ Blue Knights ’

Seniors bowl over Bobcats; Thanksgiving Day win would secure a tourney bid

November 22, 2013
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By John Goralski
Alex Jamele races toward the end zone during a 45-0 win over East Hartford. Jamele has 22 receiving touchdowns and needs just three more to tie the state record.

By John Goralski Sports Writer If anybody thought that South Windsor was going to pose a challenge on Friday, Nov. 15, the Blue Knight football team erased all doubts in the opening minutes. Southington took the field for just 12 plays in the opening half, and it resulted in six scores. The clock began running…

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Knights steamroll over East Hartford

November 15, 2013
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By John Goralski
Stephen Barmore scrambles for extra yardage during a 55-20 rout of East Hartford. Southington led by 48 at the start of the second half.

By John Goralski Sports Writer On Friday, Nov. 8, Zach Maxwell carried the ball four times in the first possession of the second half, and that resulted in a 59-yard scoring drive to give the Blue Knights a 48-point lead over East Hartford. Coach Mike Drury had seen enough. He pulled his starters, emptied his…

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Runners surge into postseason

October 25, 2013
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By JOHN GORALSKI SPORTS WRITER Coach Rich Niro couldn’t believe his eyes when Sean Garrison appeared at the bottom of the hill at Wickham Park. Finishers were still being counted in single digits, and here was his first Blue Knight elbowing his way to the finish line at the CCC championship race. On Wednesday, Oct.…

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Ready for the postseason; Knights enjoy season finale, Freshman attack Wickham

October 19, 2013
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By John Goralski
The boys team winds down at YMCA Camp Sloper after securing a winning record with a 15-50 win over New Britain on Oct. 8.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Four scarlet jerseys spoiled the perfect sea of blue in the boys race. There were no New Britain girls to challenge the girls. On Tuesday, Oct. 8, the Knights scored a pair of forfeits against New Britain at YMCA Camp Sloper. Winning was never a question in Southington’s final race,…

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The next generation; Young Knights continue to make strides

October 19, 2013
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By John Goralski
Maryssa Romano scores a block during a 3-0 loss to Farmington.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington fans have been spoiled in recent years by earning top seeds and making deep runs into the postseason, but there was a time when Coach Rich Heitz had to fight for every win. Even those teams made deep runs into the postseason. That’s why Heitz isn’t too concerned by…

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Punt, pass, and Smick; Knights win the early battle of field position

October 18, 2013
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By JESSICA SCHRODER
Kyle Smick punts a ball during a 38-7 win over New Britain. Smick scored the only points of the first quarter and set the pace in the battle for field position.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Kyle Smick’s first punt pinned New Britain behind their 20 yard line for their first possession of the game. His second one spanned more than 47 yards before coming to rest just outside the Hurricane 10-yard line. On Friday, Oct. 11, Kyle Smick was toying with the Hurricane’s special teams…

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Just give me the ball, coach; Lenny Clements raised the bar for scoring in the early 1960s

October 5, 2013
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1963 CHRONICLE YEARBOOK COURTESY OF THE SOUTHINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Lenny Clements crashes through the defensive line during the 1962 season.

By John Goralski Sports Writer The year was 1962. The Southington High School football team was riding an 18-game winning streak, and Lenny Clements made a rare defensive mistake that allowed the Croft quarterback to complete a pass for a large gain. No matter how tough they might have been, the Croft linemen must have…

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The shutout; Knights hold Simsbury to 52 yards of offense

October 4, 2013
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By JESSICA SCHRODER
Kyle Borawski drags three Trojan defenders during a 38-0 win over Simsbury on Friday, Sept. 27. The Knights (3-0) head into their bye week as one of five undefeated teams in the Class LL rankings.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington was forced to punt on their first drive. The Knights’ second possession ended with a fumble. Moments after recovering an interception late in the second quarter, the Blue Knights coughed it back up. Quarterback Stephen Barmore left the game for one play with a sore knee, and penalties backed…

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Airing it out; The receivers set the stage, and the defense delivers

September 27, 2013
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By JESSICA SCHRODER
Stephen Barmore scrambles for a first down during a 41-8 win over Manchester in the home opener on Friday, Sept. 20.

By John Goralski Sports Writer In less than two minutes, Southington scored. One minute later, they had another chance to put points on the board. Last fall the Knights needed a miracle catch on the final play of the game to end Manchester’s hopes. This year it was over before it started…and over…and over. Southington…

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Passing the test; Scott Otis defied the odds to make the NFL

September 20, 2013
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Photo courtesy of Glenville State College
Scott Otis didn’t turn heads with his high school statistics, but his work at Glennville State College led to a postition in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Scott Otis felt a twinge of satisfaction as he stood in the shadow of Fontana Field while track officials scrambled to measure his javelin throw at a cold spring meet in 1991. For three years of varsity football, he maintained that his arm could beat most teams. This throw certainly…

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