Posts Tagged ‘ football ’

The winter games; Delays to football’s title game are already impacting winter sports

December 18, 2013
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The winter games; Delays to football’s title game are already impacting winter sports

By John Goralski Sports Writer When CIAC officials kicked off the football championship luncheon at the Aqua Turf on Wednesday, Dec. 11, they were already contemplating the weather. Games might be moved, they told the group of coaches, players, and press in attendance, but they have to be finished by Sunday night or they won’t…

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*Updated* Class LL championship game moved to Thursday

December 12, 2013
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*Updated* Class LL championship game moved to Thursday

The following is an update from the CIAC. “There is still too much ice at West Haven to safely play the LL Football Championship this evening. Based on the current forecast the game has been tentatively rescheduled for 6:35 p.m. Thursday at West Haven. The latest possibility to play the game is Friday, if conditions…

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Inclement weather may force change to championship football game

December 11, 2013
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Inclement weather may change the date or time for this Saturday’s Class LL championship football game between Southington and Fairfield Prep. The game is currently scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14 at 6:05 p.m. at Arute Field at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. However, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC)  may change the dates…

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Knights split Powder Puff; Offense surges in Game 2; Defense anchors the series

December 6, 2013
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Knights split Powder Puff; Offense surges in Game 2; Defense anchors the series

By John Goralski Sports Writer Kayla Nati turned the corner, and burst into the open field. Then, it was off to the races… On Monday, Dec. 2, the Lady Knights concluded the annual powder puff two-game series with a 21-12 win over Cheshire. Rains postponed the original schedule. Thanksgiving came and went. Temperatures continue to…

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Knights take center stage; Local trio battles in the Bronx for a Division I showdown

December 6, 2013
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Knights take center stage; Local trio battles in the Bronx for a Division I showdown

By John Goralski Sports Writer As soon as NCAA football officials announced the pairings for the Division I tournament’s opening round, Jordan Chapman’s cell phone came alive with a flurry of texts, but the former Southington High School star didn’t even have to look at the screen. Sacred Heart University had earned the program’s first…

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Home sweet home; Knights win 2 in a row at Thanksgiving, secure first round home game

December 4, 2013
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Home sweet home; Knights win 2 in a row at Thanksgiving, secure first round home game

By John Goralski Sports Writer Cheshire runners attacked the Southington defense like a con man in a back alley shell game. They plunged up the middle clutching phantom footballs to their bellies. They swept to the outside while the real play went the other way. They disbursed from the snap in a flurry of angles…

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Southington football wins big, advances to the next round

December 3, 2013
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By Mark Jaffee Special to The Observer Team unity best describes the surging Southington High football team. When junior defensive lineman Matt Koczera was asked about his three quarterback sacks in the Blue Knights’ decisive 52-14 win over Norwich Free Academy Tuesday night in the Class LL quarterfinals, he said he didn’t have a clue…

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

November 22, 2013
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Seniors bowl over Bobcats; Thanksgiving Day win would secure a tourney bid

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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Knights steamroll over East Hartford

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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Opportunity Knocks; Mike Ryan blazed his own path to the NFL sidelines

November 10, 2013
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Opportunity Knocks; Mike Ryan blazed his own path to the NFL sidelines

By John Goralski Sports Writer Irv Black’s voice crackled through the speakers at Hartford Public in 1980 as the legendary track official called the play-by-play for the 1500m race at the Colonial Conference Championship. His voice melted into a rhythm with the frontrunner’s steps which included newcomer Mike Ryan. With each step, Ryan matched Black’s…

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