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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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Conard pays the price; Knights rebound from loss with a 49-point surge against Conard in the opening half

October 31, 2013
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Conard pays the price; Knights rebound from loss with a 49-point surge against Conard in the opening half

By John Goralski Sports Writer For seven days, the Knights stewed about the little mistakes that cost them a perfect season. They boiled about the blown coverages. They steamed about the missed opportunities. In the week of practices since losing to Hall, the Knights grew more and more angry, more and more dissatisfied, and more…

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

October 18, 2013
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Punt, pass, and Smick; Knights win the early battle of 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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Just give me the ball, coach; Lenny Clements raised the bar for scoring in the early 1960s

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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The shutout; Knights hold Simsbury to 52 yards of offense

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

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

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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