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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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Nowhere to Hyde; 4th quarter run clinched the win in Week 1

September 20, 2013
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Nowhere to Hyde; 4th quarter run clinched the win in Week 1

By John Goralski Sports Writer Stephen Barmore slipped the ball into Tyler Hyde’s gut with the skill of a con man, and the Blue Knight quarterback drew one Glastonbury defender with a pantomimed pass play. Two linemen wedged through the Tomahawk front line and another crashed into a blitzing linebacker to make a hole for…

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Back to the Future; Football has sights set on the postseason

September 6, 2013
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by John Goralski Sports Writer Gridiron officials released this year’s schedule and Coach Mike Drury was immediately deluged by a flood of voice mail and text messages. Opening day always brings excitement, but nothing like this. Last year, the Blue Knights spoiled Glastonbury’s bid for a perfect season with a miracle comeback in week six.…

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A Rose for every season; Justin Rose is the Observer’s 2013 Male Athlete of the Year

June 28, 2013
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A Rose for every season; Justin Rose is the Observer’s 2013 Male Athlete of the Year

By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Mike Drury didn’t know what to say when Justin Rose expressed interest in football at the end of his junior year. The multi-sport athlete hadn’t touched a football since his freshman year. Drury had never even seen him play. Rose even missed spring practice because the Blue Knight baseball…

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Committing to the game; Blue Knight trio will play at the next level

May 12, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer For three years, Travis Clark has anchored the Blue Knight offensive line. For two seasons, Nick Spitz has anchored the defense. Justin Rose had just one year with the defense, but he led the team in tackles, fumble recoveries, and interrupted passes. Together, they helped lead the team back into…

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Last stand; Knights lose rematch with Glastonbury

December 6, 2012
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Last stand; Knights lose rematch with Glastonbury

By John Goralski Sports Writer A fumble on the first play from scrimmage allowed Glastonbury to take the early lead. Soft coverage after a successful goal line stance set up a Tomahawk field goal at the end of the first half, and defensive breakdown enabled an 85-yard scored in the second half that pushed the…

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Buzzer Beater; Knights take their first lead on the final play of the game

November 15, 2012
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Buzzer Beater; Knights take their first lead on the final play of the game

By John Goralski Sports Writer Nobody’s going to remember Southington’s trio of interceptions in the first half or the 12-0 deficit. No one’s going to remember the four Southington drives in the second half that were pushed back or stalled by Manchester defenders. Fans won’t remember the final two-minute drill plagued by incomplete passes, a…

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Knights win conference; Southington sinks Simsbury with 2nd half surge

November 9, 2012
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Knights win conference; Southington sinks Simsbury with 2nd half surge

By John Goralski Sports Writer On Simsbury’s first possession, they took the lead. Midway through the second quarter, they did it again. On Saturday, Nov. 3, Southington limped into the break with the score knotted, 14-14. Once again, the second half was a different story. Southington scored in the last minute of the first half,…

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