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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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Waking up late; Slow start, same result for Knights

November 1, 2012
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Waking up late; Slow start, same result for Knights

By John Goralski Sports Writer In the opening minutes of the game, it looked like the Southington football team was still resting after their battle with Glastonbury. A penalty and fumble pinned their backs against their own endzone. On fourth down, the football bounced off the turf in the endzone and Nate Bonenfant was barely…

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Follow the Lleader; Joe Llodra went from the O-line to the sideline

October 19, 2012
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by John Goralski Sports Writer Defenders knew that Southington would come out throwing in the mid-1950s, but nobody could stop them. Opponents knew that Southington’s runners would be circling around the off-balanced line, but no one could contain them. Southington’s opponents knew who they had to reach to stop the single-wing offense. The question was,…

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Midseason perfection; Knights score second shutout, improve to 5-0

October 19, 2012
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Midseason perfection; Knights score second shutout, improve to 5-0

By John Goralski Sports Writer Before the Knights even took the field against South Windsor, Glastonbury was already resting after securing their fifth win. Football fans throughout the state had already circled the Week Six match-up between the Knights and the Tomahawks, and it was already being touted as a midseason battle between undefeated programs.…

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Chasing perfection; Knights improve to 4-0 with another lopsided win

October 12, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer A 30-yard field goal just missed by inches, but Southington answered with a 42-0 rally. Three long touchdown strikes coupled with a pair of touchdown runs quieted the Conard crowd, and the Knights continued their early dominance with a 42-7 win over Conard in Southington’s first scheduled home game at…

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The Blitzing Blue Bandits; Football scores shutout at home opener in Cheshire

October 4, 2012
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Southington fans cheered as they filed out of the Cheshire bleachers. The band sounded off one more anthem as the players lined up to shake hands. On Saturday, Sept. 29, Coach Mike Drury turned to the press with a wide grin. And why not? With a 35-0 win over Newington, Drury became the first Blue…

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