Posts Tagged ‘ football ’

Crossing the line; Knights are winning in the trenches

October 17, 2014
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By John Goralski
Blue Knight running back Alessio Diana avoids a tackle during a 54-20 win over New Britain on Friday, Oct. 10.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Matt Steeves lurched forward into a mob of maroon jerseys, and Jasen Rose stood calmly behind him surveying the field. The Southington quarterback seemed to have all the time in the world as Steeves and his lineman drove back the New Britain blitz. Steeves wasn’t alone. The center was flanked…

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Thunder & Lightning; Rookie running backs are holding their own

October 3, 2014
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By john Goralski
Vance Upham scurries for a first down during Southington’s 47-7 win over Simsbury on Sept. 26. Alessio Diana and Upham combined for 176 yards in the first half as the Knights ran away with the game.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Vance Upham bounced off two defenders on Southington’s first drive and pushed his way toward the end zone for an 18-yard touchdown run. In the waning minutes of the quarter, Upham’s six-yard plunge gave the Knights a 20-0 lead. Alessio Diana broke into the backfield at the end of the…

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Wayne’s World; Chopus is no stranger to Halls of Fame

September 26, 2014
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Wayne Chopus, above, scores a lay-up for the Knights in the mid-60s. Chopus lettered in three sports in high school and two in college.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Wayne Chopus seemed to leave his feet at the crack of the bat, and a gasp washed across the crowd as he backhanded the ball at shortstop, pirouetted in the air, and completed the play with a perfect strike to first base. There was no surprise when Chopus was named…

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Second half surge; Knights outscore Indians 28-0 after break

September 26, 2014
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By John Goralski
Alex Jamele fights for yardage after the catch during a 56-15 win over Manchester on Friday, Sept. 19.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Kyle Borawski drew his defender with a small stutter-step at the sidelines, and rolled out to the open field. Just five minutes had elapsed in the second quarter, and Borawski danced 85 yards down the sidelines to give the Blue Knights the lead for good. Manchester came out swinging on…

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Not so special teams; Blue Knights survive five turnovers and two botched punts to beat Glastonbury

September 19, 2014
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By John Goralski
Alessio Diana fights for a first down during Southington’s 41-38 win over Glastonbury. Vance Upham and Diana combined for 223 rushing yards in the win.

By John Goralski Sports Writer On the second play of the game, a Blue Knight interception gave Glastonbury the ball inside the 50-yard line. On Southington’s second possession, a punt from their own end zone careened out of bounds in the red zone. With 10 minutes elapsed in Southington’s season opener, the defense had only…

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Defending the title; SHS Football is ready for another run

September 5, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer The confetti wasn’t finished falling after the championship game, and the Blue Knights were back in the gym. The Class LL trophy hadn’t found its way into the display case, and the football team was already training for another run. Last fall Southington’s gridiron gang rallied to a 9-1 record…

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Mandatory concussion education is set

July 18, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer School officials are making concussion education and awareness mandatory for student athletes and parents this fall. Eric Swallow, director of athletics for Southington schools, briefed the school board at a recent Board of Education meeting. The focus on concussions comes from an upcoming state mandate. “The State legislature has mandated…

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SHS teacher to dance for wounded veterans

June 20, 2014
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Brian Durbin

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Southington High School teacher, army veteran, football coach and science fiction author are just a few ways one could define the accomplished . This fall, competitive dancer can be added to the list. Durbin, or the Colonel as some know him, will dance for charity in Dancing with Our Heroes,…

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Smick’s kicks; Knight kicker is far from finished

April 19, 2014
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By John Goralski
On Thursday, April 10, Kyle Smick announced his intention to play football at the next level.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Kyle Smick was just fooling around with some friends when his first kick split the uprights from 40 yards. He never expected to be a high school kicker. He never expected to become one of the central figures on Southington’s charge toward a Class LL state championship. He broke records.…

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Homecoming; Former Blue Knight returns to sign college letter of intent

March 27, 2014
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By John Goralski
Justin Rose (Class of 2013) returned to Southington High School on Monday, March 17 to sign a National Letter of Intent to play football at Central CT State University.

By John Goralski Sports Writer It’s been almost a year since Justin Rose wandered the halls of Southington High School between periods. It’s been two seasons since he led the gridiron defenders with 99 tackles and four sacks, but the former Knight seemed comfortable to return to his old stomping grounds on Monday, March 17.…

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