SOUTHINGTON - Southington football hasn’t lost a game to Simsbury in the last seven meetings, and Friday night was no different.
Simsbury was no match for Southington’s defense, as the Blue Knights did not allow any points in the first half on their way to a 35-6 victory.
Even the absence of senior running back Brandon Kohl, who suffered a season-ending injury last week, tearing his ACL in the first game against Glastonbury, didn’t stop the Blue Devils.
The game plan for the Southington was to play with tempo.
“We have full one-way guys, offensively and defensively,” head coach Mike Drury said. “Playing physical and playing smart, I think we did all those things for the most part.”
Senior quarterback William Barmore threw 22 complete passes out of 33 attempts, for a total of 303 yards.
“We came out pretty good,” Barmore said. “The first drive was really good, we ran the field on them. The O line gave me a ton of time tonight and the receivers ran great routes, they found the holes.”
Southington opened up early with a pass to Jack Herms earning a 10-yard touchdown to get the night started. Barmore threw an 18-yard pass to William Downes to earn their second touchdown of the evening.
Mario Ferreri turned the ball over on an interception with 3:43 left in the first. Ian Agnew made a 10-yard run into the end zone to finish off the first quarter for a 21-0 lead.
Southington held the Trojans in the second quarter. Tanner LaRosa rushed 11 yards into the end zone, improving the Blue Knights’ lead to 26-0. Evan Johann’s kick was good, leaving the final score 27-0 at the end of the half.
Southington’s defense continued to impress throughout the second half.
Simsbury took a loss when Raf Nieves injured his ankle, taking him out of the game. The Trojans brought in junior running back Mark Bedson to take his place.
“The guys came out with great energy,” Drury said. “They came out, executed well. The defense really did a great job, they caused a turnover, and just played physical, shutting down the things we wanted to shut down.”
Ian Agnew ended the third quarter with a five-yard touchdown, for another shutout quarter.
A running clock started the fourth quarter. With just under three minutes left on the clock, the Trojans scored their first touchdown. Mark Bedson rushed 50 yards into the end zone.
“Coach Masters’ son [Jackson Masters], did a really good job back there,” Drury said. “They have a couple really good athletes and they stay patient with what they’re doing.
“They were successful in some stuff, so we have to look at that and say, how can we clean up some of our techniques there. But the D responded.”
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