SOUTHINGTON - Were it not for a score by Simsbury in the last five minutes, the Southington football team would have had a shutout on Friday night, as it dominated on both sides of the ball.
Instead, the Blue Knights were happy to walk away with the 35-6 victory.
“It starts and ends up front,” Southington head coach Mike Drury said. “The task is we go as far as they go.”
Starting quarterback William Barmore had a total of 303 passing yards, 264 of those in the first half. He was 22 of 33 on pass attempts.
“[Barmore] was dialed in tonight,” Drury said. “He’s the leader of the offense.”
Barmore spread the credit.
“They make great catches in traffic,” Barmore said. “I have confidence that I can put it out there and know that if there’s a guy right on their hip, I can put it in a certain spot and make the play.”
It was only the second game of the season, but Barmore said he hasn’t gotten touched once.
“The O line played great tonight,” he said. “They gave me tons of time in the pocket. The receivers, they made catches that a lot of receivers won’t make, so I’m very proud of them.”
Drury can tell that the offensive line is filled with potential. As the season unravels, they’ll be showing everyone what they can do.
“The O line, they did a great job, they threw a couple funky looks at us, just adjusting, but they know,” Drury said. “They’re just molding together as a group.”
Injuries have hindered the offensive line for the Blue Knights. Senior running back Brandon Kohl suffered a season-ending injury, tearing his ACL in the season’s first game, against Glastonbury.
“Unfortunately Kohl is out,” Drury said. “Such a great kid, and one of the best backs we’ve ever had come through this program. Just his vision, his ability to see, and he’s tough. Unfortunately, another knee injury is going to keep him out for the season.”
Although Kohl is out for the season, he is still on the sidelines.
“We’ve got a headset on him at practice. His task was to get those two guys, [LaRosa and Agnew], who have to step up into that role right now,” Drury said, “We helped them out because they’re the guys the team is going to have to lean on in those situations.”
Drury is also working on getting Ryan Montalvo back on the offensive line.
“Montalvo is a dynamic player. He has speed and the ability to break big plays. It’s going to be a little bit,” Drury said. “But I know these guys are going to do a great job. Eventually it’ll be good to get [Montalvo] to touch the rock again, because we know what he can do with it when it’s in his hands.”
The injury list will not bring the Blue Knights down. Drury said they have a string of great backs to keep them afloat.
Timothy O’Shea, Ian Agnew and Tanner LaRosa have taken over the reins while Kohl is out.
“O’Shea, he’s a tough guy, he’s 6-foot-4 and has the ability to run and cover,” Drury said. “Our guys have been going against him, last year and all preseason; so they get better, he get’s better and he did a great job.”
There are plenty of things the Blue Knights need to work on, Drury said.
“We have to get better each week, each day,” he said.
Southington’s next matchup will be against Manchester and the Blue Knights are wasting no time preparing for the game.
“I know Manchester is going to be ready,” Drury said. “[Manchester] coach [Roy] Roberts does a great job with those guys and they have some serious speed there, so we’ll just evaluate it and get ready to work.”