No. 6 Southington goes on the road to try and dethrone No. 1 Greenwich

Published on Friday, 23 September 2022 15:03
Written by Cameron Beall

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GREENWICH – A pair of top-10 teams will take the field in western Connecticut Saturday afternoon in a matchup between the No. 1 Greenwich Cardinals and the No. 6 Southington Blue Knights. The Saturday matinee will kick off at 3 p.m. between two teams fresh off 49-point efforts in Week 2.

The Blue Knights took down Hall a week ago by a final score of 49-21. Head coach Mike Drury was happy to see things starting to click for his offense in the win.

“It was great just seeing our offense execute at a high-level last week,” Drury said. “I think in the first week we were really just struggling in certain phases of the game and a lot of these guys just needed one of those games under their belt to get some things worked out.”

First-year starting quarterback CJ DiBenedetto completed 81.2% of his passes for 280 yards and five touchdowns. Senior running back Lincoln Cardillo also rushed for 228 yards and two scores in the win.

After a sizeable turnover on the offensive side of the ball from a season ago, Drury said that the group has been getting better with each passing week.

One of the groups he’s most excited about moving forward are his wide receivers. He noted that this is one of the great groups of pass catchers he’s had at Southington. 

Junior Ray Williams caught six balls for 145 yards and four scores last week against Hall.

The trip to Greenwich will be perhaps Southington’s most difficult trip of the season, and they know what will be waiting for them when they step off the bus Saturday.

“They’re a big, physical team. It will be the biggest team we face this year,” Drury said.

The Cardinals found themselves down 21-0 last weekend against Ridgefield before storming back to win 49-42.

Greenwich’s run game will be their greatest weapon this week as it was in their come-from-behind win. Senior Jack Konigsberg and junior George Vomvolakis combined for 260 yards and three touchdowns in Week 2, while senior Jack Wilson punched in three more touchdowns on just 15 yards rushing.

No. 6 Southington at No. 1 Greenwich

When: Saturday, 3:00 p.m.

Where: Greenwich High School

Records: Southington 2-0, Greenwich 2-0

The Breakdown

This is lining up to be one of – if not – the best game in Connecticut this weekend with a pair of top-six teams lining up on Saturday. Each team has shown the ability to be dynamic on the offensive side of the ball, even with a little less experience in Southington’s case. However, the big test will be for the Blue Knights’ defense. Mike Drury has spoken highly of his defensive backfield this season as one of the deepest rooms he’s had at that position group. With defense as a strength for Southington, they’ll need to allow their offense enough time to get settled against what has historically been one of the best teams in the state.

Cameron Beall’s Prediction

Greenwich 49, Southington 43



Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington on Friday, 23 September 2022 15:03. Updated: Friday, 23 September 2022 15:05.