A quick look back at some of last week’s best football performances across Connecticut. Compiled from news sources across the state. If you have a top performer you’d like highlighted, email Sean Patrick Bowley at firstname.lastname@example.org or Pete Paguaga email@example.com before noon every Monday.
- Shykeem Harmon, Ansonia — Rushed for 219 yards and three touchdowns in 49-7 win over Watertown.
- Tobey Callender and Dalton Modehn, Haddam-Killingworth — Callender rushed for 217 yards and four touchdowns, while Modehn rushed for 133 yards and four touchdowns in 56-13 win over Coventry Co-op.
- Noah Vail, East Catholic — Totaled three touchdowns in 42-7 win over Rocky Hill.
- Jaden Shirden, St. Joseph — Rushed for three touchdowns in 42-0 win over Ridgefeld.
- Malachi Gatison, Naugatuck — Rushed for three touchdowns in 49-7 win over Oxford.
- Corey Hooks, North Haven — Rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns in 49-14 win over Hillhouse.
- Logan Starr, Thames River — Rushed for three touchdowns in 22-14 win over Vinal Tech/Goodwin Tech/Whitney Tech.
- Jason O’Brien, Valley Regional/Old Lyme — Caught nine passes for 267 yards and a touchdown — his receiving yardage ranked 15th all time for a single game — in a 40-10 victory over Old Saybrook/Westbrook. He also had a fumble recovery and an interception. [VIDEO, above].
- Ja’kwan Hale, Derby — Caught three touchdown passes in 30-0 win over Wilby.
- Kyle Hyzy, Wilton –Caught two touchdowns and made a big catch to set up another score in 41-8 win over Bridgeport Central.
- Tysen Comizio, Greenwich — Caught three passes for 120 yards and a touchdown (also ran for a touchdown and finished with 198 all-purpose yards), in Greenwich’s 42-14 win over New Canaan.
- Silas Bridges and Justin Furze, Conard — Bridges had seven catches for 108 yards and two scores while Justin Furze had five catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns in Conard’s 41-28 win over Simsbury..
- Jacob Drena, Southington — Threw two touchdowns and engineered a 20-point fourth quarter comeback in the Blue Knights’ 27-24 win over New Britain.
- Josh Dodd, Quinebaug Valley — Threw for six touchdowns in 42-0 win over Platt Tech.
- Colin Wilson, Fairfield Ludlowe — Threw for seven touchdowns in 61-28 win over Trinity Catholic.
- Matt Langevin, Conard — Accounted for six touchdowns (five passing, one rushing) and threw for a school-record 406 yards in 41-28 win over Simsbury.
- Anthony Ligi, Wolcott — Rushed for 201 yards and four touchdowns in 34-27 win over Seymour.
- Gavin Muir, Greenwich — Completed 12-of-19 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for two more in a 42-14 victory over No. 7 New Canaan.
- Kyle Gordon, Norwalk — Totaled three touchdowns in 21-17 comeback win over Trumbull.
- Joe Gulbin, Fairfield Warde — Accounted for three touchdowns in 26-10 win over Danbury.
- Raquan Tompkins, East Hartford — Was 20 of 30 for 283 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 148 yards and three touchdowns in a 47-27 victory over Hall-West Hartford.
- Angelo Kollcinaku, Woodland — Kicked a 27-yard fourth quarter field goal to give the Hawks the lead for good in 23-22 win over St. Paul
- Jalen Gopie, WCA — Rushed for two touchdowns and had an interception for a touchdown in 24-14 win over Torrington.
- Jonathan Conte, Ellington — Totaled two touchdowns, including the game winning touchdown with 1:18 left, iin a 21-12 win over Canton.
- Colton Engel, Stafford Co-op — Totaled four touchdowns in 41-14 win over Granby.
- Jommar Roc, O’Brien Tech — Threw for two touchdowns and rushed for two more in 50-14 win over MCW United
- Jameson Gill, Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby — Rushed and threw for a touchdown in 27-14 win over Gilbert/Northwestern.
- Will Kirby, Darien — Kicked a 34-yard field goal, kicked three extra points and rushed for a touchdown in 24-0 win over Staples.
- RHAM’s defense — After being pushed around in the first half and trailing 24-0, forced five turnovers — 18 of which led directly to points, including a 40-yard fumble return touchdown by Dylan Depersia — as the Sachems rallied to beat Plainville 32-24.
- Rockville’s defense — Kejuan Green, Jon O’Coin, Clayton Aefedt and Chris Mierez all made interceptions in 35-6 win over SMSA Co-op.
- Brien McMahon’s special teams — Scored on a blocked punt and a kickoff return in 27-12 win over Stamford.
- Wethersfield (3-1) at Platt (3-1), 6:30 p.m. — Wethersfield won three straight since its opening week loss to Middletown. Platt spent its bye week stewing over its 2OT loss to Windsor. Both teams have designs on a Class L playoff berth. The loser will be ing big trouble.
- West Haven (3-1) at No. 3 Daniel Hand (4-0), 7 p.m. — Phoenix Billings and the Tigers have heard an earful from fans who doubt their statewide standing due to their SCC Tier II schedule. So here comes Tier I West Haven — fighting for its Class LL playoff life — in a showdown at the Surf Club.
- Barlow (2-1) at Sheehan (3-1), 7 p.m. — These two clubs famously met in last year’s Class M quarterfinals, with Barlow rallying to stun Sheehan, 47-34, on its way to the state championship game. Welcome to the rematch.
- North Haven (4-0) at Brookfield (4-0), 7 p.m. — Two of the last remaining unbeaten heavyweights from the SCC and SWC, respectively, meet up in an intriguing battle of potent rushing attacks.
- Pomperaug (3-1) at Branford (3-1), 7 p.m. — First year coach Tony Pereira has Pomperaug off to an impressive start. They face Jackson Seward and a Branford squad off to a surprising start of their own.
- No. 5 Shelton (4-0) at Masuk (2-2), 7 p.m. — These two strong programs and annual scrimmage partners never meet, despite being just a short trip up route 110. Finally, we get an actual game.
- Taft (4-0) at Brunswick (4-0), 3 p.m. — Yale commit QB Nolan Grooms and the unbeaten Rhinos head to Greenwich to face top recruit Cornelius Johnson and the surprising Bruins in a key Erickson League showdown.
- Newtown (4-0) at NFA (3-1), 1 p.m. — Dan Mason and the Nighthawks head all the way to Norwich for a crucial game in the Class LL playoff chase.