By John Torsiello
The Simsbury High School football team put forth its best all around effort of the season in notching its second win of 2013 with a 27-6 victory over South Windsor on the road.
The Trojans jumped on the home team for two first quarter scores and, after South Windsor had pulled to within 14-6, then scored 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to salt the contest away.
Simsbury is 2-5 on the season.
“It was a great team victory and we had three interceptions in the quarter to seal the deal,” said head coach Jeff Osborne. “Brad Helmkamp was our leader on both offense and defense.”
Helmkamp, a senior, had a remarkable game, rushing for 154 yards on 18 carries and scoring a touchdown, while making 20 tackles on defense.
Senior Greg Bombara ran it in from nine yards out and then followed with a four-yard run, with Kyle Dougherty kicking both points after touchdown to give the visitors a 14-0 lead.
South Windsor scored its only touchdown when Adam Leclerc hauled in a six-yard scoring strike from quarterback Ryan MacDonald in the second period.
Helmkamp ran it in from six yards out and Dougherty kicked the point after, and Issac Peacock caught a four-yard touchdown pass from senior James Hermsen in the final period to close out the scoring.
Junior Elijah Barows rushed for 48 yards, Hermsen for 42 and junior Sam Collins 37 as Simsbury gained 332 yards on the ground. Hermsen was 1-of-6 passing.
In addition to Helmkamp’s amazing effort on defense, junior Jacob Feldman had 17 tackles, 13 of them solo, while senior Justin Gray and Peacock had eight tackles each, Bombara six, and Adam McLlveen, sophomore Will Varble and senior Noah Lamothe five tackles each. Bombara had two sacks and Lamothe one, and senior Nick Albergo, Peacock, Helmkamp and Feldman picked off passes.
In addition to making three points after touchdowns, Dougherty, a senior, averaged 50 yards on five kickoffs and 39 yards on three punts.
For the season, Hermsen has completed 21-of-64 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns. Helmkamp has rushed for 706 yards on 106 carries, and Hermsen 264 yards on 61 carries. Junior Nathan Craine is the leading receiver with six catches, while Sam Collins has five receptions. Senior Jeff Cassano has the most receiving yards with74.
Helmkamp is the leading tackler with 105, including 76 solo, while Feldman has 72, Peacock 65 and junior Eric Bedson 41. Helmkamp also leads in interceptions with three.
Dougherty is averaging 55 yards a kickoff and 38.50 yards punting the ball. He has also returned six punts for 245 yards, an average of 40.83 yards a return.
Simsbury plays at Manchester Friday (after press time).