HADDAM — Haddam-Killingworth’s football team climbed over the .500 mark with a 35-12 win over North Branford Saturday night at H-K High School. Leading just 14-12 at the half, H-K ran away with a 21-point second half to improve to 4-3.
“This was a game where we were able to finish the job,” said H-K coach Mike Baklik. “That’s something we’ve had trouble doing, but we played well in all three phases of the game for four complete quarters. I was proud of the kids tonight.”
H-K took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when Dalton Modehn (17 carries, 151 yards) scored on a 14-yard run after the Cougars took over on a blocked punt.
North Branford took a 12-7 lead in the second quarter on a one-yard touchdown plunge by Nick Mancini and a nine-yard TD pass from Justin Jablonski to Ricky Caruso, but H-K reclaimed the lead on a 35-yard run by Modehn and Jordan Callahan’s PAT to lead 14-12 at the half.
Kevin Dougherty scored on a 12-yard run, Cody Ellex had a two-yard TD run and Jake Frith (nine carries, 60 yards) scored on a 31-yard run in the second half while the Cougars’ defense held the Thunderbirds scoreless.
Jablonski threw for 97 yards on a 10-for-20 performance for North Branford.