WEST HARTFORD >> It’s not every day that a quarterback, already committed to the home-state school, runs for 219 yards and three touchdowns only to be upstaged by a teammate and classmate.
However, in Glastonbury’s season-opening 27-7 win at Hall, there could be denying that it was the Samuel Pirsig show.
Pirsig had 16 tackles including four of the Tomahawks’ six sacks. By game’s end he had six tackles behind the line of scrimmage and the starting right offensive guard helped Glastonbury run for nearly 400 yards.
“When I am out there, I don’t think I just go,” Pirsig said. “I just go by my guy and hit the quarterback. We just kept our composure and kept on going.”
Pirsig wasn’t about to pull a muscle patting himself on the back for his memorable two-way performance. That’s OK because his head coach was more than willing to talk up his four-year starter who is drawing interest from Northeast-10 schools.
“He is a beast,” Glastonbury coach Scott Daniels said. “He can run, he is athletic, he is tough to block and he is a tough kid. He has been a four-year varsity player for us, I think he started three or four games as a freshman for us and he has continued on.”
Hall actually struck first as Theo Blaschinski returned the opening kickoff 60 yards to set up Tyler Strickling’s 2-yard touchdown run.
After a slow start offensively, Glastonbury’s UConn-bound quarterback Keyion Dixon began to get to the outside and that spelled trouble for the Hall defense.
Dixon had first-half touchdown runs of 8, 40 and 89 yards. He finished with 219 rushing yards despite being credited with a 24-yard loss on a bad snap and stepping out of bounds at his own 45 on what would have been a 72-yard touchdown had he not scraped the sideline on one of his strides.
“We have been watching them, their edge game and we knew coming into the game we’d have the edge open,” Dixon said. “Our offensive line opened up the lanes, the running backs made great lead blocks and we just took it to the outside.
“Last year I didn’t really get to play them (in Hall’s 20-14 overtime win) because I had the broken wrist but coming in here now, I was confident. It was the first game I wasn’nervous or anxious, I was just excited to play. I knew my guys were ready to play the game, it was exciting.”
Ryan Kapur capped the scoring with a 3-yard run for Glastonbury while Blaschinski added a 52-yard run for Hall.
Glastonbury 27, Hall 7
(at West Hartford)
Glastonbury 14 7 0 6 — 27
Hall 7 0 0 0 — 7
H—Tyler Strickling 3 run (Erin Bellucci kick)
G—Keyion Dixon 8 run (Nicholas Hobert kick)
G—Keyion Dixon 40 run (Hobert kick)
G—Keyion Dixon 89 run (Hobert kick)
G—Ryan Kapur 3 run (kick failed)
Team records: Hall 0-1; Glastonbury 1-0