HARTFORD >> Too much speed, too much size and — according to Haddam-Killingworth coach Mike Baklik, too much heart — added up to a blowout 54-21 win by SMSA/University/Classical cooperative over the Cougars at Dillon Stadium Thursday evening.
“I was hoping we would have two good weeks with our bye coming off a win,” Baklik said. “But we had a lot of problems, dealing with grades, with behavioral issues and with a ton of injuries. There were a lot of things going on.
“SMSA looked like they had more heart than we did.”
The home team also showed a lot of talent as it ran for 240 yards on 28 carries and passed for 202 more, while holding H-K to 184 total yards.
“We did see some positive things in that we moved the ball at times,” Baklik said. “But the turnovers killed us and that’s been a problem all season.”
This one was over early as SMSA raced to an 18-0 first quarter lead. The first time it touched the ball, SMSA scored, putting together a lightning-quick, 5-play, 52-yard drive capped by a 15-yard touchdown by Jordan Young. Alan
Walker carried three times for 38 yards on the drive and he finished with 148 yards on 16 carries.
SMSA scored the second time it touched the ball, this time recovering a fumble at the H-K 44-yard line and moving the required yardage in eight plays with Walker scoring on an 8-yard run with 6:58 left in the quarter.
The third touchdown was a 64-yard bomb from Blake Breglia (9-for-15) to Hayden Jordan.
H-K got on the board at 6:50 of the second when Jonathan Grasso scored on a 3-yard run on fourth down and, with Cody Ellex’ PAT, the lead was trimmed to 18-7.
But SMSA responded immediately as Breglia threw another touchdown pass, this time to Allan Chan from 15 yards out. With Breglia’s conversion run, SMSA led 26-7
H-K again fumbled the ball away on its next possession, setting up a 7-yard TD pass from Breglia to Chan with 3:36 left in the half. H-K cut the lead to 32-14 at the break when Alex Segaline (14 carries, 99 yards) scored from five yards out with 25 seconds left.
Any hope the Cougars had of getting back in the game disappeared in the first six minutes of the third quarter as SMSA put up touchdowns from Breglia on a 9-yard run, and a 25-yard TD pass from Breglia to Walker. With the conversion pass from Breglia to Kevyn Brown, SMSA was out of sight at 48-14.
SMSA added another TD on the first play of the fourth quarter when Young scored on a 14-yard run. H-K scored on the last play of the game when Segaline threw a halfback option pass to Noah Vinci from three yards out.
H-K fell to 1-4, while SMSA improved to 2-3.