By John Torsiello
Granby Memorial hung tough with a fine Coginchaug team last Saturday before losing, 34-16, at home in a Pequot Conference football game.
The visitors took the lead when Jack Granger caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Meeker and Christian Adams caught a two-point conversion pass from Granger in the first period.
The home club fought back, with Ian Downey kicking a 31-yard field goal and Dominic Pagano running nine yards for a score, with Downey kicking the extra point, scores that were sandwiched around a Jake Ober four-yard run for Coginchaug in the second period.
With the score 15-10, Ober ran six yards for a score to close the first half.
Eric Sabona ran in interception back 35 yards for a touchdown and the visitors had a 29-10 lead in the third period. Downey caught a six-yard touchdown pass from Curt Field to bring the hosts to 29-16.
Ober scored his third touchdown to close out the scoring in the fourth period on a four-yard run.
Field was 20-of-28 passing for Granby, which fell, to 3-5. Coginchaug is 6-2.
Granby head coach Rich Gadoury observed, “You can have the tools you need to win the game. However, if you don’t play this game with emotion and heart you’re not going to win. At times you would have thought we were the better team on the field. Curt was 20-28 for 278 yards. However, eight dropped balls were crucial (including three that would have been touchdowns). Coginchaug did a great job taking away our run game, which has been much improved this year.”
The coach said defensively it was a tale of two halves.
“We did not execute at crucial times of the game early on (two fourth-and-longs on different drives that they converted and eventually led to touchdowns).”
He continued, “At halftime we told the boys it was time to play this game with emotion and take ownership. I challenged them to get the ball back on the first drive within seven plays and they did it in three by forcing a fumble. Our offense that was productive all day to that point sputtered and had an untimely fumble when we were driving.”
On the next series, Gadoury challenged his defense to get the ball back within 11 plays. They did it in two by forcing another turnover.
“On our next drive we took two extremely untimely penalties that backed us up and forced us to punt. It was mental errors, aspects of the game that you can’t control. It’s unfortunate when it happens, however we will overcome. This team will eventually put four quarters together and impress themselves at how good they are.”
Granby gets a forfeit win this week as Housatonic-Wamogo is unable to field enough players for the scheduled Saturday contest.
Newington’s Andrew Grenier hauled in a 16-yard scoring pass from Jake Hedberg to provide the winning points in a 28-21 win over Simsbury.
Simsbury dropped to 2-7 on the season.
Newington took a 14-0 lead in the first period but Simsbury fought back, with Brad Helmkamp scoring on a one-yard run and Kyle Dougherty taking in a 13-yard scoring strike from Grayson Foster in the second period, sandwiched around a 23-yard touchdown pass from Newington’s Hedberg to Kyle Armour.
Helmkamp ran five yards for a touchdown and Sam Collins ran in a two-point conversion to tie things up at 21-21.
After Newington took the lead, Simsbury got inside the Newington 20-yard line twice in the fourth period but turned the ball over on downs both times.
Helmkamp rushed for 138 yards on 24 carries and Foster rushed for 133 yards on 21 carries to highlight Simsbury’s offense.
The Trojans play Middletown at home Friday.