HIGGANUM >> Granby Memorial senior quarterback Curtis Field threw four touchdowns passes, including three to sophomore receiver Connor Field, as the Bears rolled past Haddam-Killingworth, 42-22, Friday night at Higganum.
It was Granby’s first Pequot Conference win of the season.
“They were a good aggressive team and they came to play,” said H-K coach Dennis O’Rourke. “We were both 0-3 and someone has to win. They played better than us tonight.”
Field completed 10 of 15 passes for 274 yards before getting hurt late in the third quarter on a roughing the passer play. Field was replaced by junior Taylor Rush.
“(Field’s) going to be fine,” said Granby coach Rich Gadoury. “He went to the hospital for a precaution but the (trainers) are pretty sure there are no broken bones.”
Field tossed three touchdown passes of 34, 60 and 53 yards to Connor Field, the latter with just 36 seconds left in the first half, as the Bears built a 28-16 halftime advantage. Connor Field finished with eight receptions for 182 yards.
Granby’s full-house backfield, which may be the biggest in the conference, was also impressive. Jacob Largay (6-6, 280), who gained 67 yards on 10 carries with one touchdown, and Brucker (25 yards on seven attempts), are senior linemen and punishing runners who give new meaning to the term ‘three yards and a cloud of dust.’
“We came into the season with an all passing offense because we knew we had Curt and some decent wide receivers,” said Gadoury, now in his second season. “But we decided to start running the ball. We’re a dual threat right now. We gave Hyde a great game last week (the Howling Wolves edged the Bears 6-0 in overtime) and we’re just going to keep getting better.”
H-K junior running back Josh Breiling rushed for 138 yards on 21 carries with one touchdown, while junior Connor Champagne rushed for 93 yards and scored two touchdowns for the Cougars, who enjoyed first half leads of 8-0 and 16-14.
“We ran the ball well and we blocked well,” said O’Rourke. “We have to just get better defensively.”
Granby took the lead for good on Dom Pagano’s four yard touchdown run late in the second quarter. Matt Holmes’ kick made it 21-16. Holmes was 6-for-6 on extra point kicks.
H-K (0-4) travels to Hyde on Oct. 12.
“We keep playing real hard and we’re going to keep getting better,” said O’Rourke. “We’re young and inexperienced and they make those sophomore mistakes. We just have to tackle better.”
Granby has a bye next week. The Bears will host Lewis Mills on Oct. 19 at 1:30 p.m.
“We have two weeks now to get ready for Lewis Mills,” said Gaboury. “We’re taking it one at a time. We looked at our schedule and all our coaches said our first four games are our toughest games and we’ve got to keep the boys focused. Now we have to get them ready for the long haul. We have seven games left and I have high expectations.”