By Gerry deSimas Jr.
SOUTHINGTON, >> No. 5 Southington scored 21 points in the third quarter to break open the ballgame and defeat Simsbury, 38-0 Friday night at Fontana Field.
Yale-bound QB Stephen Barmore completed 24-of-37 passes for 317 yards and four TDs to lead undefeated Southington (3-0, 1-0 CCC Div. I West). Receiver Alex Jamele caught 13 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns.
Southington led 14-0 at halftime and the score could have been larger if not for self-inflicted mistakes such as penalties and turnovers. The Blue Knights were penalized six times for 58 yards in the first half and turned the ball over twice (fumble, interception).
Defensively, the Blue Knights kept Simsbury’s triple-option veer offense under wraps. They gave up just 43 yards rushing and four yards passing. They had 12 tackles for losses in the game. Simsbury crossed into Southington territory just once.
“Hats off to Southington, a very talented team,” Simsbury coach Jeff Osborne said. “That is what it is like to play a Division I football team.”
Southington coach Mike Drury praised his defensive unit – from the coaches that prepared the Knights for Simsbury’s unique offense to the players who made it happen.
“They had to pay attention to the details. They were very disciplined in their reads and they gang tackled the ball,” Drury said. “It was a sustained effort. They didn’t take a play off.”
Southington took a 7-0 lead on a 14-play, 91-yard drive that started on its own nine-yard line. Barmore completed four passes on the play, including a sharp 19-yard completion to Jasen Rose into Simsbury territory. Jamele scored on a 1-yard pass from Barmore.
The Blue Knights made it 14-0 on a 11-yard pass from Barmore to Rose with 3:51 left in the second quarter. Barmore was effective throwing the ball and rushing. He scrambled for 41 yards on seven carries in the game, including a 15-yard run to the Simsbury 11-yard line on this scoring drive.
Southington scored on its first two possessions of the third quarter to cement its victory. They marched 60 yards on its eight-play opening drive with Tyler Hyde scoring from the one. On its next drive, Hyde ran 19 yards on first down and on the next play, Barmore hit Kyle Borawski with a 42-yard touchdown pass.
Southington 38, Simsbury 0
Simsbury (1-2) 0 0 0 0 — 0
Southington (3-0) 0 14 21 3 — 38
So: Alex Jamele 12 pass from Stephen Barmore (Kyle Smick kick), 8:52
So: Jasen Rose 11 pass from Barmore (Smick kick), 3:51
So: Tyler Hyde 1 run (Smick kick), 9:18
So: Kyle Borawski 42 pass from Barmore (Smick kick), 6:45
So: Jamele 4 pass from Barmore (Smick kick), 0:00
So: Smick 19 FG, 4:15
RUSHING: Southington – Stephen Barmore 7-41, Tyler Hyde 10-40, Zach Maxwell 1-0; Simsbury – James Hermsen 9-0, Jacob Cassanto 6-6, Sam Collins 1-0; Jacob Cassarno 6-6, Jeremy DeMaio 2-minus 1; Brad Helmkamp 10-29
PASSING: Southington – Stephen Barmore 24-37-1, 317 yards; Simsbury – James Hermsen 2-8-2,4
RECEIVING: Southington – Alex Jamele 13-171, Kyle Borawski 6-83, Jasen Rose 4-49, Joe Daigle 1-17; Simsbury 0—Craine 1-minus 4, Eric Bedson 1-8