Though enough teams don’t report statistics on MaxPreps.com, the site’s rushing leaders say Pequot League teams have been busy grounding and pounding opponents this season.
The state’s top three listed runners all hail from the Pequot.
Morgan junior Jake Ward leads the pack with 444 yards and 9 touchdowns on 39 carries. Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby junior Jarvis Miller is right behind with 440 yards and 5 touchdowns on 30 carries. Finally, Gilbert/Northwestern senior Tony Ortiz has run for 432 yards and 6 touchdowns on 40 carries.
All three teams are 2-0. Better still, they’re all playing big games in Week 3.
Ward and Miller face off as Morgan travels to the Peters Complex in Windsor Locks on Friday night.
Meanwhile, Ortiz and G/N head to Colafati Field to play 2-0 North Branford, which, by the way, seems to have also done an about-face in offensive philosophy.
The T-Birds graduated a load of stars from last year’s state finalist, including coach Mark Basil‘s quarterback son, Brendan, who threw for 246 yards per game and 44 touchdowns a year ago.
This year, the T-Birds have only averaged 105 yards per pass, while rushing for 255. Senior Josh Melaccio has 242 yards in two games, though he was held to 71 in the T-Birds’ 14-7 win over Ellington/Somers.
Enfield at Stafford/East Windsor, 6:30 p.m.
Cov./Wind. Tech/Bolton at H-K, 6:30 p.m.
Gilbert/NW Regional at N.Branford, 6:30 p.m.
W. Locks/Suffield/E. Granby at Morgan, 6:30 p.m.
Hyde at Granby, 7:00 p.m.
Cromwell at Ell./Somers, 1:30 p.m.
Nonnewaug at Avon, 1:00 p.m.
Housatonic/Wamogo at Canton, 1:30 p.m.
Norwich Free Academy didn’t just begin their 2013 season on Saturday, it blasted off.
The Wildcats, who returned a majority of its stars from last year’s state final run, ripped Montville 48-21 beginning with 30 points scored in the first quarter.
Coach Jemal Davis — who suspended himself for beating Stamford 51-0 last year — sat his starters after 12 minutes and a 30-0 lead. Boston College recruit Marcus Outlow finished with 15 yards on just six carries, but scored two touchdowns. Khaleed Exum-Strong also had six carries, but he ran for 108 yards and three touchdowns.
NFA did the majority of its damage on special teams and defense. End Tuzar Skipper scored a safety, newcomer C.J. Jarmon returned a pair of fumbles for scores.
“Right place, right time,” Jarmon told Ned Griffen of The Day. “We played fast. We played hard. We fly to the ball.”
NICE JOB — Killingly scored two touchdowns in the final 3 1/2 minutes to beat Waterford 28-21 Saturday. Even more impressive, the final drives were directed by a freshman quarterback, Kyle Derosier, with starting tailback Tyler Stucke on the sidelines due to an ankle injury.
Stucke injured his ankle in the second quarter. Derosier wound up completing 10 of 19 passes for 130 yard and two touchdown passes to Travis Zurowski.
“I’m just in awe of our kids right now,” Killingly (2-0) coach Chad Neal told Gavin O’Keefe of The Day.
FINALLY — St. Bernard/Norwich Tech and Woodstock Academy were both winless in 2012. They both debuted new coaches this season, Sean Ladyga at St. Bernard and Clay Killingsworth at Woodstock.
It was SB/NT’s Ladyga whose team came out on top, beating Woodstock 31-0 to snap a 15-game losing streak. This is Ladyga’s second stint as St. Bernard coach. He resigned in 2010 after going 1-19 in two seasons.
Woodstock saw its losing streak extend to 24 games, not including a Week 1 loss to Hamden Hall a non-CIAC school. It hasn’t won since a 23-13 victory over Bacon Academy on Oct. 28, 2011.
Waterford at Bacon Acad., 10:30 a.m.
East Lyme at Woodstock, 1:30 p.m.
NFA at Fitch, 6:30 p.m.
Killingly at Ledyard, 6:30 p.m.
Stonington at Montville, 6:30 p.m.
Griswold at Windham, 6:30 p.m.
Plainfield at St. Bern./Norw. Tech, 6:30 p.m.
Capital Prep/Classical/Achieve First struck a monster blow for the CSC with its eye-catching, 53-14 rout of New London Saturday night at Dillon Stadium.
Bernie Fulse, a 5-foot-8, 170-pound sophomore who stars with 6-0, 220-pound prospect RB/LB Mike Jones, ripped the Whalers for 215 yards and three touchdowns. But the Trailblazers bolted to a 12-0 lead on Davonne Massey‘s 84-yard interception return and Alyn Strum‘s blocked punt, which led to Fulse’s first TD of the day.
The CSC, or the Tech School league, has gone 0-7 in the state playoffs since its formation in 2007. The competitive portions of the league’s playoff games typically don’t last a half.
For now, at least, the Trailblazers are looking like a solid bet to, well, blaze trails for the CSC in the postseason
Capital Prep reached its first postseason a year ago as the No. 2 seed in Class S. Unlike all of its CSC rivals before it, the Trailblazers put a fright into Woodland in their quarterfinal match before falling, 37-35.
“We have some quality players,” Fulton told The Day. “We feel like we can play with anyone.”
ROGERS, DENIED — Abbot Tech’s Rogers Brothers — Delton and Dominique — rolled Vinal Tech/East Hampton with 241 combined yards. Against Bullard-Havens, the pair managed just 89 yards on 14 carries in a 24-0 loss.
Platt Tech at Prince Tech, 3:45 p.m.
Cheney Tech at Whitney Tech, 10:30 a.m.
Putnam/Tourt./Ellis at Abbott Tech, 12:00 p.m.
Vinal/E. Hampton at Bull. Havens, 12:00 p.m.
Capital/Class./Achieve. at Wolcott Tech, 1:00 p.m.
O’Brien Tech at Wilcox Tech, 6:00 p.m.
NO JOY IN MORELLOVILLE
Middletown dispatched Weathersfield 28-0 to move to 2-0. Coach Sal Morello wasn’t pleased.
The Dragons, now ranked No. 4 in the GameTimeCT.com/Register Poll, had just 49 yards in the second half after amassing 255 yards of offense in the first. The opening two drives resulted in touchdowns. Middletown got its other two touchdowns thanks to a 3-yard punt and a fumble at the Wethersfield 14.
It also committed nine penalties for almost 100 yards.
“We did so many little things wrong, never mind the big things,” Morello said. “Just unacceptable.”
On Friday, Middletown takes on 2-0 Bristol Eastern (2-0), which topped Hartford Public 17-7.
LAYING THE ‘WOOD — Platt returned eight offensive starters from last year’s Class L qualifier. All-state back Justin Potts was not among them.
But so far, the Panthers (2-0) have found an able substitute in junior RB Tyzhan Leatherwood. Behind an offensive line that returned a majority of starters, Leatherwood amassed 226 yards and four touchdowns in a 40-26 rout of East Catholic.
He’s run for 446 yards in his first two varsity games.
WHEW — Glastonbury was in danger of going 0-2, but rallied to beat Hall 35-28 with 22 fourth-quarter points. Jalen Ollie threw the winning pass to Ethan Ericson with a minute remaining.
THAT’S MORE LIKE IT — After throwing for just 96 yards in Southington’s nail-biting 16-9 victory over Glastonbury, Yale recruit Stephen Barmore boosted his profile with a 21-for-27, 323-yard, five-touchdown performance in a 41-8 rout of Manchester. …Defense continued to impress. Southington’s Zach Jamele has five sacks in two games.
CLASS M 0-FER — Berlin joined fellow 2012 Class M finalist Hillhouse at 0-2. The Redcoats yielded just one Bloomfield touchdown, but it couldn’t score in a 7-0 loss. It’s best chance was a drive that stalled at the Bloomfield 15 in the fourth quarter.
BIG BENJAMIN — Windsor (2-0), which survived Manchester in overtime to start the year, had no issues with Bulkeley in a 52-6 victory. Senior defensive end Keith Benjamin has made six sacks in two games.
Simsbury at Southington, 7:00 p.m.
Bulkeley at Fermi, 7:00 p.m.
RHAM at Hartford Pub., 7:00 p.m.
Farmington at Maloney, 6:30 p.m.
Brist.East. at Middletown, 7:00 p.m.
Windsor at Brist.Cent., 7:00 p.m.
Tolland at Berlin, 6:00 p.m.
Platt at Plainville, 7:00 p.m.
E.Catholic at Rocky Hill, 7:00 p.m.
NW Catholic at Bloomfield, 7:00 p.m.
New Britain at Manchester, 6:00 p.m.
Hall at Newington, 6:30 p.m.
Glastonbury at S.Windsor, 1:00 p.m.
Wethersfield at E.O. Smith, 1:00 p.m.
E.Hartford at Conard, 1:00 p.m.
Rockville at Weaver, 1:00 p.m.
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