A very young Watertown football team last year started slowly but built to a good finish. That has carried over to a 3-0 start after Friday’s 35-0 win over Seymour.
“Two years ago, when we made a run to the state tournament, we graduated 18 seniors,” coach Luigi Velardi said. “The (current players) didn’t get much time. As the year went on we got better and better every day.”
And this year’s group, with run/pass threat Xavier Powell at quarterback, the season’s first three weeks have gone nicely, with wins over Derby and St. Paul in the first two games.
“We’re able to throw the ball downfield,” Velardi said. “We’ve got seven or eight kids who can all catch. They’re running the right routes, the way they’re supposed to be run.”
Outside linebacker Jonathan Palumba has stepped up to become a key defensive player, Velardi said.
The offensive and defensive lines were Velardi’s preseason concern; they’re coming along. They’ll get a big test the next two weeks: Watertown visits Naugatuck on Friday, then hosts Ansonia the week after.
Two long losing streaks ended this weekend.
New Milford’s 12-game streak came to an end with a 30-29 win over Hamden. Reese Vanek scored the go-ahead touchdown and threw a touchdown pass to Johnny Fitzmaurice to pad the lead.
The Green Wave had last won on Thanksgiving Tuesday in 2017 over New Fairfield.
And Bristol Eastern topped Pomperaug 14-0 to end a 17-game losing streak. Bryce Curtin threw two touchdown passes.
The Lancers’ last win was Oct. 6, 2017, against Farmington.
Two state kickers were credited with 52-yard field goals on Saturday.
Josh Hamel, a junior lefty for Gilbert/Northwestern, kicked one of them in a 14-10 loss to Ellington.
52 yarder against Ellington pic.twitter.com/xTF9sD1mXP
— Josh Hamel (@JoshHamel6) September 28, 2019
Senior Kevin Mullaj did it Saturday, Avon’s only scoring in a 37-3 loss to Guilford.
— Kevin Mullaj (@kevin_mullaj) September 29, 2019
Games are already moving for the weekend, like E.O. Smith at Platt, now 4 p.m. on Friday instead of 6:30, as municipalities, schools and organizations continue to be sensitive to concerns about eastern equine encephalitis.
Friday’s Granby/Canton visit to SMSA’s co-op has been moved up from 6 p.m. to 3:30.
Update, 8:30 p.m.: Among a handful of other changes on the CIAC site, No. 10 Ansonia will visit St. Paul on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. instead of Friday night, and Southington’s trip to Hall is now Saturday afternoon as well. Here’s the Week 4 schedule at last report.
From Terry Dinan, New Canaan’s Drew Pyne threw his 89th career passing touchdown on Saturday. That ties a school record set by his predecessor, Michael Collins, now at Texas Christian.
For the second week in a row, one of New York’s NFL teams has honored an FCIAC coach as its coach of the week. This time, it was the New York Giants, honoring Ridgefield’s Kevin Callahan after the Tigers’ 17-14 Week 2 win over New Canaan.
The Jets honored Stamford’s Jamar Greene last week.
Seen on Instagram, Wethersfield hosted a toy drive at Friday night’s game against Hand in memory of Maven Borgen, a Wethersfield girl who died in 2017 at age 6 from brain cancer.
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We would like to thank all fans and players from Wethersfield and Daniel Hand for helping support our toy drive for Maven last night. The eagles led at the end of the first quarter and battled throughout the game but #1 Hand finished on top 56-13. Hard fought game by both teams. We are so thankful for everyone who donated to a great cause #cthsfb @gametimect @dhhs_tigerfootball
The Tigers joined in on the drive, benefiting Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.