Saturday, October 28, 2017

UConn football commit plays starring role in upset win

Kevon Jones had a pair of scoring runs as East Hartford defeated Southington 27-20 to hand the Blue Knights their first regular-season loss since Oct. 19, 2013 when Hall posted a 49-37 victory. Southington's last regular-season home loss had come to Cheshire in 2010. I saw a report that it has been 20 years since East Hartford last defeated Southington.

East Hartford opened the season by being blown out by South Windsor 41-14 but have won the last six games to move into seventh place in the CIAC Class LL rankings.

Even if East Hartford wins its final three games, it might need some help to get into the playoffs since its final three opponents have combined for just seven wins. There's not much separating No. 5 West Haven from No. 10 Cheshire but with teams getting points for every victory by the teams it has beaten, I don't like the Hornets' chances of earning a postseason bid by finishing in the top eight in LL ratings.

Here are the combined win totals of games remaining on the schedule for the teams figuring to fight it out for playoff spots - West Haven (14), South Windsor  (8), East Hartford (7), Southington (12), Fairfield Prep (11), Cheshire (13).

Wilbur Cross, featuring two-way starting offensive lineman and fellow UConn commit Travis Jones, crushed East Haven 51-0 to improve to 5-2 but that is only good for 13th place in the Class LL ratings.

Also, Elijah Jeffreys had touchdown passes of 34, 55 and 32 yards and a 38-yard scoring run as Somerville (Mass.) defeated Triton 27-9. Next up will be the Massachusetts D5 North semifinals while Shamel Lazarus' Erasmus Hall squad defeated South Shore 35-7 to improve to 8-0.

Steve Krajewski threw for four touchdowns and had more than 200 passing yards in the first half alone as his Colquitt County team nearly pulled off a huge upset before falling 51-45 in double overtime to Lowndes.

Recent offensive lineman commit Dylan Niedrowksi helped his Exeter Township team to a fourth straight victory as Exeter Township defeated Reading 42-18.


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