PLAINVILLE - The Plainville football team certainly did not expect its last game of the season to go the way it did. The Blue Devils fell to Farmington 21-7 on Thanksgiving morning in the seventh annual Olde Canal Cup. Plainville finished its season .500, while the Indians finished 3-7.
With five minutes to go in the first half, the Indians managed to score twice, which was a dagger to Plainville’s chances at victory. Jack Beisel’s rushed two yards into the end zone for the first score, which was then followed by a 28-yard touchdown pass from Zac Conrad to Dante Colagiovanni for a 14-0 lead.
Ten minutes later, the Blue Devils’ Ej Wynkoop rushed 53 yards into the end zone, scoring Plainville’s lone touchdown of the afternoon, cutting the the Indians’ lead to 14-7. Wynkoop led the Blue Devils in rushing with nine carries for 84 yards.
“We got pushed around a little up front, and if you’re not able to get things going there, the defense will gain the upper hand,” Plainville head coach Tim Shea said. “We made some stops on defense, but it’s all about turnovers and capitalizing on them. The teams with the least turnovers and the least penalties usually come out on top. We were on the other end of that today.”
The Indians racked up a total of nine penalties for 75 yards, while Plainville had just one called.
After cutting the deficit to seven, Brady Callahan intercepted a pass by Conrad to turn the ball over to the Blue Devils. Quarterback Frank Griffin connected on four of his seven attempts during Plainville’s next 12 plays, but it wouldn’t be enough. Plainville got to the 30-yard-line before turning it over on downs.
After a scoreless third quarter, Conrad connected with Colagiovanni on a 21-yard pass, giving the Indians a first and goal from the 9. Conrad ran the ball the next two times, first gaining three and then going in for six from six yards out.
Farmington rushed for a total of 204 yards. Jack Beisel led the team with 21 carries for 100 yards, while Dante Colagiovanni had five carries for 46 yards with one touchdown and Conrad had seven carries for 58 yards and a touchdown.
“They shut us down and we weren’t executing on offense,” Griffin said. “Our defense played a great game. We just couldn’t get the ball rolling on offense.”
Griffin completed 19 of his 27 attempts for 91 yards with two interceptions, while Conrad completed 12 of his 24 attempts for 115 with one touchdown and one interception.
“Thanksgiving football is a big thing, it’s something every senior class looks forward too,” Shea said. “For a vast majority it’s their last game and obviously they wanted to be successful and come out on top. Today we weren’t able to do that. Farmington got the best of us and for these 12 seniors, it’s going to sting for a little while, as it should.
“It’s not for lack of trying, lack of effort. It’s football, it happens. Someone has to win and someone has to lose, and today we didn’t get the win.”