FARMINGTON - The game started very well for Plainville in its annual Olde Canal Cup contest on Wednesday night at Farmington, but the momentum vanished quickly and the Blue Devils couldn’t finish a promising drive late in the contest, suffering an 18-17 defeat.
“Once again, we had a couple of costly mistakes, stuff we’ve talked about every week, where we’ve been able to capitalize on. Today, we couldn’t. They capitalized on them,” Plainville coach Tim Shea said. “This was a very good game … a very good game to be a part of. It’s just we were on the other side of it.”
Plainville scored on its first two possessions and held a 10-0 lead with less than five minutes to go in the first quarter, but a big kickoff return set up the Indians on the Blue Devils’ 32-yard line and they scored from there in five plays to make it 10-7.
Then a poor kickoff return by Plainville put the team on its own 13-yard line and the Blue Devils’ only went backward from there, ending up with a fourth and 19 from their own 4-yard line. A high snap on their punt attempt went out of the end zone for what proved to be a key safety, cutting their lead to 10-9.
Getting the ball back after the two-point defensive play, Farmington again got good field position and marched 44 yards on eight plays to Plainville’s 1-yard line before kicking a go-ahead field goal for a 12-10 lead.
Plainville caught a potential game-changing break early in the third quarter, as its ground-ball punt was ruled to have been touched by a Farmington player and the Blue Devils recovered.
Starting with good field position since an early first quarter fumble recovery helped set up their first touchdown drive of the game, the Blue Devils moved 40 yards in six plays, capped by a 12-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Frank Griffin, his second TD of the game. That gave Plainville a 17-12 lead.
But the momentum swing didn’t last.
Starting at its own 20-yard line following a touchback, Farmington went 80 yards on 15 plays for a touchdown to regain the lead. All but two of the plays were pass attempts by Farmington’s Jacob Conrad, and though he threw four straight incompleteions at one point in the drive, a pass interference call on Plainville took away what would have been an interception and kept the drive moving. Conrad also threw a 35-yard completion on fourth and 10 to get the ball to Plainville’s 3-yard line.
After a Farmington player dropped a would-be TD on another fourth down play, Plainville got the ball back at its own 34-yard line and got a pair of first downs, driving to Farmington’s 36 before Griffin threw his only interception of the game on what turned out to be the Blue Devils’ last offensive play of the season.
Plainville’s first offensive play of the game was a 57-yard pass completion from Griffin to Brady Callahan, which set up a Mason Sarra field goal for the opening score. The Blue Devils’ second possession started with the recovered fumble and included three completed passes by Griffin and three runs by him, as he ran the ball 13 yards to the Farmington 1-yard line and then plunged into the end zone from there on the next play for the early 10-0 lead.
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FARMINGTON 18, PLAINVILLE 17
At Farmington High School
Plainville (6-4) 10 0 7 0 - 17
Farmington (6-4) 9 3 0 6 - 18
Pl - Mason Sarra 20 field goal, 7:20
Pl - Frank Griffin 1 run (Sarra kick), 4:59
Far - Michael Gregory 9 pass from Jacob Conrad (Conrad kick), 2:29
Far - Safety, Plainville snap goes out of end zone, :35
Far - Conrad 19 field goal, 7:58
Pl - Frank Griffin 12 run (Sarra kick), 4:54
Far - Zihare Greaves 3 pass from Conrad (pass failed), 11:17
RUSHING: Plainville - Frank Griffin 15-62, Brendan Quilter 10-54, Brady Callahan 4-7, Christian Collin 1-(-4); Farmington - Aidan Sposato 17-70, Jacob Conrad 5-14.
PASSING: Plainville - Frank Griffin 7-13, 97 yards, 1 interception; Farmington - Jacob Conrad 21-33, 181 yards.
RECEIVING: Plainville - Brady Callahan 3-80, Dylan Hall 2-10, Dom Chambrello 1-7, Christian Collin 1-0; Farmington - Mitchell Guglielmo 6-48, Zihare Greaves 6-71, Michael Gregory 4-36, Niko Bouzakis 3-20, Aidan Sposato 2-6.