WEST HARTFORD - After having its matchup against Hall pushed back a day, the Southington football team viewed a Saturday game as a positive, some extra time to prepare.
Perhaps it was a good thing, perhaps not. If anything, the Blue Knights Saturday afternoon game against the Warriors, especially late, was anything but easy.
Southington saw a three-touchdown lead drastically shrink by the time the fourth quarter played out before holding on to beat Hall 28-21.
The Blue Knights (3-1) started well, scoring on their first three possessions and it looked like the rout was on from there.
Josh Vitti caught a 27-yard touchdown from Brady Lafferty, Dillon Kohl broke free for a 74-yard run and Lafferty found Vitti for a 13-yard strike to build a 21-0 lead before the second quarter even started. But the Warriors (2-2) cut it to 21-7 before the hall on 6-yard run by quarterback Matt Keller.
Kohl put Southington up by three touchdowns on the team’s first possession of the third quarter on a 10-yard run. Kohl finishes with 221 rushing yards. That’s when Hall made its move.
The Warriors scored on their next two possessions on runs by Keller. A 47-yard pass to Julian Baker set up the quarterback’s 1-yard run in the third, while a 28-yard reception by Gabe Salomons put Keller in position to score for the third time on the afternoon.
But that’s as close as the Blue Knights allowed it to get.