NEWINGTON - The Newington High football team pulled off a surprise victory over traditional power Windsor on Friday night, winning 30-22 at home.
Windsor struck first in the game, scoring on a 35-yard run for a 7-0 lead just 1 minute, 49 seconds into the game.
Newington got on the board in the opening minutes of the second quarter on a 15-yard run by John Amaning.
Amaning then made an interception to set up the go-ahead score for the Indians, as Nicholas Pestrichello got a 54-yard touchdown pass to Gunnar Johnson on the first play after the interception for a 14-7 lead with 8:17 to go in the half.
Windsor tied the score on a 12-yard TD run, but Newington took a 17-14 lead into halftime on a 25-yard field goal as time expired.
After taking a 30-14 lead, the Indians’ defense held firm until Windsor scored on a 30-yard pass and two-point conversion with 53 seconds left.
Southington 54, Conard 21: Dillon Kohl scored four touchdowns as the Blue Knights won their season opener in West Hartford.
Kohl began his stellar night by catching a 15-yard touchdown pass from Brady Lafferty for the early 7-0 lead. He gave Southington a 13-0 lead with a rushing TD before the end of the first quarter.
A 55-yard pass from Shane LaPorte to Carter Uhlman made it 20-0
The Blue Knights went on to take a 40-7 lead by halftime as Angelo Plantamuro ran back an interception 76 yards, Kohl ran for a 58-yard TD and Marion Bennett ran the ball in from a yard out with 1.7 seconds on the clock to cap a drive that followed a long kick return to Conard's 29, coming shortly after Conard's Israel Lopez connected with Silas Bridges on a 27-yard TD pass with 54 seconds to go in the half.
A 53-yard run from Kohl made it 47-7 early in the third quarter and Marion Bennett capped the Blue Knights' scoring with a 9-yard TD run with 3:12 to go in the third quarter.
Conard scored two touchdowns in the final five minutes of the game.
Plainville 43, East Catholic 14: The Blue Devils took a 31-0 lead by halftime and cruised to an opening game victory on their home field.
Seymour 21, St. Paul 14: Despite a season-opening loss, the Falcons showed improvement from last season, playing a close game against a team that they lost to by a 43-14 score in 2018.
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