BRISTOL - The Bristol Eastern football team had its fate decided by a two-point conversion for the second time this season.
South Windsor senior quarterback Tyron Casey ended the game in the first overtime period by completing the Bobcat’s scoring drive with a two-yard run for a 23-22 walkoff win over the Lancers at Alumni Field on Friday night.
Eastern tied the score with less than four minutes to play in the fourth quarter and then held South Windsor out of the end zone to force overtime. The Lancers received the ball first in the extra period and added seven points to their total, only for the Bobcats to respond with eight points for the win.
Senior running back Alex Marshall scored all three of Eastern’s touchdowns in the game and finished with 136 yards on 31 carries. Marshall, who is yet to run for fewer than 100 yards in any game this season, found success Friday despite South Windsor’s clear focus on containing him. Knowing will be getting the majority of his team’s touches, the Bobcats packed up to nine defenders near or at the line of scrimmage.
Marshall was held to 57 yards in the first half as South Windsor led 7-2, but found more space in the final two quarters. The Lancers made slight adjustments to the design of their rushing attack while doubling down on their commitment to Marshall, feeding him the ball on 17 of their 26 offensive plays after halftime, including their first 11 plays of the second half.
The Bobcats were without starting quarterback Ethan LaGuardia in this game and opted to move Casey, who traditionally plays wide receiver, into LaGuardia’s place. Casey proved to be a capable passer and seemed generally comfortable running the offense, finishing the game with 10 pass completions on 16 attempts and two touchdowns throws to Anthony Maddox.
Casey put his arm on display with his second passing score, hitting Maddox in stride along the right sideline for a 46-yard touchdown. The duo connected for the first time when Casey found Maddox open in the middle of the end zone from 17 yards out late in the first quarter.
The Bobcats answered nearly all of Eastern’s scoring drives the first chance they had as they carried a 15-8 lead deep into the fourth quarter. The Lancers scored first by forcing a safety on South Windsor’s first offensive play of the game, but the Bobcats ended their next drive with Casey’s first touchdown toss.
The score remained 7-2 until more than halfway through the third quarter when Eastern retook the lead with Marshall as their only weapon. Marshall covered 45 yards in seven plays, which he capped off with a one-yard touchdown, to put the Lancers back in front 8-7. They tried giving it to Marshall again for a two-point conversion, but he was met just before the goal line by a hoard of South Windsor defenders.
The Bobcats needed just three plays to respond as Casey and Maddox connected for their second score of the day, which Casey then added to by running in a two-point try that made the score 15-8. Maddox finished the game with six catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns.
Eastern’s lone unanswered score was Marshall’s third touchdown of the game, which forced overtime. The Lancers drove 46 yards in five plays, with the help of a personal foul against South Windsor, and Eastern tied the game 15-15 with a four-yard run from Marshall and an extra point from freshman kicker Gavin Damboise.
South Windsor tried to run out the clock the drive before, and succeeded in doing so all the way to the Lancers’ 11-yard-line. Eastern got the ball back when Casey fumbled on first down and Kyle Babin scooped the ball and returned it to the Bobcats’ 46-yard-line.
The Bobcats had one last chance to win the game in regulation, but their drive stalled on Eastern’s 15-yard-line.
The Lancers will hit the road for their next game when they face Bloomfield at 7 p.m. on Nov. 5.
Matt Hornick can be reached at (860) 973-1811 or email@example.com.
SOUTH WINDSOR 23, BRISTOL EASTERN 22
At Bristol Eastern
Bristol Eastern (3-3) 2 0 6 7 7 - 22
South Windsor (4-2) 7 0 8 0 8 - 23
BE - DJ Lewin is tackled in the end zone for a safety, 7:21
SW - Anthony Maddox 17-yard pass from Tyron Casey (Joe Bemis PAT attempt is good), 2:11
BE - Alex Marshall one-yard run (Marshall’s two-point attempt is no good), 5:26
SW - Anthony Maddox 46-yard pass from Tyron Casey (Casey runs in for two-point conversion), 3:36
BE - Alex Marshall four-yard run (Gavin Damboise PAT is good), 3:55
BE - Alex Marshall four-yard run (Gavin Damboise PAT is good)
SW - Brayden Dill two-yard run (Tyron Casey runs in for two points)
Passing - Bristol Eastern: Kamden Laprise 2-7-1; South Windsor: Tyron Casey: 10-16-118-2TD
Rushing Bristol Eastern: Alex Marshall 31-136-3TD, Brady Brown 6-48, Rayshon Andrews 3-22, Kamden Laprise 2-9; South Windsor: DJ Lewin 3-1, Tyron Casey 17-90-3FUM, Hakeem Montgomery 3-11, Devin Decker 2-(-3), Sam Meleshanko 2-9, Brayden Dill 2-18-TD
Receiving - Bristol Eastern: Rayshon Andrews 1-(-2), Alex Marshall 1-3; South Windsor: Sam Meleshanko 1-5, Anthony Maddox 6-103-2TD, Devin Decker 2-6, Josh Colon 1-6