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HKYFA: CTYFL Championships 2017

Submitted by Eric Anderson.

The A squad’s one game Orange Bowl final game on Sunday, November 5, 2017 against Bloomfield at home was cancelled at the last minute by Bloomfield.

The HK B-Squad Nets First Round Home Win over Wethersfield in CTYFL Championships:

The HK B squad “ground” their way to a first round win over Wethersfield in a week 2 rematch on an overcast afternoon at Killingworth Recreation Park. The team racked up a game total 274 yards of rushing and turned a slim 6-0 halftime lead into a 20-6 victory by dominating the defensive side of the ball during the second half of play.

Nick Fox (148 yds, 1 TD) and Michael Seward (94 yds, 2TD) led the run game with quarterback Alex Phipps contributing 3 runs, all for first downs, for a total of 24 yards. Cooper Savoy caught the only pass of the day for the Cougars who were content to stick with the successful ground attack. Zenon Kolcio kicked the 2 point conversion on HK’s second score of the day.

Clark Burleson, Cooper Savoy and Jacob Maier led a stingy Cougar pass defense and several players recorded double digit tackles on the day including Ben Cozean, Fox, Seward and Lee Harwood. The team recorded 2 sacks and six of the team’s tackles were for negative yardage.

Members of the C cheer team perform at halftime of the North Branford game

HK will face Bloomfield, who beat Simsbury 15-8, for a chance to advance to the CTYFL B team championship game. The game will be played at noon on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Pierson Park in Cromwell.

Cougars C-Squad Outlasts Thunderbirds and Advances to Rose Bowl Championship Game:

In rematch from a week 5 game, the HK Cougar C squad battled the North Branford Thunderbirds on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at KRP. The Cougars came away with a 19-12 victory, withstanding a resilient North Branford effort. While HK was able to dominate the game statistically, the Thunderbirds kept making big plays to keep their team in the game. North Branford’s defense made 3 red zone stops and their special teams returned a kickoff for a touchdown.

Gunnar “stun gun” Howes (#39) of the C squad in action against North Branford on Sunday

The Cougar offense was a balanced attack with Hunter Roth (13 carries, 117 yards, 1 TD rushing, 1 TD receiving), Josh Frith (8-73, TD) and Gunnar Howes (9-20, PAT) leading the way. Quarterback Owen Jones completed 3 passes (all to Roth) for 50 yards and a touchdown. Blocking was excellent with Colin Castagno, Bryce LaCoss and Jake McGrath doing the dirty work. The Cougars derailed themselves with penalties – 4 holding calls and a false start. Despite the miscues, the H-K offense racked up 282 net yards from scrimmage.

Defensively, the Cougars played well, limiting the Thunderbirds to 38 net yards on 23 plays. North Branford broke loose for a 50 yard TD run after HK opened up the scoring, but, the visitors were not able to earn a first down for the remainder of the game. Leading tacklers for the Cougars were Damien Leathers, Evan Bernier, Spencer Savoy, Ryan Rafferty, Anthony Parillo and Jacob Lamarre.

The Cougars will play for the C squad Rose Bowl trophy on Sunday against Rocky Hill. Game time is slated for 2:30pm at Pierson Park in Cromwell.

The D squad played a regular season makeup game at East Hampton on Sunday and lost to the host team 14-0. The team finishes the season with a 3-3-2 record.