SATURDAY SCHOLASTICS: Cheshire football beats Harding & Murray third in NE Cross Country Championships; Southington’s Fournier sets two new school swim records

SATURDAY SCHOLASTICS: Cheshire football beats Harding & Murray third in NE Cross Country Championships; Southington’s Fournier sets two new school swim records


Record-Journal staff

BRIDGEPORT — Quarterback Jack Raba threw three touchdown passes and kicker Ethan Bronson booted a pair of field goals Saturday to lead the Cheshire fooball team to a 27-18 SCC crossover victory over Harding.

Raba connected with three different receivers — Michael Jeffery, Eric Angelone and Connor Whelan — as the Rams bolted to a 20-0 lead by the middle of the second quarter. Bronson’s field goals were from 37 and 32 yards.

The victory improved Cheshire to 6-3 overall. In the Class LL playoff rankings, the Rams are No. 10. They have a shot of making the playoffs, but they’ll have to beat Southington on Thanksgiving and get some help.

Against Harding, the Rams helped themselves, turning a slew of Presidents’ turnovers into points. The trend was set on the opening kickoff. Bryce Levenduski forced a Harding fumble, Dan Calbo recovered and Raba hit Jeffery from four yards out all of 57 seconds in.

A second fumble recovery by Calbo led to Bronson’s 37-yard field goal two minutes later. The 32-yard field goal came in the wake of a Levenduski punt block.

Raba’s 13-yard scoring pass to Angelone and his 10-yarder to Whalen made it 27-6 at the break. Harding scored twice in the third quarter to narrow the gap. Cheshire’s defense shut the door in the fourth.

Along with the two fumble recoveries and the punt block, the Rams picked off three passes. Jeffery had one. Nick Quint had the two others.

Preps: Choate and Cheshire Academy both picked up road victories in Massachusetts this weekend. Choate defeated arch-rival Deerfield 28-7, while CA topped Worcester Academy 26-0.

The win was the 38th straight for Choate, which completed its fourth straight undefeated regular season under fourth-year coach L.J. Spinnato. The Boars (8-0) await their NEPSAC bowl assignment.

The Cats, who still have a game remaining against West Toronto Prep, improved to 8-1. They bolted to a 19-0 lead in the first quarter against Worcester Academy on Tanner Davis’ 45-yard punt return, Jared Martino’s 15-yard run and Cletus Mathurin’s 15-yard interception return.

CA added a big hit in the second quarter when quarterback Josh Comune combined with Jordan Robinson on a 98-yard touchdown pass.


New England Championships: Cheshire senior Brendan Murray completed his high school career finishing third at the 83rd annual New England Interscholastic Cross Country Championships in Belfast, Maine.

Murray logged a time of 15:51 to earn All-New England status.

He was also part of a solid showing by the SCC. Fairfield Prep’s Drew Thompson was the boys champ in 15:16 and Xavier won the boys team title behind Dillon Selfors, Owen and William Curren, Robbie Cozean and Peter Schulten.


Southington: The Blue Knights qualified 11 swimmers for next week’s Class LL championships at Saturday’s trails at East Hartford High School.

Southington’s performance included two new school records by Olivia Fournier. The senior broke her own mark in the 50-yard freestyle with a 24.74, which earned her a No. 5 seed for the finals.

Fournier also teamed with Meghan Hammarlund, Julie Duszak and Maddie Symecko to earn a No. 8 seed in the 200 medley relay with a school-record time of 1:54.34.





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