SOUTHINGTON — Jacob Drena threw an interception on his first pass as Southington’s starting quarterback on Friday night.
That pretty much proved to be his only misfire.
The senior went wild in his debut, throwing five touchdown passes in leading the Blue Knights to a 41-7 CCC Division I crossover rout of Glastonbury at Fontana Field.
Drena connected with Jacob Drena for three scores in the first half, then went to Will Downes for a pair after the break as the Blue Knights easily shucked off an initial score by Glastonbury, which came in the wake of Drena’s one interception.
It ain’t how you start. It’s how you rebound. After the initial miscue, Drena completed 16 of his next 23 passes for 356 yards.
This game wasn’t the story of two halves, but of the first three minutes and the ensuing 45.
In the wake of the Drena interception, Glastonbury notched the first touchdown of the night on a 6-yard run by Matt Tenney. With Ryan Smith’s PAT, the T’hawks led 7-0 all of 3:06 into the fray.
Drena and his mates quickly shook it off. All of 40 seconds later, the QB went up top to Flynn for a 68-yard strike that tied the game at 7-7.
Drena and Flynn connected again on the next possession, this time from 41 yards, to put Big Blue on top with 4:42 left in the opening frame.
The duo made it 3-for-3 just before half with a 19-yard that put Southington up 21-7 at the break.
Glastonbury did make a bid to answer before the break, but Southington’s defense came up with a big play. Johnny Carreiro picked off Drew Daniels around the 10-yard-line and boogied 33 yards the other way up to midfield.
Refueled at halftime, Drena came out winging once again in the second half. Now he turned his attention to Will Downes, first hitting the senior for a 77-yard strike and then a jukebox special that went for 43 yards.
That made it 35-7 with four minutes still left to play in the third quarter.
Dillon Kohl got in on the act, scoring on a 7-yard run in the opening minute of the fourth quarter to cap the scoring