APPLE VALLEY CLASSIC: Southington 2021, game by game

Game 1 (Sept. 10): Southington 13, Maloney 7

A 42-yard pass play from Jack Barnum to Ryan DelMonte with 1:14 to play decided this CCC Tier 1 showdown pitting head coaches who were college roommates — Mike Drury of Southington and Kevin Frederick of Maloney. Southington’s defensive effort was anchored by 10 tackles from Jared Guida and nine each from Jackson Rusiecki and Alex Maindon.

Game 2 (Sept. 17): Southington 28, Glastonbury 7

The Blue Knights were sharper on offense in ringing up their ninth straight win over Glastonbury. Jack Barnum threw two TD passes to Evan Anderson, Javon Thomas ran for a score and Lincoln Cardillo rushed for 153 yards and recovered a fumble in the end zone. DEs Austin Pszczolkowski (13 tackles) and Justin Rusiecki (11) stuffed the Guardians up front.

Game 3 (Sept. 24): Southington 41, New Britain 0

The Blue Knights posted their 12th straight win against New Britain. Taking advantage of repeated short fields, Southington led 35-0 by halftime. Jack Barnum threw TD passes to Ryan DelMonte (2), Justin Zitofsky and Kam Beaudoin. Javon Thomas and Lincoln Cardillo had rushing TDs. Nate Pierce blocked a punt to set up one of the scores.

Game 4 (Oct. 1): Hall 27, Southington 19

Jack Barnum threw two TD passes to Gavin Anderson and booted a pair of field goals, but the Blue Knights squandered too many red zone possessions in this showdown of CCC Tier I unbeatens. It was Southington’s first conference loss since November, 2017 in OT at South Windsor and only its second dating back to the October snowstorm loss at Hall in 2013.

Game 5 (Oct. 8): Southington 42, Middletown 0

The Blue Knights bounced right back from a rare regular-season defeat with the crossover rout in Middletown. Lincoln Cardillo (9-101, 2 TDs) led a 152-yard ground assault and Jack Barnum (18-for-22, 3 TDs) led a 342-yard air blitz. Gavin Anderson and Ryan DelMonte caught five passes each. The defense pitched its second shutout allowing 163 yards on 40 plays.

Game 6 (Oct. 22): Southington 42, Manchester 6

Southington didn’t lose any altitude during its bye week. For a second straight game, the Blue Knights put up 42 points. Javon Thomas rushed for 185 yards and four TDs on just 16 carries, Jack Barnum hit on 11 of 14 passes for 139 yards, and the defense held the Red Hawks to minus-6 yards rushing and 150 yards passing, most of that in the second half.

Game 7 (Oct. 29): Southington 47, East Hartford 14

Down 7-0 in the second quarter, the Blue Knights scored three touchdowns before halftime, including two in 27 seconds thanks to an East Hartford fumble. Javon Thomas scored two touchdowns. Jared Guida picked off a pass and broke free for a 44-yard TD run. Jack Barnum ran for a score and threw TD passes to Gavin Anderson (60 yards) and Ryan DelMonte (52). The D registered nine sacks, five by Jackson Rusiecki.

Game 8 (Nov. 5): Southington 49, Simsbury 14

The Blue Knights made it four straight getting 175 rushing yards and 3 TDs from Lincoln Cardillo, a pair of touchdown passes from Jack Barnum to Ryan DelMonte and two fumble recoveries from Josh Frappier. The win was Southington’s 11th straight against Simsbury.

Game 9 (Nov. 12): Conard 31, Southington 24

The Blue Knights appeared to be on their way to a fifth straight win and a share of the CCC Tier 1 title. Southington led 10-0 at the end of one quarter, 17-7 at halftime and then 24-17 when Lincoln Cardillo scored his second TD early in the fourth quarter. Conard QB Israel Lopez, however, engineered a comeback that produced the go-ahead score in the final minute.

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