FOOTBALL: Southington tops Conard, raises fifth straight CCC Division I-West flag

SOUTHINGTON — The Southington football team claimed its fifth straight CCC Division I-West championship with a 38-0 blanking of Conard at Fontana Field on Friday night behind four more touchdown passes from quarterback Jacob Drena.

Southington, now 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the division, got back into the swing pretty much where it left off in prior to the bye week in New Britain: With senior Tanner LaRosa running for a short touchdown.

LaRosa, who had scored the game-winner from 4 yards out in the final minute against New Britain, opened the scoring against the Chieftains with a 1-yarder.

The Blue Knights went up top for their second score with 5:30 left in the first quarter. Drena connected with Will Downes on a 40-yard pass to get into the red zone, then threw a fade from the 3 to Jacob Flynn for the touchdown.

Downes, the area leader in receptions, got right back to it on the next possession, taking a catch-and-run 50 yards into Conard territory.

The Blue Knights did not score on that foray, but did on the next, and again Downes was in the middle of it. He took a shovel pass from Drena and was gone for a 68-yard touchdown.

With just under five minutes to go before halftime, Southington led 21-0.

Before the half was out, the Blue Knights got a field goal from Evan Johanns and a third touchdown pass from Drenato to stretch the advantage to 31-0.

Johanns, who has missed from 38 yards earlier in the game, banged home a 19-yarder in the wake of a Kyle Kraft interception.

In the final minute, Drena slid to his left and found Josh Vitti in the end zone for a 38-yard touchdown. The Blue Knights had 31 points on the board and Drena had racked up 293 yards on 14-of-23 passing. Downes (7-211) was the prime recipient.

Drena went to Vitti for a TD one more time in the third quarter. Driving after an interception from Matt Thompson, Vitti took a swing pass from Drena and went 12 yards to pay turf for a 38-0 lead. Stephen Witte also had an interception for Southington.


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