FOOTBALL: Southington continues its dominance over rebranded Glastonbury

GLASTONBURY — Things were back to normal Friday night in Glastonbury for the Southington football team.

Mike Drury was back on the sidelines directing the Black Knights and his Southington squad rolled to a 28-7 CCC victory over the Guardians. 

Southington, ranked No. 6 in this week’s GameTime CT media poll, improved to 2-0 on the season. Glastonbury fell to 0-2.

Southington raced out to a 21-7 lead by halftime on a pair of Jack Barnum touchdown passes to sophomore wideout Evan Anderson in the second period.

Javon Thomas put the Blue Knights up 7-0 in the first quarter with a 5-yard touchdown run.

The game was all but over when Lincoln Cardillo fell on a fumble in the end zone on the first play of the fourth quarter to put the visitors up 28-7. 

Southington’s defense as a whole bent, but didn’t break, stopping the Guardians on fourth-and-goal in the fourth quarter. Trent Lord scooped up a fumble on that fourth down and nearly scored himself before being tripped up at the Southington 33.

“Felt good to be back in there,” said Drury, who was ill and missed last week’s thrilling opener at home, a 13-7 victory over Maloney that came via a TD toss from Barnum to Ryan DelMonte with 1:14 to play.

“Back to normal: We all got back to normal,” Drury added. “Just got back into rhythm. We got a lot of new guys out there; a lot of young guys. They are learning and just getting better each week.”

One of those youngsters is Anderson. The sophomore’s first two varsity catches resulted in touchdowns.

“Evan is just a dynamic player,” Drury said.

Those where the only two catches Anderson would have, but his second one came from 28 yards out and saw him break four tackles on his way to the end zone. His second touchdown gave Southington a 21-7 lead with 2:18 left in the first half.

Anderson’s first touchdown came at the 9:12 mark of the second period. Barnum found him in the end zone for a 11-yard scoring toss.

“I don’t know really what to say,” admitted Anderson, who’s first score came after lining up in the backfield. “I came in for that play, we ran a wheel route for the running back.

“Even though I’m playing against a lot of older people, I still expect to make some plays.”

Barnum completed 10 of his first 16 passes for 128 yards in the first half. He finished 11-of-23 in the game for 135 yards after having his first pass Friday night tipped and intercepted to stop Southington’s opening drive. 

After hooking up with DelMonte last week for the winner, finding Anderson twice before halftime didn’t come as a surprise to the senior.

“He’s a play-maker; that’s the word I’ll use for him,” Barnum said.

Southington had 240 yards by halftime after struggling all night against Maloney in the opener.

Southington’s offense looked totally different from the one that struggled last week. After failing to garner a first down in the first half against Maloney and finishing with under 200 total yards, the Blue Knights put up nearly 400 against Glastonbury.

Cardillo was also the Blue Knights’ leading rusher. After falling on the fumble to start the fourth quarter, the junior ripped off a 66-yard run with three minutes to play to finish well over the century mark.

The Blue Knights run game complimented Barnum. Southington got on the board first with a 5-yard touchdown run by Thomas with 3:33 left in the first quarter.

And after Anderson’s first touchdown put Southington up 14-0, his second scoring grab put momentum back on the Blue Knights’ sideline after Glastonbury had cut Southington’s lead in half midway through the second period.

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