SOUTHINGTON — It was an emotional night at Fontana Field, as the Southington football team celebrated its seniors in what was their final regular-season home game.
The Blue Knights made the night even sweeter, delivering a commanding 42-0 victory over CCC Division I West rival New Britain to secure their sixth straight undefeated league crown.
Southington, with its seventh straight win, improved to 8-1 overall and 4-0 in the division.
It was Brady Lafferty, the junior quarterback, who stole the show, tossing four first-half touchdown passes to give Southington a 28-0 halftime lead.
The Blue Knights got going right out of the gate, as MJ Bennett returned the opening kickoff all the way to the 45-yard line.
However, after venturing just outside of the Golden Hurricanes’ 20-yard line, a muffed exchange between Lafferty and running back Angelo Plantamuro and then a false start put the Blue Knights in a fourth-and-17 situation.
But a roughing the passer penalty on New Britain gave the Blue Knights an automatic first down, leading to a Carter Uhlman touchdown catch from eight yards out.
The next Southington possession would not have the same success, as another muffed exchange allowed New Britain to recover and take over at the Blue Knights 16-yard line.
The Southington defense held strong, allowing just two yards and taking over on downs with 2:52 to play in the first quarter.
Plantamuro responded, ripping off a 22-yard run to start the drive. Lafferty would then go back to Uhlman, as he got behind the defense for a 33-yard grab down to the New Britain 25.
Southington failed to score, however, as Lafferty’s pass on fourth-and-5 fell incomplete in the direction of Uhlman.
New Britain continued to struggle on offense, punting from inside its own 20-yard line again, allowing the Blue Knights to start their first drive of the second quarter at the Golden Hurricanes 43.
A holding penalty would set them back, but the Blue Knights were able to extend the lead to 14-0 on a 24-yard swing pass to Jack McManus that went for a touchdown.
The defense made another stop, this time in the form of a fumble recovered at the New Britain 22-yard line.
Lafferty and Co. promptly cashed in with a 22-yard catch and run to Josh Vitti for a touchdown, making it 21-0 Blue Knights.
The Golden Hurricanes got deep into Southington territory on a 57-yard pass to Travon Santoro, but the Blue Knights again held strong to force a turnover on downs on fourth and goal.
Lafferty continued his masterful first half, taking the Blue Knights 92 yards, capping it with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Uhlman.
The junior quarterback was 20-for-30 for 244 yards and four touchdowns in the first half, finding Vitti for nine receptions and Uhlman for five to lead the way.
Plantamuro kept the momentum going, picking off Monte Dickson and returning it 32 yards for a touchdown to give Southington a 35-0 lead with 11:01 left in the third quarter.
New Britain got to midfield, but was forced to punt. Bennett took it from there, carrying twice for 90 yards, including a 69-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 42-0.
Southington kept pace in Class LL with the win. They remain at No. 3 behind No. 1 Darien and No. 2 Newtown, both 9-0.
The Blue Knights will have a week off before heading to Cheshire to play the 8-1 Rams on Thanksgiving Day.