SOUTHINGTON — The starting time of Friday night’s CCC Division I crossover football game between Southington and South Windsor was bumped up an hour from 7 p.m. to 6.
The move didn’t beat the rain, but it did hasten the inevitable.
Scoring on every drive except one, the unbeaten Blue Knights steamrolled the winless Bobcats 55-0 on Fontana Field.
Tanner LaRosa rushed nine times for 80 yards and four touchdowns, while backfield mate Dillon Kohl put up 95 yards and two TDs on four carries as the Blue Knights by and large stayed grounded on a soggy night.
Quarterback Jacob Drena threw just four passes, completing two for 48 yards.
Josh Vitti had a 38-yard punt return to the South Windsor 2-yard line that set up one of LaRosa’s touchdowns. Jamie Lamson added a rushing TD and sophomore Ryan Walsh notched his first varsity points with a 1-yard run in the second half.
Friday’s victory should secure Southington a Class LL playoff berth. It gives the Blue Knights a spotless 9-0 mark heading into their annual Thanksgiving date with Cheshire.
It also means the Blue Knights got payback for the overtime loss last year in South Windsor that kept them out of the 2017 playoffs.
The Bobcats, who suffered heavy graduation losses from a year ago, were simply no match for the Blue Knights this time around. They fumbled on their opening possession and Southington parlayed it into a 20-yard scoring run from LaRosa.
The rout was on. LaRosa had his four touchdowns on the board by halftime as Southington took a 34-0 lead into the locker room.
Kohl took the opening snap of the second half 48 yards to the house. The game was on running time from there.