SOUTHINGTON — Coach Mike Drury of the Southington football Blue Knights credits his team’s dominant offense for their early success.
In starting the season 3-1, the latest win coming Saturday, 28-21, at Hall, the Blue Knights are averaging just over 32 points per game. Drury believes having a balanced offense is key to having success.
”I think your offense always has to be balanced and, when it is, we attack what the defense is giving us,” Drury remarked. “We get all the guys the ball and we get the ball in space.”
Southington had success running the ball (780 yards), passing the ball (755) and utilizing their offensive weapons.
Entering the season, it was undecided who would lead the Blue Knights at quarterback. Drury emphasized how the QB competition in the summer between Brady Lafferty and Shane Laporte helped push Lafferty to utlimately lead the team, though Laporte, a receiver, does see occasional snaps behind center.
“It was a tough competition in summer,” Drury said. “They both pushed each other, they’re both competitive, and I expect either of them to be ready at any given time.”
Through four games, Lafferty has completed 49 of 85 passes for 647 yards. Carter Uhlman (21-269), Josh Viitti (15-194) and Laporte (15-208) have been the leading receivers. Laporte has also throw 10 passes, completing eight for 108 yards.
On the ground, senior Dillon Kohl has led the way out of the backfield. After Saturday’s 219-yard performance at Hall, Kohl has gained 521 yards on 58 carries. Seven have gone for touchdowns.
“Kohl’s our guy at running back, and with MJ Bennett back there we’re able to do more things in the run game with multiple personnel sets, and he’s a guy who will be involved a lot too,” Drury said.
Actually, Bennett has already been involved quite a bit. He’s got 206 yards rushing and four TDs.
Add it up and Southington’s offense is again on a roll this season, particularly in the first half, when the Blue Knights have put up 102 points in their wins over Conard, Enfield and Hall.
They're averaging better than 383 yards a game while holding opponents to 184.
“Playing with tempo, executing, letting our guys get the ball in open space — I think that’s the key to our offense rolling on early, and just guys making plays when they have to,” said Drury.
Southington looks to extend the success this Friday when it hosts Manchester (2-2) in CCC Division I crossover game.