SOUTHINGTON - East Hartford snapped a 41-game regular season winning streak for Southington on Friday night, as the Hornets beat the Blue Knights 27-20 in a thrilling game that went down to the last play.
The last time Southington had lost in the regular season was a 49-37 defeat at Hall in West Hartford on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 - during a season in which the team went 12-1 overall in winning the Class LL state title. The Blue Knights had gone undefeated in the regular season each of the past three years, also winning a state title in the Class LL-Large division in 2014. Southington lost in the Class LL state semifinals each of the past two seasons.
Down 27-20 last night, the Blue Knights drove to East Hartford’s 29-yard line in the final seconds, but were unable to complete either of a pair of pass attempts from there.
The Hornets did not take the lead for good until Jayden Gardner caught a 41-yard pass from Raquan Thompkins with 56.4 seconds to play. That play was set up by a Troy Baxter interception that gave East Hartford the ball on Southington’s 48 with 1:47 to play.
Southington was leading before a 6-yard TD run from Thompkins with 2:16 to play. A 43-yard pass from Tompkins to Kevon Jones and a 16-yard Tompkins run set up that scoring play.
The Blue Knights previously went ahead 20-13 with 5:45 to go in the fourth quarter after a 72-yard Shaun Wagner punt return put Southington on East Hartford’s 9-yard line and Ryan Montalvo ran it in from there.
East Hartford took the initial lead of the game in the second quarter, when Kevon Jones ran 39 yards for a touchdown with 10:43 to go in the half.
In the final minute of the period, Will Barmore hit Jamie Lamson for an 82-yard pass to East Hartford’s 2-yard line. After a sack, Barmore hit Joe Koczera for an 8-yard TD pass for a 7-7 tie with 12.9 seconds to go.
Southington took a 14-7 lead in the third quarter when Barmore connected with Jimmy Ringrose on a 45-yard TD pass at the 8:36 mark.
A 62-yard pass from Tompkins to Jaquan Allen on the opening play of fourth quarter set up a Kevon Jones 4-yard TD run with 10:41 to go. Southington maintained a 14-13 lead after a blocked extra point.
Barmore was 20-for-32 passing in the game for 275 yards, while Tim O’Shea caught six passes for 63 yards and Montalvo ran nine times for 73 yards.
Thompkins was 9-for-15 passing for 267 yards for East Hartford, and ran 14 times for 77 yards.
Plainville 49, East Catholic 6: Plainville got its third win of the season and second straight to improve to 3-4 on the season after topping East Catholic.
Newington 34, Middletown 7: The Indians fell to 2-5 with the loss to undefeated Middletown, which improved to 7-0 on the season.