A trip to the high school football postseason was already secured for Rockville, but a 40-20 road win over Pequot rival Uncas Ellington on Thanksgiving morning was enough to give the Rams an unofficial top four seed in the upcoming Class M playoffs.
Senior QB Brady Ramsdell threw for three touchdowns and 204 yards on 12 of 21 passes. Lexington Hunter caught two of those (Joey Christian got the third), totaling five catches for 101 yards. The Rockville (8-2) backfield was led by Malachi Mapp with 134 yards and two TDs on 24 carries.
The Rockville defense kept the Knights mostly calm, as Palmer led the way with 10 tackles. John Kasamba had nine tackles, two sacks, and JT Doerr had eight and two tackles. They both also blocked a kick.
Dante Mangiafico scored three goals for Ellington (7-3). He threw two TDs, both to Emil Johnson, and ran for the third.
Sheehan 37, Lehman Hall 28: The Giants rallied from a 28-17 deficit in the fourth quarter behind the legs of freshman running back Brady Rosace to knock out rival Lyman Hall at a home run. Rosace rushed for 282 yards and four touchdowns on 32 carries. But three of his points came in the final quarter, including a 54-yard long that put the game away for good.
Paul Gorey threw a 38-yard TD pass to John Gogliettino for Sheehan’s only score (5-5) of the first half. Trojans QB Tyler Casey and Cameron Bragano tied for three touchdowns on the day. Gavin Janowski hit a 78-yard kickoff to put Lyman Hall (4-6) up 14-10 at halftime.
Eastern Church 45, Catholic Northwest 7: Ethan Rhineha scored three touchdowns as the Eagles passed the Lions on Wednesday night at home. Rainha had a rushing TD in the first quarter, had a TD reception in the second and returned a punt for a TD in the third quarter. Joey Montalvo added a rushing TD and a 94-yard pick-six for the Eastern Catholics (7-3), one of two on the day (Drew DeLaura was the other). Boomer Staunton caught a rushing TD for Northwest Catholic’s only score (2-8).
Stafford / East Windsor / Somers 20, Windsor Locks / Suffield / East Granby 14: Zach Donovan threw three touchdowns and the Bulldogs held off the Raiders for a win at Pequot Uncas Road. Donovan was 12-for-22 for 143 yards and three TDs (two to Gavin Mills) and also rushed 22 times for 127 yards. Dylan McLaughlin had a TD catch, as well as 10 tackles and a pick on defense. Ibrahim Gokomez added two interceptions for Stafford (4-6). Aiden Walker had a TD pass and a rush for Windsor Locks (3-7).
Avon 26, Lewis Mills 25: Cole Millardo’s second touchdown of the night and Connor Lavor’s successful two-point conversion lifted Avon off Lewis Mills in Burlington on Tuesday night. Melardo also scored a 43-yard TD rush to open the game. Mason Eckerlin added a rush for the Falcons (5-5). Jack Stanislaw rushed for 86 yards and two touchdowns, and Larry Weaver threw two TD runs for the Spartans (1-9).
Valley Regional/Lyme-Old Lyme 28, Haddam-Killingworth 8: The Warriors edged past the Cougars to win at Pequot Sassacus Road in Higanum. DiAngelo Jean-Pierre led the way for Valle (9-1). The senior passed for two TDs, both to Grady Lacourciere, and also had a 60-yard pick-six. Joseph Montazella recovered a blocked kick in the end zone for the Warrior’s other score. Tate Callender caught a 15-yard TD pass from Alex Phipps for the Cougar’s only score (6-4).