Hartford Dominates Colchester for Round 1 Win
Advances to Semi Finals vs Middlebury
By John Seaver
All season long the Hartford Hurricane football team has
been powered by a bruising running game and a suffocating defense. Friday night at Hartford High School, the
Canes played their best, most complete game of the year shutting down the
Colchester offense and scoring touchdowns on their first 5 possessions of the
first half to defeat the Lakers 48-6 in a division 1 first round game. The win secures a home semi final match up
with the Middlebury Tigers, the team that has knocked the Canes out of the
playoffs the past 2 years.
After the Hartford defense stopped the Lakers on a 3 &
out to start the game, Sophomore Nick Porter got things started on the first
offensive play of the night, scoring on a 55 yard sprint down the right
sideline to give the Canes the early 6-0 lead.
After another 3 & out by the Canes D, Porter scored again, this time
on a tough, 18 yard run, breaking several tackles on the right sideline to give
Hartford a 13-0 lead with 3:03 left in the first quarter.
Kody Rhodes scored from 5 yards on the Canes 3rd
possession to make it 20-0 just 3 minutes into the 2nd quarter. The TD made possible by a 4th
& 13 conversion from the Laker 37 yard line. Hunter Perkins took the handoff
on a draw play and rumbled 23 yards to the Laker 14.
On the next Colchester possession, the Lakers finally got
their first 1st down of the game but on the next play, Brett
MacLaren picked off Colchester QB Alex O’Connell and returned it to the Laker
45 yard line. Two plays later, Nick
Porter found the end zone again, this time from 34 yards, giving Hartford a
27-0 lead and the rout was on.
QB Gavin Farnsworth, back after missing the Rutland game the
week before, finished the first half scoring hitting Rhodes with a 32 yard TD
giving the Canes a 33-0 lead at the half.
The Canes had the ball 5 times in the first half and scored
touchdowns on every drive amassing 275 yards of offense. Conversely, the Lakers could only muster 9
total yards & 1 first down in the half against Hartford’s stout defense.
Hartford added two 2nd half touchdowns, 1 by
senior RB Justin Koloski and the other by sophomore Trevor LaBrecque to extend
the lead to 48-0. Colchester finally got
on the board in the 4th quarter against the Canes 3rd
stringers when starting QB O’Connell completed a 20 yard TD to Matt Hesford for
the final score 48-6. Odd note on that
final drive, Colchester ran two half back option plays with Hesford, both fell
incomplete, down 48-0 during running time with the Canes playing their 3rd
For the game Hartford gave up a total of 77 yards, with 70
of them coming in Colchester’s final drive. An impressive display by a defense
that has been stellar all year and may finally get the attention of the north
side of the state.
Category 5 Hurricane Player of the Game: Nick Porter – The sophomore
RB has stepped into a bigger role on the offense due to some injuries and tonight
could not be contained by the Laker D.
Porter rushed 10 times for 146 yards and scoring on running plays of 18,
34 & 55 yards.
The Canes win coupled with Middlebury’s win at Essex means the
Tigers will visit Hartford next Friday for a semifinal match up. Middlebury knocked the Canes out of the
playoffs the past two years, both games on the Tigers home field. Friday, The Canes get the Tigers at home. Motivation should not a be a problem.
Tomorrow: Field Hockey plays at home vs Colchester at 10:00
& girls soccer plays at U32 at 1:00. The boys soccer game postponed today will be played at Woodstock Monday at
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