Nick Porter

Hartford Dominates Colchester for Round 1 Win

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John K Seaver

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.

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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 string. Ummmmmm.

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 3:00.

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