The Cougar A, B and D teams hosted the Falcons of Durham while the East Hartford Hornets traveled to HK to take on the C team.
Zach Kauffman of the Cougar A team broke a 6-6 tie with a touchdown run in the second quarter of play to give the host Cougars a 12-6 lead after the missed extra point run attempt. The Falcons drove deep into Cougar territory but the defense, sparked by Aiden Maher, Zachery Marciniec, Wally Sample (quarterback sack) and a touchdown saving tackle by James Bruder, forced a turnover on downs as time expired in the first half of play. After a scoreless third period, the Falcons got on the board but failed to convert the extra point attempt and settled for a 12-12 tie. Kauffman broke open for a 61 yard touchdown run with 8 minutes remaining in the game and the Cougars, after missing the extra point attempt took a 18-12 lead. The Cougar defense, led by a Charles Martone tackle in the Durham backfield, forced a turnover on downs with a minute to go in the game to preserve the victory. The A team improves to 1-1 on the season.
A Dalton Brown fumble recovery for a touchdown and a successful extra point run by Dylan Kasperzyk gave the host Cougar B team a quick 7-0 lead over the visiting Falcons. The Cougars scored again on a Kasperzyk run but could not convert the extra point and settled for the 13 point lead. A John Bruder on side kick was recovered by the Cougars at midfield but the Cougars turned the ball over on downs only to regain possession after a fine defensive effort by Gab Martone and Ryder Wink. A Cougar fumble inside the 10 yard line set up a Falcon touchdown and extra point to trim the lead to 13-7 as time expired in the 1st half. The Falcons would add a second touchdown in the 3rd period but a Bruder tackle on the extra point run attempt kept the visiting Falcons from taking the lead. The Falcons would add a third score in the 4th period to increase their lead to 19-13. The Falcon defense stopped the Cougars on 4th and 3 and ran out the clock for the win. With the loss the team drops to 1-1 on the season.
The Cougar C team took an early 7-0 lead on a 34 yard pass play from Ethan Coady to Bryce Anderson and an Ethan Coady extra point run. In the second quarter, a strong run by Cam Hines against the East Hartford defense converted a first down and set up a 26 yard pass play from Coady to Corey Phipps. Cam Hines ran the ball in from the 5 yard line to give the Cougars at 13-0 halftime lead. During the halftime break, the C team cheerleaders performed an energetic cartwheel routine in front of the large crowd. In the second half, a Kevin Gamache on side kick recovery set up a long touchdown run by Hines. The team converted the 2 point PAT kick attempt and took a commanding 21-0 lead against the Hornets. After a Hornet touchdown the C team would strike again. Chaz Cosenza caught a Coady pass in traffic and set up a quarterback keeper that would extend the Cougar lead to 27-7. The Cougars converted their second PAT kick of the game for the 29-7 win. The team was led on the defensive side of the ball by the strong play of Jackson Salafia, Alex Phipps and Matteo Piacenti. The C team moves to 1-1 in the early season.
In a defensive battle between D teams, the Cougars avenged a preseason loss to Durham in the Salomone Cup with a thrilling come from behind victory at HK. The Falcons scored an early touchdown, but a tipped incomplete pass by Cole Szestakow on the extra point attempt would prove to be the difference in the game. The host D team defense led by Bryce LaCoss, Clark Burleson and Cooper Savoy shut down the high powered Falcon offense for most of the afternoon. In the fourth quarter and with the Falcons clinging to a 6 point advantage, both teams traded possessions on the Falcon side of the field until the Cougars took possession on the 30 yard line with under 2 minutes remaining in the game. A Zenon Kolcio run to the outside netted the Cougars a 10 yard gain and a 15 yard personal foul on the Falcons on the next play moved the ball to the 5 yard line. The Cougars took advantage of the field position as Kolcio blasted in for the score behind outstanding offensive line support. With the game tied at 6, Kolcio ran in for the game winning extra point with 29 sec remaining in the game. The Cougar defense held a Falcon drive in check with big stops from Jacob Maier and Gunnar Howes in the final seconds of the game to secure the victory. With the 7-6 win the team improves to a perfect 2-0 on the season.
Up Next: HKYFA players and cheerleaders from the A, B and C team travel to Canton High School on Sunday, September 21st to take on the Warriors. Game times are 11am, 9am and 1pm respectively. The D team players and cheerleaders host East Hampton at HK onSaturday, September 20th at 3pm, just prior to the start of the High School game vs. North Branford.
Week two of our schedule is complete after a fantastic home opener. Sunday’s weather was glorious, the field was in terrific condition and the Cougars notched three wins. The cheer squad routines were terrific as usual. Thanks to all who attended the games and helped support the program by patronizing the concession stand, booster gear table and 50-50 raffle. If you missed any games, summaries and photos are posted on Facebook.com/HKYFA.
It was great to have Coach Mike Baklik and many of his high school football players at the games too. Many of you purchased a discount card in support of the team. If you missed the opportunity, the players will be at future home games.
Thanks to all who supported HKYFA through cheesecake sales. Congratulations to A squad cheerleader Sarah Nuzzo, our top seller at $886.
There’s a change to this week’s schedule. Our Mighty Mites (D team) won’t be traveling to Canton Sunday. Instead, the team will play at home Saturday (Sept. 20) against East Hampton. Thanks to the assistance and support of Coach Baklik and the RSD 17 administration, we scheduled the game on the high school field at 3 p.m. Many people miss the D team cheerleaders and football players because they are typically at the end of the end of the Sunday schedule. This week they will be playing before our varsity team hosts North Branford. Please cheer on our Cougars Saturday!
The annual Cougar Classic golf tournament is Friday, Sept. 19, at the Portland Golf Course. Thanks to our many sponsors, who will be identified on the course as well as at our home games on our website and in the yearbook. There is still opportunity to play. The tournament format is a four-person scramble with a 10:30 a.m. shotgun start. Registration begins at 9:30.
Hope to see you Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday at Canton High School!
Haddam Killingworth Youth Football players and cheerleaders traveled to New Hartford on Sunday to take on the Wolverines at Browns Corner Field in season opening games. The A, B and C teams lost to the host teams while the D team opened its season with a victory.
The A team played even with the Wolverines in the first quarter but a fumble at midfield set up the first New Hartford score of the game. The host team would add a pair of touchdowns and extra points to take a 20-0 halftime lead. The offensive highlight of the game was a Zach Kauffman 40+ yard pass play from quarterback Marin Stancuna in the second half of play. Kauffman outran a host of Wolverine defenders for the Cougars only score of the day. New Hartford would add a touchdown as time expired to win by a final score of 33-6.
The Cougar B team jumped out to a 12-0 lead against New Hartford on a pair of Dalton Brown touchdown runs. Outstanding defensive play by Dylan Kasperzyk, Gab Martone, Dalton Modehn and Dan LaRosa shut down the Wolverine running game and the host Cougars settled for a 12-0 halftime lead. The Wolverines would score a touchdown in the third period of play and with a successful PAT kick they closed the gap to 12-8 entering the 4th quarter. The Cougar defense looked poised to limit New Hartford to only one score on the day, but with less than two minutes remaining in the game, the Wolverines converted a desperation 4th down pass for a touchdown and added a successful PAT kick to take a 16-12 lead. The Cougars looked in position to score the game winning touchdown after a Dalton Brown run of over 40 yards but ran out of clock.
After an early New Hartford touchdown, the C team defense, highlighted by a Justice Mangiagli sack stopped a second Wolverine scoring drive as the first quarter of play ended. The Wolverines would add another touchdown in the 2nd quarter to take a 13-0 halftime lead. The Cougar run offense, lead by Cam Hines, Tate Callender and quarterback Ethan Coady put the Cougars into scoring position several times during the day. A touchdown strike from Coady to Bryce Anderson in the 4th quarter put the Cougars on the board and cut the Wolverine lead to 20-6. The host team would add a late score for the 27-6 victory. Mangiagli, in addition to his one sack, had 4 tackles and Nick Fox also registered a sack. The trio of Hines, Callender and Coady ran for 149 yards and Anderson had 49 receiving yards on three catches.
Zenon Kolcio of the D team started off the Cougar scoring with a long touchdown run and then added another score on only his second carry of the game. Jacob Maier scored on a quarterback sneak just before the end of the second quarter and the Cougars took a 19-0 halftime lead over the host Wolverines. The defense, led by Gunnar Howes, played strong and caused havoc up the middle all day, allowing only one touchdown in the second half of play. A long touchdown run up the middle by Cooper Savoy, the teams fourth of the day, sealed the 26-6 win.
Up Next: On Sunday, September 14th, the A, B and D teams host the Falcons of Durham while the C team hosts the Hornets of East Hartford. Game times for the A, B, C and D teams are 11am, 9am, 1pmand3pm respectively. All games are at the HK High School football field.
Thanks to all who attended the Pasta Supper last Friday and made the trek to northwestern Connecticut for Sunday’s games. Two great showings for HK families!
Our home openers will be Sunday at HKHS against Durham-Middlefield (A,B,D) and East Hartford (C).
Team and individual pictures will be taken by BEAR Photography before each game at the high school. Order forms and report times will come soon from team moms. The photos will be available for use in the HKYFA 2014 yearbook. Forms will be distributed soon for ads or shout-out messages in the book.
Several requests have been made about the availability of community service hours. Help is needed on home games dates for setup, cleanup and various activities during the day. Interested volunteers should contact:
The annual Gridiron Classic golf tournament is scheduled for Sept. 19 at Portland Golf Course. Sponsors and golfers are welcome. Please support the league through this enjoyable event! Details and registration are available at the HKCougars.com web store.
The website (hkcougars.com) also has quick links to the HKYFA Facebook and Twitter accounts. Please get connected and join the conversation about HK cheer and football!
The HKHS varsity football team opens its regular season this Friday (Sept. 12) at 6:30 p.m. against Morgan HS at the Peters Sports Complex (145 Glenwood Road) in Clinton. The team will need our encouragement against one of its chief rivals! Please wear your Cougar gear and give our boys your support!