On October 26th, Haddam Killingworth Youth Football and Cheerleading hosted the Panthers of South Windsor for the final games of the regular season.
In a hard fought and competitive A team game, the Cougars would take a slim 14-13 advantage late into the second half which led to an exciting final quarter of action. An incomplete pass by HK on 4th down handed control of the ball to the South Windsor offense at midfield with 4:37 left in the game. Using a strong run game, the Panthers would score a touchdown but the HK defense would deny the Panthers the extra point conversion and the visiting team settled for a 19-14 lead with only 1:15 remaining in the game. High drama ensued as quarterback James Murphy found an open Zach Kauffman over the middle for the completion. Kauffman would break a pair of tackles and run in for the score to give HK a 20-19 advantage with under 25 seconds remaining in the game. South Windsor, needing a last second score for the win, would return the kickoff for the 25-20 victory. The team finishes the regular season with a 1-6 record.
CTYFL Playoff: The A team travels to Rocky Hill on Sunday, November 2nd for a rematch against South Windsor under the lights in the Rose Bowl at 4pm.
Dalton Brown scored a touchdown in the first half of the B team game and the HK defense, led by the inspired play of Dalton Modehn, John Bruder and Ryder Wink, would keep the South Windsor offense at bay, allowing only a single touchdown through three quarters of play. On the offensive side of the ball, Dylan Kasperzyk had two kickoff returns of over 60 yards each to put the HK offense in scoring position. With the game tied 6-6 at the end of three quarters, the Panther offense would score three unanswered touchdowns lifting them to a 25-6 victory. The B team finishes the regular season with a 0-8 record. Four of the B team losses where by an average of only 6 points. The balance of the losses were to teams with a combined league record of 24-6 and from towns with significantly greater populations than Haddam and Killingworth.
CTYFL Playoff: The B team travels to Berlin on Sunday, November 2nd to take on the Canton Warriors in the Orange Bowl at 11:30am. Canton beat HK in week three of the regular season by a score of 21-13.
Ethan Coady of the C team made a touchdown saving tackle on the Cougar 5 yard line but a Vincent Scileppi sack and Nick Fox interception would help thwart the first South Windsor scoring opportunity of the day. Cam Hines would add a touchdown in the first quarter of play for the Cougars and the host team settled for a 6-0 halftime lead. Hines and Tate Callender would each score a touchdown in the second half, with Callender’s 65 yard scamper aided by a monster block from HK’s Julian Stanford. The HK defense would hold the Panther offense scoreless in the game to preserve the 20-0 shutout victory. The defense was sparked in part by the fine play of Cavin Napoletano, Vincent Sclieppi, Tyler Gras, Kevin Gamache, Justice Mangiagli, Alex Phipps and Zach Johnson. Quarterback Bryce Anderson (73 yds), Hines (76 yds), Callender (96 yds) and Mangiagli (15 yds) anchored an effective running game on the day for the Cougars. With the win the team finishes the regular season with a 3-4-1 record.
CTYFL Playoff: The C team travels to Wethersfield High School on Sunday, November 2nd to take on the East Hartford (B) Hornets in the Rose Bowl. Game time is 9am.
The D team shutout the visiting Panthers 20-0 to cap an impressive 6-2 season and a second place finish in the American Conference standings. The D team division does not participate in post season playoffs.
Saturday’s HKHS varsity football game has been rescheduled to tomorrow (Halloween) at 4:30 p.m.
As a result, the youth football and cheer recognition event (Youth Night) has been rescheduled for the Friday, Nov. 7 game against Windsor Locks, at 6:30 p.m.
HKYFA players and cheerleaders receive free admission to the game and voucher for a hot dog, chips and a drink at the Touchdown Club concession stand. Our cheer and football teams will be recognized on the field at halftime.
The Nov. 7 game is also senior night. There will be a pregame ceremony recognizing the seniors on the football team.
Sorry for any inconvenience. Hope families will be able to participate next week!
B, C and D team players and cheerleaders traveled to RockyHillHigh School on Sunday, October 19th to play the Terriers. The Cougar A team had a bye this week as Rocky Hill does not have an A team. It was the first set of games this season played under seasonably cold temperatures and with a brisk wind.
In the first game of the day, the B team fell to the host and undefeated Rocky Hill by a final score of 36-0.
In C team action, Rocky Hill took a 7-0 lead when Ethan Bessoni forced a Rocky Hill fumble on the 5 yard line that bounced into the end zone and was recovered by a Terrier player. After a pair of Rocky Hill scores, the Cougars would have their best scoring opportunity of the half as quarterback Tate Callender ran down the sidelines to the Rocky Hill 15 yard line with under a minute left in the half. The HK offense could not muster a score as time expired and the team settled for a 20-0 halftime deficit. The HK defense stepped it up in the second half to hold Rocky Hill scoreless but the Cougars were again unable to find the end zone. Cam Hines had a number of solo tackles, Jackson Salafia had a tackle in the backfield and Justice Mangiagli had a sack on the day. Callender and Hines had 66 and 65 yards on the ground respectively and Hunter DiStasio had a spectacular 19 yard pass reception while under pressure from a Rocky Hill defender. With the loss the team falls to 2-4-1 on the season.
The H-K D-squad battled the undefeated Rocky Hill team on Sunday at RockyHillHigh School. The team fought through the cold autumn weather and a very resilient Rocky Hill team, but fell short by a score of 19-12. After closing the deficit to 12-6 with less than a minute left in the first half, the Cougars gave up a 60-yd touchdown run at the end of the first half. The team showed its strength in the 2nd half by shutting down the Rocky Hill attack, but could only muster one touchdown run. Standouts for the Cougars included Mason Sulzbach on the offensive line, Zenon Kolcio running the ball, and Jake McGrath on the defensive line. The Cougars put their 5-2 record on the line against South Windsor at home this Sunday at 3pmto conclude their 2014 season.
UP NEXT: On Sunday, October 26th HKYFA hosts South Windsor for the final games of the regular season. The A, B, C and D teams play at11am, 9am, 1pm and 3pmrespectively.
On Saturday, October 18th, Haddam Killingworth Youth Cheerleading participated in the 2014 CTYFL Cheer Competition at the XL Center in Hartford. The A team took home the coaches award in the A team small division, the B team took 1st place in the B team small division and the C team received the creativity award in the C team large division. The D team received a participation award as there is not a competition at that level.
Our annual end of season banquet will be held on Sunday November 23rd.
Location : Middletown Elks Club, 44 Maynard St. Middletown, CT.
Time: Noon to 3. (please arrive at 11:30 for check in)
Cost: $15 per ticket. Coaches and players are free.
*Tickets will be on sale this Sunday at our home game. Two tickets will be available for each family in addition to their player.This includes families with multiple players. You may request extra tickets which will be honored on a first come first serve basis.Please see Diane Phipps or Jenn Stanford at the apparel table Sunday for tickets and info.
Jenn will also have some apparel items for half price this Sunday. What a great way to purchase some early Christmas gifts!
Kristy Coon from the C squad has been working on a can and bottle drive. She will be accepting redeemable cans and bottles this Sunday, 10/26 at our home game. Items can be dropped off near the concession trailer or brought directly to M&M Redemption Center on Monday 10/27 from 9-5. All profits will go to the league. Thanks Kristy!
The 2014 program and booster books are here!!They will be given to cheerleading coaches or football team moms over the next few days for distribution to league families. Each league participant (player or cheerleader) will receive 1 copy and the family will receive 1 additional copy.If a league family has both a cheerleader and football player the books will be given to the cheerleading coach.If a league family has multiple cheerleaders or multiple football players they will be given to the older teams cheerleading coach or football team mom.