2012 Tigerhawks schedule
Saturday, Sept. 22: Ellington/Somers 47, SMSA/University 7
Saturday, Oct. 13: Coventry/Windham Tech 21, SMSA/University 20
Saturday, Oct. 20: SMSA/University 36, Stafford/East Windsor 30, 2 OT
Saturday, Oct. 27: Granby 20, SMSA/University 12
Saturday, Nov. 3: SMSA/University 29, Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby 12
Saturday, Nov. 10: SMSA/University 28, Housatonic/Wamogo 14
Thursday, Nov. 22: Enfield 50, SMSA/University 16
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Enfield 50, SMSA/University 16
SMSA (3-7)0 0 0 16 – 16 Enfield (5-5)21 14 7 8 – 50
E: Mike Crowley 48 pass from Kyle Maynard (Anthony Trotta kick)
E: Nick Bevilacqua 18 run (Trotta kick)
E: Sean Gill 52 pass from Maynard (Trotta kick)
E: Belvilacqua 1 run (Trotta kick)
E: Shaq Jessop 2 run (Trotta kick)
E: Ethan Bartlett 8 pass from Maynard (Trotta kick)
S: Kadeem Johnson 37 run (Ezquiel Ortiz run)
E: Nick Ferguson 37 run (Chris Lapointe run)
S: Johnson 13 run (Ortiz run)
RUSHING: SMSA/University – Kadeem Johnson 10-80, Wilfredo Alicea 8-59, Ezequiel Ortiz 10-37, E. Aguayo 1-1
PASSING: SMSA/University – Wilfredo Alicea 3-17-0, 33; Enfield – Kyle Maynard 10-15-0, 183
RECEIVING: SMSA/University – D. Brinkley 1-13, Kadeem Johnson 1-10, E. Aguayo 1-10
RETURNS: SMSA/University – Kadeem Johnson 2-49, E. Aguayo 3-57
FINAL after 10 games
RUSHING Att-Yds TDs
Ortiz 133-707 6
Alicea 116-705 6
Johnson 63-483 4
Kay Macon 51-162 2
Richards 3-23 0
Nyaga 1-6 0
Roldan 3-5 0
Aguayo 2-3 0
Ettienne 1-1 0
PASSING C-Att-Int Yds TDs
Alicea 58-156-2 820 6
Ortiz 0-2-0 0 0
RECEIVING C-Yds TD
Macon 20-328 2
Ortiz 11-161 2
Richards 10-124 0
Brinkley 6-97 1
Aguayo 3-55 0
Johnson 6-50 0
Cunningham 3-40 1
TDs PAT 2pt Pts
Ortiz 6-2 0 6 60
Alicea 6-0 0 1 38
Johnson 4-0 0 2 34*
KayMacon 2-2 0 0 24
Brinkley 0-1 0 2 10
Aguayo 0-0 0 0 6*
Cunningham 0-1 0 0 6
Fox 0-0 5 0 5
*kickoff return for a TD
FIELD GOALS: none
PATs: Fox 5-8
KICKOFFS: Macon 7-130, Johnson 19-535, Richards 1-28, Aguayo 6-147, Ortiz 1-7, Brickley 1-0
SACKS (11): J. Lozada 4, E. Aguayo 3, K. Macon 1, L. Williams 2, Martel 1
INTERCEPTIONS (2): E. Oritz, Macon
FUMBLE RECOVERY (7): J. Ettienne 3, P. Richards 1, D. Roldan 1, J. Cunningham 1, Brinkley 1
BLOCK PUNTS (0):
BLOCK FG (1): D. Roldan
Canton 20, SMSA/Univ. 14
Canton (6-3)8 0 12 0 -- 20
SMSA/Univ (3-6) 6 0 0 8 -- 14
S: Kadeen Johnson 7 run (kick fails), 7:01
C: Dan Delos 9 run (Delos run), 3:08
C: Delos 11 run (run fails), 8:01
C: Andrew Zukowski 38 pass from Eric Scott (run fails), 4:15
S: Wilfredo Alicea 4 run (Daunte Brinkley pass from Alicea), 0:59
RUSHING: Canton – Kyle Mullins 7-50, Dan Delos 10-46, Terrance Brophy 7-27, Jesse LaChance 3-1, Mike Amoroso 1-2, Eric Scott 1-minus 4, team 4-minus 16; SMSA/Univ. – Kadeem Johnson 15-80, Wilfredo Alicea 13-55, Ezequiel Ortiz 10-80, Eloy Aguayo 1-2
PASSING: Canton – Eric Scott 2-6-0, 14; SMSA/Univ. – Wilfredo Alicea 7-13-0, 117
RECEIVING: Canton – Andrew Zukowski 1-38, Seb Gumbs 1-6; SMSA/Univ. – E. Ortiz 4-56, Patrick Richards 1-16, Eloy Aguayo 2-45
RETURNS: Johnson (S) 1-38 kickoff; Cam Daley (C) 2-53 kickoff, E. Aguayo 2-10 kickoff, Daunte Brickley 1-0 kickoff, Matt Bangs 1-0 kickoff; Cam Daley (C) 1-21 punt
SACKS: Kyle Mullins (C) 1-13, Patrick Lawlor (C) 1-6; Everett Martel (S) and Laurne Williams (S) 1-4; FUMBLE RECOVERY: Brinkley (S) and Lawlor (C)
SMSA/University 28, Housatonic/Wamogo 14
Housatonic (0-8) 8 6 0 0 -- 14
SMSA/Univ. (3-5) 14 6 8 0 -- 28
S: Ezequiel Ortiz 4 run (run fails)
H: Matt Perrotti 9 run (Kenny Weaver run)
S: Eloy Aguayo 80 kickoff return (Daunte Brinkley pass from Wilfredo Alicea)
H: John Haddon 1 run (run failed)
S: Kadeem Johnson 74 kickoff return (run failed)
S: E. Ortiz 5 run (Johnson run)
RUSHING: SMSA -- Kadeem Johnson 18-181, Ezequiel Ortiz 15-77, Wilfredo Alicea 11-30
PASSING: SMSA -- Alicea 5-14-0, 48
RECEIVING: SMSA -- D. Brinkley 3-28, Johnson 1-10, E. Ortiz 1-10
RETURNS: E. Aguayo 1-80 (kickoff), Johnson 1-74 (kickoff), E. Ortiz 1-7 (kickoff)
SMSA/University 29, Windsor Locks 12
At Windsor Locks
SMSA/Univ (2-5) 6 8 8 7 -- 29
WL/Suff/EG (1-6) 8 0 0 6 -- 12
S: Kadeen Johnson 8 run (kick blocked)
WL: Cauley 4 run (Cauley run)
S: Ezequeil Ortiz 2 run (E. Ortiz run)
S: Wilfredo Alicea 5 run (E. Ortiz run)
S: Daunte Brinkley 40 pass from Alicea (Brett Fox kick)
WL: unknown 1 run
RUSHING: SMSA/Univ. – Ezequiel Ortiz 26-120, Wilfredo Alicea 19-78, Kadeen Johnson 12-72
PASSING: SMSA/Univ. – Wilfredo Aliciea 3-7-0, 54
RECEIVING: SMSA/Univ. – Daunte Brinkley 1-40, Kadeen Johnson 2-14
RETURNS: Johnson (S) 2-15 (kickoffs); PAT: Fox (S) 1-2
Granby 20, SMSA/Univ. 12
Granby (3-3)7 13 0 0 -- 20
SMSA/Univ. (1-5) 0 0 6 6 -- 12
G: Curtis Field 1 run (Ian Downey kick), 2:45
G: Dominic Pagano 14 pass from Field (Downey kick), 8:24
G: Kenneth Mouning 7 pass from Field (kick wide), 0:22
S: Ezequiel Ortiz 1 run (pass fails), 0:00
S: Ortiz 55 pass from Wilfredo Alicea (run fails), 3:35
RUSHING: SMSA/Univ -- Alicea 13-131, E. Ortiz 8-37, K. Johnson 5-29, Richards 1-3, Roldan 1-1; Granby -- Steve Blake 14-62, Caleb McMullin 6-25, Dominic Pagano 4-33, Connor Field 1-8, Curtis Field 2-minus 7, Ben Marlor 4-2
PASSING: SMSA/Univ. -- Alicea 7-20-0, 123; E. Ortiz 0-1; Granby -- Curtis Field 21-32-0, 238
RECEIVING: SMSA/Univ. -- E. Ortiz 4-91, Johnson 2-16, Brinkley 1-16; Granby -- Ken Mourning 2-12, Connor Field 1-7, Dom Pagano 2-28, Steve Blake 2-28, Ian Downey 5-28, Ben Marlor 1-7, Caleb McMullin 8-108
RETURNS: Johnson 3-85 (kickoffs); Pagano 1-21 (KO), McMullin 1-5 (KO); FUM RECOVERY: McMullin 1, Pagano 1; SACKS: McMullin 1-10, Jacob Largay (G) 1-4, Austin Rafoss (G) 0.5-2, Blake (G) 0.5-2
SMSA/University 36, Stafford/EW 30, 2 OT
Staffrd/EW (1-5) 0 7 6 8 8 0 -- 30
SMSA/Uni (1-4) 0 6 7 8 8 6 – 36
SMSA: Wilfredo Alicea 5 run (run fails)
Stafford: Zach Rollins 37 pass from Tom Ford (Rollins run)
SMSA: Ezequiel Ortiz 15 run (Alicea run)
Stafford: Rollins 6 run (run fails)
SMSA: Alicea 1 run (Ezequiel Ortiz run)
Stafford: Rollins 19 pass from Ford (Connor Hutchins pass from Ford)
SMSA: Alicea 1 run (Ortiz run)
Stafford: Ford 4 run (Rollins pass from Ford)
SMSA: Ortiz 5 run (run fails)
RUSHING: SMSA/Univ. -- Ezequiel Ortiz 20-166, Wilfredo Alicea 13-43, Kayron Macon 4-20, Patrick Richards 1-8, D. Roldan 1-2
PASSING: SMSA/Univ: -- Wilfredo Alicea 0-7-0, Ortiz 0-1
RECEIVING: Stafford – Zach Rollins 9-209
Returns: SMSA/Univ. – Kadeem Johnson 3-92
Coventry/WT/Bolton 21, SMSA/Univ. 20
SMSA/Univ. (0-4) 14 0 6 0 -- 20
Coventry/WT/B (3-1) 0 6 8 7 -- 21
S: Wilfredo Alecia 1 run (Brett Fox kick)
S: Kayron Macon 40 pass from Alecia (Fox kick)
C: Nathan Decker 45 pass from Devan Valdez (kick failed)
C: Kyle Wing 80 kickoff return (Marciano run)
S: Macon 1 run (kick failed)
C: Tommy Myers 16 interception return (Tom Myers kick)
RUSHING: SMSA – Wilfredo Alicea 15-123, Kayron Macon 13-34, Ezequiel Ortz 9-25, Kadeen Johnson 2-35, Patrick Richards 1-12
PASSING: SMSA – Wilfredo Alicea 15-27-1, 212 yards; Ezequiel Ortiz 1-1-0, 34; Coventry – Devan Valdez 5-11-1, 133
RECEIVING: SMSA – Kayron Macon 10-177, Ezequiel Ortiz 4-47, Kadeen Johnson 2-22
RETURNS: Macon (S) 1-15 (kickoff), K. Johnson 1-30 (kickoff)
INTERCEPTIONS: E. Ortiz (S) 1
Gilbert/Northwestern 35, SMSA/University 0
SMSA/Univ. (0-3) 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Gilbert/NWR (2-2) 14 7 14 0 -- 35
G: John Lippincott 9 run (John Ambrozaitis kick), 6:49
G: Ambrozaitis 55 pass from Lippincott (Ambrozaitis kick), 3:52
G: Seth Dayton 31 pass from Lippincott (Ambrozaitis kick), 6:59
G: Anthony Ortiz 9 run (Ambrozaitis kick), 9:24
G: Lippincott 46 run (Ambrozaitis kick), 4:35
RUSHING: Gilbert – John Lippincott 7-72, Tony Ortiz 14-114, Matthew Nieves 1-5, Sean Dayton 2-15; SMSA/U – Kayron Macon 9-21, Wilfredo Alicea 10-83, Ezequiel Ortiz 11-33
PASSING: Gilbert – Lippincott 6-10-0, 158; SMSA/U. – Alicea 5-13-1, 66
RECEIVING: Gilbert – Thomas Casey 3-51, John Ambrozaitis 1-11; Seth Dayton 1-31, Nick Pedrolini 2-21; SMSA/Unv. – Kayron Macon 4-68, Patrick Richards 1-minus 2.
Avon 42, SMSA/Univ. 19
Avon (3-0)14 14 0 14 – 42
SMSA/Univ (0-2) 0 0 7 12 -- 19
A: Mitch Cappello 8 run (Cappello kick), 7:00
A: Colin Moore 15 run (Cappello kick), 2:15
A: Mitch Gauthier 40 punt return (Cappello kick), 8:00
A: Moore 4 run (Cappello kick), 1:39
S: Kayron Macon 10 pass from Wilfredo Alicea (Brett Fox kick), 4:00
A: Moore 5 run (Cappello kick), 11:10
S: Ezequiel Ortiz 7 run (run fails), 2:34
A: Joey Murphy 50 kickoff return (Cappello kick), 2:19
S: Jon Cunningham 16 pass from Alicea (kick fails), 0:07
RUSHING: Avon – Colin Moore 22-114, Jimmy Murphy 1-37, Mitch Cappello 4-35, Noah Hahn 1-20, Chris Suttmeier 1 1-1; SMSA – Wilfredo Alicea 14-77, Ezequiel Ortiz 11-49, Kayron Macon 11-32, Dashua Roldan 1-2
PASSING: Avon – Hahn 4-7-0, 52; SMSA – Wilfredo Alicea 9-26-0, 148
RECEIVING: Avon – Justin Reichler 2-42, Chris Suttmeier 2-10; SMSA – Kayron Macon 5-78, Patrick Richards 1-30, Jon Cunningham 3-40
RETURNS: Kickoffs – Cappello (A) 2-34, Joey Murphy (A) 1-50; Johnson (S) 5-128, Macon (S) 1-20; Punts – Moore (A) 2-30, Gauthier (A) 1-38
Ellington/Somers 47, SMSA/University 7
SMSA/Univ. (0-1) 0 0 0 7 – 7
Ell./Somers (2-0) 27 14 6 0 – 47
E: Neal Janiga 14 run (kick failed)
E: Janiga 24 run (Justin Oliver kick)
E: Janiga 9 run (Oliver kick)
E: Brenden Coverdil 40 pass from Joe Leslie (Oliver kick)
E: Mark Hickman 10 run (Oliver kick)
E: Coverdil from 8 from Leslie (Oliver kick)
E: B.J. Rhodes 6 run (run failed)
S: Kayron Macon 10 run (Brett Fox kick)
RUSHING: SMSA/University – Kayron Macon 14-75, Wilfredo Alicea 8-85, E. Ortiz 7-24, K. Johnson 1-6, E. Nyaga 1-6, J. Ettienne 1-1
PASSING: SMSA/University – Alicea 4-12-0, 19
RECEIVING: SMSA/University – E. Ortiz 2-4, K. Macon 1-5, P. Richards 1-10
RETURNS: Macon 5-95 (kickoffs), K. Johnson 1-24 (kickoffs)
Two Tigerhawks earn
Two Tigerhawks earned first team All-Pequot Conference Uncas Division honors in recent All-Star balloting by the league coaches. Junior Kadeem Johnson and junior lineman Shawn Lozada were named to the first team with junior QB Wilfredo Alicea earning second team honors.
Johnson began the season as a wide receiver and defensive back, catching six passes for 50 yards. But when Kayron Macon got hurt midway through the season, Johnson began to get more carries at running back, rushing for 483 yards and 4 TDs in the final five games of the season. Johnson for a career high 181 yards against Housatonic/Wamogo, a contest where he returned a kickoff 74 yards for a touchdown.
Lozada played on both sides of the ball for the Tigerhawks. For nine of 10 weeks, Alicea was the team's leading rusher. He ran for 705 yards and six TDs on 116 carries. He completed 58-of-156 passes for 820 yards and six TDs this season.
Johnson, Lozada and Alicea will be among 10 starters that will return to the Tigerhawks next season. It looks to be a season of potential next fall thanks to the fact that many freshmen and sophomores earned varsity playing time with SMSA/University.
Enfield races out to big lead in Thanksgiving win
ENFIELD, Nov. 22 – Enfield QB Kyle Maynard completed 10-of-15 passes for 183 yards and 3 TDs to lead the host Raiders to a big Thanksgiving morning victory over SMSA/University, 50-16. Maynard threw a pair of TD passes in the first quarter as the Raiders grabbed an early 21-0 lead. Enfield extended its lead to 35-0 at halftime.
Nick Bevilacqua ran for 2 TDs and 109 yards for the Raiders. For the Tigerhawks, Kadeem Johnson ran for a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns and a team-high 80 yards. QB Wilfredo Alicea scrambled for 59 yards on eight carries.
It was the final high school game for eight Tigerhawk seniors – Ian Andino, the injured Kayron Macon, Wendell Rhoe, Paul Zabulis, Everett Martell, Jeff Gegetskas and Andrew Klavins.
Mistakes haunt Tigerhawks in loss to Canton, 20-14
HARTFORD, Nov. 16 – The Tigerhawks took the field Friday night against Canton with four freshmen in the starting lineup. Since opening day, there are eight different starters on the field. The Tigerhawks are making plays but they are also making crucial mistakes that are hampering their chances for success.
SMSA/University (3-6, 3-6 Pequot Uncas) lost two key fumbles, missed an opportunity to recover an onside kick and were tackled 10 times for losses in a 20-14 loss to Canton on Friday night at Dillon Stadium. “We just can’t self-inflict wounds like we do and expect to win,” SMSA/University head coach Graham Martin said. “We played hard. Except for a few long runs, I thought we did well against them.”
Week 10 preview
Canton (5-3, 5-3 Pequot Uncas) at SMSA/University (3-5, 3-5), 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16, Dillon Stadium. After a bye week, Canton hopes to finish the season strong with a pair of victories to set a new school record for most wins in a season but they’ll face a rejuvenated Tigerhawk team that has won three of its last four games. SMSA/University QB Wilfredo Alicea is the team’s leading rusher with 650 yards and five TDs and he frequently runs when the protection breaks down. Ezequiel Ortiz has rushed for 531 yards and 6 TDs but sophomore Kadeem Johnson has run for 323 yards in the past two games. Alicea can also throw the ball. He has completed 48 passes for 670 yards and 6 TDs. Canton has been solid with its running game, led by senior Kyle Mullins and a disciplined approach on defense. A majority of the SMSA staff, including head coach Graham Martin, have coached at Canton at some point in the last five years. Series: Began 2011. SMSA/University leads, 1-0
Two kickoff returns for TDs spark Tigerhawks
HARTFORD, Nov. 10 – The Tigerhawks had two kickoffs returned for touchdowns to beat Housatonic/Wamogo, 28-14 on Saturday night at Dillon Stadium and win for the third time in four games.
It’s first time in the program’s history with two kickoff returns for touchdowns in a single game. Eloy Aguayo had an 80-yard kickoff return in the first quarter while Kadeem Johnson had a 74-yard return for a TD in the second quarter. Johnson also ran for a career-high 181 yards on 18 carries.
Twice, Housatonic/Wamogo (0-8) tried to take command of the game only to see the Tigerhawks return kickoffs for touchdowns. Matt Perrotti’s nine-yard TD run gave the visiting Mountaineers an 8-6 lead before Aguayo ran back the kickoff 80 yards for the score. Daunte Brinkley caught the two-point conversion pass from Wilfredo Alicea to give SMSA/University a 14-8 lead.
After Housatonic cut the lead to 14-12 on a John Haddon 1-yard run, Johnson’s kickoff return for a TD extended the lead to 20-12. Ezequiel Ortiz’s second TD of the game in the third quarter and a two-point conversion run by Johnson extended the Tigerhawk lead to 14 points.
SMSA/University improves to 3-5 on the season and will host its final home game of the season on Friday against Canton at 6:30 p.m. at Dillon Stadium.
For Housatonic, which runs the run-oriented single-wing offense, Anthony Zucco and Doug Whipple each ran for 106 yards while Perrotti ran for 83 yards.
Tigerhawks grind out victory on the ground over Windsor Locks
WINDSOR LOCKS, Nov. 3 – The Sport Medicine Science Academy/University High football team got back on the winning track Saturday by running the ball well in a 29-12 victory over Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby. The Tigerhawks ran for 270 yards and three TDs, led by Ezequiel Ortiz with 120 yards and 1 TD on 26 carries.
The team’s leading rusher, QB Wilfredo Alicea, scrambled for 78 yards and a TD on 19 carries while Kadeen Johnson ran for a career-high 72 yards and 1 TD on 12 carries.
Sophomore Daunte Brinkley had a breakout game with an acrobatic 40-yard reception and touchdown on a third down and 15 play in the fourth quarter that helped the Tigerhawks (2-5) close the door on the Raiders. Brinkley led the team in tackles and forced a fumble. Offensively, he did an excellent job as a lead blocker.
The victory gave SMSA/University its second win in three games. The Tigerhawks will look to make it two straight victories when they host winless Housatonic/Wamogo (0-7) Saturday night at Dillon Stadium.
Inconsistent effort hurts Tigerhawks in loss to Bears
HARTFORD, Oct. 27 – The SMSA/University High football has shown all season that they can make plays. However, that effort has been inconsistent. “It’s sporatic,” a disappointed Graham Martin said after his Tigerhawks slipped to 1-5 following a 20-12 loss to Granby Saturday night at Dillon Stadium. “You have to come to play for 48 minutes and our kids are not doing that as of right now.”
The Tigerhawks got some fine rushing plays from QB Wilfredo Alicea, who scrambled for 15 and 19 yards on SMSA/University’s first scoring drive in the third quarter. He also had runs of 24 and 14 yards in the fourth quarter. Ezequeil Ortiz also scored on a pretty 55-yard touchdown pass from Alicea, breaking two tackles, racing down the sideline and then cutting back toward the middle of the field score a touchdown with 3:35 remaining in the game that cut Granby’s lead to eight points.
But on the other hand, the Tigerhawks had two turnovers, including a key fumble midway through the fourth quarter, trailed 20-0 at halftime and allowed the visiting Bears to convert twice on fourth down in the first half. SMSA gained just one first down on its first three drives.
“We’re disappointed,” Martin said. “(Granby) came out in the first half and did a great job against us. The second half was a different story but you can’t spot someone 20 points.”
Granby took the lead on a short five-play drive late in the first quarter. A short screen pass from Granby QB Curtis Fields to Caleb McCullin turned into a 57-yard gain down the left sideline to the Tigerhawk 10-yard line. Four plays later, Fields scored from the one-yard line for a 7-0 Granby lead.
Early in the second period, McCullin recovered a SMSA fumble at midfield and Granby marched downfield thanks to nice runs from freshman Dominic Pagano (15 yards), McCullin and Stephen Blake. The Bears took a 14-0 lead on a 14-yard TD pass from Fields to Pagano.
Granby extended its lead to 20-0 on a nice 12 play, 72 yard drive that ended with Kenneth Mouning pulling a 14-yard TD pass from Fields with 22 seconds left in the half. Granby converted three times on third down to keep the scoring drive alive.
SMSA/University got on the board with no time left on the clock in the third quarter on a one-yard run from Ortiz. Alicea completed a 16-yard pass to Daunte Brinkley to move the ball into Granby territory. On third down and 10, Alicea scrambled for a 19-yard gain to the Granby 25. Two plays later, Alicea scrambled 15 yards to the one.
On its next drive, Granby drove to the SMSA 10-yard line before the drive stalled. One play later, the Tigerhawks fumbled the ball away and the Bears were able to run off another two minutes. Granby had a first and goal on the 10 but couldn’t convert.
A 14-yard run from Alicea on third down kept SMSA’s drive alive before Alicea found Ortiz for the 55-yard touchdown reception with 3:35 left in the game. The conversion run failed and Granby led, 20-12. SMSA did get the ball back with 47 seconds left but didn’t get past their own 35-yard line before time expired.
Week 7 preview
Granby (2-3, 2-3 Pequot Uncas) at SMSA/University (1-4, 1-4) at Dillon Stadium, Hartford, 6:30 p.m. Granby faces a Tigerhawk team that continues to grow. SMSA/University had the lead in the fourth quarter against Coventry/Windham Tech before throwing an interception that was returned for a TD in a one-point loss. A week ago, the Tigerhawks earned their first win of the season with a 36-30 win over Stafford/East Windsor in double OT. Ezequiel Ortiz led SMSA with a career-high 166 yards and 2 TDs. Tigerhawk QB Wilfredo Alicea leads the offense. He has rushed for a team-leading 411 yards and 4 TDs while completing 33-of-85 passes for 445 yards and 4 TDs. His favorite target is Kayron Macon (20-328, 2 TDs). While Granby is still trying to get its running game on track, QB Curtis Fields has had success throwing the ball, completing 62-of-124 passes for 683 yards and 4 TDs. Ian Downey (18-219, 2 TDs), Ben Marlor (13-152) and Caleb McMullin (13-145, 1 TD) are the top receivers. The Bears need to reduce their turnovers. They have thrown six interceptions and lost seven fumbles. Series: Began 2011. SMSA/University leads, 1-0
Tigerhawks earn first win in double OT
HARTFORD, Oct. 20 – Stepping in for the injured Kayron Macon, Ezequiel Ortiz ran for a career-high 166 yards and 2 TDs to help lead SMSA/University to its first victory of the season with a 36-30 win over Stafford/East Windsor Saturday in double overtime at Dillon Stadium.
In overtime, each team gets the ball at the 25-yard line. The Tigerhawks (1-4) scored first on Wilfredo Alicea’s 1 yard run – his third TD of the afternoon. Ortiz scored on the two-point conversion to give SMSA/University an eight-point lead. But Stafford (1-4) tied the game with a four-yard TD run from QB Tom Ford and a two-point conversion caught by Zach Rollins from Ford.
In the second OT, Ortiz scored from the five-yard line. The Tigerhawks failed to convert on the two-point conversion but still led by six. SMSA/University’s Kadeem Johnson clinched the win when he made an open field tackle at the two-yard line.
The game was won on the ground. The Tigerhawks didn’t complete a pass but they were able to move the ball on the ground. Alicea ran for 43 yards and three TDs. A one-yard run in the fourth quarter by Alicea and a two-point run from Ortiz gave SMSA/University an eight-point lead.
But Stafford cut the lead to two points, 22-20 when Rollins pulled in his second TD pass of the afternoon, a 19-yard pass from Ford. Connor Hutchins’ two-point conversion pass tied the game at 22-22. Rollins caught nine passes for 209 yards for Stafford.
It’s the second OT game in Tigerhawk history and their second OT victory. SMSA/University beat Lewis Mills, 24-18 in the 2010 season.
Late interception dooms Tigerhawks
in 1-point loss
COVENTRY, Oct. 13 – For the first time this season, the Tigerhawks got off to a strong start and grabbed the lead. But some key mistakes hurt as Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton rallied for a 21-20 decision on Saturday. SMSA/University had a 14-point lead in the first quarter and a six-point lead in the fourth quarter but couldn’t close out the contest.
Tigerhawk QB Wilfredo Alicea ran for a team-high 123 yards and a touchdown. He also completed 15-of-27 passes for a career-high 212 yards and one TD. Kayron Macon pulled down 10 receptions for 177 yards and one touchdown. The 10 catches and 177 yards are both career highs for Macon.
SMSA/University (0-4, 0-4 Pequot Uncas) led 14-0 after one quarter on a 1-yard run by Alicea and a 40-yard touchdown reception by Macon from Alicea. The Patriots cut the lead to eight, 14-6, at halftime on a touchdown pass to Nathan Decker from Devan Valdez.
The Patriots tied the game on an 80-yard kickoff return from Kyle Wing and a successful two-point conversion run. SMSA/University extended its lead to 20-14 on a one-yard run from Macon. While the Tigerhawks missed the extra point, SMSA/University still held a six-point lead.
But Tommy Myers, the Patriots’ 6-foot-5, 240 tight end and linebacker, turned the game around. Myers, who will attend the University of Connecticut next year to play football, intercepted an Alicea pass and returned it 16 yards for a touchdown. Myers added the crucial extra point that made the difference.
Student is in critical but stable condition
HARTFORD, Oct. 6 – According to reports from the Republican American in Waterbury, the student who tried to commit an apparent suicide on Friday night in Winsted was listed in critical but stable condition on Saturday at the Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. The young boy is a student at Northwestern Regional and grief counselors were made available Saturday for students at Northwestern.
Too many mistakes for Tigerhawks in defeat
WINSTED, Oct. 5 – The Tigerhawks were able to move the football Friday night in their Pequot Conference game against Gilbert/Northwestern. But they couldn’t convert their opportunities into points and gave up some big plays on defense in a 35-0 defeat that left them at 0-3 on the season. “We made too many mistakes and they were self-inflicted. You have to come to play and you have to be a player,” SMSA coach Graham Martin said.
Tigerhawks fall to Gilbert, 35-0; Game stopped in fourth quarter
WINSTED, Oct. 5 – The Pequot Conference game between Gilbert/Northwestern and Sports Medicine Science Academy/University High was ended with 10:07 left in the fourth quarter after a young boy tried to commit suicide on The Gilbert School campus Friday night. The game was stopped and Van Why Field was cleared of players, officials and spectators because police said that the Life Star helicopter from Hartford Hospital was going to land on the field.
Life Star didn’t land on the field but landed in the parking lot of the old Winsted Memorial Hospital, which overlooks Van Why Field, and transferred the boy to Hartford Hospital. Police had no additional information to share on the boy’s condition immediately after the game had concluded. The head coaches of both teams were in agreement that the game should be ended. Gilbert/Northwestern was leading at the time, 35-0.
Tigerhawks play better in 2nd half in loss to Avon
HARTFORD, Oct. 1 – For the second straight week, a lackluster first half performance put the Sports Science Medicine Academy/University High football team on the defensive. The Tigerhawks gave up four TDs in the first half and trailed 28-0 at halftime. But SMSA/University played a much more inspired game in the second half in a 42-19 loss to Avon at Dillon Stadium Monday night.
“It was a tale of two halves,” Avon High coach Brett Quinion said. “I thought we played better in the first half. I give (SMSA/University) credit. They came out in the second half and punched us in the mouth. They were more physical.”
The Tigerhawks had two long drives in the second half. They scored on a 12-play, 65-yard drive in the third quarter and moved to the Avon three-yard line in the fourth quarter thanks to a 19-play, 74 yard march but didn’t score. Although, Avon stopped them, the Tigerhawks forced an Avon fumble and scored two plays later. In the game, SMSA University QB Wilfredo Alicea completed 9-of-26 passes for 148 yards and two TDs
Ellington's quick start is
too much for Tigerhawks
ELLINGTON, Sept. 22 – The 2012 campaign got off to a slow start as Ellington/Somers scored four TDs in the first quarter of a 47-7 decision on Saturday. Neil Janiga scored 3 TDs in the first quarter while Purple Knight QB John Lesile threw a pair of TD passes. Mistakes hurt the Tigerhawks, who snapped the ball over the head of QB Wilfredo Alicea four times in the first quarter, lost a fumble and had a punt blocked.
Kayron Macon led the Tigerhawks (0-1) with 75 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries while Alicea ran for a team-high 85 yards on seven carries. Alicea completed 4-of-12 passes for 19 yards.
Tigerhawks look to build on strong finish in 2011
HARTFORD, Sept. 15 – One year older. One year stronger.
The Tigerhawks co-op football team from Sport and Medical Sciences Academy and University High in Hartford had 12 players that graduated from last year’s squad that played a full schedule of Pequot Conference football a year ago.
But SMSA/University have some outstanding young men returning for another year with the Tigerhawks as the squad looks to improve on its 4-6 record from 2011. There are 58 players on the roster, an increase of 25 from the same time a year ago.
Veteran coach Graham Martin begins his fourth year at the helm of the Tigerhawks. “Our goal is every practice, every game just get better,” said assistant coach Dante Boffi. “Improve on one thing in every practice and every game.”
Last year, the Tigerhawks lost their first five games but they won four of their last five and played tough in a 32-26 loss to Enfield in their season finale. SMSA/University scored a team record 238 points in 10 games. “We had momentum from the end of the season,” Boffi said. “The guys put in some good work in the weight room to ensure they are ready to go. They effort and hard work has been off the charts.”
Several key players return including junior quarterback Wilfredo Alicea, who passed for 1,274 yards and 14 touchdowns a year ago and the Tigerhawk’s leading rusher with senior Kayron Macon (709 yards, 7 TDs). Junior running back Ezekial Ortiz (36-189, 1 TD) returns along with junior receiver Eloy Aguayo. Senior Doshua Rodan will anchor the offensive line as center.
Most players will play on both sides of the ball. Macon will start at linebacker with Rodan and Aguayo at defensive end and Ortiz as a defensive back. Sophomore linebacker Patrick Richards, senior defensive back Jonathan Cunningham and defensive end Daunte Brickley are expected to play well.
While the Tigerhawks coaching staff frowned on predicting the number of wins they can achieve, Boffi did say, “We want to complete to win with every team on our schedule. That is the player’s expectations and our expectations too.”
“We’re not a big team but we’re athletic,” Boffi said. “More and more we feel like a cohesive, balanced team. It takes time to build that.
The schedule is difficult from the start for SMSA/University, who face Ellington, the defending Pequot Uncas Division champion on Saturday on the road. Then the Hawks will face Avon, who has won 43 of 53 games in the past five years, Gilbert/Northwestern and Coventry/Windham Tech – all contenders for the Uncas Division crown and all CIAC playoff teams at least once in the past three years.
“It’s an opportunity right away to play against the guys who we will be competing against to win,” Boffi said. “It will be a good barometer to start the season.”
Sports Medicine Science Academy/University HS
Last year: 4-6, 4-6 Pequot Uncas
Coach: Graham Martin, 3rd year (8-16). Career 75-166-3
Key losses: All-Pequot WR Rashod Cauley (45-805 receiving, 12 TDs), DB Kiante Macon, LB Brian Knighton, RB Trenton Sheldon (transfer)
Top players: Sr. RB/LB Kayron Macon (98-709 rushing, 7 TDs); Sr. C/NT Dashua Roldan; Jr. QB Wilfredo Alicea (79-187, 1274 yards, 14 TDs, 10 interceptions); Jr. RB/DB Ezekial Ortiz, Jr. WR/DE Eloy Aguayo; So. WR/LB Patrick Richards; Sr. TE/DB Jonathan Cunningham; So. FB/DE Daunte Brinkley
Of note: Martin coached at Bulkeley for 23 years and led them to the Class LL championship game in 1991. He also coached in Canton for two years (2006-07) before coming to SMSA. … Scored school record 238 points in 2011, breaking the old record set in 1999 the first year of the team of 218. … Former Canton coach Roger Pearl joined the coaching staff as a line coach. … Martin, Boffi and Dennis D’Angelo are former Canton coaches.
Opening day milestones
Last win: 2004, Rocky Hill, 24-7
Biggest defeat: 2002, Montville, 43-0
Note: For the second straight year, the Tigerhawks get a bye on opening week and a date with a tough Ellington/Somers squad. The Purple Knights went undefeated (10-0) in the Pequot Sassacus Division last year, won their first league title and qualified for the Class M tournament. Ellington beat SMSA/University, 53-12. Despite losing 15 seniors, the Knights are still a tough, hard-nosed running team. … For SMSA, this is the third year of the co-op team with University High in Hartford.
Sport and Medical Science Academy/University High
Kadeem Johnson (21) looks to break a tackle in Friday night's game against Canton at Dillon Stadium.
Tigerhawk captains Laurne Williams (73), Wilfredo Alicea (7), Kadeem Johnson (21) and Paul Zabulis (58) before a recent game.