College football roundup: K.J. Smith has good day in CCSU win

Several former high school standouts are playing at the next level. Here’s a look at what they did Saturday:

K.J. Smith among team leaders in catches, yards at CCSU
Bristol Eastern standout K.J. Smith put together a nice day for Central
Connecticut State University football in its 26-10 road win over
in-state rival Sacred Heart University on Saturday.

Smith, a freshman, hauled in two passes for 89 yards, including a 58-yard gain.

is tied for second on the Blue Devils in receptions with 13. He leads
the team in receiving yards with 273 and averages 21 yards per catch.
His 58-yard gain Saturday is tied for the second longest reception on
the season for CCSU.

Nicol goes over 100 again on the ground for WCSU

Wolcott High School star Mike Nicol went over 100 yards on the ground
again for Western Connecticut State University in its 44-41 loss at
Worcester State on Saturday.

Nicol, a junior, ran 32 times for
101 yards and two touchdowns. Nicol caught five passes for 27 yards, and
he also handled the punting duties for the Colonials.

Bryan Ballenilla, who played for Wilby High School, had four tackles
and a sack. Former Bristol Eastern player Nick Crowley, a sophomore at
WCSU, had two tackles and a forced fumble. Kyle Porter, another former
Eastern player, had two tackles for the Colonials. Porter is a freshman.
Tucker Bachand, a junior from St. Paul, also played for WCSU in the

Mahan has a good game for Post

Post University sprint football team didn’t have a particularly good day
in a 27-0 loss at Mansfield University (Pennsylvania) on Saturday.

player who turned in a solid effort was senior captain Jay’Len Mahan,
who played for Wilby High School. Mahan had five catches for 80 yards in
the loss. Mahan leads the team with 26 catches for 459 yards. He has
one of Post’s two receiving touchdowns in what has been a trying year

Mahan and his fellow seniors play in their
final game on Halloween against Cornell University at LaMoy Field in
Waterbury. The game is scheduled for a noon kickoff.
On defense, freshman defensive lineman Tyler Johnson (Wolcott) had three tackles and a sack.