WEEK 9 FOOTBALL: Kennedy wins fourth straight; Cross, Central hang on by a point

The Kennedy football team reached the .500 mark (4-4) with its fourth straight win.
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Some local winning streaks stayed intact, a couple by the slimmest of margins, during Week 9 of the high school football season.

Kennedy blew away Wilby for its fourth straight victory (4-4). Holy Cross (6-2) and Bristol Central (3-5) each won their second straight game, but did so by just a single point. WCA (4-4) got past Derby for its second straight victory.

Here’s more of what happened in Week 9:


Daniel Rodriguez ran for 190 yards and two touchdowns (15, 49) on just nine attempts to lead the Eagles past the Wildcats (0-8).

Jaydon Lopez (2 yards), Julius Caban (8), Cam’ron Parker (5) and Sebastian Elizalde (3) also ran for touchdowns for Kennedy. Brendell Kelly put up a score for the Eagle defense with a pick-six.

Trent Stevens threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Elijah Banks and also ran for an 18-yard score for Wilby.


Marques Campbell had a big night on the ground on the road for the Crusaders that included three touchdowns, including the go-ahead score from 65 yards out. Drew Caouette and Ronald Florian hooked up for an 80-yard scoring pass. Nate Craft was 4 for 4 on extra points, and the last one turned out to be huge. Brady Gambee was a monster running the ball for Watertown (3-5), and he scored with under a minute left to get the Warriors to within 28-27. Watertown missed the PAT, and Holy Cross escaped with the win.


Donovan Rodriguez (35 carries, 107 yards) and Jayden Glasper (11-79) each found the end zone for the Rams in a tight home victory over the Blue Dragons.

Jack Jones had 13 tackles (three for loss), caused a fumble and recovered one. Caleb Simard tallied eight tackles and Aiden Lamarre added six tackles, and two crucial extra points on the Central touchdown runs. Ayden Pratt caused a fumble and Tayshawn Cauley recovered another.

WCA 20, DERBY 13

Mekheem Ambursley (14 yards) and Jameer Guest (2) ran for scores, and Ethan Blaize and Julian Snead hooked up for a 56-yard touchdown pass for the Spartans.


E.O. Smith 24, Bristol Eastern 14

  • The Lancers lost three fumbles in a tough road loss to the Panthers.

Bullard-Havens 18, Wilcox/Kaynor 10

  • Logan Stone ran for the lone touchdown, and Nicholas Barros converted a 34-yard field goal. Uzziah Nelson had 11 tackles while Jake Williams added nine tackles (sack). Alex Ortiz had eight tackles, Pat Lachance tallied seven tackles and a forced fumble, and Christian Kruger chipped in four tackles and fumble recovery.

Naugatuck 49, Crosby 18

  • Jeremiah Febus went over 100 yards on the ground (110, TD) and in the air (129, TD), and snared 11 tackles. Steve Dunbar ran for 132 yards on 17 carries and made six tackles on defense. Jayden Gerhard caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Febus, and Kalib Shaw had 11 tackles (2.5 for loss). The Bulldogs fell to 3-5.

GNH 49, Wolcott 14

  • Michael McCormack ran for a touchdown and caught another from Dan Polkowski for the Eagles (1-7), who dropped their fourth straight game.

Seymour 49, St. Paul 0

  • The Falcons (1-7) lost their fourth straight game.