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Posted Oct 9, 2019

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Week 6

A Squad

Two long touchdown passes from Nick Fox to Michael Seward was not enough as HK A squad takes their first loss of the season. The Cougars struck first when Michael Seward capped off a long drive with a 15 yd run. However, Rocky Hill scored quickly to make the score 8-7. After a Rocky Hill fumble forced by Seward with a heads up recovery by Clark Burleson midway through the 2nd quarter, the cougars were poised to take back the lead. They did just that with 1:46 remaining when Fox (178 passing yds, 3TDs) found Seward (17 touches, 231 yds, 3TDs) for an 85 yard touchdown pass that went over the outstretched arms of the safety. Seward outran everybody to the endzone. Rocky Hill did find a way to score before the half to put them ahead 21-16.

The defense put up a valiant effort lead by Ben Cozean (7 tackles) Noah Conlon (8 tackles) and Cooper Pitts (3 tackles). HK defense was more stout in the second half but HK had 3 turnovers on the day, two of which were in the red zone. With Rocky Hill leading 35-16, the cougars put up two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. One from Fox to Seward for 35 yds and the other a 12 yd pass to Cooper Savoy (2 catches, 42 yds, 1TD) from Fox. The Cougars came up short on the last onside kick of the game after Clark Burleson and Wyatt Solosky raced downfield. The Cougars (5-1) go on the road to take on Wethersfield this week.

Here are the game Highlights

 
Week 5

A Squad

Two touchdown passes from Fox to Savoy lead the way for the Cougars A Squad 32-7 victory over Vernon. Vernon chose to receive the ball putting the Cougars on defense to start. After four consecutive run plays that netted 6 yards for the Vipers, they turned the ball over on downs to give the Cougars the ball. HK started with a couple run plays by Michael Seward (6 car, 112 yds, 2 TD) putting the Cougars in striking distance at the Vernon 30 yd line. That is when Nick Fox (116 yds passing for 2 TDs) found Clark Burleson (3 rec, 48 yds) on the left sideline and with his shifty run put the Cougars on the 12 yd line. As has happened frequently this season, a Burleson reception leads to a Michael Seward touchdown that saw 4 Vipers have a chance but could not corral him on the right side. After another quick possession by Vernon, the Cougars went on the attack with the passing game.

A possession that saw receptions by Burleson and Seward put the Cougars on the 10 yd line. Fox dropped back to pass and didn't like what he saw downfield, so he took the daylight opened by the offensive line led by Sully Rock, Wyatt Solosky, Cooper Pitts, Chris Frasco and Luke Dooley and turned upfield for the 10 yd TD run. The terrifying trio of Cozean (8 tackles) Conlon (7 tackles) and Seward (6 tackles) were glad to have Peter Guarino back this week (5 tackles, 2 sacks) as Peter's hard-nosed play put him around ball carriers all day. On the next Cougar possession they faced some adversity with a 30 yd td run by Seward called back by penalty. The Cougars showed real grit as that type of penalty could deflate a team but Fox found Savoy on a slant pattern for a 31 yd TD, which capped the first half with the Cougars leading 20-0.

The second half started with the Vipers trying an onside kick that was deftly vacuumed up by the sure handed Chris Frasco. The Cougar drive started around midfield and ended with a 15 yd TD pass from Fox to Savoy which was aided by the blocking tackles of Cozean and Conlon. The Vipers were able to find the endzone on the next drive with a touchdown pass from the quarterback to wide-receiver making the score 26-7.

The Cougars secondary, led by Eric Vincent, Clark Burleson, Sully Rock, and Chase Smalley only allowed two receptions on the day. The Cougars next drive was a quick one as Seward took the handoff from Fox off the left side and outran everyone to the endzone. The Vipers tried to come right back, but the relentless and ongoing pursuit of ball carriers by Ben Cozean, Noah Conlon, Cooper Pitts, with linebackers Nick Fox, Peter Guarino, and Cooper Savoy lending a hand, shut down the Vipers quickly. The game did end in an exciting fashion as a handoff up the middle was taken by Conlon where he broke two tackles and was eventually brought down 35 yards later by the lone Viper between him and the endzone. The 32-7 victory moved the Cougars to 5-0, setting up a showdown between the 5-0 Cougars and the 5-0 Rocky Hill Terriers this week at KRP. Here is the highlight video

 
Week 3

A Squad

The Cougars score again in the opening minutes to take an early lead and never look back. On Sunday the HK Cougars A squad squared off with the East Hampton Hawks. The early 70 yd touchdown run by Michael Seward (6 carries 151 yds, 1 catch 25yds, 3TD's) was aided by some thunderous blocks by the bruising duo of Noah Conlon and Ben Cozean. Four plays later, Cozean blocked the punt by East Hampton and the ball was recovered on their 23 yard line. The drive started well with a quick strike from Nick Fox (6/12 passes for 95 yds, 1 TD) to Eric Vincent (1 catch, 5 yds). From there the Cougars couldn't connect on their next three passes and turned the ball over. After the teams trade a few three and outs the Cougars got going again with a nice punt return by Clark Burleson for 28 yds (2 returns, 62 yds). After a couple of nifty runs by Nick Fox (4 rushes, 46 yds) and a nice catch and run on a slant by Cooper Savoy (4 rec, 68 yds), the Cougars were in business when Fox hit Seward with a quick swing pass that Seward cutback and scored on.

The second half saw East Hampton find some success with some strong running by their Fullback #16. The Cougars stayed strong and had a bend but don't break attitude for much of the half. After the first East Hampton drive stalled deep in Cougar territory, the Cougars started fast with the longest pass of the day from Fox to Savoy who made a great catch in stride moving the Cougars to midfield. On the same drive, Noah Conlon (1 car, 50yds) ran off the left side with Chris Frasco and Luke Dooley leading the way on a punishing run that saw some broken tackles up the sideline before turning back in for the TD. East Hampton was undeterred and scored on their next drive on a 25 yd touchdown pass. As the Cougars have done all year, they scored on their next possession after their opponent scores. The drive was set up by another shifty return by Clark Burleson. The ensuing play saw lead blocking by Conlon and Cozean with the addition of the right side of the line (Cooper Pitts, Sully Rock and Carlee Harwood) that allowed Seward to run 50 yds up the sideline. However, the Cougars weren't done as Sullivan Rock on the next East Hampton pass intercepted the ball and took it to the house as he had a caravan of blockers consisting of Cozean and Seward. The final score was 39-7.

There were many contributors on Sunday with all players recording at least one tackle. (Cozean 7 tkl, Seward 6 tkl, Conlon 6 tkl, Fox 4 tkl, Savoy 3 tkl, Pitts 3 tkl, Burleson 2 tkl, Rock 2 tkl, Dooley, 2 tkl) Additionally Nick Fox added his second QB sneak for a TD on the day and Ben Cozean and Wyatt Solosky (kick) added to point after touchdowns. The Cougars moved to 3-0 on the season and will be taking on the North Branford Thunderbirds this Sunday, September 29th at 11am. Here are the game highlights


 
Week 4

A Squad

Cougars A squad win a thrilling 22-20 victory over North Branford-Durham with 22 unanswered points in the second half to move to 4-0. The game started like many others have for the Cougars this season, as Noah Conlon made a nice tackle to get a stop on fourth down. On the Cougar possession, they were able to move the ball, but were set back by various penalties, forcing a punt. With the teams trading possessions after that, on the following drive the Thunderbirds found pay dirt with a 60-yard touchdown pass, which gave the Cougars their first deficit of the year. The Cougars offense sputtered on their next drive and turned the ball over on downs, setting up a long touchdown drive by the Thunderbirds.

The first half scoring was capped, when on that Thunderbirds drive, they again threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to their tight end making the score 14-0. With only 46 seconds remaining in the first half, the Cougars went into their 2- minute offense and put up a valiant effort with a 23-yard connection from Fox to Savoy, to set the Cougars up on the 5-yard line. The ensuing play would see the Cougars stopped at the one-yardline as time expired in the first half.

This 14-point halftime deficit represented the biggest deficit these players have faced, as many of them have not lost a regular season game in four years. The resilience of this Cougars squad was tested early in the second half. On the opening kick-off, the Cougars fumbled the ball and North Branford/Durham recovered. Three plays later, their championship caliber resolve shone through as Ben Cozean recovered a fumble at mid-field. The Cougars got back in the game by putting together a relentless drive of hard nosed run by Michael Seward (12 car, 148 yds, 3 TDs) and Ben Cozean ( 4 car 14 yds) culminating with a 28 yard run on the right side by Michael Seward leaving a trail of would be tacklers diving at his ankles. The PAT would make the score 14-8.

The HK defense really stepped up in the second half led by the tenacious trio of Conlon ( 10 tackles) Cozean (9 tackles) and Seward(9 tackles) and when the Thunderbirds managed to get past them Sullivan Rock (3 tackles) Cooper Savoy (3 tackles) and Nick Fox (3 tackles) were there to shut them down. On the next Cougar possession, the offensive line consisting of Chris Frasco, Wyatt Solosky, Cooper Pitts, Luke Dooley and Sullivan Rock made some devastating blocks, while Seward and Conlon (3 car, 21 yds) dragged tacklers on back to back punishing 15 yd runs.

This allowed Seward to find the endzone off the right side from 8 yds out. The PAT was missed making the score 14-14. With North Branford/ Durham deep in their own end the defensive tackle rotation of Michael Broccoli, John O' Brien, Wyatt Solosky and Carlee Harwood did an admirable job of clogging up the middle allowing the Cougars to get the ball back quickly for their go ahead drive. Two plays later, Michael Seward ran a 28 yd cutback run from right to left completing the comeback. The game was not over though.

The Cougars still had to complete the crucial PAT. With the score 20-14 Chase Smalley did a fantastic job getting the ball down on the hold, allowing Michael Seward to put the ball through the uprights for the decisive score putting the Cougars ahead for good at 22-14. The Thunderbirds did score a late Touchdown but their late comeback attempt come up short when the PAT was missed wide right with the final score 22-20.


B Squad

The HK B squad had a bye week. They also travel to Rocky Hill this Sunday.


C Squad

The 2-2 Cougars C squad had a Sunday afternoon match-up with undefeated and current number 1 seed North Branford Thunderbirds. The HK offense uncharacteristically struggled to move the ball consistently through out the contest. On the defensive side of the ball, the struggles continued as the Thunderbirds were able to put up 34 points (HK's defense had given up just 21 combined points its previous 3 games). Final score North Branford 34 HK 0. The Cougars coaches hope to use this game as a learning experience for its young team and couldn't be prouder of the players for their effort, enthusiasm, coachability, accountability, camaraderie and sportsmanship they've displayed on a weekly basis. The 2-2 C squad HK COUGARS will travel to 2-2 Rocky Hill next in an attempt to get back on winning track.

 
Week 2

A Squad

An early special teams touchdown by Cooper Savoy led the Cougars A squad in a day of big plays against the East Hartford Hornets. The East Hartford Hornets, who have won 21 out of their last 22 games, were overmatched early by a series of turnovers and long touchdown runs. Three plays after the heads up Savoy touchdown, Clark Burleson read the ball well to make the first of his 2 interceptions and returned the ball to the Hornets 30. On the next play, the Cougar's Michael Seward (7 carries, 108yds. 3 TDs) ran off the left side with Luke Dooley, Chris Frasco and John O'Brien blocking for a 30 yard touchdown run. On the ensuing kickoff, Clark Burleson once again found himself in the fray, coming up with a Hornets fumble. The Cougars capitalized on the next play with a 39 yard touchdown run off the left side by Noah Conlon (12 carries, 66 yds. 1 TD) slipping tackles and putting the Cougars up 22-0. The Hornets came back with a quick 45 yard touchdown drive. On the following kickoff, Michael Seward powered his way to an 80 yard return for a touchdown.

To start the second half, East Hartford scored a touchdown on a 4 yard run in spite of the great effort by Cooper Pitts, Carlee Harwood and Wyatt Solosky. On the next Cougar possession, Michael Seward had a 38 yard run to move the ball to the Hornets 5 yard line. Nick Fox plunged into the middle for a touchdown led by the blocking of Wyatt Solosky and Sullivan Rock. East Hartford returned the following kickoff for a touchdown making the score 36-19. A 38 yard pass from Seward to Burleson put the ball in Hornet's territory. Seward then scored on a 20 yard cutback run for a final score of 44-25.

The Cougar defense was stout all day, led up front by the continuous pressure and relentless pursuit on the quarterback by Ben Cozean (3 sacks, 8 tackles and 1 blocked kick). Noah Conlon (4 tackles) and Michael Seward (5 tackles) were dominate at the defensive ends. Cooper Savoy, Nick Fox and Peter Guarino combined for a strong linebacker core. The secondary was led by Clark Burleson and the great run support by Eric Vincent (4 tackles) and Chase Smalley. The Cougars move to 2-0 on the season. Here is the highlight video

The Haddam Killingworth Youth Football teams took to the road again this week, traveling down the road to Coginchaug High School's turf field. B, C and D squads took on the Durham Falcons while HK's A squad battled East Hartford.

A special teams touchdown by Cooper Savoy led the Cougars A squad in a day of big plays against the East Hartford Hornets. The Hornets, who have won 21 out of their last 22 games, were overmatched early by a series of turnovers and long touchdown runs. Three plays after the heads up Savoy touchdown, Clark Burleson read the ball well to make the first of his 2 interceptions and returned the ball to the Hornets 30. On the next play, the Cougar's Michael Seward (7 carries, 108yds. 3 TDs) ran off the left side with Luke Dooley, Chris Frasco and John O'Brien blocking for a 30 yard touchdown run. On the ensuing kickoff, Clark Burleson once again found himself in the fray, coming up with a Hornets fumble. The Cougars capitalized on the next play with a 39 yard touchdown run off the left side by Noah Conlon (12 carries, 66 yds. 1 TD) slipping tackles and putting the Cougars up 22-0. The Hornets came back with a quick 45 yard touchdown drive. On the following kickoff, Michael Seward powered his way to an 80 yard return for a touchdown.

To start the second half, East Hartford scored a touchdown on a 4 yard run in spite of the great effort by Cooper Pitts, Carlee Harwood and Wyatt Solosky. On the next Cougar possession, Michael Seward had a 38 yard run to move the ball to the Hornets 5 yard line. Nick Fox plunged into the middle for a touchdown led by the blocking of Wyatt Solosky and Sullivan Rock. East Hartford returned the following kickoff for a touchdown making the score 36-19. A 38 yard pass from Seward to Burleson put the ball in Hornet's territory. Seward then scored on a 20 yard cutback run for a final score of 44-25.

The Cougar defense was stout all day, led up front by the continuous pressure and relentless pursuit on the quarterback by Ben Cozean (3 sacks, 8 tackles and 1 blocked kick). Noah Conlon (4 tackles) and Michael Seward (5 tackles) were dominate at the defensive ends. Cooper Savoy, Nick Fox and Peter Guarino combined for a strong linebacker core. The secondary was led by Clark Burleson and the great run support by Eric Vincent (4 tackles) and Chase Smalley. The Cougars move to 2-0 on the season.


B Squad

It was a tough Sunday for the Cougars B squad as they took on the Durham Falcons. Durham scored quickly in the first quarter making it an uphill battle for HK right out of the gate. Quarterback Josiah Bourne helped the Cougars get on the board with a handoff touchdown pass to Hunter Roth. HK gave up a few possessions due to interceptions but never gave up. The Cougars added six more points in the second half when Hunter Roth ran in for another touchdown. Ultimately, HK fought hard but came up short to Durham. Final score Durham 19 HK 12.


C Squad

The Cougar C squad offense came alive in their game against the Durham Falcons. Behind strong line play from Kyle House, Owen Hill, Willy Sulzbach and Evan O'Neal, the Cougar offense gained 392 yards in the game. Leading the offense were quarterback Lucas Norko (65 passing yards with a TD and 5-51-1 rushing), fullback Noah Soucie (8-123-1) and tailback Marcel Inkel (3-103-1). Also scoring cougar TD'S were Trevor Powell, Tim Hickman and Kyle House. The Cougar defense was solid all game long holding the Falcons to 68 yards total for the game. Defensive leaders for the day included Soucie, Hickman, Miles Norko, Evan Vincent and Aiden Russo. The final score HK 38 Durham 7.


D Squad

D squad's "Mighty Eight" showed all the grit and determination needed to win a hard fought battle. The game didn't start the way they had hoped with a couple guys getting banged up and the defense not able to make a stop. Each team scored on their first possession of the game. The Durham Falcons scored on their second series to take a 13-7 lead. The Cougar offense turned the ball over on back to back plays, each followed by a Falcons scoring drive to put their backs against the wall. The lone bright spot in the first half was a massive 53yd touchdown run from Maddox McNamara. Back to full strength, the offense showed late in the first half that they would be a force to be reckoned with the rest of the game. They drove the ball down to the one yard line on a two minute drill but a fumbled snap foiled that scoring attempt. The halftime score 26-7.

Offense got the ball to start the second half and scored on a long touchdown run from Isaac Edwards and cut the deficit 26-13 with the failed extra point attempt. It was the defense's turn to show that the first half wasn't their brand of football, and they did just that. Quickly stopping the Falcons offense and getting the ball, and momentum back to the offense. This series featured an over excited group of guys that couldn't get going after a few fumbled snaps and a fumbled exchange the ball was back over on downs to the Falcons. The defense once again showed that there is no quit in this team, forcing a turnover on downs. A fourth down touchdown run from Edwards and the successful PAT cut the lead down to 26-20 midway through the 4th quarter. With time running short the defense needed to make a play for the offense to have a chance, and they did just that. With a fumbled snap rolling around on the ground, McNamara pounced on the loose ball. Cougars offense took over around midfield with about 6 minutes remaining. Behind strong inside running from Michael Hardgrove and great blocking up front the Cougars were down inside the 5 yard line just inside of 2 minutes when the Falcons called a time out. After a couple unsuccessful attempts from the 1 yard line, the Cougars called the QB sneak with Jacob House. With a strong push up with middle, House was in for the tying touchdown with 44 seconds remaining. The Cougars needed the PAT to take the lead and turned to Edwards, who churned out a tough 3 yards to secure the lead. Comeback complete. Defense took the field and made a couple big plays before the clock hit 00:00. Final score HK 27 Durham 26.

The Haddam Killingworth Youth Cougars host South Windsor in their first homestand of the season this Sunday. Home games are held at Killingworth Recreational Park on Parker Hill Rd. Games this weekend are as follows:

9 am: B squad

11 am: A squad

1 pm: C squad

3 pm: D squad

 
Week 1

HK Cougars traveled to the New Hartford Wolverines to open the season on Sunday, September 8th.

A Squad

The Cougars A Squad's offense was impressive, scoring 4 times in the first half with 3 running and 1 receiving touchdowns. The Cougars defense dominated, holding their opponents to a single scoring drive. Unfortunately, the game will go down in the books as a forfeit with a 7-0 win for HK, since the Wolverines did not have enough eligible players. The Cougars started the season off strong and will face a tough East Hartford team next Sunday. The highlight video is here:


B Squad

HK B squad defense held New Hartford to 207 yards but ultimately was too much to handle, losing the tough game 20-6. New Hartford drove down the field on their first drive to go up 7-0. HK ended up throwing an interception on their first drive to allow New Hartford to go up 14-0 at half time. HK drove the ball 51 yards to start the second half but ended up fumbling the ball at New Hartford's 16 yard line. HK B squad never gave up and the defense stopped New Hartford to get the ball back for the offense. HK put another long drive together and ended up in the end zone to put 6 on the scoreboard. New Hartford running game was tough for the Cougars defense to handle and New Hartford scored their final touchdown to end the game, 20-6. The Cougars offense had 200 yards on the day with 8 different players helping for that yardage. Final score New Hartford 20 HK 6.


C Squad

In a defensive battle, New Hartford would take a 7-0 lead at halftime over the HK C squad. The Cougars would close the gap late in the 3rd quarter with a 3 yard run by quarterback Lucas Norko. After a failed conversion, the score remained 6-7 heading into the 4th quarter. In a battle against the clock, HK would put one last drive together but would run out of time deep in wolverine territory. The cougars were led offensively by Lucas Norko 5-8 56 yards passing. Tim Hickman grabbed three of those passes for 46 yards and Trevor Powell also caught a pass for 17 yards. The defensive unit was led by Noah Soucie, Hickman, Kyle House, Evan Vincent, Evan O'Neal and a host of other Cougar tacklers. Final score New Hartford 7 HK 6.


D Squad

The HK Cougars D Squad traveled north to face the Bloomfield Raiders D Squad at Bloomfield High School. The offense, orchestrated by Jacob House (#92), came out strong behind a big performance from Isaac Edwards (#36), who accumulated 4 TD's on the day. Michael Hardgrove (#21) converted the extra points on 3 of the 4 Td's. The offensive line play anchored by Arlo Downing (#29), Jaxon Frith (#73), and Jaden Donkor (#79) kept Edwards and Hardgrove running free through the Raiders defense. The Cougars defense was stingy for the entirety of the contest behind strong performances from Dane Rich (#35) from his linebacker position, and Maddox McNamara (#62) from his tackle position. With a final score of HK Cougars 27 and Bloomfield Raiders 0, the Cougars D squad is off to a strong start on the season.

The Cougars will look to build on their strong performance this Sunday against the Durham Falcons.

 
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