As the high school football season rolls along, The Courant sports staff will match up each week of the current season with the highlights from the area scene on the same weeks 10, 15 and 20 years ago. Here are historical looks back at Weeks 1-6. We'll add a new chapter as each week of the current season unfolds:
Week 61998 [Oct. 23-25]
Andrew Pinnock rushed for 250 yards and five touchdowns as top-ranked Bloomfield passed the 60-point mark for the fourth time in six games by beating Wethersfield, 61-16. Bloomfield had won 18 consecutive games since the beginning of last season. The Warhawks were averaging 62.1 points a game and had allowed 43 points in six games. The 16 scored by Wethersfield was the most by an in-state team. Cranston (R.I.) East had 21 in the season opener. Pinnock had 17 touchdowns and 930 yards rushing. ... Brandon Banks rushed for 234 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries as Glastonbury defeated visiting Simsbury, 33-6. Banks had rushed for 917 yards so far this season and 1,996 in his career. ... Conard-West Hartford forced eight turnovers in a 42-14 victory over Weaver-Hartford. ... Craig Capurso ran for 290 yards and scored three touchdowns as Bristol Central defeated Bulkeley-Hartford. ... Reinaldo Soto ran for 203 yards and scored five touchdowns to lead Bristol Eastern to a victory over Southington.
1993 [Oct. 22-24]
Simsbury, ranked fifth in the state's coaches poll, remained undefeated with a 35-7 victory over Hall-West Hartford. Tim Eldridge ran for 147 yards, giving him 1,006 for the season. He also rushed for three touchdowns and caught a 31-touchdown pass on Simsbury's first possession. Eldridge, an All-State selection in 1992, rushed for 1,770 yards and scored a school record 23 touchdowns that season. ... Kahil Bell gained 144 yards on nine carries and scored once to help Bloomfield over Windsor. ... Wesley Jackson rushed for 187 yards and two touchdowns as Farmington defeated St. Paul at Muzzy field in Bristol. ... Marcus Campbell gained 239 yards and had three touchdowns as Stratford handed No. 6 Middletown it's first loss with a 35-26 victory in Middletown. ... Southington gained 171 of its 184 total yards in the second half in a 26-14 victory over Newington. ... Inspired by a pre-game flagpole dedication in memory of teammate Wally Monard Jr., who died of injuries suffered in a one-car accident the year before, Windham gave Manchester all it could handle in a 26-21 loss. Manchester moved to 6-0 after going 3-7 in 1992 and 13-28 the previous five years.
1988 [Oct. 21-23]
Top-ranked Middletown was stripped of two football victories because the team used an ineligible player at the beginning of the season. The forfeitures left the Blue Dragons with a 3-2 record. Middletown, the reigning Class MM champions, had won its first five games by a combined score of 217-64. The player, whom officials didn't name, played in the final minutes of the first two victories over Hillhouse-New Haven and Watertown. The player was ineligible for not attaining the required number of credits toward graduation at the close of the school, according to the CIAC regulations. Middletown discovered the mistake after the first two games and reported it immediately. The Blue Dragons lost 235 points in the playoff rankings and slide from second to 11th. ... Steve Mills passed for 166 yards and completed 13-of-18 passes, including a 42-yard touchdown pass to Pete Amera as Bristol Eastern defeated Platt-Meriden, 22-14. ... Senior tailback Steve Dunn rushed for a school-record 277 yards as Stafford shut down visiting Putnam. ... Marvin Fitzpatrick threw three touchdown passes and Ken Fort ran for 134 yards on 26 carries as Bristol Central beat Maloney at Ceppa field in Meriden. ... Seventeen games on the 51-game schedule on Oct. 22 were postponed due to heavy rains.
Week 51998 [Oct. 16-17]
Luis Sierra of Putnam tied a state record with seven touchdowns in a 69-6 win over Haddam-Killingworth. Sierra rushed for all seven scores, and finished with 173 yards. ... Glastonbury upset No. 7 Weaver in Hartford, 13-7. Matt Downing threw for a touchdown and kick field goals of 22 and 25 yards, and also knocked down two passes in the secondary. The win gave defending state champion Weaver its first loss in six games, dating back to 1997. ... Tolland quarterback Graham Scelfo and receiver Matt Powers connected on a 26-yard touchdown pass as time expired to give Tolland a 21-20 win over North Branford. ... Valley Regional's Young Douglas scored two touchdowns and rushed for 219 yards in a 40-0 win over Hyde. ... Chris Ott scored three touchdowns and kicked a field goal as North Haven defeated Guilford, 28-2. ... Jeremy Osakowicz threw for 205 yards and two touchdowns, both to Brent Lore (192 yards) in a 38-6 Berlin victory over Northwest Catholic. ... Bristol Eastern's Reinaldo Soto rushed for two touchdowns on 216 yards and had an interception return in a 33-7 win over Newington. ... Jason Coleman rushed for three touchdowns and 195 yards as Middletown defeated East Catholic/Cheney Tech, 34-8. ...Farmington's Aaron Stepka gained 205 yards and scored twice in a 55-32 win over Plainville. ... David Laferriere rushed for three touchdowns and 123 yards as Platt defeated Bulkeley, 33-0. ... Windham's Kareem Dawson scored three touchdowns on 149 rushing yards in a 35-18 win over Manchester.
1993 [Oct. 15-16]
Every time Manchester High scored a touchdown in 1993, its concession stand gave everyone in the audience a hot dog, fries and a soda. No one in the stands left hungry in a 56-21 win over Fermi-Enfield in which Manchester scored five touchdowns. ... Southington's Joe Scirocco, a 6-foot-1, 261-pound fullback, rushed for two touchdowns and 138 yards in a 14-0 win over Bristol Central. "It kind of helps when you out-weigh everyone by 100 pounds," he said. ... Luke LaFlamme ran for two touchdowns and 240 yards as Putnam defeated Gilbert-Winsted, 27-12. ... Hartford Public's Greg Bartlett ran for three touchdowns and 116 yards in a 52-8 win over Enfield. ... Joe Maisto's 27-yard field goal through the fog with 29 seconds left gave No. 1 Cheshire a 9-7 win over No. 6 Hamden. ... Greg Gagne ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns and finished with 235 yards rushing as Wolcott beat Watertown, 25-14. ... Bydrow Williams and Gary Pendleton each scored three touchdowns, and Tom Bingham passed for three as Ledyard beat East Lyme, 43-6. ...Devin Sullivan scored four touchdowns as Guilford defeated Law-Milford, 37-6.
1988 [Oct. 14-15]
Shawn Miller scored three touchdowns and three conversions as Windsor defeated Bloomfield, 52-20. It was Windsor's first game since defensive back Norman Edwards passed away of cardiac arrest during an Oct. 5 practice. Tyrone Kimber also scored two touchdowns, and John Robinson had three sacks. "It was a heckuva dedication," said Windsor coach Phil Kearney. ... Patrick Kenny bounced a 40-yard field goal off the crossbar and through the uprights with six seconds remaining as Glastonbury defeated Conard, 22-20. Kenny, who missed a third-quarter extra-point attempt said: "I didn't really want to kick it. But I had to." ... Jay DelGrosso scored three touchdowns and a conversion as Berlin won at Stonington, 22-0. ... No. 1 Middletown scored 53 first-half points in a 60-7 win over Plainville. ... Bristol Eastern scored 21 unanswered third-quarter points to defeat Bulkeley, 21-14. ... Jason Donahue rushed for two touchdowns and threw for two scores as Rockville defeated Hartford Public, 45-6. ... Bruce Ashley scored three touchdowns in East Lyme's 18-0 win over Killingly.
Week 41998 [Oct. 9-10]
Bloomfield, ranked No. 1 in The Courant's coaches poll, crushed Windsor, 83-6. Running back Jermelle Lewis, the All-State Player of the Year, had 138 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries and also scored a fourth on an 18-yard pass from Tony Lucas. The Warhawks recorded 428 yards on offense 315 on the ground. ... Darrion Williams rushed for 303 yards and three touchdowns as Hartford Public beat Enfield, 38-7. ... Platt's David Laferriere scored three touchdowns in a 39-0 shutout at Bristol Central.
1993 [Oct. 8-9]
Mandisah David rushed for 116 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries as New Britain defeated Bulkeley, 28-14. It was the first big game for David, who had the unfortunate distinction of replacing future New England Patriots safety Tebucky Jones at running back. "He's not Tebucky, but he's quick, fast and runs hard," New Britain coach Len Corto said. ... Hartford Public running back Gregg Bartlett tallied 242 rushing yards and a touchdown on 10 carries, but the Owls fell to East Hartford, 20-14. ... Scott Harkins scored three rushing touchdowns and returned a kick for a fourth to help Conard beat Bloomfield, 31-16. ... Middletown's Duane Self had a 67-yard touchdown run and Aries Shields had an 85-yard touchdown reception in a 51-6 rout of St. Paul.
1988 [Oct. 7-8]
Windsor defensive back Norman Edwards collapsed and died during Wednesday's practice after taking a blow to the chest. Edwards, an 18-year-old senior later discovered to have an enlarged heart, made a tackle and was in a pile-up before collapsing. He died at St. Francis Hospital an hour and a half after contact and was believed to be the fourth athlete in Connecticut high school football history to die of football-related injuries. The game against Conard was postponed to Nov. 23. ... Enfield's Brad Tweedlie batted away a lateral with over a minute left and returned it for a touchdown in a 20-7 win over Hartford Public. ... Glastonbury defeated Bloomfield, 27-0, to increase its scoreless streak to four games.
Week 31998 [Oct. 2-4]
Andrew Pinnock ran for four touchdowns and averaged 15 yards a carry to lead The Courant's No. 1 team, Bloomfield, to a 61-0 victory over Avon. ... Southington and Conard combined for 850 yards and attempted 72 passes in a 23-14 victory for the Blue Knights before 1,500 at Fontana Field. ... Cheshire, the No. 2 team in The Courant's ratings, saw Jay Dellaselva rush for 202 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-0 defeat of Guilford. ... Reinaldo Soto rushed for 260 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries to help Bristol Eastern defeat Hall-West Hartford, 27-0. Soto ran for scores of 74, 73 and 47 yards to help push his season totals to 635 yards and nine touchdowns. ... Matt Downing passed for four touchdowns and ran for another to get Glastonbury a 48-15 victory against Wethersfield. ... Bryan Hines rushed for 175 yards and a touchdown as Morgan-Clinton defeated Hyde-New Haven, 42-22. ... Michael Whitney had 201 yards on 23 carris and touchdowns of 65 and 5 yards to lead St. Paul-Bristol past E.O. Smith 31-28.
1993 [Oct. 1-3]
Tim Eldridge ran for 242 yards and four touchdowns on 32 carries as Simsbury narrowly beat South Windsor, 28-27. It was the second time in three weeks that Eldridge had rushed for more than 200 yards. .... In Jack Cochran's second season, Bloomfield defeated Farmington 14-7 to go to 3-0 for the best start in the program's history. .... Scott Harkins rushed for 168 yards and two first half touchdowns to lead Conard past Windham, 26-8. ... Greg Lint ran for 245 yards and three touchdowns, and had an interception, to lead Bristol Central over St. Paul. ... Manchester recorded its third consecutive shutout as the Indians improved to 3-0 for the first time since 1983 with a 12-0 win over East Hartford. The victory marked the first time fifth-year coach Mike Masse had beaten East Hartford. ... Cheshire, the top team in The Courant's ratings, defeated Derby, 46-0.
1988 [Sept. 30-2]
Fullback Tom Maselek rushed for 148 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries as Newington defeated New Britain, 26-7. ... Windham suffered its ninth straight loss at the hands of Maloney-Meriden. Matt Sosnowski and K.R. Armstrong scored on a pair of 6-yard runs. ... Glastonbury kept Wethersfield scoreless to for its third straight shutout of the season. ... The top-ranked Blue Dragons of Middletown continued to dominate with a victory over Bunnell-Stratford. Middletown averaged more than 35 points in each of its first three games. ... Eighth-ranked New London came back from 13 down in the second half to defeat East Lyme, 14-13.
Week 21998 [Sept. 25-26]
After winning just one game in its first two seasons under head coach Bill Baccaro a win that snapped a 52-game losing streak the East Catholic/Cheney Tech-Manchester co-op defeated Northwest Catholic-West hartford, 41-13, to improve to 2-0. "The whole mood is different," Baccaro said. "We went through some long suffering, but that's behind us and we are focusing on the present." ... Fermi-Enfield scored twice in the final 6:30 to tie Windsor, 36-36, in a game that featured over 800 yards of offense. Quarterback Jeff Mayo went 20-for-27 with 365 yards and four touchdowns for Fermi. ... Two-time All-State running back Darrion Williams faked a 35-yard punt, instead picking up 13 yards and a first down in the fourth quarter to give Hartford Public an 8-6 win over Windham.
1993 [Sept. 24-25]
Haddam-Killingworth ended its 17-game losing streak with an 18-7 win over Windsor Locks/Suffield. "This is the best program I've had in five years," head coach Pat Scelza said. ... Windham, which fell to Newtown in the Class MM final in 1992 and lost 10 of 11 offensive starters, avenged its lone regular-season defeat from the previous year with a 17-14 win over Hartford Public. "You established your own identity tonight," coach Brian Crudden told his team. ... Sophomore running back Rahshon Spikes ran for 231 yards as Maloney defeated Hall, 32-15.
1988 [Sept. 23-24]
Top-ranked Middletown took a 43-0 lead for the second consecutive week and defeated Watertown, 43-14. The Blue Dragons finished with 424 total yards, including 142 rushing from Dario Highsmith. ... Berlin quarterback Jay DelGrosso rushed for three touchdowns and caught a fourth as Berlin defeated Northwest Catholic, 46-0, in West Hartford. ... Conard tallied 451 total yards and ended defending Class LL champion East Hartford's 10-game winning streak with a 28-8 home win. ... Enfield was responsible for all the scoring in a 6-4 win over Farmington, scoring twice on field goals and getting sacked twice in its own end zone.
Week 11998 [Sept. 18-19]
Jamel Riddle had 336 total yards and three touchdowns as Platt-Meriden tied Ledyard, 33-33. ... Brandon Banks (188 yards, 22 carries) and Matt Downing (104 yards, seven carries) each scored twice as Glastonbury defeated Rockville, 35-6. ... Jason Hayes scored three touchdowns and accounted for 192 yards of total offense for Conard-West Hartford in a 41-0 win over Newington. ... Jelani Smith rushed for 127 yards, and scored on a 91-yard run, and a 20-yard interception return as Hall-West Hartford defeated Bristol Central, 30-0. ... Chris Fote tossed three touchdown passes to Mike Sitaro as Wethersfield defeated South Windsor, 27-6.
1993 [Sept. 17-18]
Lamont McCown had four touchdowns, including a 90-yard kick return, as Hillhouse-New Haven defeated Cheney Tech-Manchester, 28-22. ... Bristol Central's Greg Lynt scored three touchdowns and intercepted two passes in a 31-14 win over Hall-West Hartford. ... Steven Dodge threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns as Housatonic-Falls Village defeated Windsor Locks, 35-24. ... Don Paole rushed for three touchdowns and 156 yards as Glastonbury defeated Rockville, 33-0. ... Maloney-Meriden's Rahshon Spikes rushed for 173 yards, scored a touchdown, and converted four two-point conversions in a 38-16 win over East Hartford. ... Tim Eldridge rushed for 213 yards and two touchdowns as Simsbury defeated defending Class LL champions New Britain, 42-34. Mike Hood threw two touchdown passes as the Trojans denied the Hurricanes their 600th victory.
1988 [Sept. 16-17]
Joel Rodgers booted a North Branford and Coast League record 46-yard field goal in a 9-0 win over Wilby-Waterbury. ... Dan Hynes hit a 32-yard field goal with six seconds remaining to cap an 11-point fourth quarter as Newington defeated Conard, 11-10. ... Dario Highsmith, Haywood Oliver and Tyrone Speller combined for seven touchdowns as No. 1 Middletown defeated Hillhouse, 43-14. ... Jamal Johnson scored the go-ahead touchdown on a two-yard run with 1:58 remaining, and then kicked the extra point as New London ended East Catholic's 16-game winning streak in a 7-6 victory. "They had a long win streak — 16 games," Johnson said. "Now, they're 16-1."