Friday, October 6, 2017
Maconaquah High School
Southwood High School
The Southwood Knights celebrated Senior Night with a 45-7 win over the Maconaquah Braves Friday evening in Three Rivers Conference action. The win sets up the TRC Championship next week with Southwood traveling to Northfield. Maconaquah, now 2-6, will travel to Manchester. The Squires (3-5) upset the previously once-beaten Rochester Zebras, 28-26. Maconaquah defeated Manchester two years ago, rallying from a 27-7 deficit to take a 28-27 TRC playoff win.
The Carson Blair-Peyton Trexler duo was too much for the Braves as the seniors teamed up for four TD passes in the first half in racing to a 38-0 lead at intermission.
Blair, the state’s second-leading passer, hit Trexler with a 20-yard scoring strike with less than two minutes gone in the third period making it 45-0 as the hosts scored on their first seven possessions. Blair finished the night hitting on 16 of 23 passes good for 404 yards and six touchdowns before turning it over to the reserves in the fourth quarter.
The Knight defense kept Maconaquah from reaching midfield until late in the first half and watched Brave punter Ethan Larason boom punts of 40, 44, 52 and 40 yards during the first 24 minutes. He added a 45-yarder early in the final period.
Maconaquah’s only score came with 4:39 remaining when junior Paxton Kintner scampered 91 yards to paydirt. It was the sixth-longest TD run in MHS history. He finished with 101 yards on four carries to lead the Braves in rushing.
Aaron Sedwick and Carter Little were each credited with eight stops to lead Braves
tacklers. Cole Wininger recovered the lone Southwood fumble in the third stanza.