Submitted by Barth Keck, Asst. Coach.
The Haddam Killingworth High School varsity football team was defeated in the Class S Championship game in New Britain on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 by Bloomfield, with a final score of Bloomfield 25, H-K 7. While they were loading the buses at the HKHS Field House before 8:00 a.m. crowds of people were there to send them off with cheers and signs of support.
Ky’Juon Butler rushed for 151 yards and one touchdown to lead Bloomfield (12-1) over Haddam-Killingworth (11-2) in the Class S football championship game on Saturday (Dec. 8) at New Britain’s Veterans’ Stadium. Dalton Modehn led the Cougars with 154 yards rushing. And fire trucks and a police escort were there to greet them when they returned to town after the game.
H-K took the lead on a James Murphy two-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Bloomfield responded with a two-yard TD run by Butler and a 56-yard touchdown catch by Anthony Simpson from Daron Bryden to make the score 12-7 at half. Bryden threw two second-half TD passes to give the
Warhawks the 25-7 victory.
“We approached this game like any other: go out there and battle,” said H-K Head Coach Mike Baklik. “We told the kids earlier in the day, ‘We can’t lose this game. It’s not possible.’ They played hard like they did all year and I’m proud of them.”
“Bloomfield knew they were tested when they walked off the field today,” added Baklik. “Aside from (Class M finalist) Berlin shutting them out earlier this year, I believe we gave them their toughest game of the season.”
The Cougars conclude their most successful season in history, posting the most wins (11) and most post-season victories (2) for the team. In addition, the team boasted two runners with more than 1,000 yards rushing, Tobey Callender and Modehn, as well as 28 team interceptions.
H-K 7 0 0 0 7
B 0 12 6 7 25
H-K: James Murphy 2-yard run (Jordan Callahan kick)
B: Ky-Juon Butler 2-yard run (kick failed)
B: Anthony Simpson 56-yard pass from Daron Bryden (pass failed)
B: Michael Raiford 30-yard pass from Bryden (run failed)
B: Simpson 17-yard pass from Bryden (Sean Dixon-Bodie kick)
Photos of game by Chad Giulini.
Photos at the high school before/after game by Neal Perron.