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Canton High School
Canton, Connecticut
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2014 Pequot Uncas Division champions
Capital Prep/AF 28, CHS 21
At Torrington
Canton (10-2)              0  21  0  0  — 21
Capital Prep/AF (11-1) 0  8  12  8  — 28
Second quarter
C: Dan Delos 4 run (Eddie Melton kick), 11:55
C: Sebby Gumbs 80 run (Melton kick), 9:42
CP/AF: Dexter Lawson 19 pass from Rayshawn Phillips (Jakob Verda pass from Phillips), 1:38
C: Melton 65 pass from Cam Daley (Melton kick), 1:00
Third quarter
CP/AF: Terrell Boseman 16 pass from Phillips (pass fails), 6:53
CP/AF: Phillips 12 run (run fails), 3:27
Fourth quarter
CP/AF: Phillips 2 run (Nasir Williams pass from Phillips), 8:52
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Canton – Cam Daley 13-16, Henry Bonini 3-1, Sebby Gumbs 17-119, Dan Delos 14-65; Capital Prep/AF: Rayshawn Phillips 20-106, Jourdayne Ross 7-25, Steffan Napoleon 3-3, Team 1-minus 22
PASSING: Canton – Daley 1-9-1, 65; Capital Prep/AF: Phillips 18-27-0, 239
RECEIVING: Canton – Melton 1-65; Capital Prep/AF: Terrell Boseman 4-108, Nasir Williams 4-45, Jakai Gill 4-36, Edgar Torres 1-minus 1, Jakob Verda 2-14, Dexter Lawson 3-37
KICKOFF RETURNS: Canton – Melton 1-22, Gumbs 1-20, Bangs 1-4; Capital Prep/AF – Elijah Hales 1-10, Jakai Gill 1-30, Jourdayne Ross 2-27
FUMBLE RECOVERY: Melton (C), Bangs (C); INTERCEPTIONS: Lawson (CP/AF) 1-61; SACKS: Shane Toland (C) 1½-5, Dillian Murray (CP) and Michon Hunt (CP) 1-11

Canton 42, Granby 13
At Canton
Granby (7-4)      0    7     0  6  — 13
Canton (10-1)    6   22  14  0  – 42
First quarter
C: Sebby Gumbs 34 run (kick failed), 5:39
Second quarter
C: Dan Delos 2 run (Delos run), 7:09
C: Gumbs 53 run (Eddie Melton kick), 6:41
C: Delos 1 run (Melton kick). 1:20
G: Trevon Samuels 2 run (Fred Moffa kick), 0:20
Third quarter
C: Gumbs 30 run (Melton kick), 5:33
C: Henry Bonini 5 run (Melton kick), 0:09
Fourth quarter
G: Connor Field 40 run (kick failed)
Individual leaders
RUSHING -- Canton: Delos 20-123, Gumbs 12-199, Daley 4-38, Melton 4-24, Bonini 2-8; Granby: Samuels 5-18, Connor Field 16-127, Strain 1-2
PASSING: Canton: Daley 2-2-0, 3; Granby: Samuels 1-5-0, minus 5
RECEIVING: Canton: Gumbs 2-3, Granby: Fiorentino 1-minus 5

Canton 27, Avon 21, OT
At Canton
Avon (6-4)          0  14  0  7  0 – 21
Canton (9-1)       0    7  7  7  6 – 27
Second quarter
C: Dan Delos 4 run (Eddie Melton kick), 8:53
A: Andrew Blackmore 41 run (Alden Getz kick), 7:37
A: Sean Del Gallo 1 run (Getz kick), 2:13
Third quarter
C: Sebby Gumbs 52 run (Melton kick), 9:54
Fourth quarter
A: Del Gallo 1 run (Getz kick), 10:47
C: Cam Daley 26 run (Melton kick), 5:20
C: Delos 5 run
MISSED FG: Getz 25, Melton 30
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Avon – Andrew Blackmore 8-63, Teddy Allemendinger 10-90, Jamie Dlugolecki 10-32, Sean Del Gallo 11-44; Canton – Cam Daley 3-38, Sebby Gumbs 20-149, Dan Delos 26-113, Henry Bonini 1-2, Brock Steinfeldt 1-2, Eddie Melton 1-0
PASSING: Avon – Del Gallo 3-7-1, 21; Canton – Daley 4-7-1, 19, Gumbs 0-1-0
RECEIVING: Avon – Geoff Kirk 2-7, Luke Meaney 1-14; Canton – Alex Higley 1-6, Eddie Melton 1-2, Sebby Gumbs 1-0, Henry Bonini 1-11
RETURNS: Kickoffs – Jordan Williams (A) 3-56, Sebby Gumbs (C) 3-64, Eddie Melton (C) 1-28; Punts – Gumbs (C) 1-5
INTERCEPTIONS: Daley (C) 1-0, Meaney (A) 1-0; FUMBLE RECOVERIES: Delos (C), Gumbs (C)

Previous seasons

Site established Sept. 2006
2015 Canton High football 
Sat. Sept 12:  SMSA/UNIVERSITY, 1 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 19: CREC co-op, 1 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 26: at Nonnewaug, noon
Fri. Oct. 2:     GILBERT/NORTHWESTERN, 6:30 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 10:  at Morgan, 1:30 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 24:  COGINCHAUG, 1 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 31:  at Ellington, 1 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 7:   LEWIS MILLS, 2 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 13:   at Valley Regional/Old Lyme, 6:30 p.m.
Wed. Nov. 25: at Granby, 6:30 p.m.
2015 record
Overall: 0-0
Pequot West: 0-0

Former Rockville assistant hired as new football coach
CANTON, June 3 – Canton High has hired its next varsity football coach. Chris Currier, a former assistant coach at Rockville High in Vernon for the past two years, has been hired as the 12th head coach in school history. Currier replaces Paul Philippon who coached the Warriors for three years, posting a record of 24-7. He led Canton to three straight winning seasons. Canton had one of their best seasons last fall, going 10-2, earning a spot in the CIAC Class S tournament for the first time and winning its first league championship since 1958.
Collinsville Press, June 3: Chris Currier hired to coach Canton football squad

Canton moves into Pequot West Division after realignment
CANTON, April 10 -- The Pequot Football Conference is realigning for the third consecutive season. The 19-team league is moving back to a three division format with six teams in each division (West, East, South). Canton will be in the Western Division along with Granby, Gilbert/NWR, SMSA/University, Lewis Mills and Nonnewaug.
Collinsville Press, April 10: Pequot Conference realigns into three divisions

Nine Canton players earn All-Uncas Division honors
CANTON, Dec. 31 -- After a dominant season in the Pequot Conference, Canton was recognized by the league coaches with nine players being named to the All-Uncas Division team, Dan Delos being named player of the year in the Uncas Division and head coach Paul Philippon being named as Pequot Conference coach of the year. 

Canton’s Cam Daley (DB/QB), Sebby Gumbs (DB/RB), Henry Bonini (LB), Shane Toland (DL), Eddie Melton (K), Caiden Permenter (G), Keagan Toland (G), Pearse Walsh (T) and Dan Delos (RB) were recognized with All-Uncas Division honors. 
Collinsville Press, Dec. 31: Canton has nine players on All-Uncas squad 

Philippon steps down as coach in Canton
CANTON, Dec. 19, 2014 — Due to the uncertainly surrounding the Canton football program in terms of the number of players, head coach Paul Philippon has resigned after three seasons. The Warriors one of their best seasons this fall, going 10-2, earning a spot in the CIAC Class S playoffs for the first time and winning its first league championship since 1958. But they did it with just 26 players on the roster, including eight seniors. Next fall, they are looking at 18 returning players – eight juniors, nine sophomores and a freshman.

“The whole plan was to build up the program,” Philippon said. “My wife and I looked at the numbers and there is no way this could be a long term deal for me at this point of my career. It can’t work for me if I have to be begging kids to play. The handwriting is on the wall.” Philippon took over the Canton program in 2012 and went 7-3 with 37 players on the roster. A year ago, it dipped to 34 players as the team went 7-4. This year, there were just 26 players that began the season.
Collinsville Press, Dec. 19: Philippon resigns as head coach after three seasons 

Trailblazers don't wilt in victory over Canton
TORRINGTON, Dec. 6, 2014 – It looked like a golden opportunity for the Canton High football team to seize control of Saturday’s Class S Small semifinal against the Capital Prep/Achievement First co-op football team. Early in the third quarter, Canton held a 13-point lead and after two mistakes by the Trailblazers, Canton had the ball, first and goal, on Capital Prep/AF’s nine-yard line. 

But the Trailblazers didn’t wilt. They backed up Canton and on fourth and goal from the 23, Capital’s intercepted the ball and weaved his way 61 yards upfield to the Canton 29-yard line. Five plays later, Capital scored – the first of 20 unanswered points as the Trailblazers ended Canton’s magical season with a 28-21 win in the rain.

Capital Prep/AF had 12 tackles for a loss. They limited Canton to just 42 yards rushing in the second half and forced the Warriors to take to the air. “They outplayed us,” Canton coach Paul Philippon said. “There were certainly winning most of the one-on-one battles. We were just getting beat. When a team takes away your inside game, takes away your outside game and the misdirection you’ve used all year, it’s because the other team is doing something really good. They certainly earned the win and we tip our hats to them.”
Collinsville Press, Dec. 6: Capital Prep stands tall to end Canton's season in semifinals

Warriors to make playoff debut in Torrington
CHESHIRE, Dec. 3 -- Canton High’s football team will play their first-ever CIAC playoff game Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. on the new synthetic turf surface of the Robert H. Frost Sports Complex at Torrington High against Capital Prep/Achievement First.

The game will not be held at Trinity College in Hartford as we reported on Tuesday. Both schools have to agree on the time and location and the proposed 1 p.m. starting time at Trinity was an issue for Canton, which has some players taking the SAT test on Saturday. The CIAC finalized and announced the Torrington location this morning.

The CIAC football committee ruled earlier this week that Capital Prep/AF’s home field, Dillon Stadium, was unplayable due to the muddy field conditions.
Collinsville Press, Dec. 3: Canton to face Capital Prep in playoffs in Torrington

Canton tops Granby for 10th win and ticket to playoffs
CANTON, Nov. 25 -- On Tuesday, Canton completed one of the greatest regular seasons in school history. With a dominating 42-13 win over Granby, they won a school record 10th game. Canton went undefeated in the Pequot Conference Uncas Division winning all nine games and claiming its first league championship since 1958. And they clinched their first-ever berth in the CIAC Class S football playoffs. 

“We’re so excited to be 10-1,” Delos said. “It’s just awesome. Our freshman year, we were 0-10 but we’ve continued to build up the program.” 

Coach Paul Philippon, now in his third year, usually has a razor focus on next week’s opponent. He seldom acknowledges the big picture with the media. “I think I will enjoy this for the first time tonight to be honest,” he said. “There is a certainly finality with the final regular season game. I’ll enjoy this a bit.”
Collinsville Press, Nov 25: Canton tops Granby for 10th win and ticket to Class S playoffs

Canton wins Uncas title with thrilling OT win over Avon
With victory, Canton takes first league title since 1958
CANTON, Nov. 15 – When their back was to the wall, the Canton High football team stood firm. Twice, Avon took a seven-point lead in Saturday’s Pequot Conference Uncas Division showdown.

“There may have been a small piece of doubt in some of them but their belief in each other was larger than that and they kept on going,” Canton coach Paul Philippon said. “We trust our teammates. We trust our coaches and they trust us,” Canton senior Cam Daley said.

The Warriors forced three Avon turnovers. They missed a potential game-winning field goal with 21 seconds remaining in regulation but made two big defensive stops in overtime. And then, Canton won it in OT when Dan Delos scored on a five-yard run for a thrilling 27-21 victory.

The victory gives Canton (9-1, 8-0) the Pequot Uncas Division title – its first league championship since 1958 and keeps the Warriors in the hunt for their first-ever CIAC playoff berth. “This game meant everything to us,” Delos said. “Everything was on the line for us.”
Collinsville Press, Nov. 15: Canton beats Avon in OT to win Uncas Division championship

Much on the line in final Canton vs. Avon game
CANTON, Nov. 12 -- With two games remaining in the regular season, Canton (8-1, 7-0 Pequot Uncas) has an opportunity to win its first league championship since 1958. They need to beat Avon, a team that has won five Pequot Uncas Division titles in the last seven years and has earned three playoff berths in the last six years. Avon (6-2, 6-1 Pequot Uncas) is hoping to keep their own flickering playoff hopes alive with victories in their two last games. 

With so much on the line for both teams, Avon and Canton will meet for the 10th and final time on the football field Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Canton. Both teams have games remaining on Thanksgiving morning but this week’s game looms as a season-defining contest for both schools. 
Collinsville Press, Nov. 12: Canton and Avon meet for final time with much on the line

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n  Fans crowd around the Canton High football field for the first home game at the high school in 2009.
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n The Warriors and their fans celebrate Terrence Brophy's 6-yard TD run with no time left on the clock to give Canton a 16-13 win over Avon in the 2013 season opening game.
n Canton hosted its first-ever night game on its new multi-purpose field vs. Lewis Mills in 2013.
n Canton's Dan Delos is on his way to the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 21-14 win over Ellington/Somers.
n Canton's Brock Steinfeldt (44), Dan Delos (34), Cam Daley (3) and Caiden Permenter (59) gang up on Windsor Locks’ Khamri Thomas in Saturday’s 37-13 Pequot Uncas victory.
Canton High players listen to Paul Philippon after a recent win over Enfield.
n Canton's Dan Delos (34) celebrates with teammates after the Warriors beat Avon, 27-21 in overtime to win the Pequot Conference Uncas Division championship.
n Canton opens the 2015 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 12 by hosting SMSA/University at home at 1 p.m.