GRANBY, Nov. 25 – It was the annual Thanksgiving rivalry game between Canton and Granby for the old milk jug. But both teams had their minds elsewhere Wednesday night.
Playing in its first game since Nov. 6, the undefeated Bears were looking to polish their game and not give away any secrets. As thrilled as Granby was to finish an undefeated 10-0 season and reclaim the old, red, milk jug with a dominating 42-0 win over Canton, the Bears were playing with an eye toward next Tuesday’s Class S quarterfinal.
Canton, meanwhile, was trying to build a foundation that they can grow upon. It’s been a tough year for the overmatched Warriors. Inexperience, youth, injuries and some players leaving the team at mid-season have left Canton (0-10, 0-5 Pequot West) without many options. Undersized freshmen seldom have success at the varsity level especially against stronger upperclassmen.
Canton had more yardage returning seven kickoffs (87) than they had passing (36) or running the ball (49). The Warriors were shutout for the first time since October 2012 against Gilbert/Northwestern.