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12/04/2017
SHS Defense Finishes Strong
12/04/2017
  The Trojan defense improved every game this season...
2017 Trojan Offense Takes Off - Sets Records
12/04/2017
  Jackson Masters to Ralph Gilliard was a standard call...
2017 Players of the Week and Game Recap
09/25/2017
Week 1 @ Hall Offense - Raf Nieves  Raf had 4 TD's,...
Simsbury Gridiron Club Membership Registration
05/12/2017
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2017 Football Schedule
03/30/2017
2017-18  Offseason Weekly Football Schedule December - March   Winter...
 


by dave masters posted 12/04/2017
SHS Defense Finishes Strong

 

The Trojan defense improved every game this season contributing to the six straight wins to finish 2017.  They capped off the year with two shutouts and only allowed only one TD in the last three games.  

 

Cole Hermsen (MLB) had 89 tackles with Christain Gay (OLB) and Jackson King (DL) at 84 & 83 to be the Trojan leaders.  King led the team with 22 TFL's with Gay close at 17.  Jackson Butler and Ralph Gilliard kept opponents from having an option of throwing deep.  Ralph had another great year being named the defensive MVP and Butler had 7 INT's and 2 fumble recoveries, one for points.

 

Noteables for 2017:

Trojans finished 6th all time in Rushing YPG (137.0) and 3rd in 200 yard games (3).

 


by dave masters posted 12/04/2017
2017 Trojan Offense Takes Off - Sets Records

 

Jackson Masters to Ralph Gilliard was a standard call from the announcers booth the entire 2017 season. So much so the two set numerous SHS and state records in the process.  The two seniors, along with receivers Jackson Butler (finished in the top ten in LL with 737 yds and 6 TD's), Jake Taddio and Colby Chase rocketed the passing offense of Simsbury to new levels this fall as it became the number one passing offense in school history.  The addition of Raf Nieves (1400+ yds) rising to the top in rushing for the state had the Trojan offense among the best in Connecticut.

 

The Simsbury offense finishes with the best YPG (203.5), the best Total YPG (369.0), most 300+ games (9) and 400+ games (5).  

 

Records Set in 2017:

 

Raph Gilliard

Career Receiving Yards - 2,446 (18th in CT State record book)

Single Season Receiving Yards - 1,009

Career Receptions - 188 (4th in CT State record book)

Single Season Receptions - 86 (10th in CT State record book)

 

Jackson Masters

Single Season Passing - 2,305

Single Season Passing TD - 19

Yards Passing in Game - 342 vs Avon

Most Completions in Game - 34 vs South Windsor (10th in CT State record book)

Single Season Completions - 189

Single Season Completion Percentage - 70%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


by dave masters posted 12/04/2017
2017 Players of the Week and Game Recap

Week 1 @ Hall

Offense - Raf Nieves 

Raf had 4 TD's, 214 yds and broke a school record for longest TD run at 98yds.

 

Defense - Jackson Butler

Jackson had three interceptions, a forced fumble and recovery.

 

Kory Zall - Special Forces

Kory was a perfect 6 for 6 on PAT.

The Trojans took advantage over turnovers by Hall and outstanding running by Raf Nieves to throw up 42 points on the scoreboard.  The defense played well allowing under 100yds total for the Warriors.  

 

The Warriors fall to 0-1.

 

Week 2 @ Southington

Offense - Mark Bedson

Mark broke away for the only score on a 80yd run

 

Defense - Jackson King

Jackson was the big play maker for the defense from his spot on the d-line.

 

Special Forces - Jake Taddio

Jake was outstanding pinning Southington with his punts and keep the battle of alive for field position.

 

The Trojans struggled to stop Southington as they passed and ran the ball well to win 34-7.  The Trojan offense accumulated over 300 yds on offense but the Blue Knights kept SHS out of the endzone except for a long run in the 4th quarter.  

 

The Blue Knights move to 2-0.

 

Week 3 vs East Hartford

Offense - Jackson Masters

Jackson was 18 for 25 with 255yds with two TD's passing and ran in for a third TD.

 

Defense - Ralph Gilliard

Ralph was a shutdown corner for the Trojans and was dominant on his side of the field.

 

Special Forces - Kory Zall

Kory was perfect on his PAT's and was excellent on KO, pinning the Hornets deep.

 

The story of the week was penalties.  The Trojans had numerous penalties at key moments which impacted the game.  The Trojans accumulated 465yds of offense and scored four times but had trouble slowing down the Hornet offense and getting off the field.

 

The Hornets move to 2-1.

 

 

Week 4 @ South Windsor

Offense - Ralph Gilliard & Jackson Masters

Ralph had a TD and 113 yards while posting a school record 12 receptions.  Jackson was 34 for 45 with 2 TD's. He also set a school record with 331 yds passing.  

 

Defense - Ralph Gilliard & Jackson Butler

Both had great games on the outside to limit the passing game of South Windsor.  

 

Special Forces - Kory Zall

Kory was perfect on PAT's for the fourth straight game and was able to hit on a 30+ yd FG.

 

The Trojans made the most of their opportunity in the first half of play at Rentschler Field on Thursday as the offense moved the ball and the defense settled in to limit the Bobcats to 7 points thru the first 24 minutes of the game.  The second half told another story as the offense was able to contribute another 14 points but the defense was unable to stop the South Windsor offense which rolled for 36 points in the last two quarters of play.  The turnovers were even with the Trojans captalizing in the first half and the Bobcats taking advantage of two in the second half but those were costly as they kept momentum in the Bobcats favor.

**Jackson Masters set the single game passing yards record (331) and completions (35)

**Raplh Gilliard set single game receptions record (12)

 

 

Week 5 vs New BritainHOMECOMING**

Offense - Raf Nieves

Raf ran for 139 tough yards on 37 carries.  He carried the literally carried the Trojans to victory grinding out tough yards and eating up time.

 

Defense - Mark Bedson

Mark was flying around and to the ball and set the tone for the defense this week that keep the Hurricanes to zero offensive TD's.  He recorded 2.5 sacks.

 

Special Forces - Kory Zall

Kory was at it again as he kicked another FG, this one @ 34yds and was good on both PAT attempts.

 

Last year the Trojans went to NBHS with 1 win in their last 13games.  They pulled off the upset defeating NB on thier alumni night.  That game set the tone for 2016 and the Trojans went on to win 5 out of their last 6 games.  

 

This year another change in momentum was needed as the Trojans had just played three opponents with a combined 11-1 record thru the first four games and although playing tough the defense struggled to make stops and we dropped all three.

 

New Britain came to us on our homecoming this year and the Trojans got out to a quick start and drove up and down the field in the first half scoring on a FG from Kory Zall and two TD passes from Jackson Masters, both going to Ralph Gilliard.  The defense held stron in the second half  making big fourth down stops to secure the win.  The only score for New Britain came on a fake punt attempt that went the distance.

 

New Britain moves to 2-3

 

Week 6 - Conard

Offense - Jackson Masters

Jackson Masters threw three TD passes and rushed for another.  Jackson was 29 for 38 and 307 yards passing.  Jackson racked up 58 yards rushing.

 

Defense - Ralph Gilliard

Ralph had two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.  

 

Special Forces - Kory Zall & Jake Taddio

Kory went 6 for 6 on PAT attemps.  Jake's punts consistently pinned the Chieftains deep and he was a weapon on KOR.

 

Friday night the Trojans were able to take the ball away from the Conard offense 7 times, even scoring on defense as Jackson Butler picked up a fumble and took it in for six.  The offense was able to throw the ball effectively and use the ground attack to finish the game.  Trojans accumulated over 400 yards of offense for the third time this season.  

 

Week 7 - Enfield

Offense - Raf Nieves

Raf rushed for 168 yards on 22 carries.  He also crossed the goal line 3 times, including the game winner.

 

Defense - Cole Hermsen

Cole led the defense in tackles and was responsible for the stop on the xtra point attempt by Enfield that won the game for the Trojans.

 

Special Forces - Kory Zall

Kory connected on 4/5 PAT attempts and booted another FG.

 

The Trojans showed they can hold of a relentess opponent and dig in when they have to on Friday night as get the 36-35 win over Enfield.  Jackson Masters and Ralph Gilliard connected on the two other TD's.  Trojans had another 400+ effort on offense and the defense was able to come up big at the end when it mattered the most.

 

 

Week 8 - Manchester

Offense - Offensive Line, Fullbacks, Tight Ends

Our fifth 400+ game on offense and another 200+ game by Raf Nieves has inspired the coaching staff to give the Player(s) of the Week recognition to the big boys!

 

Defense - Jackson King

Jackson King dominated at his dline position.  He was everwhere and had 6TFL's, a sack and 9+ tackles.

 

Special Force - Kory Zall

Kory Zall was a perfect 3/3 on PAT's and hit another FG.  Precision on KO also added to his stellar game.

 

The story last night was the fact that the Trojans played a complete game with a dominating defense, a overpowering offense and precision on special forces.  Despite too many penalties, the Trojans were able to overcome and stay the course.  

 

The defense allowed less than 200 yards and most of that was on one big play in the 3rd quarter.  The offense racked up another 463 yards of offense and getting 240 from Raf Nieves.  Jackson Masters was 18/23 and with 220 yards getting the ball to Ralph Gilliard (9rec. 108ds.) and Jackson Buler (5 rec. 77yds.)

 

**Ralph Gilliard broke the career receiving yards record  for SHS vs Manchester.

 

Week 9 - GLASTONBURY

Offense - Raf Nieves

What can we say...he did it again.  Raf had 22 carries for 218 yards, including an 84 yard sprint to endzone to start the offense for the Trojans.  Raf finished with 2 TD's on the nite.

 

Defense - Christian Gay & Tommy Guilfoyle

Christian and Tommy dominated the game with big play after big play.  The defense responded to their lead had played the best game of the season so far.

 

Special Forces - Kory Zall

Kory hit all three of his PAT's and put the game out of reach with a FG in the 4th quarter.

 

The night was cold but Raf Nieves was hot as he carried the ball for the Trojan offense on a night where we had to be able to run to win.  The offense added 192 yards thru the air and a TD pass from Jackson Masters to Jackson Butler but the running game is where the game was won.  The defense held Glastonbury to under 100 yards and sealed the first victory over the Tomahawks since 2009.

 

**Jackson Masters broke the single season SHS record for passing yards vs Glastonbury.

 

Week 10 - AVON (Valley Gridiron Classic

Offense - Jackson Masters

Jackson was 22 for 30 and 342 yards.  He threw 4 TD's and rushed for another.  

 

Defense - Tate Valerio

Tate was the hammer for the defense which kept Avon under 100 yds of total offense.

 

Special Forces - Kory Zall

Kory was perfect on PAT's hiting 6 for 6.

 

Finishing strong was the goal of the Trojan football team and they certainly did that against rival Avon in the Valley Gridiron Classic.  Offense, defense and special forces all played their best game to shut out the Falcons 42-0 and keep the trophy at SHS for another year,

 

**Jackson Masters set two more records for SHS vs Avon.  Passing yards in a single game (342) and also the season passing TD (19) which had been in place since 1968.

 

 

 

 

 

 


by dave masters posted 09/25/2017
Simsbury Gridiron Club Membership Registration

Attention Simsbury Football Fans:

Simsbury Gridiron Club membership registration (Family and Business) for the 2017 season open. We have a fantastic membership program for the new season.  Online registration can be accessed at the lower left of this page.  Payment for the registrations can be done by credit card.  All proceeds go directly to the Simsbury High School Football program.

For any questions regarding the membership support programs, please contact any SGC board member (see contacts at the left).


by posted 05/12/2017
2017 Football Schedule

2017-18  Offseason Weekly Football Schedule

December - March

 

Winter lifts will be Monday - Wednesday - Thursday @ 220.  All rising sophomores, juniors and seniors are expected to be in the weight room.  Please see Coach Masters with any conflicts.

 

Leadership Council will begin in December.  Please check your email.  

 

If you are applying to be a 2018 captain please set a meeting with Coach Masters by December 21st.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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