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Lewis Mills Sports Week
Playoff time is here and Lewis Mills High School has a number of teams primed for deep tournament runs. The girls soccer team is the top seed in Class M while the boys soccer team drew the No. 3 seed.
Both the Mills volleyball and field hockey teams are playing well at the right time as well.
Here's a look at the week ahead in Spartans sports and we will start with the football team that got a much needed victory on Friday night at Stafford/East Windsor.
It was a long time coming but the Spartans went out and got a much-needed victory on Friday night, dominating Stafford/East Windsor, 32-6.
It had been a tough couple of weeks for the Spartans, who lost a winnable game at Granby, 17-14, on a last-second field goal and then received a forfeit win over Housatonic/Wamogo because of the Mountaineers' struggles with numbers and injuries.
"What stood out the most from the game was the way my kids played all the whole game," said coach Jose Santana. "They played very well on offense and scored on the first drive of the game for the first time all year. On defense they played very physical and didn't allow any points until three minutes were left in the game."
The victory came at the perfect time for the Spartans, who had been showing improvement and were itching to get back on the field after the loss at Granby.
"The forfeit was a little let down after playing such a good game against Granby the week before," Santana said. "The kids wanted to get back on the field to play for a win. We have come from a tough lost to Granby and a forfeit to finally winning against Stafford."
Lewis Mills hosts SMSA/University on Saturday at 2 p.m. and will be looking to maintain its momentum.
"The win is a testament to how hard the kids have been working and working towards getting better each week," Santana said. "We look forward to the rest of our games and we will play with the same intensity as we have in the past three weeks."
Against Stafford running back Max Stone scored three touchdowns and rushed for 111 yards on 23 carries and quarterback Lucas Lanning threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Trevor Watts. Captain Cam McHale had a string game to lead the defense Colin Kennedy added a rushing touchdown.
There is really but one thing left for the Spartans (16-0) to do and that's win a state title. After runs to the state title game, quarter finals and semifinals in the last three seasons, Lewis Mills starts its Class M tournament March Wednesday against No. 16 Weston. The Trojans knocked off No. 17 Montville in the first round on Monday, 5-1.
Seeded third in Class M and without a loss this season, the Spartans (11-0-5) start their tournament run Tuesday against No. 30 Killingly (5-8-3). A possible second round matchup with BL rival Northwestern could await Mills in the second round.
The Spartans advanced to the state semifinals last season before losing on penalty kicks.
The Spartans wrapped up an undefeated run through the Berkshire League by capturing the BL Turnament Feiday night at Lewis Mills.
The Spartans (17-2) are the No. 2 seed in Class M and host No. 18 Rocky Hill (10-10) on Wednesdah night.
"Our goal was to win the BL and now its to get deeper into the state tournament," Mills coach Chuck Drda said. "Based on our play lately and in the BL Tournament, I think we will do well."
Lewis Mills has won six of its last seven games and enters the Class S Tournament as the No. 11 seed at 10-5-1. The Spartans open on Tuesday at No. 6 Haddam-Killingworth (12-4).
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