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GNH gobbles up touchdowns at Turkey Bowl

WINSTED — The Gilbert/Northwestern/Housatonic Yellowjackets defeated the St. Paul Falcons 56-6 on Thanksgiving morning in their final game of the regular season.

GNH set the tone early as Isiah Sanchez sacked the St. Paul quarterback for a loss on the opening play of the game. The Yellowjacket defense was a brick wall as they blocked a punt, forced a fumble and denied the Falcons of a first down for the entire first quarter.

The GNH offense got to work early as well, scoring six unanswered touchdowns in the first half. Five of the scores came from Fred Calder-Camp; three rushing, one reception, and one interception that he returned 95-yards for a touchdown.

The Yellowjackets scored twice more in the second half for a total of eight touchdowns on the day. Kicker Daryl Sharack sent eight-of-eight extra points through the uprights to bring their total to 56 points.

St. Paul was held scoreless until the fourth quarter when they were able to find the end-zone on a 4th-and-goal 1-yard rush.

The victory secured GNH’s first place position in Division 2 of the Naugatuck Valley League and qualified them for the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) Class SS playoff series.

GNH (8-2) will travel to Willimantic to face Windham High School (9-1) on Tuesday, Nov. 29 for the first round of the playoff tournament.

This marks the first year since 2009 that the CIAC will be conducting six playoff series (expanded from four) with 48 participating teams.

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