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Yellowjackets enjoy winning record

WINSTED — After a shaky start to the 2011 season, the Gilbert-Northwestern Yellowjackets varsity football team is north of the .500 mark with a win-loss record of 3-2-0 after defeating the Avon Falcons 20-10 at home Oct. 15.The Yellowjackets improved both their state and national rankings with the win (to 102 and 10,037, respectively), but more importantly righted a ship that had been plagued with a pair of nasty defeats early in the season. The Avon game saw four interceptions by the Gilbert-Northwestern defense, along with strong rushing from Devon Molway (16 rushes, 154 yards) and Tony Ortiz (seven rushes, 88 yards). The play of the game happened late in the second quarter, after an offensive pass interference call put the Yellowjackets in a 4th and 27 from the Falcons’ 32-yard line. Quarterback John Lippincott connected with Ortiz, for the 32-yard touchdown to take the lead 13-8 into halftime.Molway returned in the second half with a 55-yard touchdown, with an extra point by J.P. Duluc giving the Jackets a 20-8 lead with 2:22 to go. Gilbert-Northwestern stopped two drives by the Avon offense before taking a safety in their own endzone, bringing the score to 20-10. Avon’s final offensive effort ended with an interception by Ortiz.The Yellowjackets’ next outing happens Saturday, Oct. 29, at Canton High School, followed by a home game Nov. 5 against Granby. This year’s Thanksgiving Homecoming game is Thursday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m. at home against Housatonic Valley Regional High School.

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