From the very start of Friday night's Homecoming game, it seemed as if nothing could go wrong for the Enfield High School football team.
Avery Boissy ran back the opening kickoff 85 yards down the left sideline to provide the Raiders with an instant 7-0 lead over the Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby co-op. However, later in the first half, the senior standout was sidelined, reportedly with a broken collarbone that will likely shelve him for the remainder of the season.
In his place, Nick Bevilacqua stepped in and did a tremendous job, rushing for 124 yards and a touchdown as Enfield emerged with a 29-6 victory.
"Avery is a captain and a leader, and our go-to guy on offense," Enfield head coach Jay Gaucher said. "Nick did a great job filling in, and we'll be looking for him, Tom Watson, Jason Davis and Lukasz Kluk to pick up the slack offensively. We've got a little bit of an injury bug, but I feel like we were inconsistent, and maybe possibly only played two full quarters tonight."
Bevilacqua scored on a 20-yard run late in the first quarter for a 14-0 Enfield lead, then Kyle Maynard found Mike Crowley for a 20-yard scoring pass to make it 21-0 with 5:18 left before halftime.
Windsor Locks refused to fold, as Trystan Cauley of Suffield broke off a 50-yard scoring scamper on 4th-and-13 to cut the deficit to 21-6 with 1:28 remaining before intermission.
With just nine seconds left in the half, Maynard connected with Tyrik Henry on a 52-yard pass play, and Crowley ran for a two-point conversion to send Enfield to the locker room with a 29-6 lead.
Both defenses held tough in the second half, with no points being put up on the board.
Cauley was a workhorse for Windsor Locks, gaining 109 yards on the ground.
Enfield (3-1) travels to Canton Saturday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby (1-3) is idle until Saturday, Oct. 20, when the co-op hosts Ellington/Somers at 1 p.m.