Sunday, October 8, 2017

WEEK 5 FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: St. Paul 5-0 after win over Torrington

St. Paul improved to 5-0 with a 26-8 home win over Torrington on Friday.
The Falcons are at 5-0 Ansonia on Oct. 20. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69, file)
St. Paul continued its awesome start to the 2017 season with a 26-8 home victory over Torrington on Friday night.
Damien Rabis carried 14 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns while Connor Bogdanski ran nine times for 149 yards and a touchdown. Kevin Ashworth threw a 26-yard touchdown pass for the game's first score.
A Rabis 46-yard touchdown run put the Falcons ahead for good at 12-8 in the second quarter. Bogdanski added a score from 50 yards out to up the St. Paul lead to 18-8, which it took into the half. Rabis went in from three yards out for the final Falcon touchdown in the fourth quarter. Chris Dionne added the conversion run, the lone successful one from St. Paul.
On defense, Dionne had 7.5 tackles and a sack while Rabis accounted for 8.5 tackles. Bogdanski had two tackles and a sack. Dom Aiello and Max Peruta each had 5.5 tackles.
St. Paul has two weeks to get ready for by far its biggest challenge to date, the dominant Ansonia Chargers, who are also 5-0. The game is on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at Ansonia's Nolan Field. Ansonia beat Kennedy (2-3) by a score of 48-6 on Thursday night at Ray Snyder Sr. Field.

Crosby got over the .500 mark (3-2) with a decisive 42-16 win over Waterbury Career Academy (2-3). Alberim Klenja tossed touchdown passes to Howard and Marquel Jackson-Smith, with the latter going for 80 yards on a screen. Key blocks by Howard and Nehemiah Lewis made key blocks. Raecuan Digsby had a great night running the ball, scoring three touchdowns. 
Howard, Santos Lopez and Bernardo Mbaya all had big defensive games for the Bulldogs. Howard recorded seven tackles and three sacks, Lopez tallied 10 tackles and returned an interception for a touchdown, and Mbaya had 11 tackles and two sacks.

Wolcott had a tough home loss against Seymour by the score of 63-26. Mike Polzella had a touchdown pass and run. Polzella hooked up with Mike Ciarlo for a 65-yard score, and he had a 58-yard run. Jake Sforza had touchdown runs of two yards and one yard. The Eagles (2-3) trailed 21-20 after one quarter, but a rough second quarter was too much to overcome.

Bristol Central lead twice in the first half against Middletown, but a rough end to the opening 24 minutes spelled doom in a 56-26 road loss. The Blue Dragons scored on offense, then returned an interception right before the half to take a three-score lead (35-18) into the break. The Rams fell to 2-3 and have a bye week coming up.

Wilby and Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech suffered one-sided losses to Naugatuck and Watertown on Friday night. 

Naugatuck Valley League teams have a bye in Week 6. Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern also have byes in Week 6.

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