Saturday, October 21, 2017

WEEK 7 FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Wolcott goes all out in 64-45 win over Woodland

Wolcott combined with Woodland Friday night for the state's highest scoring
game of the season to date. The Eagles beat the Hawks 64-45 in Wolcott.
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Wolcott and Woodland nearly put out the Joe Monroe Field scoreboard with all of their points on Friday night.
The teams combined for 109 points in a 64-45 Eagle victory over the Hawks. The point total is the highest combined in the state this season. Two games in state history before 2017 had a total of 109 points. Those were North Branford-Old Saybrook/Westbrook in 2012 (70-39) and Seymour-Branford in 1969 (75-34).
Of course, the all-time record is 142, set last year in Waterbury Career Academy's 72-70 win over Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech on Oct. 13, 2016.
Nonetheless, Friday's Wolcott-Woodland game had plenty of offensive firepower. 

St. Paul's undefeated run ends at powerful Ansonia
The Falcons and Chargers both entered Friday night's game at Nolan Field, but only the home team came off the field at 6-0.
St. Paul held the ball for nearly the first nine minutes of the game with its ball-control wishbone offense. The Falcons turned the ball over on downs, and two plays later, Charger star running back Markell Dobbs turned on the afterburners on a 61-yard touchdown run.
Unfortunately for St. Paul, it got much worse. Ansonia didn't attempt a pass, and Dobbs compiled 289 yards and four touchdowns on just eight carries in the 50-0 win.
Damien Rabis led the Falcons with 40 yards while Connor Bogdanski had 36. St. Paul didn't complete a pass in two attempts.
St. Paul (5-1) gets a chance at redemption next Saturday at home against Woodland (2-4).

Bristol Central wins tight one at home
The Rams knocked off Jason Pace's Newington Indians 20-17 at Bristol Central High School, thanks to two fourth quarter touchdown runs and a stingy defense near the end zone.
Newington (2-4) led 10-6 after one quarter, and that margin extended all the way to the fourth quarter. Central's Dathan Hickey scored two touchdowns to put the home team ahead 20-10, but Newington rallied to 20-17 and had the ball at the Ram 5 late. A combination of Indian mistakes and Ram resolve led to Central's victory. The Rams improved to 3-3.
Hickey ran for 130 yards and all three Central touchdowns.

Holy Cross unleashes offensive outburst
The Crusaders trailed the Raiders 22-6 in Torrington, but the deficit didn't last long.
Holy Cross erupted for 34 unanswered points to claim a 40-22 lead. Torrington did score twice more to get the score to 40-36, but the Crusaders held on for the win. Holy Cross improved to 3-3 while Torrington dropped to 1-5.

Bulldogs get in high gear in win over Wildcats
Crosby had its offense humming in a 50-14 win over Wilby at Jimmy Lee Stadium.
The Bulldogs led 14-0 after one quarter, then erupted for 28 points in the second quarter to lead 42-6. Crosby improved to 4-2 on the season while Wilby fell to 0-6.

Bristol Eastern offense erupts in loss
When was the last time the Lancers put up 39 points in a game?
To be more to the point, Eastern had scored just 42 points in the first five games of this season going into Friday's game against Platt at Meriden's Falcon Field. The Lancers dropped 39 on the Panthers, but couldn't get enough stops in a 52-39 loss. Eastern saw its winning streak snapped at two, its record dropped to 2-4.
On the positive side, the Lancers saw Justin Marshall throw for over 300 yards and Jaden Laprise catch over 200 yards of passes. Marshall has shown he can throw the football well, and Laprise can definitely catch it. That can only mean good things for Eastern down the road.
And by the way, the last time Eastern put up at least 39 points was a 40-34 win over Newington on Oct. 23, 2015. The Lancers lost 35-28 to Platt later that season on Nov. 6.

Torres leads Spartans to win
Matt Torres had two big touchdown passes for Waterbury Career Academy in what turned into a tight 16-14 win over Sacred Heart/Kyanor Tech.
Torres threw touchdowns of 37 yards to Jadan Battle and 26 yards to Justen Rudel in the first quarter. Torres also converted a pair of two-point conversions, one with a pass to Jessah Doctor and another on a run. WCA improved to 3-3.
Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech scored 14 points in the fourth quarter, but fell to 0-6.

Tough loss for Kennedy
Elijah Nelson scored from two yards out to put Kennedy down 21-6 to Seymour on Thursday afternoon at Ray Snyder Sr. Field.
The Eagles were in business again after their defense forced a Wildcat fumble. Kennedy couldn't capitalize, however, and Seymour scored again before halftime for a 28-6 lead. By the time Eagle Jake Desjardins ran for a one-yard score and Anthony Ferriaolo scampered for the two-point conversion, the Wildcats had run away with the game. Seymour won 49-14.
PHOTOS: Click here to see images from Thursday's game.

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