|Wolcott quarterback Mike Polzella (11). (Copyright, Sports on CT-69, 2017 file)|
The game left Raider administrators and supporters fuming about clock management and sportsmanship. Eagle head coach Matt Hove gave his take to Mark Jaffee in a story posted on The Zone. Tim Gaffney offered his thoughts on what happened on his website Litchfield County Sports. You can read those stories and form your own opinion.
Wolcott quarterback Mike Polzella threw for six touchdowns and ran for two more scores. Nick Longo hauled in three touchdown passes while Mike Ciarlo, Anthony Ligi and Matt Olmstead had one touchdown reception apiece.
Ligi, Matt Stoeckert and Jake Sforza each had one rushing touchdown for Wolcott. The 5-4 Eagles play Holy Cross on Thanksgiving morning at Joe Monroe Field. In a Class M where four losses could mean a state playoff berth, Wolcott is still in the hunt.
St. Paul got back into the win column with a 46-8 victory over Wilby on Thursday at Municipal Stadium's Ray Snyder Sr. Field. The Falcons ran for five touchdowns and threw for one.
St. Paul led 24-0 after one quarter on a pair of runs by Connor Bogdanski (56 and 61 yards) and one by Chris Dionne from six yards out.
The Falcons added two more scores in the second quarter to lead 38-0 at the half. Damien Rabis scored on a six-yard run, then Kevin Ashworth connected with Nick Stolfi on a 21-yard strike.
Sam Rapp added the final touchdown on a three-yard run.
Wilby's touchdown came on a 20-yard pass from Alexandre Gonzalez to Alemar Blondet.
St. Paul improved to 6-3 with Oxford remaining on its schedule. The Falcons snapped a three-game losing streak. Wilby dropped to 0-9 with Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech remaining on its ledger.
Bristol Central hammered East Catholic 61-18 behind five first quarter touchdowns from Dathan Hickey.
Hickey ended the night with six touchdowns. He had four rushing, one on a kick return and another on an interception. Hickey went over 1,000 yards for the season on a 34-yard carry. He was done on offense early in the second quarter, but the Rams weren't. Frankie Jenkins carried for a score and Central led 49-6 at halftime.
Nick Ruffino, the backup quarterback, ran for two short touchdowns in the second half as the Rams improved to 6-3 on the strength of their fourth straight win. Central has Bristol Eastern left on its schedule on Thanksgiving morning at Muzzy Field.
Speaking of Bristol Eastern, the Lancers took a tough 25-20 road loss against Manchester.
The Lancers entered halftime with a 20-13 lead, only to see their offense disappear in the second half. Eastern fell to 2-7 with the game against Central left on the schedule.
Justin Marshall threw touchdown passes to Jaden Laprise and Elijah Gagliardo. Marshall also ran for a touchdown.
Crosby earned a 32-6 win over Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech and ran its record to 5-4. The Bulldogs play Kennedy on Thanksgiving morning at Snyder Field.
The SH/KT co-op is 0-9 with only the game against Wilby remaining in the season.
Kennedy lost 49-12 at resurgent Woodland and fell to 3-6 on the season. The Eagles can still grab the NVL Brass Division title with a win over Crosby, though Holy Cross takes it with a Kennedy loss.
Holy Cross and Waterbury Career Academy each had lopsided losses on Saturday. The Crusaders fell 50-6 to undefeated Ansonia while the Spartans were shut out 38-0 by undefeated Naugatuck. Holy Cross saw its record drop to 5-4, but can still win the Brass title outright if Crosby beats Kennedy. WCA dropped to 3-6 on the season with only Gilbert/Northwestern left on the schedule. The Spartans play that game on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving at Snyder Field.