BEACON FALLS >> Coming off their first win, last week, the Torrington Red Raiders ran into the air attack of the Woodland Hawks and fell 46-14.
“This was a tough week for everyone, it wasn’t a sharp week,” said Red Raiders head coach Gaitan Rodriguez. “It’s important to be sharp when you play against a team like Woodland, you can’t be unprepared.”
During the week the Red Raiders tried to prepare for the Hawks’ spread offense and star quarterback Tanner Kingsley.
“We tried to match up man-to-man and send more players than they could block,” said Rodriguez.
It didn’t matter as Kingsley threw for 327-yards and four touchdowns; he also ran one in.
“We’ve seen just about every look this season,” said Kingsley, a senior. “We knew Torrington would come out and fight, we knew we would find a way to win this game tonight.”
Kingsley completed passes to seven different receivers in the win, beating Torrington defenders on short passes or screens to set up the big play.
“We work hard on our quick game,” said Woodland head coach, Tim Shea. “We see what we got and try to see what the defense has got, it helps having a three-year starting quarterback.”
The Hawks started the scoring early, Kingsley scored on a 14-yard run.
“That was probably the longest run of my career,” said Kingsley.
Sophomore, running back Sean McAllen then ran one in from 2-yards out, both extra points were missed.
Torrington cut the deficit to six after Connor Finn hit Desmond Langs for a 20-yard touchdown, but that was the closest the Raiders would get all night.
Kingsley hit Taylor Tucciarone for a 1-yard touchdown catch and that started a 28-0 run by the Hawks, another McAllen run from 21-yards out, a 53-yard pass to Mike Kenney and then a 3-yard pass to Jack Pinho.
The Red Raiders found the end zone again in the third quarter when Finn hit Zack Mancini for a 71-yard touchdown on a screen pass.
“Torrington quarterback is pretty good, coach Rodriguez is doing a great job, a lot of good things,” said Shea.
Kingsley then hit Kenney for a 26-yard touchdown to complete the scoring for the Hawks.
Woodland is now 8-1 on the season and controls its own destiny for the Copper Division title. They finish up its season against Derby and Seymour.
Torrington falls to 1-8 and has two winnable games against Sacred Heart (0-9) and Watertown (1-8) to end the season but don’t expect the Red Raiders to overlook any opponents.
“We have to be prepared no matter who we’re playing we have to come out prepared,” said Rodriguez.
Woodland 46 Torrington 14
Woodland 19 13 14 0 – 46
Torrington 7 0 7 0 – 14
W – 14-yard rush Tanner Kingsley (kick no good)
W – 2-yard rush Sean McAllen (kick no good)
T – 20-yard pass from Connor Finn to Desmond Langs (PJ Killmartin kick good)
W – 1-yard pass from Tanner Kingsley to Taylor Tucciarone (Will Flormann kick good)
W – 26-yard rush Sean McAllen (Flormann kick good)
W – 53-yard pass from Tanner Kingsley to Mike Kenney (kick no good)
W – 4-yard pass from Tanner Kingsley to Jack Pinho (Coby Vaccarelli two-point rush good)
T – 71-yard pass from Connor Finn to Zack Mancini (Killmartin kick good)
W – 26-yard pass from Tanner Kingsley to Mike Kenney (two-point no good)
Passing: W – Tanner Kingsley 27-44, 327-yards, 4 touchdowns, one interception; Pat Hale 1-1, 2-yards. T – Connor Finn, 10-26, 187-yards, 2 touchdowns, one interception; Nate Manchester 1-1, 2 –yards.
Rushing: W – Sean McAllen, 11 for 94-yards, 2 touchdowns; Dave Bobbie, 4 for 21-yards; Taylor Tucciarone 1 for 20-yards; Joe Poeta 1 for 12-yards; Tanner Kingsly 4 for 9-yards, one touchdown; Pat Hale 2 for 4-yards. T – Dominick Phengkaen 7 for 9-yards; Newtown Frias 1 for 5-yards; Ignacio Reynoso 1 for 4-yards; Michael Diesi 1 for 2-yards; Zack Mancini 1 for 1-yard; Connor Finn 8 for 0-yards.
Receiving: W – Mike Kenney 10 catches for 164-yards, 2 touchdowns; Taylor Tucciarone 5 catches for 43-yards, 1 touchdown; Sean McAllen 2 catches for 36-yards; Dylan Abarzua 3 catches for 31-yards; Jack Pinho 3 catches for 28-yards, 1 touchdown; Levi Fancher 2 catches for 13-yards; Joe Poeta 2 catches for 12-yards; Conor Shaw 1 catch for 2-yards. T – Zack Mancini two catches for 99-yards, 1 touchdown; Desmond Langs 5 catches for 69-yards, 1 touchdown; Nate Bresson 3 catches for 19-yards.
Records: Woodland 8-1, Torrington 1-8.