The Abbott Tech/Immaculate football team knows if it wants to reach its final destination of the Class M playoffs, a take-care-of-business approach to many of its games against CTC opposition.
Check one off to start the season for the United.
ATI notched a victory in its season opener Friday, as big days on the ground from Anthony Frasier and Tommy Fahey paved the way for a 34-20 win over Quinebaug Valley.
The bus ride to Putnam took almost three hours, but the trip home likely felt better. Frasier carried 12 times for 143 yards – including a 72-yard touchdown run – while Fahey had 10 for 111. The pair combined for five touchdowns (three rushing, two receiving).
It wasn’t a perfect day for the United, who had some opening day execution lapses that require correction if the group hopes to reach its significant goals.
“This team is always physical, they have big, tough, hard-nosed kids who give us a tussle,” said ATI coach Rich Holmes. “We haven’t had a blowout in our series and this game was tighter than the final score indicated. We just out-athleted them; we made a lot of mistakes that we’ll have to get better from.”
The teams exchanged scores to start the game, though ATI converted on its two-point opportunity to hold an 8-6 lead. The visitors scored consecutive touchdowns – including Frasier’s scamper – to take control for good. The turning point came at 20-6 when ATI got a stop on a long Quinebaug drive heading into the half. Quarterback CJ Cianflone threw a pair of scores.
ATI is back on the road Friday at Wilcox Tech.
“It went pretty well,” Holmes said. “We went out and made some obvious early-season mistakes, some correctable errors. Our execution needs to be better.”