ANSONIA — If one play encapsulates Ansonia’s dominant performance over Watertown Thursday night, it’s Tyler Cafaro’s 30-yard, second-quarter touchdown run in the Chargers eventual 49-7 victory at Jarvis Stadium.
For a split second it appeared as if an Indians’ defender had the Chargers quarterback wrapped up behind the line for a sack. Instead, the junior wiggled free and just kept on going — bouncing off a downfield tackle attempt all the way into the end zone.
“It was supposed to be a crossing route,” Cafaro said. “I saw an open hole, took it and trucked some kid as he was coming and bounced it to the outside. … You don’t think about trucking people as a quarterback you just think about it as running hard.”
The rest of the hard running Thursday night for undefeated Ansonia went to Shykeem Harmon, who scored three touchdowns. Harmon racked up 219 yards on nine carries, including touchdown runs of 82 and 29 yards. If not for his one-yard touchdown plunge — which made it 41-0 before the half — his average yards per carry would’ve finished at 27.5.
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The junior halfback — and the majority of the Ansonia starters — called it a night after the first 24 minutes. The Chargers improved to 5-0.
“You can’t coach speed,” Watertown coach Luigi Velardi said. “We’re in the right spots, we have to make the tackles, especially against Ansonia.”
Despite winning its last two games against Oxford and St. Paul Catholic by a combined score of 91-15, Ansonia players felt their performances were “flat.”
“We came in with a chip on our shoulder, the first few weeks we haven’t been playing good,” said Cafaro, who also threw a 44-yard touchdown to his brother Garrett.
Ansonia’s lead swelled to 27-0 early in the second when Jy’mere Jones took a reverse handoff from Harmon behind the line of scrimmage. Jones then sped around the corner and went untouched up the left sideline for a 52-yard score.
“I thought tonight we took a step in the right direction,” Chargers’ coach Tom Brockett said. “It starts with defense and offensive line play.”
Watertown (0-5) got on the board early in the third quarter thanks to Samuel St. Hilaire’s 38-yard run. The senior also broke off a 40-yard run late in the first half to lead the Watertown offense.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Shykeem Harmon, Ansonia — Three touchdowns and 219 yards on the ground. Not a bad night at the office.
The teams combined for 12 penalties in the first half, many procedural calls at the line of scrimmage and finished with 16 total.
“It all starts with the line,” — Harmon
ANSONIA 49, WATERTOWN 7
WATERTOWN 0 0 7 0—7
ANSONIA 19 22 0 8—49
A—Shykeem Harmon 82 run (Jalen Johnson kick)
A—Harmon 29 run (kick failed)
A—Garrett Cafaro 44 pass Tyler Cafaro (kick failed)
A—Jy’mere Jones 52 run (Jones run)
A—T. Cafaro 30 run (Johnson kick)
A—Harmon 1 run (Johnson kick)
W—Samuel St. Hilaire 38 run (Nicholas Daponte kick)
A—Chicago Rivers 3 run (Rivers run)
Records: Watertown 0-5; Ansonia 5-0