MIDDLETOWN >> No question: It was a bad night for East Hampton/Vinal Tech’s football team.
Not only did the Bellhawks lose 46-13 to Abbott Tech of Danbury, they suffered key injuries that may haunt them in the weeks to come.
“We lost our tailback [Ryan Fazzino], our fullback [Even Salisbury] is banged up, our second-string quarterback [C.J. Lemere] is banged up and we have a couple of linemen hurt,” said coach Joe Cefaratti. “Not a good night.”
Even without the injuries, this was a long night for the Bellhawks. Abbott Tech running backs Dominique Rogers and Delton Rogers saw to that. Dominique, a sophomore, ran for 136 yards and four touchdowns and Delton had 105 yards and two scores.
“The two Ds destroyed us tonight,” said Cefaratti. “Too big, too fast. With all our injuries we were down to playing freshmen late in the game. But I will say they played hard; they weren’t afraid.”
Abbott Tech (1-0) took a 7-0 lead on Delton Rogers 53-yard run at 6:34 of the first quarter. EHVT answered with a 3-yard run by Ryan Fazzino and with 11:359:29 to go in the second quarter, the game was tied 7-7.
Not for long.
Quarterback Zach Ruscoe hit Dylan Shiland on a 54-yard bomb at the 9:29 mark and with 1:37 left in the half, Delton Rogers scored again, this time on a 12-yard run and the Wolverines led 21-7 at the half.
Abbott Tech scored three times in the third quarter, twice turning fumbles in touchdowns. Dominique Rogers scored all three on runs of eight, 45 and 23 yards, giving Abbott a 39-7 lead going to the fourth quarter.
EHVT got a touchdown from Stephano Linares on a 38-yard run with 5:02 left, but that was answered by an 83-yard kickoff return by Dominique Rogers with 4:20 to play.
EHVT had 222 yards offense, all on the ground. Salisbury had 86 yards on 15 carries and Fazzino had 57 on 14 carries, all in the first half before he was injured.
EHVT plays at Wolcott Tech in Torrington next Friday.