WALLINGFORD — Sheehan put the finishing touches on its nine-win, playoff-bound season with a 49-20 win over city rival Lyman Hall in the Carini Bowl played at Riccitelli Field at Sheehan Thanksgiving morning.
Sheehan, which will host Barlow in a Class M quarterfinal round game Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., piled up 453 yards on offense, including 380 on the ground. The duo of Terrence Bogan (13-for-186 and four touchdowns) and Jordan Davis (13-for-144 and three touchdowns) overwhelmed the Lyman Hall defense.
Weston Terzi, Sheehan’s quarterback, had a good day, completing 6-of-11 for 73 yards.
Yet the Trojans (5-5) moved the ball themselves, picking up 366 yards, including 293 on the ground. Randy Mcfarline had 170 yards on 29 carries, good for all three of his team’s scores and Austin Ruiz picked up 102 yards on 29 carries.
But a fumble inside the one yard line in the first quarter, and a missed fourth-and-three at the Sheehan 19-yard line in the second prevented Lyman Hall from making this a much more competitive game.
“We made a couple of mistakes that hurt,” said Lyman Hall coach Bill Weyrauch. “I knew coming in we’d have to score points and we’d have to play a near flawless game to win. But Sheehan isn’t 9-1 for nothing. They also did some things that surprised me for which we weren’t ready.
“But my kids played their hearts out and while maybe we didn’t play as well defensively as I would have liked, the kids all ran to the ball, so I couldn’t be prouder of them.”
Every time Lyman Hall scored, Sheehan answered with a touchdown of its own on its ensuing possession.
“Offensively — when we took care of the ball — we were able to run,” Sheehan coach John Ferrazzi said, referring to his club’s two lost fumbles. “Overall I thought we had a really good rhythm, although our defense let them back in the game a couple of times. Yet for sure, that goal line stand was important.”
Sheehan opened the game with an eight-play, 68-yard drive that resulted in Bogan’s first touchdown, a 4-yard run. With Terzi’s kick, the Titans led 7-0. Lyman Hall responded and marched to the Sheehan 1-yard line with a great chance to tie the game, but fumbled the ball away.
Sheehan built the lead to 14-0 on a 40-yard lightning bolt run by Davis, but Lyman Hall answered when Randy Macfarline (29-for-170) scored on a 3-yard run. The Titans bounced back with Bogan’s second TD, a 25-yard run with 5:16 left. After Sheehan’s Tyler Ekstrom blocked a punt, the winners bolted 42 yards in four plays with Bogan scoring a third time from a yard out and at the half, Sheehan was cruising 28-7.
The teams traded touchdowns for much of the second half. McFarline scored on an 8-yard run with 7:04 to play to cut the lead to 28-14, but less than three minutes later Davis scored on a 5-yard run.
Bogan, who was named his team’s Outstanding Offensive Player, ran for a 50-yard TD with 1:41 left in the third to build the lead to 42-14 before Lyman Hall scored early in the fourth on a 14-yard run by Mcfarline.
The final score was a 3-yard run by Davis with 10:11 left in the game.
Mcfarline was named Lyman Hall’s Offensive Player of the Game and Henry Febbriello was the Trojans’ Outstanding Defensive Player of the Game. Stephen Zensiky was Sheehan’s Outstanding Defensive Player of the Game.
“One thing you count on with this team is that they always play hard,” said Ferrazzi. “They always compete. To be 9-1 is special, not for just this team, but for our program.”