CHESHIRE >> Sheehan star Zach Davis took the second play from scrimmage 65 yards for a touchdown. That was about the end of the highlight reel for the Titans Friday evening.
A resurgent Cheshire squad that has eyes on a return to glory swarmed and crushed Sheehan, scoring touchdowns on eight of its first nine possessions en route to a 56-18 thrashing before a packed house at the Maclary Complex in Cheshire’s home opener.
“You have to make big plays when they’re available and we were able to do that tonight,” Cheshire coach Don Drust said. “To me, that’s a big part of this. There’s no letdowns, especially in this conference. The Davis kid is phenomenal and he’s capable of scoring from anywhere. We did a good job on him after that first play.”
This rivalry had seen some close games in the past few years despite the Rams (3-0) being a division (now two) above the Titans in the SCC. But after Davis’ touchdown, it was all Cheshire, as they held Sheehan to minus-31 total yards on its next three possessions.
The Rams also dominated the line of scrimmage on offense, with Bryce Levenduski, Mike Millea, and Elijah Allston scoring touchdowns on Cheshire’s first three possessions for a 21-6 lead after the first quarter.
The real backbreaker for the Titans (0-3) came on the second play of the second quarter. Facing a 4th-and-4 from the Cheshire 31, Davis — who had caused a fumble to put Sheehan in such great field position — lost the ball trying to fight for extra yardage.
Brian Weyrauch, who spent a good deal of the night in the Sheehan backfield, scooped it up and ran 67 yards untouched for a score to make it 28-6.
To make it completely decided by halftime, the Rams scored 14 points in just three seconds late in the second quarter. First, Allston bulldozed his way in from 3 yards out, then Sheehan failed to jump on a squib kick. On the next play, Jack Raba (7-of-8, 125 yards, 3 TDs) hit a wide open Tom Wnuck for a 24-yard touchdown and Cheshire had delivered the knockout blow, leading 42-6 at the half.
“You’re talking about a LL school against a small M school, and we’re playing a lot of sophomores and people new to varsity,” Sheehan coach John Ferrazzi said. “We had some critical mistakes that were pretty basic and they made us pay for each and every one of them.”
Davis, who had rushed for 635 yards in his first two games, battled for 155 yards on 21 carries and also caught a touchdown pass for another score. Levanduski finished with 120 yards on 13 attempts, while Allston added 119 more on 17 carries for Cheshire, which didn’t punt until the final minutes of the contest.
Things stand to get much tougher for Cheshire going forward, with six SCC Division I games in a row, starting with No. 5 West Haven at Ken Strong Stadium next Friday. Fourth-ranked Southington also awaits on Thanksgiving, but Drust sees a tremendous opportunity for his much-improved squad in the challenge.
“We don’t get ahead of ourselves too much, but to me, this is a great opportunity for us week in and week out,” Drust said. You’re going to play the best football every single week in Division I. That’s why we do this, isn’t it? For atmospheres like this and for opportunities like that.”
Cheshire 56, Sheehan 18
Sheehan 6 0 6 6 — 18
Cheshire 21 21 14 0 — 56
S—Zach Davis 65 run (kick failed)
C—Bryce Levenduski 12 run (Ethan Bronson kick)
C—Mike Millea 23 pass from Jack Raba (Bronson kick)
C—Elijah Allston 6 run (Bronson kick)
C—Brian Weyrauch 67 fumb ret (Bronson kick)
C—Elijah Allston 3 run (Bronson kick)
C—Tom Wnuck 24 pass from Jack Raba (Bronson kick)
C—Mike Millea 21 pass from Jack Raba (Bronson kick)
S—Zach Davis 22 pass from Weston Terzi (kick blocked)
C—Elijah Allston 1 run (Bronson kick)
S—Russ Rutkowski 3 run (kick failed)
Team records: Cheshire 3-0; Sheehan 0-3