DURHAM >> Coginchaug running back Parker Tregoning entered this Pequot Conference test against Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby as the leading rusher in the state.
And when Tregoning finally stopped running on Saturday, it was safe to assume that his status had not changed.
Tregoning rushed for 410 yards and scored six touchdowns as the Blue Devils rolled past Windsor Locks, 46-14, at Coginchaug Regional Stadium.
“He’s carrying us right now,” Coginchaug coach Nick D’Angelo said.
Tregoning’s sensational performance featured touchdown runs of 71 and 72 yards. He also ripped off an 80 yard scoring run that was negated by a holding call.
“He’s just hard to tackle,” Windsor Locks coach Jason Qua said. “We knew that coming in and we didn’t do a good job tackling him at all. You put him out in the edge and you give him space and you don’t contain him then he’s going to have big yardage. He killed us.”
Coginchaug (2-2) scored on its first three possessions and built a 20-0 lead. After the Raiders fumbled the ball away on the game’s opening drive, it took just two plays for the Blue Devils to score as Tregoning’s 4-yard run and Jon Lombardo’s extra point kick made it 7-0.
Tregoning raced 71 yards to make it 14-0 midway through the first quarter, then capped an 11-play, 67-yard drive with another short TD run with 10:33 left in the second quarter.
Windsor Locks, however, answered when quarterback Trevor Sharp engineered the two-minute drill in the final seconds of the first half. Sharp completed three straight passes, the last one a 41-yard scoring toss to Jason Larson as time expired.
“We executed that perfectly right down the stretch,” Qua said.
The Raiders (1-3) made things interesting by scoring on their opening possession of the second half. Sharp found Sam Pines with a 12-yard scoring toss and Windsor Locks trailed, 20-14.
“That’s the thing that we’ve been battling all year,” D’Angelo said. “We had a little letdown there and all of a sudden it’s a game. But we bounced back and showed resilience and we did what we needed to do.”
Three plays later, Tregoning burst into the clear 72 yards for a touchdown. His fifth TD came on a 27-yard scamper, giving the Blue Devils a 33-14 lead with 47 seconds left in the third quarter.
“If we did a little better job on him, who knows?” Qua added. “We cut it to 20-14 and then gave up two big ones and that’s a tough one to come back from. Coginchaug’s a good team and they played well. My hats off to them.”
Bruce D’Agata led the Raiders double-wing attack with 52 yards on 15 attempts, while Sharp completed 7 of 14 passes for 116 yards.
The Blue Devils tacked on two more scores in the fourth quarter: a 49-yard TD run from Tregoning and a 20-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Wes Benjunas. Benjunas finished with 51 yards on 11 carries.
Afterwards, Tregoning didn’t hesitate in heaping praise on his offensive line: tackles Brenden Rushford and Brendan Wiknik, guards Jordan Solis and Andrew Light, and center Stephen Phenicie.
“I’m so thankful to have them,” Tregoning said. “They sealed the edge today so I was able to get outside. I just had to run straight, that was it. It was them. It was just a great day for football. We came out ready to play today.”
In four games, Tregoning has rushed for 1,040 yards with 14 touchdowns.
“The line’s coming together and the offense is starting to click,” D’Angelo said. “Our wingbacks (Cam Powers and Rick Sorensen) aren’t getting the ball so much because Tregoning’s doing so well but they’re blocking like another lineman out there. They’re blocking very well for him.”
After a bye week, Coginchaug will host Morgan (4-0) on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 1 p.m.
“We’ve evened our record and righted the ship,” D’Angelo said. “Now we’ve got a big game in two weeks against Morgan. I just told them we have to start fast and keep our foot on the gas.”