MIDDLETOWN >> Vinal Tech/East Hampton/Goodwin Tech stayed with Woodstock Academy through three quarters, but in the end it was the speed of Woodstock Academy — and too much Kameron Janice — that turned out to be more than the Bellhawks could handle.
Woodstock won the game, 35-14, for its first win and handed the Bellhawks their fifth consecutive loss Friday night at Palmer Field. Janice rushed for 153 yards on 12 carries, good for two touchdowns, and caught three passes for 48 more, including a touchdown. He also had a two-point conversion.
But it was Woodstock’s ability to run the option and once the Centaurs got to the edge, it was see you later.
“We couldn’t stop the option,” Vinal coach Joe Cefaratti said. “Our secondary didn’t react and our linebackers got walled off. They ran it very well.”
Woodstock, which had 331 yards offense, 231 on the ground, led 7-0 at the half on a 4-yard touchdown run by Janice and the PAT by Alden Brennan.
The Centaurs scored immediately in the second half as Janice took a short pass from Jared Bouten and ran 53 yards for the touchdown to take a 14-0 lead. The Bellhawks answered with a 2-yard run by Shayne Livingston and a two-point conversion by James Tharin, but after an onside kick failed,
Janice bolted 50 yards up the middle to give Woodstock a 20-8 lead.
Again Vinal bounced back as Tyler Costa capped a 6-play, 79-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 20-14 with 39 seconds left in the third quarter.
But Woodstock added two scores in the fourth. The first came after a 15-minute injury delay as the Ballhawks’ Matt Villano was taken off the field on a stretcher. On the first play after the delay, Kyle Prouty got to the outside and ran 32 yards for a touchdown.
Janice ran for the two-point conversion and with 8:09 to play, Woodstock led 28-14.
Woodstock (1-4) added a 4-yard score from Prouty with 3:26 left in the game.
“I’m kind of happy for them,” said Cefaratti. “Last year we won a close one in the pouring rain up there, and this year they come here and get their first win. We hung with them, but this is the kind of year we’re having. When it rains, it pours. But we keep on showing up, we keep on coaching and we keep on playing.”
The Bellhawks had 254 yards offense. Livingston had 95 yards rushing on eight carries as Vinal had 191 yards on the ground.
Vinal has a bye next week.