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WATERBURY >> Josiah Rivers ran for 295 yards and scored six touchdowns on 32 carries as Waterbury Career outlasted Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech in a 72-70 victory at Municipal Stadium Thursday night.
It was the highest-scoring game in Connecticut history.
The final combined total of 142 points shattered the old record of 133, which was previously held by St. Joseph and Ledyard in the 2013 Class M quarterfinals. St. Joseph won that game 84-49.
Kyren Petteway added 127 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries for WCA (3-3), which ran for 449 yards and had 481 yards of offense as a team.
Sacred Heart’s Trey Dawson completed 25 of 35 passes for 434 yards and threw for six touchdowns. He was intercepted once.
Teammate Tyler Rudolph caught 16 passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns. He also returned a kickoff 81 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.
Sacred Heart also finished with 481 total yards (431 passing, 50 rushing). There were only two punts the entire game, both by Waterbury Career.
Sacred Heart (3-3) held a 29-28 lead at halftime but the game turned in a wild third quarter that saw scoring on all but one of nine possessions.
Sacred Heart scored five touchdowns while Waterbury Career responded with three. Sacred Heart led 64-50 heading into the fourth quarter.
Waterbury Career then scored three-consecutive touchdowns to take a 72-64 lead with 4 minutes, 26 seconds remaining.
Sacred Heart got within 72-70 with 2:03 left, but Dawson’s potential tying 2-point conversion pass was no good.
Waterbury Career surrendered the ball on downs at the Sacred 46 with 30 seconds remaining. After advancing to the 33 with 3 seconds left, Dawson’s Hail Mary pass fell incomplete.
Overall, the teams combined for 50 first downs (28 for WCA and 22 for Sacred Heart).
Sacred Heart scored touchdowns on 11 of its 15 possessions. WCA scored 10 touchdowns on 15 possessions.
The Hearts turned the ball over three times, including two interceptions and a fumble. WCA lost the ball once on a fumble and an interception.
Waterbury Career 72, Sacred Heart/KT 70
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SACRED HEART/KT 15 14 35 6 — 70
WATERBURY CAREER 6 22 22 22 — 72
SH–Tyler Rudolph 38 pass from Trey Dawson (David Kulla kick)
WCA–Josiah Rivers 2 run (run failed)
SH–Rudolph 81 kickoff return (Tiron Ferris run)
WCA–Kyren Petteway 5 run (run failed)
WCA–Rivers 6 run (Petteway run)
SH–Joel Guzman 15 pass from Dawson (Kulla kick)
SH—Tyler Gendron 35 pass from Dawson (Kulla kick)
WCA—Rivers 11 run (Petteway run)
SH—Courie Stevenson 45 pass from Dawson (Kulla kick)
WCA—Petteway 30 run (run failed)
SH—Rudolph 20 pass from Dawson (Kulla kick)
WCA—Rivers 80 run (Petteway run)
SH—Ferris 5 run (Ferris run)
SH—Ferris 11 run (kick failed)
WCA—Jadan Battle 15 pass from Petteway (Petteway run)
SH—Rudolph 65 pass from Dawson (Kulla kick)
WCA—Rivers 20 run (Petteway run)
WCA—Petteway 8 run (Petteway run)
WCA—Rivers 6 run (run failed)
SH—Ferris 1 run (pass failed)
Team records: Sacred Heart 3-3, Waterbury Career 3-3
Correction: A previous version of this story didn’t accurately convey the turnovers for WCA. It had two, a fumble and an interception.