WATERBURY >> The Torrington Red Raiders clawed back from a 27-7 deficit in the third quarter to make it a six point game before the Holy Cross Crusaders pulled away winning 41-21.
“It’s going to happen one of these weeks,” Red Raiders head coach, Gaitan Rodriguez said of his team’s quest for its first win of the season.
Torrington (0-7) was staring a 20-point deficit in the face when sophomore quarterback Connor Finn hit sophomore receiver Nate Bresson for a 73-yard touchdown. After a three-and-out stop by the Red Raiders defense, Finn hit Zak Mancini for an 18-yard pass and then a 27-yard pass which was for a touchdown and just like that it they were down 27-21.
“I am proud every week of them, they battle every week,” said Rodriguez.
Crusaders head coach Mike Giampetruzzi was able to settle down his team, but he was still impressed by the Red Raiders fight.
“We had some breakdowns on defense,” he said. “They threw the ball well today, they were 0-6 and they battle every time, we knew they were going to be hungry, we knew they were going to be battling.
From the get go the Crusaders (5-2) were playing a man down, when starting running back, Andrew Bialoglowy left the game after having one carry, with an injury.
“We had our number one running back go down,” he said. “We had a few guys step up, when one goes down the next one steps up.”
Using a running by committee style the Crusaders combine for 124-yards and four touchdowns between three running backs and quarterback Joe Kalosky who had one of the rushing touchdowns along with throwing for 219-yards and two more touchdowns.
“We had to step it up with an unbalanced attack,” said Kalosky a junior. “We just needed to focus to keep it going.”
Kalosky was instrumental in keeping the Crusaders focused after Torrington made it a six point game.
After each team took turns punting, Torrington was lined up to punt when the snap was low and Red Raiders punter Manchester went to his knee to pick up the ball and was ruled down, giving the Crusaders excellent field position on Torrington’s 27-yard line.
Earlier this season, the Crusaders saw themselves in a similar situation against Derby and they lost the game 19-14. Kalosky wasn’t going to let it happen again.
On the first play, Kalosky hit senior Trai Weaver (six catches for 170 yards) for a 27-yard touchdown to extend the Crusaders lead and kill the momentum the Red Raiders had.
“He’s the leader of our team,” said Giampetruzzi. “He is getting better every week.”
The Red Raiders are now 0-7 with four games left against, Kennedy (0-6), Woodland (6-0), Sacred Heart (0-6) and Watertown (1-5) and they have no plans on quitting on the season.
“They believe, I ask them every week to give me 100% and that it will happen,” said Rodriguez.
Holy Cross 41 Torrington 21
At Municipal Stadium
Holy Cross: 6 14 7 14 – 41
Torrington: 7 0 14 0 – 21
- HC – 3-yard run Mike DiMaria (2-point no good);
- T – Nate Manchester 1-yard run (PJ Killmartin kick good);
- HC – 3-yard run Gerron Pendarvis (Kyle Broderick kick good);
- HC – 1-yard run Gerron Pendarvis (Kyle Broderick kick good);
- HC – 12-yard pass from Joe Kalosky to Breonte Nealy (Kyle Broderick kick good);
- T – 73-yard pass from Connor Finn to Nate Bresson (PJ Killmartin kick good);
- T – 27-yard pass from Connor Finn to Zak Mancini (PJ Killmartin kick good);
- HC – 27-yard pass from Joe Kalosky (kick no good); HC – 4-yard run Joe Kalosky (Gerron Pendarvis run 2-point good).
Passing: T – Connor Finn 19-37 for 288 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception. HC – Joe Kalosky 8-16 for 219 yards, 2 touchdowns.
Rushing: T – Tyler Marens 14 for 82 yards; Zak Mancini 3 for 2 yards; Nate Manchester 1 for 1, 1 touchdown; Nate Bresson 1 for 1; Connor Fin 7 for 0 yards; Dominick Phengkaen 3 for – 1 yards. HC – Gerron Pendarvis 10 for 43 yards, two touchdowns; Mike DiMaria 11 for 43 yards, one touchdown; Joe Kalosky 4 for 19 yards, one touchdown; Juwan Hall 2 for 11 yards; Bryan Burnette 4 for 8 yards; Andrew Bialoglowy 1 for 3.
Receiving: T – Desmond Langs 8 catches for 122 yards; Nate Bresson 5 catches for 98 yards, one touchdown; Zak Mancini 5 catches for 67 yards; Tyler Marens 1 catch for 1 yard. HC – Trai Weaver 6 for 170 yards, one touchdown; Bryan Burnette 1 catch for 37 yards; Breonte Nealy 1 catch for 12 yards, one touchdown.
Records: Holy Cross 5-2, Torrington 0-7.
Reach Pete Paguaga at the office 860-489-3121 ext. 326
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