MERIDEN >> Tyzhan Leatherwood raced and rumbled for 359 yards at Falcon Field Friday night as Platt downed Central Connecticut Conference foe Rocky Hill 47-14.
After recording just 50 yards and a touchdown in the first half, the CCC’s leading rusher almost doubled his output on one play midway through the third quarter.
After a penalty and Rocky Hill sack backed the Panthers up to their own seven yard line, Leatherwood took the handoff through the left side of the line and broke free for 93 yards and a touchdown, a school record.
Rocky Hill answered 3 minutes and 40 seconds later with a touchdown by Chris Young from two yards out, but Leatherwood wasn’t done.
Following a touchback, Platt started the drive at their own 20 and on the first play Leatherwood broke for 80 yards outrunning the Terriers defense for his third score of the game.
“I just know, I feel them coming, I know I have to break off,” said Leatherwood on his closing speed.
Rocky Hill attempted a comeback late in the third quarter with touchdown runs by Chris Young (2 yards) and Greg Marzilli (2 yards), but it’s defense couldn’t make a stop.
With 10:21 remaining in the game, Andrew McBride connected for his third touchdown pass of the game, second to Olajuwon McLeod, for three yards.
“We definitely tried to open up the passing game more, our quarterback has a great arm,” said Platt coach Jason Bruenn.
Leatherwood was heard from one more time late in the game. With 8:45 left, he took it in from eight yards for his fourth score of the game, one shy of tying a school record.
McLeod quietly had a great game. The junior wide receiver caught two touchdown passes and returned the first punt of the game 57 yards, setting up the first Panthers score.
Rocky Hill boasts quite the rushing attack as well.
Averaging 347 yards per game coming into the game, the double wing attack just never got going. That forced Andrew Jenkelunas to throw the ball, something he’s only done 12 times prior this year.
The senior matched that total Friday, but completed only four and threw one interception. His longest was a 44-yard strike to Marzilli.
The best scoring opportunity the Terriers saw was a 20-yard pass from Jenkelunas to Thomas Seaver in the back corner of the end zone, but it was broken up by Cyrick Watford.
“We kick a field goal and we catch that touchdown pass earlier, we keep it close, but we didn’t and they played real well,” said Rocky Hill coach Dave Coyne.