NAUGATUCK >> Naugatuck quarterback Michael Plasky threw four touchdown passes and ran for two more TDs on the way to a Greyhound 52-0 mauling over Torrington at Naugatuck High School Friday night.
Each team came in with the scars from a sound beating by NVL favorite Seymour on their resume and a flip-side big win over Derby (Naugatuck) and Wilby (Torrington).
But the Greyhounds had the mental edge Friday.
Bringing back many of last year’s stars, they lost big to Seymour last week (48-12); more importantly, they remembered how Torrington’s graduated stars rolled over them a year ago on the Red Raiders’ way to a 6-0 start.
“We came here with a chip on our shoulder from last year,” said Plasky, still just a junior.
Payback began in the first minute for the Greyhounds and never stopped until sophomore Nicholas Airall came off the bench in the fourth quarter, running 28 yards for the final Naugatuck touchdown with a running clock winding down.
Meanwhile, the young Raiders stumbled from the beginning.
“I’ve got to figure out a way to get them more psyched up,” said Torrington Coach Gaitan Rodriguez.
Cold water in the face began with an interception by Daniel Oladapo on Torrington’s second play after the kickoff, followed immediately by a 38-yard pass from Plasky to Jalen Datil – one of their three touchdown connections for the night.
“We had to bounce back from last week,” said Datil, a senior.
While Torrington fumbled twice in the first quarter, the Greyhounds kept bouncing – on a 72-yard run by Plasky and 10-yard throw to Jacob Fazekas in the first quarter, on through a 53-yard scoring drive and 40-yard pass to Datil in the second.
Leading 33-0 at the half, Naugatuck’s only question was when the running clock would begin (with a 42-point spread in the third quarter, 35-point spread in the fourth).
While Tyler Dietlebaum chewed up the turf for 117 yards on 15 carries, Plasky (13-for-20 for 214 yards and one interception) connected with Datil for 23 more yards in the third. Then sophomore Dorean Chapman ran for a 13-yard score to ensure a moving clock in the fourth quarter.
“We got that over with,” said Rodriguez, but the Raiders face Ansonia at home next week.
“We played well,” said Naugatuck Coach Craig Bruno. “We learned from our mistakes against Seymour.”
Naugatuck hosts 0-3 Wodland next week.
Naugtuck 52, Torrington 0
At Naugatuck High School
Torrington 0 0 0 0 – 0
Naugatuck 20 13 13 6 – 52
N – Jalen Datil 38-yard pass from Michael Plasky (Tyler Deitlebaum run)
N – Plasky 72- yard run (run failed)
N – Jacob Fazekas 10-yard pass from Plasky (kick failed)
N – Plasky 2-yard run (kick failed)
N – Datil 40-yard pass from Plasky (Ben Rossi kick)
N – Datil 23-yard pass from Plasky (kick failed)
N – Dorean Chapman 13-yard run (Rossi kick)
N – Nicholas Airall 28-yard run (kick failed)
Rushing: T – Josh Maldonado 8 carries/32 yards; Dom Phengkaen 13/49. N – Tyler Deitlebaum 15/117; Michael Plasky 6/102; Jon Vincent 1/8; Nichaolas Airall 1/28.
Passing: T – Brandon Reiff 2 completions/6 attempts/12 yards/1 interception. N – Michael Plasky 13/20/214/interception.
Receiving: T – Justin Egliskis 1 reception/12 yards; Dylan Myrie 1/no gain. N – Jalen Datil 5/128; Daniel Oladapo 3/87; Elijah Robinson 2.=/34; Tyler Deitlebaum 1/15.
Records: Torrington 1-2; Naugatuck 2-1.