TORRINGTON >> Prince Tech’s undefeated football team (6-0) won 45-18 at Wolcott Tech Saturday afternoon.
Wolcott Tech’s Wildcats (1-4), coming off a big win last week (34-0 over Whitney Tech), had to settle for scaring a likely playoff team for the first two-and-a-half quarters of the game.
“It’s nice to have a senior (offensive) line,” said Prince Tech’s second-year head coach, Robert Rubin.
Rubin led his Falcons to the Class S playoffs last year, only to run into all-world Ansonia in the first round.
This year, experience blends nicely with sophomore Vernon Mcalmont’s speed in the backfield.
Saturday, Mcalmont ripped off 259 yards in 15 carries, including a 42-yard touchdown jaunt on Prince Tech’s first play from scrimmage. It was one of five rushing touchdowns for the 5-foot-8 sprinter.
Eleven Wolcott Tech starters sat out the opening kickoff and much of the first half for disciplinary reasons.
The rest, with just four seniors on the 43-man team, went to work.
“Our game plan was to try to take away the run,” said Wolcott Tech coach Jamie Coty.
The plan shook when Mcalmont burst loose for another long scoring run with 28 seconds left in the first quarter, this one for 49 yards.
When the Wildcats seemed to bottle up the run early in the second quarter, Falcon sophomore Jordan Davis, making his first start at quarterback, threw 32 yards to Jamar Searight for a touchdown, 20-0 with the point after.
The Wildcats have a horse of their own.
Midway through the second period, senior running back Asante Maldon turned the tables on the Falcons, reeling off a 67-yard dash for Wolcott Tech’s first score.
On the next Falcon offensive series, the Wildcats recovered a fumble, then drove from the Prince Tech 40 to a touchdown. Mickey Ross threw to Derek Barreto for the final 25 yards, 20-12.
Falcon coach Rubin roared at his team, “You wanted a game? You got it!”
Mcalmont gave Prince early second-half comfort with a 10-yard scoring run, 26-12.
“I’m trying to pick up my speed,” said Mcalmont, who runs the 100 and 200-meter sprints in track season.
This one wasn’t over.
Wolcott Tech went three downs, then turned a punt into a huge gain. A Falcon receiver fumbled the punt. Barreto, a sophomore, fell on it at the Falcon 20-yard line.
Junior quarterback Mickey Ross, 5-feet-8, 145 pounds, took it home on the next play, 26-18.
“We had them where we wanted them,” said Coty. “Mickey Ross is fearless running the option.”
This time, Mcalmont and the Falcon running game was too much.
Mcalmont went 46 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter, then started the fourth with 16 more yards and another score, 39-18 with the kick.
A Falcon freshman, Vincent Ruff, cranked out the final score with a 13-yard run, 6:38 left in the game.
“We need to improve all over,” said Ross, hurting all over after the game.
“Every week, we’re better and better,” said Coty, citing two other losses, to Vinal Tech and Wilcox Tech, that came down to the final minutes.
“We could have been 3-1 coming into this game,” Coty said.
Prince Tech 45, Wolcott Tech 18
At Wolcott Tech High School
Prince Tech 13 7 12 13—45
Wolcott Tech 0 12 6 0—18
PT—Vernon Mcalmont, 42-yd run; kick failed
PT—Mcalmont, 49-yd run; William Jackson kick
PT—Jamar Searight, 32-yd pass from Jordan Davis; Jackson kick
WT—Asante Maldon, 67-yd run; kick failed
WT—Derrek Barreto, 25-yd pass from Maldon; conversion failed
PT—Mcalmont, 10-yd run; conversion failed
WT—Mickey Ross, 20-yd run; conversion failed
PT—Mcalmont, 46-yd run; kick failed
PT—Mcalmont, 16-yd run; Jackson kick
PT—Vincent Ruff, 13-yd run; kick failed
Rushing: PT—Jamar Searight 1-for-6 yds; Vernon Mcalmont 15-for-259 yds/5 TDs; Vincent Ruff 2-for-17 yds/TD; Jordan Davis 4-for-11 yds. WT—Asante Maldon 16-for-139 yds; Mickey Ross 13-for-13 yds; Brent Rainville 2-for-2 yds; Christian Berti 2-for-4 yds.
Passing: PT—Jordan Davis 2-for-2/52 yds/TD. WT—Mickey Ross 6-for-11/103 yds/interception; Asante Maldon 1-for-1/25 yds/TD.
Receiving: PT—Jamar Searight 2-for-52 yds/TD. WT—Brandon Oakes 2-for-10 yds; Derek Barreto 4-for-91 yds/TD; Asante Maldon 3-for-27.
Records: Prince Tech 6-0; Wolcott Tech 1-4.