TORRINGTON — Holy Cross’ football team got production from every aspect of its game in a 42-7 win at Torrington’s Robert H. Frost Sports Complex Thursday night.
Alessandro Ward, 6 feet, 230 pounds, was an unstoppable force running 17 times for 159 yards and two touchdowns.
Quarterback Corey Fappiano added a touchdown on a 4-yard keeper.
Fappiano and Qaron Brown connected for two touchdowns in the air.
And the defense chipped in for one more when the Crusaders blocked a Torrington punt and Marcus Payne took it in for the score.
Through it all, Ward, a senior, was the catalyst, seeming to plow through the Torrington line at will.
“Just give it to (Ward)? That’s what we’ve been doing to run the ball,” smiled Crusader coach Mike Giampetruzzi. “He’s tough to stop because he’s all shoulders and thighs.”
“You’ve got to bring him down on first contact before he builds a head of steam,” Torrington coach Gaitan Rodriguez said.
“I want to play Division I. I’ve had a couple of schools looking at me,” Ward said.
Ward built steam through the game as well as in his individual runs, wearing down those who tried for Rodriguez’ first contact.
Ward contributed 33 yards in three runs in Holy Cross’ first possession, freeing up Fappiano for his first air strike to Brown for a 25-yard touchdown.
The Red Raiders stopped Holy Cross on the next possession, then fumbled the punt on their own 24-yard line. Ward crashed the line for 13 yards on two carries. Fappiano finished it off with his scoring run.
By the second quarter, Ward radiated steam, chewing up eight yards, then 28 through a defensive backfield where nobody could hope to stop him.
Good news for the Raiders turned bad when Torrington stopped Cross at their own 25, then coughed up a blocked punt to Payne for the last score of the half, 30-0.
Nevertheless, some Raider good news stayed put. Christian Estafani started the second half with a 65-yard race down the field. Then Aladio Thompson made up the final yard for Torrington’s touchdown.
But Ward and Fappiano were still on the field.
Ward went 17 yards for another touchdown on the next Crusader possession. Fappiano threw a 30-yard pass to Brown for the final score.
“These games will make us better,” Rodriguez said. “We put together a few drives and scored a touchdown. We only have nine seniors and the rest of our team is young. We showed glimpses of being able to do well.
The Red Raiders are 3-5. Holy Cross is 6-2, in the hunt for a Class S state tournament berth.
HOLY CROSS 42, TORRINGTON 7
HOLY CROSS 14 16 12 0 — 42
TORRINGTON 0 0 7 0 — 7
HC — Qaron Brown 25-yard pass from Corey Fappiano (kick failed)
HC — Fappiano 4-yard run (Vin Graziano pass from Fappiano)
HC — Alessandro Ward 42-yard run (Fappiano run)
HC — Marcus Payne 10-yard blocked punt return (Fappiano run)
T — Aladio Thompson 1-yard run (Josh Maldonado kick)
HC — Ward 17-yard run (run failed)
HC — Brown 30-yard pass from Fappiano (pass failed)
Records: Holy Cross 6-2; Torrington 3-5.