WALLINGFORD – On the eve of Thanksgiving, Sheehan football coach John Ferrazzi was walking with his two star running backs, Jordan Davis and Terrance Bogan, back to the locker room after practice.
“What are we going to call you guys,” Ferrazzi asked. “Is it going to be ‘Thunder and Lightning?’”
Neither Bogan nor Davis responded. They don’t need words. Their play does the talking.
The following morning, the dynamic sophomore duo combined for all seven touchdowns and 353 of their team’s 453 yards in Sheehan’s 49-20 Carini Bowl victory over Lyman Hall.
“I can’t explain it,” Davis said after the game. “We’re just ‘Thunder and Lightning’ as a duo.”
Apparently, Davis like the nickname after all. Davis, the lightning half of the equation, totaled 138 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries. He also grabbed three catches for 31 yards.
Bogan, the thunder half of the duo, was named the Sheehan offensive MVP of the Carini Bowl. Coming off a two-week absence due to a leg injury, Bogan rushed 14 times for 184 yards and four touchdowns.
“They are both tremendous athletes,” Ferrazzi said. “It’s obvious they can run. They both provide different dimensions. Terrence is more the north-south guy. He kind of has that track stride. Once he gets that momentum and stride going, he can really take it there.
“Jordan has that innate ability to make people miss,” Ferrazzi continued. “He can see things happen before they develop. They are only sophomores. They are only going to get bigger and stronger and faster. They are going to be something that is going to continue to be special for us.”
Both will get a chance to showcase their abilities in the postseason. With the win over Lyman Hall, Sheehan completed a 9-1 regular season, repeated as SCC Tier 3 champ and locked up the No. 3 seed in Class M. The Titans will host No. 6 Joel Barlow in the quarterfinals on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
“They get better with every rep they take,” Ferrazzi said. “It started out as two sophomores and we don’t look at them as sophomores anymore. They are both capable of carrying the load and they are only going to get better. It’s something for us to be looking forward to in the coming weeks before we even talk about anything after that.”
Both backs credited the Sheehan offensive line for much of their success.
“The offensive line was a big reason for the win and for all of the yards we gained,” Davis said. “You should be interviewing them.”
Ferrazzi said the line of left tackle Stephen Zenisky, left guard Willy Seay, center Jason Klemm, right guard Luke Willette and right tackle Will Terzi has only improved as the season has gone on.
“Our whole offensive line has been tremendous,” Ferrazzi said. “When you replace three starters that we lost last year, it takes time for that to come together. But with the leadership of Steve Zenisky and Luke Willette as returning starters, they gelled really well and understand this game. We expect them to play well and we want to establish the run game. We expect that consistency out of them and they show up and they get the job done.”
Bogan said before the season the goal was going to get some varsity reps, but to be one of the focal points of the offense. Bogan eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark with his big Thanksgiving performance. His season total is now 1,024 yards. Davis has 857 rushing yards.
“This season has been kind of a roller coaster,” Bogan said. “You wouldn’t expect two sophomores being the highest scorers on the team. Our lineman work hard every day and our coaches push us to be better every day. We both come out here and we both work hard. We both put up points and do what we can for the team.”
Foes of Sheehan can expect plenty of thunder and lightning in the forecast for this postseason. And then there’s 2018 and 2019, too. This weather front isn’t going to break up any time soon.