MILFORD — Sheehan was led by its quarterback in a 48-14 season-opening SCC Tier 3 win at Jonathan Law on Friday night.
That quarterback, though, was not the one you’d expect him to be.
Returning starter and senior captain Wes Terzi was benched for the first half and, in his place, the Titans started Kyle Simmons.
The junior delivered. He accounted for three touchdowns late in the second quarter as Sheehan built a 27-7 halftime lead and throughly impressed head coach John Ferrazzi.
“We have two good quarterbacks,” said Ferrazzi. “I like how Kyle settled down and got the offense rolling, especially after the first quarter.”
Terzi came in and made his own mark on the game with a 15-yard touchdown run on his first drive of the second half.
Ferrazzi didn’t want to get into the specifics of why Terzi was benched, but he did say, “It’s been a tough week for us” in the post-game talk with his team.
While the Titans did jump out to an immediate 7-0 lead thanks to Aaron Simmons’ return of the opening kickoff to the Law 5-yard line, it wasn’t fun and games for Kyle Simmons early on. He struggled to get anything going on his first few possessions. He threw two interceptions, one leading to a Law touchdown that evened the game at 7-7 midway through the second quarter.
Then things turned around on a dime. Make that two dimes: Simmons connected with Jake Smith for a pair of 43-yard touchdown passes in a span of 50 seconds.
A 5-yard touchdown run by Simmons shortly after that made it three Sheehan strikes in just over two minutes.
The turnaround from 7-7 to 27-7 was dramatic and Simmons contributed the swing to never getting too down on himself after the interceptions.
“I just put everything behind me,” said Simmons. “I forgot about the interceptions because, as Wes told me, I can’t go back and do anything about it.”
The two TD passes from Simmons to Smith were identical. On each, Smith sprinted about 30 yards down the sideline, caught the ball at the 15 and ran it in the rest of the way.
“On those two plays I just read the safety to see if I should go to the outside receiver or the back,” Simmon recounted.
Ferrazzi never lost his faith in Simmons even as his initial struggles persisted.
“I was just trying to coach him through what we saw,” said Ferrazzi. “I just told him to trust his coaching and the offense, and once he settled down he was fine.”
Sheehan now turns its attention to Week 2 and a SCC-SWC challenge game on the road with Stratford. The Titans will likely turn back to Terzi on a full time basis, but they know they have one heck of an insurance policy in their pocket in Kyle Simmons.