EAST HAVEN — The Sheehan football team has been bound for it all season and it is now official. The Titans qualified for the playoffs for the third time in program history, and first since 1995, with a 41-0 SCC Tier III victory over East Haven on Friday night at Crisafi Field.
The victory was Sheehan’s fifth in a row and also clinched the Titans, the defending division champs, a share of the Tier III crown.
Sheehan, now 8-1 and 5-0 in Tier III, showcased a three-touchdown night from running back Jordan Davis. Quarterback Wes Terzi added two touchdown passes. The Titans built a 22-0 lead at the half and cruised to its first shutout of the season.
Appropriately, it was the Sheehan defense that provided the first points of the game. Terzi punted a ball that was downed at the 1. On East Haven’s first play, the Titans made a tackle in the end zone for a safety.
Davis had back-to-back touchdown runs as Sheehan built to a 15-0 advantage early in the second quarter. Davis first rushed in from four yards to put the Titans up 9-0. With 9:52 left in the second quarter, the sophomore plunged in from three yards.
Terzi went to work and hit Aaron Simmons with a 14-yard TD pass that extended the Sheehan lead to 22-0 with 4:04 before halftime.
In the second half, Davis found the end zone for the third time to make the score 28-0 with 7:54 remaining in the third quarter.
Before the end of the third quarter, Terzi tossed a 25-yard TD pass to Evan Mansfield as the Titans went ahead 35-0 and the clock went on running time.
Nate Zona capped the scoring for the Titans with a three-yard touchdown run to complete the 41-0 victory in the closing minutes of the game.
Sheehan last qualified for the postseason in 1995. It was the first year of CIAC football playoff expansion, with the field in each class expanding from just two finalists to four. The 1995 Titans lost to eventual champion Ansonia 16-6 in a Class S semifinal.
In their initial postseason appearance, the Titans won the state title in 1985 when they beat Montville at Palmer Field to capture the S-1 crown.
East Haven fell to 1-8 overall, 1-5 in Tier III. The Yellowjackets have dropped eight in a row.