WALLINGFORD —The Sheehan Titans improved to 2-0 on the young season with a 56-32 victory in a non-conference game against New Fairfield Rebels on Friday night at Riccitelli Field.
It was the Jordan Davis show in the first half, as the senior captain totaled three of his four touchdowns to lead Sheehan past a New Fairfield team that wouldn’t go away all night.
Then Terrence Bogan came on strong, finishing with 355 yards and four touchdowns as the Titans hit 50 or more points for the second game in a row.
The Titans got on the board first, but not after the defense came up with a big stop.
New Fairfield almost hit it big on its second play from scrimmage, as a trick play on a pitch to running back Jack Thuesen left receiver Michael Pederson open down the sideline, but Sheehan defensive back Jason Villano recovered to break up the connection.
Sheehan’s offense responded with what it does best, working an efficient eight-play, 65-yard drive capped by a three-yard touchdown run by Bogan.
The Rebels answered with a long drive, spanning 10 plays. The Titans looked like they had a stop, forcing a fourth-and-8 from their own 34, but Matt Constantinides delivered a strike to Jack Thuesen for the touchdown.
Bogan wasted no time getting Sheehan back in the red zone, breaking a 50-yard carry down the right sideline to set the Titans up at the New Fairfield 20-yard line.
Davis took it from there (with Bogan on the bench due to an arm injury), taking the first play of the second quarter 14 yards to the house for his third rushing touchdown of the season.
The Sheehan defense made up for the fourth-down breakdown on the previous Rebels possession, forcing a safety by chasing Constantinides back into the end zone before the junior quarterback was called for intentional grounding.
On top of that, Michael Lemay returned the ensuing kickoff to the New Fairfield 30-yard line, setting up yet another Davis touchdown.
This time, the senior captain bounced one outside, dashing through the New Fairfield secondary for a 30-yard touchdown, giving Sheehan a 23-8 advantage early in the second quarter.
The Titans forced another punt, and Davis was at it again. He fielded the punt at the Sheehan 42-yard line, returning down the left sideline. He then broke multiple tackles inside the Rebels’ 20-yard line, juking his way to the end zone for his third score in as many touches.
New Fairfield finally got going again on offense late in the half, as Constantinides converted a big third down to Thuesen to keep the drive going into Sheehan territory.
After a couple chunk gains on the ground by Michael Altobelli, Constantinides found Camden Lathrop for a 19-yard touchdown to cut the Sheehan lead to 29-16.
The Rebels would get another score before the half, as a screen pass to Altobelli went 54 yards for a score, and New Fairfield added its third two-point conversion to cut the Sheehan lead to five before the half.
Bogan returned for the final drive of the half and Sheehan ventured into Rebel territory with less than a minute to go, but Simmons was intercepted in the end zone looking for Davis.
No matter. Sheehan opened the second half with an 11-play, 71-yard drive keyed by numerous Bogan runs, but it was Davis on a direct snap who punched it in for his fourth score to give the Titans a 36-24 lead with 7:19 to play in the third quarter.
Bogan continued to wear down the Rebels’ defense, racking up another score in the wake of a Lemay interception.
Bogan tacked on another two scores late in the fourth quarter to finish the night with 28 carries for 355 yards and four TDs.
New Fairfield inched closer with just under six minutes to play on Constantinides fourth touchdown pass, but it wouldn’t be enough.
The Titans will be on the road next week as they will take on Brookfield at 7 p.m. with their eyes set on improving to 3-0.
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