MERIDEN — The Wilcox-Kaynor Tech Indians dropped to 0-2 Saturday after giving up 26 second-quarter points to the Prince Tech Falcons and losing 40-14 on the new turf field at Platt High School.
Matthew Bethea and Zaid Langs-Myer each had two touchdowns for the Falcons, who improved to 2-0.
Wilcox-Kaynor got its scoring from quarterback Jake Ferrauolo, who threw for two touchdowns, including a 75-yard connection to Brandon Alvarado and a 35-yarder to Antonio Mejil.
“They got great athletes and the matchups were a problem with us, but the biggest thing is we still aren’t assignment-sound, especially on the offensive side, and our defense needs to do a better job at tackling,” said Wilcox-Kaynor coach Trevor Jones. “We were our own worst enemy today.”
The game was close for just one quarter. Prince Tech scored on the opening possession of the game, capping off an all-run, nine-play drive with Matthew Bethea’s 3-yard TD on third-and-goal.
The two-point conversion was unsuccessful and the Falcons led 6-0 with 7:12 left in the first quarter.
The Indians were unable to get anything going in the first quarter. On their first drive, they netted negative-11 yards while going three-and-out.
With their backs against the wall on their own 1-yard line, the Indians put the Falcons in perfect scoring position after a seven-yard punt that put Prince Tech at the 8.
And yet one of the most impressive moments of the day for Wilcox-Kaynor came on the subsequent possession. The Indians forced a fourth-and-goal situation from the 1-yard line and they stopped Jalen Somersall to keep it a 6-0 game.
The Falcons started pouring it on in the second quarter, scoring four touchdowns and running away with a big 32-7 halftime lead.
Following their goal-line stand, the Indians turned the ball over on their ensuing possession. Langs-Myers picked off a pass and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown.
The two-point conversion was successful as Braedon Bynoe connected through the air with Avery Carson to put the Falcons up 14-0.
Two drives later, the Falcons extended their lead to 20-0 with a 24-yard reverse to Antwon Blue that fooled the Wilcox-Kaynor defense.
The Indians would finally respond. On a third down at the Wilcox 25, Jake Ferrauolo connected with Alvarado on a slant across the middle. Alvarado broke a tackle and turned up north to gallop for the 75-yard touchdown.
This was the first career passing touchdown for Ferrauolo and the Indians cut the lead to 13 after a successful extra point attempt from Nicholas Barros.
But just like when the Indians gained momentum earlier in the game with their goal-line-stand, they lost momentum all too quickly. Prince Tech, facing third-and-5 on its next drive, threw an out route to Bethea, who caught a nice sideline pass and managed to break two tackles and escape for a 49-yard score.
The two-point conversion was no good and the Falcons were up 26-7.
Two drives later, Zaid Lang-Myers scored on the offensive side of the ball with a 29-yard pass from Bynoe, breaking a few tackles along the way for a 32-7 halftime lead.
The second half opened with Wilcox-Kaynor going three-and-out.
Prince Tech took over at and, facing a fourth-and-1at midfield, elected to go for it. The Falcons wound up with a 24-yard play as Antwon Blue caught a pass to prolong the drive.
Tyshawn Knowlin ran the ball the next two plays and gained 21 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown to put the Falcons up 40-7.
The Indians had one more bright moment in the game as Ferrauolo connected with Mejil late in the fourth to make the final score 40-14.
“I got to see what it’s about,” Ferraulo said regarding his first start. “I learned a lot through the experience. I learned how it is to be the captain, how it is to be the leader on the team and on the field,”
Wilcox-Kaynor will be searching for its first win of the season next Satuday in Danbury against Abbott Tech-Immaculate. Kickoff is 2 p.m. at Immaculate.
“We have to become assignment-sound,” said Jones. “Until that happens we aren’t going to be winning any games. We have to know what our job is and we have to do our job on both sides of the ball.”