CIAC FOOTBALL: After record-breaking night, Titans turn attention to Ansonia

CIAC FOOTBALL: After record-breaking night, Titans turn attention to Ansonia

WALLINGFORD — The Sheehan Titans rewrote some pages in the school record book in the Class S quarterfinals on Wednesday night and will look to add another chapter to their 2019 story when they face the Ansonia Chargers in the Class S semifinals Monday night at Nolan Field.

The fourth-seeded Titans hosted the No. 5 Woodland Hawks on Wednesday at Riccitelli Field and routed them 51-0. Sheehan scored 30 points in the first quarter, had 44 on the board by halftime and rested the starters for most of the second half.

Seniors Terrence Bogan and Jordan Davis both broke school records during the offensive clinic put on by the Titans. Bogan, with 170 yards on 15 carries, became Sheehan’s all-time rushing leader with 5,350 career yards and counting.

Bogan, the SCC Tier 2 Player of the Year, extended the credit.

“Definitely, my line always, the receivers: They don’t ever get enough credit for the job that they do,” he said. “You know, it’s a team effort and all of my guys around me are great.”

Meanwhile, Davis, with two touchdown catches against Woodland, now has a program-best 20 TD receptions for his career.

“It’s a great feeling,” said Davis. “All the hard work that I’ve done through my four years has resulted in that and it’s kind of indescribable.”

Records aside, the 9-2 Titans know that they’re up against a tough team in 11-0 Ansonia. While the No. 1 Chargers had a much closer quarterfinal — 30-12 against eighth-seeded Plainfield — they are the state’s perennial Class S contender. Ansonia owns the most CIAC football titles in Connecticut history with 20. 

“To win a championship, you’ve got to beat the best and Ansonia has established themselves as one of the top programs in this state for a long time,” said Sheehan coach John Ferrazzi. “If you want to win a championship in Class S, Ansonia is always in the way and now we get a chance to see what we’re really made of.”

Ansonia’s most recent state title came in 2016 with a 28-21 victory over Rocky Hill. Since then, the Chargers fell to St. Joseph 42-36 in the 2017 final and to eventual champ Bloomfield 26-19 in the 2018 semifinals.

This year, the Chargers cut a 10-0 swath through the Naugatuck Valley League winning by an average score of 43-11. Their closest games came on back-to-back weeks late in the season — 26-20 against Woodland on Nov. 8 and 35-32 at Seymour on Nov. 14.

On Thanksgiving, Ansonia stormed through Naugatuck 52-8.

“We have to prepare just as hard as we did for this game for the next week,” Davis said about facing Ansonia. “I think this team will be a little more difficult, but our mindsets are we need to get work done and keep grinding.”

The Titans have made the playoffs three straight years. They lost to Berlin last year in the semifinals and to Joel Barlow the year before that in the quarterfinals. 

When asked what the Titans have to do differently to get further toward a state title, Ferrazzi responded, “We’ve got to continue to do what we’re doing. I’ve answered this question before and there is no doing anything different. It’s continuing to do the things we’ve been doing, capitalize on the things we’ve been doing great and work to eliminate some of our mistakes.

“We’re gonna get back to it tomorrow.”

The Titans go into Monday’s semifinal riding a 56-0 Carini Bowl win over Lyman Hall and the 51-0 win over Woodland. Following a near-flawless performance Wednesday night, Ferrazzi said Sheehan can still improve everywhere. 

“We can always get better; we always have a get-better mentality. We’re never satisfied,” the head coach said. “We’ll take a look at this film and look at the things that we’ve got to make sure that we improve on. We had a few penalties today that we’ll look at.”