FOOTBALL: Sheehan can’t erase 21-0 halftime deficit at Amity

WOODBRIDGE — Pat Coughlin ran all over the Sheehan defense in the first half, which led Amity to its first win of the season, 21-14, in a SCC Tier 2 football game on Friday night.

The junior quarterback ran for two touchdowns and five first downs in the first half, when the Titans defense had no answer for him.

The rushing touchdowns helped stake the Spartans to a 21-0 halftime lead. Amity also capitalized on a Sheehan fumble on the game’s opening kickoff.

The Titans got off the mat in the second half, rallying behind two rushing touchdowns by freshman Brady Rossacci.

Rossacci had a two-point conversion after the first score and had a great overall night on the ground, putting up 151 yards on 31 carries.

Rossacci’s first touchdown, from 18 yards, came as time expired in the third quarter. His second TD, from 4 yards out, closed the gap to 21-14 with 5:13 left in regulation.

“My focus in practice is to score, score, score no matter what,” Rossacci said. “I always just want to score. That’s my goal.”

In their final possession, the Titans were stopped on a fourth-and-14 at midfield with 1:29 to play.

Earlier, Coughlin’s scores were the second and third scores of the opening half, but his rushing led Amity down the field for its first score of the game.

A key sequence came on a fourth-down play. Coughlin saw a hole open up on the right side, spun toward its and gained seven yards to the 28-yard line to keep the drive alive.

Coughlin then pitched it to his left to running back Nico Young, who ran for a 28-yard touchdown to put the Spartans up 7-0 in the first quarter.

Toward the end of the quarter, Coughlin drove the offense down the field with more first-down runs, including one in which he faked a pitch, sold the defensive line and found a hole right up the middle.

He then ran into the end zone to give Amity a 14-0 lead heading into the second quarter. 

Coughlin’s second rushing touchdown came with under two minutes to go in the first half. The Amity QB ran for a fourth-down conversion again during the drive, breaking two tackles and barreling forward. He eventually scored on third-and-goal from the 8-yard line to make it 21-0 at the break.

The Amity ground game limited the amount of time the Sheehan offense was on the field. The first Titans offensive drive came with 3:29 left in the first quarter.

Sheehan head coach John Ferrazzi stressed how difficult it was to make defensive adjustments during the first half, while being able to make some during the second half.

“The problem is that all of our guys are on the field all the time; we never have them on the sideline,” Ferrazzi said. “We did the best we could getting adjusted to it …  just trying to change the direction of the ball in which they were trying to run.

“The kids did a good job adjusting to it defensively in the second half.”

While the Titans found traction on offense behind Rossacci in the second half and defensively held the Spartans scoreless, the Amity defense was strong throughout the game. Nico Young came up with two interceptions, including one in the end zone to end the first half.

Young’s second pick was on a crucial fourth down in the fourth quarter, which maintained a 21-8 Amity lead.

Despite the loss, Ferrazzi was proud of his team’s second-half effort. 

“We competed,” Ferrazzi said. “We were down 21-0, generated nothing on offense, didn’t really stop them on defense and came out and shut them out in the second half. Our kids compete.”

The Titans will look to rebound next Friday at Bowen Field in New Haven against Wilbur Cross.


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