CIAC FOOTBALL: Sheehan takes Woodland to the shed, advances to Class S semis showdown with Ansonia

CIAC FOOTBALL: Sheehan takes Woodland to the shed, advances to Class S semis showdown with Ansonia



WALLINGFORD — Picking right up from their Carini Bowl rout on Thanksgiving, the Sheehan football team chewed up a second straight opponent at Riccitelli Field on Wednesday night, routing Woodland Regional 51-0 in the CIAC Class S quarterfinals.

The game was over early. The fourth-seeded Titans put up 30 points on the No. 5 Hawks in the first quarter and took a 44-0 lead into halftime.

Combined with their 56-0 Carini Bowl win over Lyman Hall, the Titans have outscored their last two opponents 107-0.

Next up for 9-2 Sheehan is top-seeded Ansonia (11-0) in Monday night’s semifinals. The Chargers defeated Plainfield 30-12 in their quarterfinal.

Ansonia, coached by Wallingford resident Tom Brockett, will host Sheehan at Nolan Field.

It will be the second straight Naugatuck Valley League opponent for Sheehan.

Woodland was no obstacle. The Titans forced the Hawks to punt 3-and-out on the game’s opening possession. Two plays later, Terrence Bogan broke free for a 69-yard touchdown up the middle untouched.

The extra point was good and the Titans led 7-0 all of 1:55 into the game.

Woodland promptly deepened the hole. On the next drive, quarterback Tyler Bulinski was picked off by Jason Villano and the Titans wasted no time extending their lead. Jordan Davis took a pass from Kyle Simmons and broke a few tackles on his way to a 33-yard touchdown.

Woodland’s next drive resulted in another 3-and-out. On the punt, Woodland fumbled the snap and Sheehan’s Anthony Castaldi recovered it at the 3-yard line.

On Bogan’s second carry of the night, he recorded his second touchdown of the game, this time punching it in from one yard.

It was 21-0 and the cycle only continued. Woodland went 3-and-out with 0 yards gained.

Sheehan took over, drove into the red zone and, facing fourth down at the 19, brought on kicker Garrett Molampy, who drilled a 36-yard field goal.

The Titans scored another touchdown on a 39-yard pass from Simmons to Michael Lemay to take a 30-0 lead right before the end of the first quarter.

Woodland finally gained success on its next drive. The Hawks got inside Sheehan’s 10-yard line, but on third-and-goal, cornerback Riley Bjornberg denied the scoring opportunity with an interception in the endzone.

On the ensuing drive, it appeared the Titans would be stopped and forced to punt for the first time of the night. Instead, an offsides penalty against the Hawks on fourth-and-1 extended the possession and the Titans took full advantage, scoring the next play on a 66-yard touchdown pass from Simmons to Jordan Davis.

Sheehan led 37-0 at the top of the second quarter.

The Titans scored their sixth touchdown — and Bogan his third — on a 21-yard run by the senior running back.

Defensively, the Titans recorded four sacks in the first half, with Thomas DiPasquale recording 2.5 sacks alone.

Sheehan began the second half with the ball at Woodland’s 48-yard line after recovering an onside kick. Bogan took one carry before subbing out of the game. He became Sheehan’s all-time rushing leader with Wednesday night’s performance.

Senior running back Russell Rutowski capped the 51-0 win with an 8-yard touchdown run. The drive took up the whole length of the third quarter as the game went on running time, quickly counting down the minutes to Sheehan’s semifinal showdown with Ansonia.


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