Bar­low sloppy in play­off re­match

The News-Times - - SPORTS - By Ryan Lacey

WALLINGFORD — In just about ev­ery way pos­si­ble, it was bet­ter than re­venge for the Shee­han foot­ball team.

Dom­i­nat­ing in just about ev­ery way imag­in­able, the Ti­tans re­turned the fa­vor from last sea­son’s Class M quar­ter­fi­nal exit, rout­ing

Bar­low 49-6

Fri­day at the same venue. Quar­ter­back

Wes Terzi led the charge with four touch­down passes, while Jake Smith caught a score, ran for one and re­turned a block punt for an­other.

“They knocked us out of the play­offs last year and we’ve been hold­ing onto that since that mo­ment,” Ti­tans coach John Fer­razzi said. “We had to take a look at what they did to us and be pre­pared for that along with what they do de­fen­sively.”

At one point early in the sec­ond quar­ter the Fal­cons and their op­tion of­fense — which Shee­han had more than twice as long to pre­pare for be­tween a bye week and the short week a year ago — had ran 27 plays to the Ti­tans four. The score was 21-0 in fa­vor of the hosts, though.

“More time to pre­pare def­i­nitely helped,” Fer­razzi said. “They also did things to us last year that we didn’t ex­pect; we made sure we were pre­pared for all of that, plus we had a bye week, which cer­tainly helped.”

The Ti­tans added two quick touch­downs in less than two min­utes — both long passes from Terzi — to put the game out of reach. The Fal­cons fum­bled four times in the first half alone, los­ing two. The blocked punt only added to the mis­cue count.

Bar­low’s best drive came on its open­ing pos­ses­sion when it chewed more than eight min­utes off the clock and reached the Shee­han 30. But a failed fourth down con­ver­sion led to a two-

play scor­ing drive for the hosts and the flood­gates opened.

“We moved the ball of­fen­sively, but we put the ball on the ground four or five times,” said Fal­cons coach Rob Ty­nan. “You have a punt blocked and lose a cou­ple of fum­bles and it’s al­ready get­ting out of hand. We’re not good when we’re 28 points down, that’s not what we do.”

DAN­GER­OUS OUT

The win keeps the Ti­tans

(4-1) in the thick of the Class M play­off race, and in po­si­tion to claim an­other high seed. Shee­han gets an­other bye week be­fore wel­com­ing Gris­wold to com­plete the cross­over series with the SWC and ECC.

Shee­han’s of­fen­sive prow­ess also con­tin­ued Fri­day. The Ti­tans are av­er­ag­ing 47 points per game be­hind their va­ri­ety of play­mak­ers.

“We’re able to bal­ance it re­ally well,” Terzi said. “Our run game is re­ally strong with two good backs, but we have great re­ceivers out there on the perime­ter to catch the ball; the of­fen­sive line is able to block up front. We haven’t shown that we’ve been deadly in the pass game, but now it’s go­ing to give a look to other teams that we can pass and run.”

The big­gest dif­fer­ence from a year ago, though, was stop­ping the Fal­cons at­tack. Bar­low rushed for close to 400 yards in a 4734 win last Novem­ber.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Wes Terzi, Shee­han: Went 7-for-8 for 204 yards and three touch­downs in the first half alone. Fin­ished the game 15-for-17 for close to 300 yards.

QUOTABLE

“It was in the back of all of our minds,” said Terzi, re­fer­ring to last year. “Get­ting knocked out of the play­offs re­ally hurts and com­ing off a tough loss to Fair­field Prep (Sept. 28); both of those things com­bined gave us some great mo­ti­va­tion this week.”

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