Shee­han QB Terzi like an ex­tra coach on the field

New Haven Register (Sunday) (New Haven, CT) - - SPORTS - By Dan Nowak

WALLING­FORD — The sec­ond-seeded Shee­han foot­ball team en­ters its CIAC Class M semi­fi­nal game against No. 3 seed Ber­lin on Mon­day at Ric­citelli Field with ex­pe­ri­ence and tal­ent in ev­ery phase of the game, in­clud­ing the con­sis­tent con­tri­bu­tions of three-year start­ing quar­ter­back Weston Terzi.

Shee­han coach John Fer­razzi could see the po­ten­tial in Terzi early in his ca­reer.

“When I first saw Wes, like any young quar­ter­back, there was hope,” Fer­razzi said. “You ask your­self can we de­velop him into a pro­duc­tive var­sity quar­ter­back? Will he put in the work nec­es­sary to de­velop and im­prove? Wes did that.

CLASS M SEMI­FI­NAL

No. 3 Ber­lin (10-1) at No. 2 Shee­han (10-1) When: Mon­day, 6:30 p.m.

“He started as a sopho­more. But it was hard work in his suc­cess­ful ju­nior sea­son (9-1 in reg­u­lar sea­son) that so­lid­i­fied his tal­ent and he came back as a con­fi­dent se­nior starter. His work ethic is great. He plays with in­ten­sity and he has a high foot­ball IQ. When you can speak to a high school player in foot­ball terms and they can fol­low you, it’s like hav­ing another coach out there.”

Terzi has helped the Ti­tans im­prove to a 10-1 record. He has com­pleted 106 of 174 passes for 1,631 yards and 21 touch­downs and has only thrown three in­ter­cep­tions. He has rushed for 53 yards and three touch­downs.

Terzi, the son of vet­eran news man Tony Terzi who is a re­porter/an­chor for Fox 61 tele­vi­sion, is also the first to tell you that his suc­cess this sea­son is the re­sult of a com­bi­na­tion of fac­tors. It helps to have one of the top run­ning backs in the state who can take de­fen­sive pres­sure off you. Ter­rence Bo­gan has rushed for 2,335 yards and 33 touch­downs. Terzi said it also helps to have a strong

of­fen­sive line and three ex­pe­ri­enced re­ceivers.

Terzi ac­tu­ally spreads the ball around. There are nine play­ers on the team with at least one catch this sea­son, led by se­nior re­ceivers Aaron Sim­mons (543 yards, nine touch­downs), Jor­dan Davis (348 yards, six touch­downs) and Jake Smith (612 yards, four touch­downs).

“My sopho­more sea­son was a great learn­ing year for me,” Terzi said. “I was able to de­velop my ju­nior year and the suc­cess I had then gave me more con­fi­dence com­ing into this sea­son. The guys around me just made me bet­ter. Ter­rence is a tremen­dous run­ning back.

“Our three se­nior re­ceivers were the guys I was throw­ing to as a sopho­more, so we all went through this our sopho­more, ju­nior and se­nior years. The re­sult is a spe­cial bond and spe­cial chem­istry we all have when we play. Our coach­ing is another key fac­tor for all of us be­cause they did their part to bring out our tal­ent and cre­ate that chem­istry.”

With so many strong com­po­nents, if one phase of the team is a bit off the other phase steps up. In the Class M quar­ter­fi­nals, Bo­gan rushed for 300 yards and three touch­downs in a 43-20 win over Wol­cott. Terzi threw for 151 yards and one touch­down.

In the fi­nal game of the reg­u­lar sea­son, with Shee­han and Ly­man Hall tied at 14 at half­time of the Carini Bowl, Terzi took over in the sec­ond half and threw for two touch­downs and rushed for another in a 34-14 win over the Tro­jans.

“Wes is just a smart quar­ter­back, that’s his big­gest strength,” said Sim­mons, who has caught 33 of Terzi’s passes this sea­son. “He has this great vi­sion when he is on the field. The other ad­van­tage is my­self and the other se­nior re­ceivers have played with Wes the last three sea­sons. We have this chem­istry, we know ex­actly where the other guy is go­ing to be on ev­ery play.”

Terzi, Fer­razzi and Sim­mons all agreed there was great an­tic­i­pa­tion head­ing into the sea­son.

“We re­turned so many peo­ple and only lost three starters to grad­u­a­tion,” Fer­razzi said. “We just needed to stay fo­cused and needed to take noth­ing for granted. If the chips fell into place, we be­lieved this sea­son could be some­thing spe­cial.”

Terzi said there was still work to do.

“Our team has been a work in progress all sea­son,” Terzi said. “Noth­ing is per­fected yet and there are still ar­eas we need to im­prove. Head­ing into the sea­son we looked for­ward to it be­cause we had so many guys re­turn­ing, we had so many ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers.

“Now, we’re in our first semi­fi­nal game and play­ing at home. That’s an ad­van­tage. But we’ll be fac­ing a very good Ber­lin team (10-1) and we’ll need to play our best to win.”

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Ber­lin (4-9): lost to Killingly 49-7 in the 2017 Class M semi­fi­nals. Shee­han (0-1): lost to Ansonia 16-6 in the 1995 Class S semi­fi­nals.

1 Ber­lin: Sr. QB/DB Kevin Dunn, Jr. RB/DE Zach Hrubeic, Sr. RB/ LB Alex Halkias, Jr. RB/DB Larry St. Pierre, Soph. RB/LB Marco Scarano. Shee­han: Jr. RB Terrance Bo­gan, Sr. QB Wes Terzi, WR/CB

Chris­tian Abra­ham / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Shee­han quar­ter­back Weston Terzi has thrown for for 1,631 yards and 21 touch­downs this sea­son.

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