A Wethersfield receiver runs into stiff defense trying to start his route.
Terriers Football Holds Off a Closing-in Eagles Team
WETHERSFIELD - With time running out in the fourth quarter of Wethersfield High School football’s home matchup against Rocky Hill last Friday afternoon, the Eagles appeared to be all but done, facing a 39-12 margin and a seemingly unstoppable Terriers rushing game.
For Rocky Hill, it was just a matter of doing what they had been doing so well the entire game--running the ball. Keep running the ball, and they would run out the clock. But Wethersfield decided to make things interesting in the closing minutes.
After a morale crushing 60-yard touchdown run from running back Dave Sevigny, the Eagles came back with a score of their own--a red zone pass that found the receiver leaping into the air to bring the ball down as he was being pushed out of bounds.
The Eagles maintained their aerial threat on the next possession, driving into Rocky Hill territory with a succession of passes, the last of which found a receiver in the middle of the field. He ran the ball the rest of the way, sliding into the end zone to pull within 39-27.
Rocky Hill held on, but it was probably a little too close for comfort for a team that, before the final five minutes or so, was burying its opponents with crushing runs from Sevigny and fellow running back Chris Young, whose pair of rushing touchdowns led the scoring avalanche for the Terriers.
Young’s first came toward the end of the second quarter, when a Rocky Hill rushing drive pushed the Terriers into Eagle territory before the senior broke free for a 50-yard run that put his team ahead 13-12 going into halftime.
Young worked his magic again in the fourth, breaking what appeared to be a tackle for short gain, and spinning away from defenders for another long run--about 60 yards this time--for his second touchdown of the game.