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Sept. 22: Wolverines down Centaurs in Jewett City

Injuries and illness.

It’s the bane of any coaching staff at any level.

But it’s especially true for those who coach high school football where depth is at a premium.

The Woodstock Academy football team was beset by both this past week and the results were telling as the Griswold/Wheeler cooperative was dominant up front in a 41-7 win over the Centaurs in Jewett City Friday.

The Centaurs had to put together makeshift lines to cover the number of key players out and it showed as the Wolverines churned out 247 yards on the ground.

Griswold only threw four times but one of those was big.

The Wolverines completed a 7-play, 54-yard drive on their first possession with a 33-yard touchdown pass from Kolby Mills to Aaden Cutter to put the Centaurs down early.

Woodstock Academy was also playing without senior quarterback Teddy Richardson who was out with an injury.

Junior Sam Clark stepped in and it took a bit for him to get his bearings.

The first two Centaur drives ended near midfield.

The Wolverines would go up 15-0 when Deondre Bransford capped a 10-play drive with a two-yard dive at the beginning of the second quarter.

Clark and the Centaurs answered.

The quarterback hit Henry Wotton with a 24-yard pass, and after a couple of short run losses, followed that up with a 29 yard strike to Lucas Theriaque.

The senior captain was Clark’s favorite target as he found the receiver seven times for 97 yards including the Centaurs’ only touchdown, a 31-yard pass just one play after the 29-yard completion.

Unfortunately, that was to be the only real highlight of the night.

The Wolverines made it 22-7 at the half on a Josh Turner 3-yard run.

Kiyle Montigny struck early in the third quarter on a 57-yard run, Turner scored again on a 10-yard rush and Mills tallied on a 1-yard quarterback sneak to account for the final.

Clark completed 12 of 23 passes for 153 yards and was also the team’s leading rusher with 46 yards on 10 carries. Wotton caught three passes for 40 yards and Jacob Lizotte reeled in two balls for 19 yards.

The Centaurs return home on Saturday for their Homecoming Day game against Montville at the Bentley Athletic Complex at 11 a.m.