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Oct. 13: Foran rallies past Centaurs

Teams generally are most vulnerable to being scored on once they have scored.

It can flip the momentum of a game.

And a late turnover can shift that ‘Mo’  even more.

Such was the case for the Woodstock Academy football team in a 21-15 loss to non-league foe, Foran, in Milford last night.

Centaurs quarterback Teddy Richardson (7-for-20 passing, 95 yards) stepped up in pocket and just before taking off to run, saw senior receiver Lucas Theriaque break away from the Foran defense down the right sideline.

Richardson hit Theriaque (2 catches, 56 yards) in stride to put Woodstock Academy up, 15-6, on the second play of the fourth quarter.

But with 11 minutes, 43 seconds left to play,  the Lions (3-3) weren’t about to pack it in on their home field.

Junior quarterback Joe Gagliardi  (14-of-27 passing, 141 yards), who was only 8-for-20 passing up to that point, decided to go to the air.

He completed five of his next six passes including a 41-yard strike to senior running back Gabe Bonessi.

That passing attack overcame a 10-yard sack by Centaur linebacker Zach Majewski and got the Lions down to the Woodstock Academy 12.

The Lions went back to their workhorse running back, Bonessi (31 carries, 128 yards), who went 11 yards and then dived in from the 1-yard line to cut the deficit to two with 9 minutes, 19 seconds to play.

The Centaurs went 12 yards on their first play from scrimmage following Foran’s kickoff but, unfortunately, the ball was popped loose and the Lions recovered on their own 48-yard line.

This time, Foran attacked on the ground and ran pn eight of the nine plays that it took them to get to the end zone with Bonessi crossing the goal line from two yards away for what proved to be the game-winning score.

The Centaurs (2-3) had started on a good note.

Sophomore linebacker Dylan Phillips made the first of his two interceptions on the night that gave Woodstock Academy the ball on the Foran 43.

The Centaurs used the run to move the ball downfield with Richardson (13 carries, 54 yards) scoring from seven yards out to make it 6-0 just 2:48 into the game.

Woodstock Academy added two points in the second quarter when Majewski tackled Gagliardi in the end zone for a safety.

But the Lions pulled within two when Bonessi put them on the scoreboard with a 1-yard touchdown dive on their first series of the second half.

Woodstock Academy returns home for an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I game against New London Saturday at noon at the Bentley Athletic Complex.