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Oct. 21: Rain and Whalers combine to foil Centaurs

It was not a day fit for man nor beast on Saturday.

Heavy rain throughout the football game between Woodstock Academy and New London made it unpleasant at best and, when the wind kicked up, downright miserable.

Woodstock Academy coach Sean Saucier was hopeful that the weather may slow down New London which plays a spread offense and likes to throw a lot.

The Whalers, however, proved they could also run the ball and posted a 24-7 win at the Bentley Athletic Complex.

Things started on the good side early for the Centaurs  (2-4, 0-2 Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I)  as they jumped out on top in the first quarter.

Woodstock Academy forced the Whalers to punt twice early and on the second, Gabe Luperon-Flecha returned it 30 yards to the New London 27.

A penalty did back the Centaurs up to the 41 but a pass from Teddy Richardson (6-for-13 passing, 69 yards) to Henry Wotton gained 11 yards and a 15-yard penalty was tacked on to put the ball at the New London 16.

Four plays later, Richardson found his way into the end zone and a Wotton extra point gave the Centaurs a 7-0 lead.

The Whalers would make it close on their next possession as quarterback Jack Philistin went in from a yard out. New London saw Woodstock Academy squash its 2-point conversion try which kept the Centaurs atop the scoreboard by a point.

That lead looked like it might grow at the end of the half as the Centaurs went on a 12-play drive that was helped by a fourth down pass interference call against New London.

It got the Centaurs down to the 6-yard line but three runs resulted in negative-3 yards and a pass into the end zone on the final play of the half was intercepted.

New London scored twice in the third quarter and added another score in the fourth to improve to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in ECC Division I.

Luperon-Flecha led the Centaurs in rushing with 31 yards while Wotton had three catches for 16 yards.