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Nov. 3: Big play capability of Fitch is too much for Centaurs

Early on, things were good in Groton for the Woodstock Academy football team.

Unfortunately, it wouldn’t stay that way.

The Centaurs held the lead briefly in the first quarter and fought back to a tie in the second.

But the two early touchdowns would be all Woodstock Academy could muster while Fitch had plenty more to come and walked off their home field with a 54-14 win.

The Centaurs (3-5, 0-3 Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I) forced Fitch to punt on its first possession and then was the beneficiary of a recovered fumble on the Falcons’ second possession.

The Centaurs took over on the Fitch 33-yard line and got a nice 12-yard run from quarterback Teddy Richardson (11 carries, 35 yards) on the first play from scrimmage.

Woodstock Academy lost a yard over its next two plays but on third-and-11 from the 22-yard line, Richardson (11-20 passing, 126 yards) found Lucas Theriaque open and he threw him a strike to put the Centaurs up 6-0.

The joy didn’t last long as Fitch answered on a 31-yard pass from Benjamin Perry to Calvin McCoy and hit the extra point to go into the second quarter with a 7-6 lead.

Woodstock Academy used an attempted onside kick by the Falcons, got good field position and  drove to the Fitch 32 to start the second quarter. but then the engines went in reverse and a sack led to a turnover on downs at their own 45-yard line.

Perry made it even more costly when he hit Adonis Fine who was open over the middle, made a nice juke around a Centaur defender, and ended up in the end zone for the 45-yard touchdown.

It was just the first of three big plays for the Fitch senior.

The Centaurs, however, were not about to pack it in.

They got good field position off the kickoff at the Falcons’ 48 and running back Gabe Luperon-Flecha (18 carries, 58 yards) made it even better with his longest run of the night, a 32-yard gallop, down to the Fitch 16. One incomplete pass later, Luperon-Flecha found the end zone.

A Richardson to Jacob Lizotte pass for the 2-point conversion tied the game at 14.

Fitch returned the kickoff to the Woodstock Academy 26 and two plays later, Perry used his legs to score from 19 yard out to put the Falcons back on top.

A Woodstock Academy mistake was costly.

The ensuing kickoff was fumbled by the Centaurs at their own 25.

Perry converted on the next play with a touchdown pass to Raheem Porter Carter.

The Centaurs were forced to punt on their next possession and a Fitch field goal failed to split the uprights.

But the Falcons would go up by 20 at the half when a Lizotte punt was caught by Fine at the Fitch 32 and he brought it to the house 68 yards downfield to put Fitch in firm control, 34-14.

Fine added an 80-yard touchdown run in the third quarter while Carter had a 53-yard run and Devin Cook had a 7-yard run in the fourth quarter to account for the final.

The Centaurs return home on Saturday, Veteran’s Day, to host Norwich Free Academy at the Bentley Athletic Complex at noon.