WATERBURY’S SPRING ROUNDUP #5: Allen takes over as top man for Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech football

There’s a new man at the helm for the Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech football co-op.
Thomas Allen has been elevated from defensive coordinator to head coach. He replaces Phil Dawson. Dawson’s son Trey, a standout former quarterback for the co-op, moved on to Pope John XXIII Regional High School in Sparta Township, N.J.
“Congratulations Coach Allen excited to watch you lead the program to great heights on and off the field,” tweeted Springfield College head coach Mike Cerasuolo.
Allen played for Springfield from 1999-2001 and is tied for most interception returns for touchdowns in a career.

College signings at Kaynor
Three Kaynor Tech athletes committed to play at the next level on Thursday.
Jill Ducham will run cross country and track at Post University. Cassie Couture committed to Albertus Magnus College for basketball, and Egypt Santos signed to play basketball at UConn Avery Point.

Flowers transferring from UMass
Charley Neisner of New England Recruiting Report tweeted about Flowers’ transfer from UMass.
Flowers, a former Sacred Heart High standout, played one season for Derek Kellogg, who was recently fired.

Holy Cross stands alone at the top of Class S with a perfect 14-0 record. The Crusaders are the last undefeated team in Class S. Holy Cross beat Wolcott, Wilby, Watertown and Waterbury Career Academy this past week.
Sacred Heart secured a nice 9-5 win over Wolcott on Thursday at Fulton Park. The Hearts trailed the Eagles 3-2, but erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take control. Noah Knappe reached on an error and two runs scored to make it 4-3 Sacred Heart. Will Petrucci scored on a steal of ome, then Knappe came in on Larry Zapata’s single. Evan Laferriere blew the game open with a bases-clearing triple. Sacred Heart improved to 8-5 and clinched a state tournament berth with the win.
Chase Collegiate swept a Thursday doubleheader over Forman to get to 4-5 on the season.

Holy Cross has won 13 straight games since losing its season opener 1-0 at Seymour. The Crusaders downed St. Paul, Watertown and Waterbury Career Academy this past week.
WCA saw two different players have big days in a 17-2 win over Crosby on Saturday. Vanessa Santiago collected career hit No. 100 while Gabie Rocco went 5-for-5 with two homers.

Sacred Heart won two matches in the same day Tuesday, knocking off both Kennedy and Crosby at Chase Park.
The Hearts were 8-4 after last week, and they will play another doubleheader tomorrow against Holy Cross at Fulton Park.

Holy Cross beat Wolcott and Watertown on back-to-back days to remain undefeated at 11-0.