Week 8 football roundup: Bounce-back win for Holy Cross

After a loss to undefeated Ansonia, the Holy Cross football team was looking for a bounce-back victory Saturday against Crosby at Jimmy Lee Stadium.

After a very sluggish start that included a lost onside kick and two fumbles, the Crusaders got that win. Holy Cross knocked off Crosby, 35-8, and improved to 6-1. The Bulldogs fell to 3-4 on the season.

Big plays fueled the Crusader victory. Four of Holy Cross’ five touchdowns went for 20 yards or more, including a 92-yard rushing score by Tom Ligi. Ligi also ran for a 20-yard touchdown. Drew Caouette and Marquis Campbell connected for a 60-yard touchdown, and the sophomore quarterback hit Dylan Gray for a 20-yard score. Caouette also threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Matiz. Campbell tallied an interception on defense.

Crosby’s lone touchdown was on a 58-yard connection between Jeremiah Febus and Johnathan Herrington. Herrington also caught a two-point conversion.

Here are my photos from Saturday’s game.

Week 8 saw two local teams earn their second wins of the season. Here’s what happened, starting with Friday night’s contests.


Here is my story from the Wolcott-Kennedy game. Wolcott defeated Kennedy, 35-13 and improved to 2-5 on the season. Kennedy fell to 1-6. Here are some photos from that game as well.

Bristol Eastern 35, Plainville 6: The Lancers scored all 35 of their points in the second half and improved to 2-5 on the season.

Eastern had four touchdown runs, including two by Jaiden Fore of two and three yards. Kyle Babin scored the first Lancer touchdown on a three-yard run in the third quarter, and Rayshon Andrews converted from three yards out for the first score of the fourth quarter. Gavin Damboise made three extra points and Chase Dauphinee ran in a two-point conversion. Zaveyn Tate came up with a big play on defense, returning an interception 47 yards for a touchdown. Eastern held Plainville to 180 yards of total offense in its second straight home win.

Middletown 34, Bristol Central 20: For the second straight week, the Rams saw a close game around halftime slip away.

Johnny Rios scored in the second quarter to get Central (1-6) to within 14-7. That was as close as the Rams would get. Tre Blair later scored on a one-yard run following a long fumble return by Aiden Lamarre. A botched punt snap by Middletown set Blair up for a four-yard touchdown for the game’s final score.

Woodland 46, St. Paul 16: Ryan Diaz and Ryan Sapieha each scored a rushing touchdown in the loss to the Hawks. The Falcons fell to 3-4.

Naugatuck 42, WCA 13: The Greyhounds were just too much for the Spartans, who fell to 4-3.

D’Vonte Lane scored on runs of two and 34 yards in the second half for WCA.

Watertown 42, Wilby 8: Shavar Reed ran for a touchdown and James Richards added a two-point conversion for the Wildcats, who fell to 2-5.

PHOTO CAPTION: Holy Cross receiver Kevin Matiz (14) catches a pass from quarterback Drew Caouette (2) during Saturday’s 35-8 win over Crosby at Jimmy Lee Stadium. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69)