WEEK 5 FOOTBALL: Kennedy comes up big against Torrington for first win

Daniel Rodriguez (8) and the Kennedy football team came up with a big win, 34-28, over Torrington on Saturday Municipal Stadium’s Ray Snyder Sr. Field. The win was the first this season for the Eagles. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69)

It was a big Week 5 for the Kennedy football team. That’s because the Eagles grabbed their first win of the season Saturday, 34-28, over visiting Torrington at Municipal Stadium’s Ray Snyder Sr. Field.

St. Paul also picked up its first victory of the season, 22-0, over Wilby on Thursday night at Snyder Field. Bristol Eastern, Holy Cross and Wilcox/Kaynor were all victorious.

Here’s more about what happened in Week 5:


The Eagles (1-4) went ahead in the fourth quarter on Daniel Rodriguez’s second touchdown of the game, then held off the Raiders (3-2) from there.

Rodriguez ran for 88 yards on 14 carries. Julius Caban had a huge game for Kennedy with 141 yards and two touchdowns on just eight attempts. Joe Fasano rounded out the scoring with his first varsity touchdown.


The Falcons (1-3) held a tenuous one-score lead at halftime, but surprised the Wildcats (0-5) with an onside kick to start the third quarter.

St. Paul recovered the onside, then scored when Brady McManama connected with Charlie Aponte for a 41-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead with 9:46 to go in the quarter. An interception got the ball back for the Falcons, and Jason Mathews finished off a 48-yard drive with a six-yard touchdown run at the 4:36 mark of the third quarter. St. Paul bagged its second two-point conversion of the game to build a 22-0 advantage. The Falcon defense made the shutout hold up from there.


The Lancers (4-1) were another Thursday night road winner as they downed the Terriers (0-4).

Ryan Zavecz gave Eastern yet another defensive touchdown, this time a strip and run for a 28-yard score. Jaiden Fore ran for a three-yard touchdown, and Kamden Laprise connected with Zion Otero for a 26-yard score. Laprise tossed a two-point conversion pass and ran for another.

On defense, Bryce Bacote and Alex Corvo added interceptions while Hunter Wells blocked a Rocky Hill punt.

Eastern is 4-1 through five games for the first time since the 2013 season, when it went 9-2 and finished 10th in the Class L playoff standings.


The Spartans (2-3) delivered an early jolt to the Crusaders (4-1) and those gathered at Snyder Field on Friday night by taking a 13-0 lead.

D’Vonte Lane capped a 65-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown run, and Dylan Rossi’s extra point put WCA ahead, 7-0, with 8:27 left in the first quarter. Holy Cross fumbled on its first play from scrimmage, and WCA immediately took advantage. Ethan Blaize connected with Jordan Rossi for a 26-yard touchdown and a 13-0 lead, and there was still 8:07 left in the first quarter.

Holy Cross had been punched, but it responded behind Drew Caouette (5 TD passes) and Ronald Florian-Moreta (3 TD catches). Caouette and Florian-Moreta connected for a 29-yard touchdown to get the Crusaders on the board at the 2:52 mark of the first quarter, then the pair hooked up again on a 10-yard touchdown at 47.1 seconds to go in the quarter. Freshman Nate Craft made both extra points, and the second gave Holy Cross a 14-13 lead.

That was still the score at halftime, but the Crusaders opened up the game from there. Florian-Moreta connected with Caouette for a 33-yard score at the 8:10 mark of the third quarter. Caouette and Marques Campbell hooked up for a 43-yard touchdown at 4:53 to play in the third quarter. When Campbell returned a WCA fumble for a score a little over two minutes later (2:42) and Craft added his fifth extra point without a miss, Holy Cross had a 35-13 lead. The lead reached 42-13 when Caouette found Dae’Sean Graves for a 21-yard touchdown and Craft made the extra point at the 8:20 mark of the fourth quarter. WCA provided the game’s final score when Blaize found Jordan Rossi for a 34-yard touchdown with 4:59 left.


The co-op tallied four touchdown runs on the way to another win and a 3-1 record.

Malik Sanchez-Colon (13-108), Patrick Lachance (11-57), Juan Coral (5-14) and Justin Martinez (4-38) each ran for a touchdown. Alex Lowery added a 73-yard kickoff return for a score for Wilcox/Kaynor.

On defense, Uzziah Nelson had nine total tackles, Lowery added seven tackles and Markese Wright recovered a fumble. Nicholas Barros made a pair of extra points, along with a 23-yard field goal.


Thursday, Oct. 5
Berlin 27, Bristol Central 0

Friday, Oct. 6
Ansonia 35, Wolcott 0

Saturday, Oct. 7
Watertown 28, Crosby 0