By MICHAEL LETENDRE
BRISTOL – The Fermi football team came to Muzzy Field to square off against Bristol Eastern on Friday, Oct. 11 and kept its perfect, winless ledger intact.
And after dropping behind by seven scores in the game, it was too much for the Falcons to overcome as the Lancers zapped Fermi 48-12 in a CCC Interdivisional game.
Fermi (0-5) racked up only 79 total yards rushing the football and combined with last week’s negative totals by Bulkeley, Eastern once again came up on top with the opponents running game going backwards.
The Falcons quarterback, Andrew Wilcox, worked hard on the evening and managed to make 8-of-19 passes for 102 yards but a boatload of those came after the first half of play and were way too late to make any difference in the contest.
Defensively, Eastern’s Kyle Baker was everywhere for the second straight week, compiling sacks, tackles for losses, and caused general havoc all over the field.
Credit belongs to both Eastern lines as linebackers made huge tackles for no gains while offensive linemen generated holes for all those elusive backs to sneak through.
“Defensively, we left off where we were the last game,” said Eastern coach Mike Archangelo. “Obviously, we’ve got to tighten up a few things defensively. We gave up a few yards here and there early on.”
Alex Macias made an interception for Eastern while Joe Hermann, Ouellette, Rafi Hamzy, Kenny Smith, Sean Aiudi, Kyle Porter, and Steven Goodrich all had big tackles for the Lancers.
Eastern’s offense was just about on the money as well and those gains came from many fronts.
Overall, Eastern zipped up 470 yards in offense as Gerry Ouellette (12 carries, 129 yards, touchdown), Alex Hunter (7-104, 3 TDs) and Roderick Green (3-45, TD) led the way on the ground in a big running onslaught.
“What I was most impressed with these guys was we worked real hard during the week on offense (coming into the game),” said Archangelo. “It was executing and executing it and I think we did that offensively.”
And then the double-headed quarterback tandem of Hunter and Tommy Curtin were huge on the evening, as well, as the duo made five receptions for a total of 201 yards of offense.
Hunter cashed in on 3-of-6 passing for 115 yards and a touchdown while Curtin went 2-of-5 for 86 yards and a TD.
“I think they (both) can do the job,” said Archangelo of his quarterbacks. “I think we can do it several different ways. We can run, we can throw. The receivers did a great job getting open to catch the ball that was thrown to them. The quarterbacks did a great job putting the ball right on the money tonight.”
“All around, I was definitely impressed with the offense.”
The Lancers were crisp from the start and scored off five out of its six first half drives.
Eastern needed just one possession to get on the board and it was all Hunter.
After finding Smith for a 40-yard connection, Hunter eventually zipped up the middle for a five-yard touchdown jaunt and the Lancers were quickly on top 7-0 just 4:48 into things.
Later in the frame, Ouellette made a couple big gains on the ground and Hunter finished it off with a 36-yard sprint for another score and quickly, it was a 14-0 push in Eastern’s favor with 1:08 remaining in the first.
That 14 point tilt held into the second when Curtin made his biggest connection of the campaign.
Curtin spotted Aiudi down field and found him for a huge 72-yard touchdown strike – Aiudi’s first score of his career – and the Lancers went up 21-0 with 6:38 remaining in the half.
Off an interception by Macias, which was brilliantly set up off a deflection up by “Big” Pete Roche, Eastern set up one last scoring drive to close the half and Hunter was all over it once again.
With the Lancers looking up at a third-and-ten situation, Hunter took a direct snap, made a quick move through the middle of the
pile and quickly sprinted down the Eastern sideline as his 30-yard touchdown dash made it a 27-0 affair with 1:08 left in the half.
But off the blocked Meccariello kick for the extra point, a Fermi player fell the ground and broke his leg.
The injury resulted in an apparent compound fracture and the contest was delayed several minutes.
Both teams actually went into the locker rooms before the completion of the half.
The remaining 1:08 left in the second period was played after intermission and Eastern made that extra time count.
Fermi went three and out and with no time left – and another Hunter touchdown negated by a penalty – Hunter threw a rocket to Smith for a big 70 yardage touchdown reception and by the start of the third period, it was a 34-0 game with the home team getting the ball to open the frame third.
“He has great vision,” said Archangelo of Hunter. “He knows how to cut…he sees the whole field. He thinking about his next move as making the move he’s making so to have a kid like that is great.”
In that period, Ouellette did the bulk of the running and eventually scratched up a three-yard run for a touchdown and quickly, the scoreboard read 41-0 with 9:06 left on the clock in the third.
Eastern wasn’t done in the quarter and it was Roderick Green’s turn to shine on the ground.
He made three strong rushes for 45 yards – his last one resulting in a 30-yard touchdown zip-in – as Eastern’s tally reached an imposing 48-0 count.
“We have different types of backs,” said Archangelo. “I think they all give us something that’s really good. Gerry is a hard, downhill runner. Rod Green gets the ball and he’s lowering his shoulder and getting extra yards. And (Hunter), he happens to find open space and you know once he gets out there, he uses blockers (well).”
All of those rushing touchdowns were set up courtesy of tremendous downfield blocking and “that’s the difference in having long yards or having touchdowns.”
Early in the fourth, Wilcox found Charles Fields for a 63-yard yard TD connection but with 7:41 left in the game, it was still a 48-6 contest in Eastern’s favor.
Late in the game, with the Falcons unbelievably calling timeouts to stage one last score, Wilcox snuck in for a three-yard plunge as time expired and Eastern rang up an impressive 48-12 win to move to 4-1 on the season.
“The wins are important but like I told the kids again before the game ‘the scoreboard doesn’t indicate, doesn’t show how well we played in a game,’” said Archangelo. “We’re going to be looking for different things on film and I know when we watch film tomorrow, we’re going to see things we like.”
By MICHAEL LETENDRE