Bogan (300 yards rushing) leads Sheehan to Class M semifinals
WALLINGFORD — Sheehan coach John Ferrazzi knows all too well anything can happen once the postseason begins. Ferrazzi and the Titans remember just last season when Joel Barlow ended their campaign in the quarterfinals.
The Titans vowed not to let that happen again. Behind a prolific offense led by Terrence Bogan and Weston Terzi, second-seeded Sheehan ran past seventh-seeded Wolcott 43-20 at Riccitelli Field at Sheehan High in the Class M quarterfinals.
“Without a doubt,” Ferrazzi said of the team’s motivation. “We told the kids there were 365 days to remember how they left the field that night. We did not want that again. They put the effort in the entire offseason. They came out ready to play.”
With the win, Sheehan (10-1) advances to Sunday’s semifinal contest against third-seeded Berlin at 12:30 p.m. at Riccitelli Field.
“We just kind of do what we do,” Bogan said. “We know they prepare for us and they scheme for us. Our offensive line is amazing.”
Bogan and Terzi were almost unstoppable in the contest as Bogan ran for 300 yards and three touchdowns, while Terzi was 7-of-13 passing for 151 yards and one touchdown.
“They are a good team,” Wolcott coach Matt Hove said. “We knew if they got up, they would be hard to come back against.”
The Titans never trailed in the contest and made a predominantly running team in Wolcott use plenty of clock in the second half as it tried to make a comeback. Eagles’ quarterback Anthony Ligi did most of the damage for his team as he gained 217 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
“When you have a player like (Anthony) Ligi, you just hand the ball off to him,” Hove said.
Sheehan, which won 10 games in a season for just the second time in the program’s history, took a 7-0 lead with 30 seconds remaining in the opening quarter as a 69-yard drive was capped when Bogan scored from 8 yards out. The Sheehan defense then came up big.
On Wolcott’s next offensive play, Ryan Paul stepped in front of Ligi’s pass and returned the pick to Wolcott’s 31. Six plays later, Jake Smith ran in from 3 yards out for a 14-0 lead with 1:14 gone by in the second quarter.
“We had some big plays in the game,” Ferrazzi said. “This is huge for our program. We bent a little, but we did not break. We got the stops we needed to have.”
Wolcott finally got on the scoreboard with 5:18 to go in the second quarter on a 27-yard run by Ligi to get within 14-6. Any momentum Wolcott had quickly disappeared seconds later when Aaron Simmons returned the kickoff 75 yards for a score.
“The kickoff return was huge,” Ferrazzi said. “It was a big play. We knew we had to make some big plays and we did.”
The Titans increased the lead to 28-6 just before the half when Terzi capped a 4-play, 75-yard drive with a 13 -yard scoring pass to Jordan Davis with 9 seconds remaining in the opening half.
Bogan added a 22-yard scoring run to open the third quarter, before Ligi answered with a 41-yard score of his own. The two traded scores again late in the contest as Bogan ran in from 38 yards and Ligi 54 yards for the final points of the game.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Terrence Bogan — The Sheehan junior ran for 300 yards and three touchdowns as Sheehan won its 10th game in a season for just the second time in program history.
SHEEHAN 43, WOLCOTT 20
WOLCOTT 0 6 8 6 — 20
SHEEHAN 7 21 8 7 — 43
S – Terrence Bogan 8 run (Justin Moore kick) 0:30
S – Jake Smith 3 run (Moore kick) 10:46
W – Anthony Ligi 27 run (Run failed) 5:18
S – Aaron Simmons 75 kickoff return (Moore kick) 5:07
S – Weston Terzi to Jordan Davis 13 pass (Moore kick) 0:09
S – Terrence Bogan 22 run (Terzi run) 7:31
W – Anthony Ligi 41 run (Ligi run) 5:47
S – Terrence Bogan 38 run (Moore kick) 2:44
W – Anthony Ligi 54 run (Run failed) 1:28
Records: Wolcott 7-4; Sheehan 10-1