The game was lopsided but Wethersfield's marching band provided additional entertainment
On paper it looked like the undefeated Wethersfield Eagles would steamroll the winless Fermi Falcons.
On the field, Wethersfield fired up the heavy machinery and flattened Fermi 37-0 on a brisk Friday night at Cottone Field.
The Eagles (7-0) used a balanced offensive attack and capitalized off the visiting teams special teams’ mishaps to score all 37 points over the first two quarters, before resting several starters during a quick second half.
Quarterback Matt Sanzaro delivered another efficient outing throwing the football, completing 11 of 13 passes for 134 yards and three touchdowns. The senior signal caller also gashed the Falcons defense on the ground, rushing for 102 yards and another score. Sanzaro watched the second half from the sidelines as the Wethersfield coaching staff allowed a couple of underclassman to control the reigns. Freshman Timothy Blaisdell and sophomore Eric Shields took turns behind center in an uneventful final two quarters.
Two of Sanzaro’s aerial touchdowns went to his favorite targets Kyle Klavins and Devon Smith. Junior Eric Wright hauled in the other score and showed that he is another weapon in the Eagles’ arsenal. Wright’s touchdown came after catching a bubble screen and breaking several would-be tackles before polishing off a highlight-reel eight-yard score.
Fermi entered the contest on a 39-game losing streak and faced an uphill battle to compete with the unblemished Eagles. The game got out of hand early and the Fermi offense didn’t take the field until the score was 17-0 late in the first quarter.
Kicker Austin Stefano nailed a 28-yard field goal on the opening possession to put the Eagles up for good. Fermi’s special teams then muffed the next two kickoffs allowing Wethersfield’s Eric Lamore and Andrew Cravero to pounce on the lose balls. Both fumble recoveries set up Wethersfield touchdowns.
Fermi muffed a third kickoff late in the first half that junior Navarre Pratt secured for the Eagles’ fifth takeaway of the half. The other two turnovers came on interceptions by cornerback Jae-Quan Brown and linebacker Richard Williams.
The game was decided early in the evening, but the Wethersfield cheer, dance, and marching band teams combined to put on an exhilarating halftime show that kept the rowdy home crowd on their feet throughout halftime. The three squads proved that they are just as organized and talented as their football brethren.
After the break there was very little drama, but Fermi did threaten to avoid the shutout on their second possession after the intermission. The Falcons received great field position at the Wethersfield 16-yard line following an Eagles’ fumble. Fermi then registered their initial first down of the game, but the hometown defense stiffened at the 6-yard line and forced a turnover on downs.
Wethersfield remains one of only four teams in Class L without a loss---Darien, Windsor, and New Canaan are the other three schools. The Eagles have four more regular season games before the playoffs start in December. It will be the first season under the new postseason format, in which each class will be split into two bracket, meaning that two Class L teams will be crowned champions in mid-December.
Christmas could come early for the soaring Eagles if they keep performing at a high level in all three phase of the game.
Sports Editor for the Rare Reminder, Glastonbury Citizen, and Rivereast News Bulletin