Gambino and Wolcott get best of Raiders, 44-7.
TORRINGTON: The Wolcott Eagles can just flat out score. Score in bunches with an aerial attack that would make any offensive coordinator feel like a genius.
Of course, it helps to have a junior quarterback who throws the ball like Arkeel Newsome runs it.
Vincent Gambino led the Eagles (3-1) to an easy 44-7 win over the Torrington Raiders, who are still in search of their first win of the 2013 campaign.
Gambino threw for 290 yards with three touchdowns as the visitors built a 35-0 lead at the half before going to the junior varsity in the second half.
Look at the points the Eagles have put up in their first four games.
61-6 over Sacred Heart in the opener. A 42-36 overtime loss to Naugatuck followed up by one of the more memorable games in school history, a dramatic 48-41 comeback win in the week three over Seymour.
In the Seymour game, Wolcott was down 26-0 late in the first half before Gambini and company got going.
The junior signal caller threw for 265 yards and four touchdowns in the game’s final 24-minutes.
So they can blow you out or come from behind. Neither are good options.
On Friday night it didn’t start so well, Gambino threw an interception on the second play from scrimmage to Manny Rijos, who jumped the route and made a nice play on the ball.
The home team felt in a charitable mood and gave it back five plays later when Raider quarterback Connor Finn was picked off by Adam Santopietro when his receiver cut his route short.
Wolcott would get the scoring going on their third possession of the night on a 7 play, 79-yard scoring drive capped off by a 28-yard pass scoring from Gambini to Jason Matos, one of a boatload of wide outs he can choose from.
Six different receivers got into the act at the Robert H. Frost, led by Matos who caught four balls but gobbled up 130 yards in the process.
“Our quarterback has been exceptional,” head coach Jason Pace said after the game, “He got some time in last year at the end of games but has really been better than we expected.”
Early on, Gambino was a little off, just missing on his targets that were open, something the coach had seen before.
“He did the same thing last week when we got down against Seymour but he stayed with it and got his timing down,” Pace said.
After the Eagles initial score, Torrington went right to work and nearly tied the game if not for an exceptional defensive effort on the end of a big play.
Connor Finn, who left the game just before the half with an apparent knee injury and did not return, connected with his favorite target, Desmond Langs on a short pass.
Langs did what he does best, gaining yards after the catch and made his way through defenders and down the right sideline for a 49-yard catch and run but an aggressive Eagles defender never gave up on the play and forced a fumble at the end of the play, ending the drive.
Five plays later, Joseph Lynch would punch it in from two-yards out completing a five play, 80-yard drive that was keyed by a Gambino to Matos 52-yard completion on a third and two call.
The Raiders would fumble on the second play of the next drive, leaving Wolcott with a very short field at the 24 of Torrington. Lynch scored for a second time, this time from one yard out and it was 21-0 at the end of one.
Torrington would put together a nine play drive of their own on their next possession but it stalled at the Wolcott 25.
Langs would finish the night with 12 catches good for 131 yards while running back Tyler Marens continued his fine season by rushing for 108 yards, 60 of them coming on the Raiders lone score in the third quarter.
The growing pains continue for the Raiders and the path doesn’t get any smoother with 3-1 Naugatuck in town next Friday night.