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Wolcott Tech, behind 242 rushing yards from Isaiah Harrington, plays Cromwell tough in loss

POSTED November 07, 2010
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

The 2010 Wolcott Tech Wildcats football team.

Tech senior Isaiah Harrington ran for a school-record 242 yards against Cromwell on Saturday afternoon in Torrington. The Panthers won, 53-26.

TORRINGTON - After being banged around all season, playing one tough team after another, the Wolcott Tech Wildcats had enough.

Against Cromwell, one of the best defensive teams in the Uncas Sassacus Division, the Wildcats got a record-setting 242 yard running performance by senior Isaiah Harrington and put up more points against the Panthers than any other team this season.

Cromwell came out on top by a 53-26 score but the fight in the Wildcats, something that had been missing over the last few games, was back.

“We want to make teams work hard to beat us,” Harrington said. “If we work hard, we can compete with teams.”

While teams like the Panthers have far too much fire power for a team like Tech, having them understand they can’t just throw their helmets on the field to win is important to the Wildcats head coach.

“I thought we got bullied against Haddam-Killingworth (a 47-0 loss a week ago),” Jamie Coty said. “We had to get our fight back and today we came out and did.”

One constant trait with a Coty-coached team is the ability to move the ball behind a strong offensive line and a determined running back or quarterback.

Both did their jobs against the Panthers. Trevor Carlson, one of the original six players who have been with the football program since it was formed in his freshman year, also broke the 100-yard mark, the first time Tech had two runners over 100 this season.

Carlson ran hard. On one determined run with his team down 14-0 in the first quarter, Carlson carried what seemed to be the entire Panthers defense, down the left sideline on a 41-yard gain in which he made contact with his eventual tacklers 20 yards into the run.

In fact, if not for three first half fumbles, which led to two Panthers scores, the Wildcats may have put up more points then they did.

In a season when positives have been tough to find at times, this game had plenty and speaks to the solid foundation Coty and his coaches have set under this program.

On Saturday, the Wildcats recorded three sacks, junior James Daniels was in on two while Dan Fortier and Austin Walker got in on one each.

Special teams returns were terrific all afternoon on Saturday, senior Seth Beechinor averaged over 20 yards per return and gave his team great field position.

Walker, just a sophomore, was on the receiving end of a two-point conversion throw from Carlson in the third quarter and a quick hit across the middle, a well run play.

Senior lineman Brandon Doucet had several big hits on defense, the Panthers found more success in the air game then the running attack.

Fortier recovered a fumble caused by Harrington on a punt return in the first quarter, but Tech gave the ball back to Cromwell two plays later with their own fumble.

Getting over those kinds of mistakes is a big part of how this program will move to the next level.

Right now, the Wildcats don’t have the luxury of giving teams points they can get back with big plays of their own.

Carlson and senior wide-out Pat Higgins just missed hitting on a big play late in the second quarter on a fourth and eight from the Cromwell 20 when Carlson overthrew a wide-open Higgins over the middle.

The duo would get another shot late in the second quarter and this time, didn’t miss the opportunity.

On a first and ten from the Panthers 32, Higgins made his way down the right sideline and Carlson found him, just inbounds at the two.

Carlson would bull his way in for the score that took the teams to the half with the visitors up 34-12.

On their third scoring drive of the game, the Wildcats drove 64 yards in 12 plays, chewing up over six minutes.

Their final points would come on a similar 10-play, 58 yard drive in the fourth.

This was the same Panthers defense that had allowed just seven points to North Branford in a 14-7 win and just a dozen in a 12-7 loss to Hyde Leadership.

All in all, it was a rejuvenating day on the gridiron for a team that was fed up with not handing out as much punishment as they got.


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