Connecticut high school football game between Wolcott and Torrington.

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TORRINGTON — A missed try on a point after and a late field goal attempt were the difference in Torrington’s 14-13 football win over Wolcott on Friday night at the Robert H. Frost Sports Complex in Torrington.

In a match played mostly on the ground, each team made convincing efforts but found the goal line difficult to find.

Wolcott did it mostly with 168 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries by Matthew LaMontagne.

“He’s a workaholic; he’s dedicated to the gym,” Wolcott coach Tony Bell said.

Eagle quarterback Anthony Bell added 99 more yards on 8 carries.

Torrington trainer Gaitan Rodriguez had a stable of workhorses to choose from. Fullback Brett Fairchild gained a tough 35 yards on 16 carries; Second in the fleet, Michael Ahoua, had 86 yards on 5 carries plus a key interception; Matt Adams turned 5 carries into 73 yards; and Mickael Camara, another sophomore, rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown on 4 carries.

The combination produced a marked possession time advantage for Torrington in the first half, but a 48-yard forward drive by Ahoua in the first quarter was the only breakaway the Raiders could manage.

Ahoua’s speed overtook his pursuers to the goal line, but he gave full credit to linemen Adrian Fernandez and Michael Keeler for showing him the light of day.

“Was young; we need to finish games and score more,” coach Rodriguez said. “It could have been 21-0 in the first half.”

Instead, Wolcott’s Bell started the second half with a 59-yard breakaway, followed by a 12-yard finish by LaMontagne for a 7-7 draw.

Still, Rodriguez saw plenty to cheer about in the second half – especially after a disheartening loss to Wilby a week ago that started much the same for the Raiders, then drifted away from them in the second half. .

“Tonight they stayed focused and played with a lot of emotion,” he said. “Our youth has grown.

Sophomore Camara accounted for much of that growth, leading the Raiders back to a 14-7 third-quarter lead with successive rushes for 39 and 37 yards.

But LaMontagne and the Eagles were far from done, rushing for another 12-yard score with 9:36 left in the final quarter.

“He’s really tough to beat and I think our defense did a good job of holding him as much as we did,” said Fairchild, a defensive linebacker.

This time a missed point after did the job, 14-13, and the Raider defense needed to take another step.

They did so by holding off the Eagles on a 36-yard fourth field goal attempt with 13 seconds left in the game.

Matthew Johnson’s kick looked good but fell a few yards after which Torrington quarterback Mason Stannard took a knee in relief.

“You don’t get too much,” Wolcott coach Bell said.

“We want to be a better team every week,” Rodriguez said of Torrington.

Ansonia, No. 10 in this week’s GameTime CT state poll, heads to Torrington next Friday for a big test of that resolve.

Torrington 14, Wolcott 13

At Torrington High School

Wolcott 0 0 7 6 – 13

Torrington 7 0 7 0 – 14

Scoring Summary

first quarter

T – Michael Ahoua 48-yard run (Mason Stannard kick)

Third quarter

W – Matthew LaMontagne 12-yard run (Matthew Johnson Kick)

T – Mickael Camera 37-yard run (Stannard kick)

Fourth trimester

W – LaMontagne 12-yard run (missed kick)

Individual statistics

Rushing: W – Matthew LaMontagne 27 carries / 168 yards; Quinn Pawlak 1/3; Anthony Bell 8/99; Jack Crimins 1/48. T-Brett Fairchild 16/35; Michel Ahoua 5/86; Matthew Adams 5/73; Mickael Camara 4/84.

Passes: W – Anthony Bell 9 successes/19 attempts/86 yards/interception. T-Mason Stannard 01/05/11.

Reception: W – Michael Chiappalone 2 receptions/12 yards; Michael McCormack 1/18; Nathan Northrop 2/10; Benjamin Bianchi 1/25; Jahon Rose 2/13; Matthew LaMontagne 1/6. T – Adrien Fernandez 1/11.

Records: Wolcott 0-2; Torrington 1-1.

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