Emery likes the early-season look of his Falcons

Stonington - Fitch did what good football teams do on Friday night.

The Falcons took advantage of mistakes.

They mounted efficient time-consuming drives at crucial times.

Their disruptive defense snuffed out any chance for their opponent to creep back into the game.

The end result: Fitch 28, Stonington 7.

After two convincing wins in two weeks, Fitch is emerging as a team to watch in the Eastern Connecticut Conference.

"We have some things that we have to clean up," Fitch coach Mike Emery said. "But I'm pretty happy with both sides of the ball right now."

The Falcons never trailed, taking a 14-0 halftime lead.

They answered Stonington's only touchdown with one of their own in the fourth quarter to seal the win. They spread the ball around, as four different players scored rushing touchdowns, including senior Lexus Gordon (10 yards), senior Saffwan Davis (31), junior Devante Anderson (one) and junior John Moscol (nine).

Davis rushed for over 100 yards for the second straight week, piling up 135 yards on just 14 attempts. But his teammates did the bulk of the offensive work in the second half.

"He's such an unselfish kid," Emery said. "He blocks as well as he runs. He's a really good player."

The Falcons were forced to make an adjustment on defense, playing without starting linebacker Patrick Kirkwood, who's out indefinitely for disciplinary reasons. Davis learned to play middle linebacker in practice this past week.

Senior outside linebacker Kevin Manzanares was a pest, racing into the backfield to create havoc. He made the game's biggest defensive play, sacking Stonington quarterback Divante White, who fumbled inside his own 5 (Moscol recovered at the 1).

On the next play, Anderson, the quarterback, followed his offensive line into the end zone for a 21-0 lead with 3:52 left in the third quarter.

Stonington (1-1) never recovered.

"It was big," Manzanares said of the forced fumble. "We had them against the ropes so we wanted to get him."

An impressive drive set up the play.

Fitch opened the second half by chewing up yards and clock on the ground. The Falcons didn't score but used up a valuable seven minutes and pinned the Bears back with a good punt.

"That's what we needed up by 14 to take time away," Emery said. "The critical drive was the last one."

Emery was referring to what happened after Stonington junior Zach Poirier (16 carries, 85 yards) bolted 12 yards for a touchdown to cap a 9-play, 56-yard drive that cut the deficit to 21-7 with 11:54 remaining.

In its longest march of the game, Fitch went 82 yards in 11 plays. Moscol fought his way into the end zone from nine yards out with 6:02 left.

Stonington made too many mistakes to stay in the game.

A short punt handed Fitch good field position in the second quarter. Then the Bears jumped offsides on fourth and two. The next play Davis cashed in with a 31-yard touchdown run for a 14-0 lead.

"We can't have those kind of mistakes," Stonington coach A.J. Massengale. "We did ourselves in with turnovers and we handed them one touchdown that we fumbled."

g.keefe@theday.com

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