Fitch routs Waterford to stay unbeaten

Waterford — The Fitch High School football team endured stinging defeats to Waterford the previous two seasons.

Fitch wasted no time Friday night letting the Lancers know that was not going to happen a third straight year.

Hollis Scott ran up the gut for a 70-yard touchdown on the Falcons' first play, beginning a string of 42 unanswered points.

Scott ran for four touchdowns while the Fitch defense swarmed all over Waterford in a 42-7 rout.

The Lancers won the previous two meetings 41-8 (2015) and 35-26 (2016).

“We were just thinking back to previous years that we got beat and they were blowing us out,” Scott said. “We just took it out (on them) this year. We didn’t sleep on them and we just came out fired up.”

The Falcons improved to 6-0. They haven’t been unbeaten this far into the season since 2001 when they terrorized the Eastern Connecticut Conference and played for the CIAC Class L title.

Scott, the fullback in Fitch's flexbone machine, ran nine times for 115 yards and four touchdowns. Tyler Nelli also threw a 68-yard touchdown to Antonyo Figueroa.

It was a defensive play featuring Figueroa that punctuated the Falcons’ first-half dominance.

Fitch led 21-0 midway through the second quarter when the Lancers opted to go for it on fourth-and-11 at the Falcons 39.

Tyler Andrews intercepted a pass at the 33-yard line and took off down the Waterford sideline. He was eventually forced to cut back toward the right side of the field and just about reached the Fitch sideline when he scored with 4 minutes, 27 seconds left in the half.

“I looked and saw my man Tony (Figueroa) go down the field lead blocking,” Andrews said. “I saw (Waterford) all coming and had to make a cutback and go down the other side of the field to the corner.”

Scott, who also plays linebacker, said, “I was just so hyped. … I didn’t think he was going to do that (run from one side of the field to the other). I didn’t think he was capable.”

Andrews had short-circuited the Lancers' previous drive with an interception after Waterford had reached the Fitch 18-yard line.

“That was a great score in the game,” Fitch coach Mike Ellis said. “All of the sudden, we’re up four scores and it’s out of reach.

Ellis smiled and added, “It’s always nice when the defense scores.”

Fitch allowed just 44 yards in the first half with eight of Waterford’s 29 plays resulting in negative yardage.

Peter Turello threw a 29-yard touchdown to Max Mazzella with 10:07 left in the game for the Lancers. The Falcons second-team defense stopped Waterford from scoring a second time late in the game on fourth-and-goal at the Fitch 4.


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