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Griswold airs it out against Ledyard in 35-12 win

Ledyard — Griswold football coach Gregg Wilcox is still trying to figure out what he's got this season.

The Wolverines, Eastern Connecticut Conference Division III champions last year, graduated most of their linemen. And, as a new cooperative program with Wheeler, has 10 players from the Lions aboard this year.

What Wilcox does have is senior quarterback Andrew Koziol. And the veteran passed for three touchdowns and 270 yards in a 35-12 win over Ledyard on Friday.

"He's a very good quarterback,'' said Wilcox. "He's progressed in the last three years and he's doing a nice job.''

Koziol, who also ran for a touchdown, completed 16-of-23 passes, and ran for 23 yards.

Griswold didn't play last week but opened its season with a bang. CJ Mattson took the opening kickoff 76 yards and, on the first play from scrimmage, scored on a 5-yard run for a 6-0 lead 43 seconds in.

Then Griswold's Matt DePonte recovered his first of two fumbles on Ledyard's sixth play of the game and Koziol took over. He completed a 49-yard pass to speedy Anthony Franklin and, three plays later, he hit Mattson for a 14-yard touchdown pass and threw to Franklin for a two-point conversion an a quick 14-0 lead.

Ledyard (0-2) had a lot better success on its second drive. Robbie Petriel returned the kickoff 59 yards and quarterback Brayden Grim capped a five-minute drive with a 2-yard TD run.

Koziol threw two touchdown passes to Franklin in the second quarter — of 50 and 38 yards — and a pair of extra points by Lucas Bartret upped the lead to 28-6 at halftime.

Things calmed down from there, as the teams played a scoreless third quarter and each team had a touchdown on their final possession of the game.

"We put some different guys in,'' said Ledyard coach Clay Killingsworth. "Explained better what they should be doing. Put some guys in different positions.

"That's going to help us out in the long run,'' said Killingsworth. "Being able to make adjustments like that on the fly at halftime.''

Wilcox, after the early lead, wanted to work on things as well.

"We had a little bit of a lead and you want to see what you can do and what you can't do so you can get better,'' said Wilcox. "I am pleased with most of what we did. I didn't like the run game tonight, I think we can be much better.''

While there were seven touchdowns in the game, there were also eight turnovers and a lot of penalties.

"We've got to do a better job as coaches,'' said Killingsworth. "We've got to put them in more stressful situations in practice so that it carries over to the game.''

Koziol's TD run came with 2:43 left in the game and Ledyard's Walker Lenz scored on a 1-yard run on the game's final play.

Franklin caught five passes for 156 yards, scoring twice.

"He isn't real big, but he's fast,'' said Wilcox.

d.davis@theday.com

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