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Stonington keeps rolling with 55-7 victory over Montville

Stonington — Stonington steamrolled another overmatched opponent on Friday night.

Make it three straight blowout wins for the Bears.

They ran over, through and past Montville in a convincing 55-7 victory in Eastern Connecticut Conference Division III action at Palmer Field. They improved to 3-1 overall, 3-0 in the league while the Indians dipped to 0-3, 0-1.

They've outscored their last three foes, 164-7, previously flattening Griswold/Wheeler (60-0) and Bacon Academy (49-0).

"We have a lot of kids contributing," Stonington coach A.J. Massengale said. "They're a fun group of kids. We have a good time in practice, doing all the things we need to do. We have to keep getting better."

A relentless rushing attack propelled Stonington, which piled up 237 yards in the first half while building a 41-7 advantage.

Juniors Josh Mooney and Will French each scored two touchdowns before intermission and senior Matt Castagliuolo added one. Quarterback Dorian White hooked up with junior Brady Mullen on a six-yard scoring strike.

The Indians actually took the first lead of the game, marching 64 yards and scoring on quarterback Chas Terni's four-yard keeper. Terni also completed two passes for 48 yards on the drive.

Terni started hot before cooling off. He finished 6 for 14 for 99 yards.

The Bears dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Ball carriers often had big holes to run through and then dodged defenders for large gains.

After falling behind, Stonington scored on six straight drives.

Mooney capped a 52-yard march with a 14-yard scoring scamper but the Bears missed the extra point to trail 7-6. They went 58 yards on just five plays to take the lead for good, as French found the end zone from four yards out and Castagliuolo ran in the two-point try for a 14-7 edge with 3:45 left in the first quarter.

It was a runaway from there.

Castagliuolo rushed for a game-high 92 yards.

The second half started poorly for the Indians, who watched junior Josiah Blackman weave his way through traffic for an 82-yard kickoff return to open the third quarter.

The kickoff return for a score will cost Massengale a pizza due to a promise he made earlier this week.

"I owe them food now," Massengale said.

French added a third touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.

Massengale is happy with the Bears' start to the season.

"We've had great weeks of practice," Massengale said. "The kids are working really hard. We're trying to play a lot of kids out here."

More difficult opponents are ahead for the Bears, whose next game is against Killingly on Oct. 15.

The bye week will give Stonington time to clean up its mistakes.

"So many needless sloppy things today that can't happen against the teams we have coming up," Massengale. "We can't do that stuff with Killingly. ... A couple of weeks Killingly coming in, they're a different monster."

g.keefe@theday.com

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