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    Monday, March 04, 2024

    Fitch football rolls past Hillhouse for fourth straight victory

    Fitch’s freshman fullback Devin Cook (42) crosses into the end zone for a touchdown during Friday night’s 51-13 victory over Hillhouse. Cook rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns as the Falcons pushed their record to 6-1, keeping their playoff hopes alive. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    Fitch’s Gianni Drab (64) sacks Hillhouse quarterback Dairion Johnson (10), resulting in a fumble, in Friday night’s high school football game in Groton. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    Fitch’s Devin Cook (42) celebrates a touchdown against Hillhouse. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    Fitch’s Porter Carter (4) runs the ball with the help of a block by teammate Adonis Fine (12) during Friday night’s high school football game. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    Groton — Fitch is building some serious momentum as the calendar is closing in on November.

    Just what the Falcons need to stay in the hunt for a Class MM state tournament berth.

    A 51-13 rout of Hillhouse on Friday night handed Fitch its fourth straight win

    With three regular-season games to go, Fitch stands at 6-1.

    Coach Mike Ellis knows his team’s work is far from finished.

    “We understand that it can be all taken away in a heartbeat if we don’t prepare and do things the right way,” Ellis said. “We’ve been a game away from the playoffs since 2018 and every single game is important coming down the track, so we’ve really got to be on top of our game.”

    Coming off an impressive win over Killingly, Fitch was determined to stay focused against a weaker opponent in Hillhouse.

    Mission accomplished.

    The Falcons led 30-7 at halftime and never looked back.

    “Our main focus was just to stay on track,” quarterback Ben Perry said. “We knew that Hillhouse may not be a Killingly-level type of team, but it’s just as important to stay focused. We can’t get caught off guard.

    “We have a bad habit of coming out flat. That was our biggest thing this week, just to come out guns firing.”

    A potent offensive attack continues to lead the way for the Falcons, who surpassed their season scoring average of 33.3 points while hitting a season high for points.

    Their wealth of weapons were on display on Friday.

    Perry accounted for three touchdowns — one with his arm and two with his legs. Running back Adonis Fine had scoring scampers of 9 and 3 yards while fullback Devin Cook had touchdown runs of 14 and 9 yards. Porter Carter caught a 14-yard scoring pass.

    “It’s as hard to stop as we make it,” Perry said of the offense. “Being able to read the option and me being able to make good decisions and the line just blocking the right guys is just as important as the receivers and the slot backs making the right blocks, too.”

    Hillhouse (2-5), which had three fumbles in the first half, had little luck stopping Fitch.

    It took the Falcons only three plays to score on the game-opening drive. Perry sprinted through the line and found daylight, going 46 yards for a touchdown to cap a 60-play drive.

    After taking the lead for good, 15-7, on Fine’s 9-yard run, the Falcons kept attacking.

    The Falcons turned Devon Edwards’ fumble recovery into a touchdown, as Perry rolled out and hit Carter for a 14-yard scoring strike for a 22-7 lead in the second quarter.

    Four plays after recovering an onside kick, Cook powered his way for a 14-yard touchdown run to create a comfortable 30-7 edge.

    Cook, a freshman fullback, finished with a team-best 102 yards on the ground and Perry rushed for 91.

    “Cook is really the key,” Ellis said. “He’s the one that’s given us that next guy. You saw him tonight make a couple nice runs in key situations that got a touchdown or got big yardage for it. He earns it, because he’s getting hit a lot in there.

    “For a freshman to have the composure that he has is pretty darn good.”

    Fitch will try to extend its winning streak next week at home against Woodstock.

    g.keefe@theday.com

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