BRISTOL - Victor Rosa scored three touchdowns and threw for another and the defense came up big for the second game in a row to lead Bristol Central to a 27-0 win over South Windsor in a CCC Tier 3 football game Friday night.
After stumbling their way to just six points in last week’s loss at Bloomfield, it was a much improved offensive effort for the Rams this week.
“We challenged the guys in practice this week to come up big on offense,” said Central coach Jeff Papazian. “Six points is just not enough. It took us a while to get into gear tonight, but once we got it going we were pretty effective on offense.”
The Rams set the tone for the game on the opening kickoff when Rosa appeared to have a 76-yard return for a score. The play was called back by an illegal block at midfield, but the running game was established right from the start. After the penalty, the Rams marched to the South Windsor 11 on six consecutive running plays before coughing the ball up on a fumble.
Three plays later the Bobcats returned the favor by fumbling at the Central five. It took Rosa just one play to score. Rosa passed to Damion Glasper for the two-point conversion and an 8-0 lead.
Much like last week, the Rams nursed that lead the rest of the way through the opening half. The defense stymied the South Windsor attack time and again while the offense showed signs of breaking out but sputtered to the 8-0 halftime edge.
The Central defense forced three punts and then came up with another fumble recovery to halt the Bobcats only threat of the half at the 15-yard line. Johnny Rios had a couple of big sacks and the defensive secondary broke up numerous long pass attempts.
The Rams finally got the offense in gear in the second half, scoring on all three possessions. Rosa capped a 74-yard drive with a three-yard run midway through the third period. After a big interception by Ashton Zabka gave the Rams the ball deep in South Windsor territory to end the third, Rosa broke free for a 20-yard run and Can Tomak kick the extra point to make it 21-0.
The Rams needed a goal line stand to get the ball back for the final possession. Three straight plays by the defensive secondary after the Bobcats had marched to a first and goal early in the final period gave the ball back to the Rams at their own ten-yard line and the Bobcats never saw the ball on offense again.
Rosa engineered an 89-yard, ten play drive that ate up nearly all of the final quarter and featured a a 20 yard run by Tre Blair, a tipped pass reception for a 12-yard gain by lineman Dan Lauretti and finally a 37 yard pass on fourth down from Rosa to Glasper for the score with 49 seconds left.
Rosa rushed for 239 yards on 20 carries and completed seven of 13 passes for another 77 yards to lead the Central offense. Glasper caught four of those passes for 61 yards including the touchdown and also rushed for another 19.
“Damion had a real nice game all the way around,” said Papazian. “We were able to mix him in on the run, he had a big night receiving, and he had some big plays in the defensive secondary. He really played a key role for us defensively tonight.”
The Central defense came up big for the second straight week, shutting out a South Windsor team that had had some good offensive success in its opener. Zabka had a fumble recovery and an interception after a tip to lead the way. Rios had two big sacks and the secondary of Zach Vanasse, Blair, Glasper and Rosa allowed South Windsor quarterback Ethan LaGuardia to complete just four of 15 passes for 23 yards.
LaGuardia was the Bobcats’ leading rusher with 87 yards on 14 carries but struggled against the defense when he put the ball in the air.
The Rams are now 1-1 on the season and will be home next week when they host unbeaten Wethersfield in a non-league contest.
Bristol Central 27, South Windsor 0
At Bristol Central
South Windsor (0-2) 0 0 0 0 - 0 Bristol Central (1-1) 8 0 7 13 – 27
BC – Victor Rosa, 5 run (Damion Glasper pass from Rosa), 6:21
BC – Rosa, 3 run (run failed), 4:36
BC – Rosa, 20 run (Can Tomak kick), 11:11 BC – Glasper, 37 pass from Rosa (kick failed), 0:37
Rushing: SW – Ethan LaGuardia 14-87, DJ Lewin 9-20, Wyatt Cote 4 – (1), Josh Colon 2-15, Tyron Casey 1-7. BC – Victor Rosa 20-239, Damion Glasper 3-19, Tre Blair 3-23, Ashton Zabka 3-6, Amarri Gaskin 2-6, Justin Despins 1-1.
Passing: SW – LaGuardia 4-15-1 for 23 yds. BC – Rosa 7-13-1 for 77 yds, Glasper 0-1
Receiving: SW – Lewin 1-4, Colon 2-7, Casey 1-12. BC – Glasper 4-61, Zabka 1- (-2), Blair 1-6, Dan Lauretti 1-12.