Schumitz, Lions run over Titans
WALLINGFORD — It is often said time flies by when you are having fun. If that really is the case, the Sheehan football team must be seeing time stand still.
Just three short weeks ago, the Titans were preparing for a big stretch of games in what was looking to be a special year.
That special season has hit a big bump in the road.
After winning three of four games to start the year, Sheehan has lost three straight, including a 28-7 Southern Connecticut Conference Division II East decision against Foran-Milford at Riccitelli Field last Friday night.
Sheehan’s problems began and ended with Lion junior quarterback Tucker Schumitz.
Schumitz torched the Titans for 263 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 12 carries as the Lions used a big first half to improve to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in Division II East play.
“Obviously we did not expect that,” Sheehan coach John Ferrazzi said after his team lost its third straight game and fell to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in division play. “We did not plan for it. We have been hurt mentally all year. That has come back to haunt us all year.
“The kids played hard. The mental errors hurt us. We missed some key tackles in the first half, key fundamental tackles. On offense, we did not make the plays, catch the ball or run the routes.”
Foran took control of this game early and it was Schumitz who was behind the rally. After Sheehan was stopped on fourth down and short early in the first quarter, the Lions capitalized.
Schumitz showed a sign of things to come on the ground. His 11-yard run with 7 minutes, 58 seconds to go in the opening quarter gave Foran a 6-0 lead as the extra point failed.
After Sheehan was stopped on its next possession, Schumitz provided the excitement once again. He raced 85 yards for his second touchdown just 1:53 after his first score. Joe Capalbo’s extra point gave Foran a 13-0 lead.
“My blockers on the line did a great job,” Schumitz said. “Everyone knew their assignments. We knew they were a really good team. But the line did a great job and I am happy we won. It was a great game.”
The Titans, who committed three turnovers in the first half, finally got on the board with 3:57 remaining in the first quarter.
Titan quarterback Brett Biestek saw his 54-yard run set up his 1-yard score. Brendan Murphy’s extra point had the Titans within one score of taking the lead.
But just 1:21 after Biestek’s run, Andrew Sileo scored from 3 yards out and Foran took a 21-7 lead.
“We just tried to keep the ball away from their weapons,” Lion coach Jeff Bevino said. “We had the ball for a long time.”
Schumitz dominated the first half, running for 232 yards on 12 carries. His 80-yard touchdown run with 3:15 gone by in the second quarter gave Foran a commanding 28-7 lead.
“He’s (Schumitz) got it all,” Bevino said. “There was no doubt he was going to run that football. One of the things you don’t see is how well he throws the ball. Tonight was the Tucker Schumitz show. He works hard and is a good leader.”
Sheehan had its chances but could not capitalize.
With a sputtering offense, Biestek, who according to Ferrazzi after the game was not injured, was lifted in favor of sophomore Billy Gannon in the first half.
Gannon responded by completing 9-of-10 passes for 94 yards. The pass he did not complete was intercepted by Rick Festa in the end zone with 5:21 remaining in the first half.
The Titans never got closer as they had the ball for just two second-half possessions. The first possession, with Biestek back under center, was nine plays but it stalled when Biestek was sacked to the Lion 29 on fourth-and-10.
Foran then had the drive of the game. Taking 9:39 off the clock in 21 plays, the Lions were finally stalled at the Titan 3.
While Foran did not score, the important fact was the Lions took nearly a quarter of play away with its ball control.
“We are very happy where we are,” Bevino said. “I am happy for the kids.”
The Titans’ final drive typified the night. They moved 55 yards in 12 plays to the Lion 35 but saw the drive end with four straight incomplete passes by Biestek.
Biestek finished 6-of 19 for 79 yards. Jerry Ferraro added 62 yards on 14 carries but had a key second-quarter fumble at the Lion 28.