Rams Football Falls To Second-Half Rally At Shelton

Rams Football Falls To Second-Half Rally At Shelton

Through two quarters on Friday night, the Cheshire High School football team executed their game plan at Shelton. The Rams had limited their rival to one touchdown and carried a 14-6 lead into intermission.

However when the teams returned for the second half, momentum shifted in a big way. Shelton forced four turnovers after halftime and put up 28 unanswered points to win 34-14 over the Rams. In winning the turnover battle, 4-1, the Gaels joined Cheshire with a 5-3 record.

CHS came out aggressive in the game. On the opening kick-off, sophomore Taylor Rochford recovered an onsides kick to put the ball at the Shelton 49-yard line.

On the next play, senior quarterback/co-captain Michael Simeone found junior Matt Jeffery for a 47-yard gain to the 2-yard line. Two plays later, Simeone scored on a 2-yard keeper to put the Rams up 7-0 with 10:04 remaining in the first quarter.

The Gaels found the end zone on a 19-yard touchdown run by junior David Dojlidko with 5:05 left in the opening quarter, but since the extra-point attempt was blocked, CHS kept the lead at 7-6.

Cheshire created the game’s first turnover when junior defensive back Lucas Chymbor made an interception with 1:46 remaining in the first. The Rams drove down to extend their lead to 14-6 on a 10-yard touchdown run by junior running back Jeffery Gonzalez with 9:45 left in the second quarter.

To reach the end zone, Gonzalez powered through three Shelton players on the goal line.

Cheshire held an eight-point lead at halftime, but the Gaels turned the game around with three interceptions in the third quarter. First, senior Ricky Feola made a pick and sprinted 74 yards for a touchdown at the 7:01 mark. Dojlidko scored on a two-point conversion blast to tie the game at 14-14.

Next, the Gaels picked up an interception from senior Benjamin Hoponick with 5:29 remaining in the third. Just 47 seconds later, Dojlidko scampered for a 37-yard touchdown. The PAT failed, so the Gaels led 20-14.

On the ensuing possession, Shelton senior John de Camps made the third interception and ran 48 yards for a touchdown with 3:44 left in the third. With a two-point conversion run by Dojlidko, the Gaels led 28-14.

Cheshire tried to stage a rally, but Shelton twice forced them to turn the ball over on downs.

The Gaels capped the scoring with 3:22 left. On a fourth and one, senior Ayden Sepkaski broke free for a 29-yard touchdown. The PAT failed after the scoring run.

Scoring summary:

First Quarter

*2-yard touchdown run by Simeone (10:04) 7-0, CHS

Point after touchdown by senior Micah Galloza was good

*19-yard touchdown run by Dojlidko (5:05) 7-6, CHS

PAT was blocked

Second Quarter

*10-yard touchdown run by Gonzalez (9:45) 14-6, CHS

PAT by Galloza was good

Third Quarter

*74-yard interception return for touchdown by Feola (7:01) 14-14, tie

Two-point run by Dojlidko was successful

*37-yard touchdown run by Dojlidko (4:42) 20-14, SHS

PAT failed

*48-yard interception return for touchdown by de Camps (3:44) 28-14, SHS

Two-point run by Dojlidko was successful

Fourth Quarter

*29-yard touchdown run by Sepkaski (3:22) 34-14, SHS

PAT failed

This story will be updated with comments.

Next Saturday, the Rams travel to Middletown to play Xavier (3-5) at 1:30 p.m.


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