Rams Football Gets Second Shutout, Ends Rivalry Drought Against Hand

Rams Football Gets Second Shutout, Ends Rivalry Drought Against Hand

On Friday, the Cheshire High School football extended a fast start to the fall season and also ended a drought against a familiar foe. CHS improved to 4-0 with a 28-0 win over Daniel Hand (1-3), beating their rival for the first time since 2016.

Defensively, the Rams won the turnover battle (4-1). At quarterback, junior Matt Jeffery and senior co-captain Michael Simeone both threw a touchdown pass and scored on the ground.

On the game’s opening drive, the Tigers stopped the Rams on fourth down, but during the ensuing possession, Cheshire took the ball back on an interception by junior Adam Vernon.

The turnover led to the first touchdown with 6:04 left in the first quarter. On a quarterback keeper, Jeffery made a couple of cuts in the middle and ran 21 yards into the end zone.

The Rams defense set up the offense again in the second quarter. After downing a punt inside the Tigers 20-yard line, junior lineman Mike Anton sacked Hand sophomore quarterback Paul Calandrelli and caused a fumble.

Junior Evan Russo recovered the ball in the end zone, but due to a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, the Rams were moved back 15 yards.

Despite the penalty, the Rams still got back in the end zone. Jeffery ran for 12 yards up the middle and then Simeone kept the ball for a 3-yard touchdown scamper with 10:32 remaining in the second quarter.

On the following drive, CHS pushed the Tigers into a fourth down and used pressure to cause a punt of just 16 yards to the Hand 40-yard line. After a 5-yard run by junior Jeffery Gonzalez, Jeffery executed a play-action fake and then found senior Luke Wiedemann open down the middle for a 35-yard touchdown with 8:47 left in the second.

The reception represented Wiedemann’s first touchdown.

Hand tried to rally at the end of the first half, but the Rams defense stood tall. First, the Rams forced a turnover on downs at the 15-yard line and then when the Tigers retook possession, sophomore Coryon Harris made an interception at the end of the second quarter.

The teams moved the ball in the third quarter, but penalties hampered drives.

CHS came back to get the last touchdown just eight seconds into the fourth. Simeone faked a hand-off, rolled outside, and threw to Gonzalez for a 5-yard touchdown.

Soon after, Cheshire earned their fourth turnover on an interception by junior Lucas Chymbor. Hand regained possession on a fumble recovery by sophomore Owen Donahey, however the Rams didn’t allow them to capitalize on the play.

CHS was able to run out the clock and secure their second shutout of the year. Conversely, Hand fell 28-0 for the third consecutive game.

Scoring summary is listed.

First Quarter

21-yard touchdown run by Jeffery (6:04) 7-0, CHS

Point after touchdown by senior Ben Thompson was good

Second Quarter

3-yard touchdown run by Simeone (10:32) 14-0, CHS

PAT by Thompson was good

35-yard touchdown pass from Jeffery to Wiedemann (8:47) 21-0, CHS

PAT by Thompson was good

Fourth Quarter

5-yard touchdown from Simeone to Gonzalez (11:52) 28-0, CHS

PAT by Thompson was good

Through four games, CHS has outscored the competition 127-14. This story will be updated with comments.

The Rams will now enter their bye week. In returning on Oct. 14, Cheshire travels to Fairfield University to face Fairfield Prep (1-3) at 6 p.m.


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