PITTSFIELD >> The Pittsfield football team remained undefeated with a 52-36 win against Woodstock (Conn.) Friday night at Wahconah Park.
"I thought we played a good football team," Generals' coach Brian Jezewski said. "I'm proud of my guys. Woodstock did a great job, their offense did a great job, I am proud that my guys were able to step up. We just want to get better every day."
The No. 10 Generals (3-0) offense was rolling all night and it started on the first play of the game. PIttsfield's Edwin Rodriguez took the opening play 75 yards to the house, giving the Generals a 6-0 lead only 19 seconds into the game. Tyrell Boire was able to punch in the two-point conversion to make the score 8-0.
Rodriguez rushed 16 times for 225 yards.
When Woodstock got the ball, they unleashed their dynamic backfield of running back Kameron Janice and quarterback Jared Bouten. They responded to the touchdown with a six-play touchdown drive of their own, finishing with a five-yard keeper from Bouten, but the two-point conversion was no good.
With the score 8-6, Pittsfield opened up with their passing offense, completing a 30-yard pass from Boire to Griff Manns. The drive would end with a keeper by Boire, rushing it in from five yards out to make the score 14-6 with four minutes left in the first quarter. Manns converted the two-point play to make the score 16-6 on a sweep to the right.
Boire finished 8 of 9 on the day for 159 yards.
Over their next three drives, Woodstock went up-and-down the field, but a Boire interception in the end zone and two fumbles in the second quarter kept Woodstock off the scoreboard.
The Generals fed Rodriguez as he scored his second touchdown of the night on an 11-yard run to make the score 22-6. Boire converted his second two-point attempt of the night, making the score 24-6.
With 27 seconds remaining in the half, Boire connected with Rodriguez and followed his blockers all the way to the endzone for a 74-yard touchdown. Boire added his third two-point conversion of the night making the score 32-6 going into halftime.
While the first half of the game was all Generals, Woodstock wasn't ready to go down quietly. Only three minutes into the second half, Bouten scored on a 15-yard run for his second touchdown of the night, making the score 32-12.
Bouten wasn't close to being done, scoring on a 11-yard touchdown run and converting on the two-pointer to close the gap to 32-20 Pittsfield.
Pittsfield wasn't ready to get shut out in the third quarter, though. Boire scored on a five-yard run with three minutes remaining in the quarter to make the score 38-20. Woodstock quickly responded with a Janice touchdown and two-point conversion, making the score 38-28 headed into the final quarter.
Boire opened up the fourth quarter with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Ian Benoit, increasing Pittsfield's lead to 44-28 with a little less than eight minutes remaining in the game. The Centaurs made it a one-possession game with five minutes remaining on a Janis 35-yard touchdown run followed by a two-point conversion, making the score 44-36.
In need of a first down, Pittsfield again turned to Rodriguez, and he delivered on a 67-yard touchdown run with 30 seconds left, putting the Generals up 52-36, sealing the game.
"I'm just reading [the defense]," Rodriguez said. "We do drills with the line and the linebackers, and it helped me get used to [finding holes in the defense]."
The Generals will try to remain undefeated next week as they prepare to face Wahconah at Wahconah Park on Friday night.
1st quarter: P - 11:41 Edwin Rodriguez 44 run. (Tyrell Boire run). W - 7:38 Jared Bouten 5 run. P - 4:03 Boire 5 run (Griff Manns run). 2nd quarter: P - 4:47 Rodriguez 11 run (Boire run). P - 0:27 Rodriguex 74 pass from Boire. 3rd quarter: W - 9:51 Bouten 15 run. W - 5:42 Bouten 11 run (Bouten run). P - 3:20 Boire 5 run. W - Janis 3 run (Janis run). 4th Quarter: P - 7:44 Benoit 11 pass from Boire. W - 5:22 Janis 35 run (Janis run). P - 0:27 Rodriguez 67 run (run).