Ollie, Glastonbury handle Bobcats

SOUTH WINDSOR — Jalen Ollie scored four touchdowns, two through the air and two more on the ground, and led a potent Glastonbury offense to a 42-14 win over South Windsor Saturday afternoon. But the Bobcats didn’t go down without a fight.

The Tomahawks collected 429 yards of total offense, with Ollie throwing for 302 yards completing 16 of 24 pass attempts. He scored twice on the ground, the first of these coming after a 12 play drive wound down over 8 minutes of clock in the first quarter.

“He is multi-faceted,” Glastonbury head coach Scott Daniels said. “He can make plays with his arm and when things break down he can make plays with his legs. He can see the field, he can react to it, he has become a multi-tooled player.”

The next scoring play for the Tomahawks was from Ollie’s arm, a 30-yard completion to Ethan Ericson. Ericson would finish the game with six catches for 115 yards.

The Tomahawks forced their third straight defensive 3-and-out, and after a Bobcats punt score yet again, with running back Romelle Jack finding daylight on a 4-yard rush.

But then the Bobcats, and running back James Nyarko decided they had had enough.

Midway through the second quarter, Nyarko broke loose for a 72 yard run, ending up just five yards shy of the end zone. Quarterback Ryan McDonald finished the job on a 5-yard run to cut the lead to 21-7.

“Three straight weeks he’s had at least 100 yards rushing and a touchdown,” South Windsor head coach Mike Bullock said of his speedy running back. “He’s definitely the guy we piece the offense around. If we can get consistency from other places and create some seams, there’s no telling what he can do.”

With momentum, the Bobcats finally stopped the Tomahawks defensively on a big fourth down at their own 2- yard lone. One play later, Nyarko broke loose for a 80-yard touchdown spurt.

“We gave up two big plays,” Daniels said of the Bobcats ground game. “They had 162 yards rushing in the first half, and 150 of that was on two plays. We made mistakes. We told them we have to clean it up. And we did, we pitched a shutout in the second half.”

Just when things looked like they were swinging the Bobcat’s way, Ollie was able to find Anthony Anisimov on a 61 yard pass play to set up the second Ollie touchdown run, giving Glastonbury a 28-14 lead at halftime.

“I told these guys, ‘South Windsor isn’t going to give up,'” Daniels said of his halftime speech. “They scored 14 points, I knew we had to come out and play. It was nice to have some breathing room on the scoreboard, but some 2’s and 3’s  in the games to get reps.”

After the break, it looked like the Bobcats were ready to challenge Glastonbury for the lead, as Cody Filingeri picked off Ollie’s first pass of the half.

The Tomahawks defense stood tough however, forcing yet another 3-and out.

“It’s a game of momentum,” Daniels said. “It’s a game of swings. Big plays change the momentum of the game. Those guys had all the momentum in the first half, we can’t give that up. We gave them life.”

Eight plays later, Ollie found Donevin O’Reilly for a 10-yard touchdown strike. O’Rielly would finish with five grabs for 91 yards.

Now trailing 35-14, the Bobcats were unable to piece together anymore offense and turned the ball over on downs and later threw an interception.

Glastonbury got its final seven points from a Kyran McKinney-Crudden 30 run to open the fourth quarter. McKinney-Crudden was a big contributor on defense as well, tallying 11 tackles.

“I’m pleased with the guys,” Bullock said of his squad, citing their 251 yards of offense as a reason why. “We are making too many mistakes against good teams. Glastonbury is a phenomenal team, and we didn’t block and tackle consistently today. We hung in there, we kept out heads up, we played well in spurts but not consistently.”

Even in defeat, Bullock knows the setback can also help the team move forward in a difficult conference, and difficult division.

“We just got our full team back,” the coach said. “In my mind, this is our first game with our team we thought we would have going into the season. And some younger guys were able to get some experience, which will help us through the rest of the season. The league that were in, Division I and the CCC, every week you have to come to play every week there are teams that can knock you off. We have seven more Glastonbury’s on our schedule.”

Photos by Erika Studer

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