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Mountaineers succumb to strong Enfield team

FALLS VILLAGE — After winning two games to start the season, the Housatonic-Wamogo Mountaineers were thoroughly dominated by the Enfield Raiders, a newcomer to the Pequot League, losing 34-7 Saturday, Oct. 2. The Mountaineers had no answer for the speed and cutback abilities of the Raiders’ senior running back, Andrew Buanno, who scored all five touchdowns for Enfield.

“There’s no shame in losing to a good team,” said coach Deron Bayer.

Housy managed to stay close to Enfield in the first half, giving up a single touchdown in each quarter.  Several times the Mountaineer defense forced the Raiders to punt the ball, and the offense tried to get on a roll.

But too many penalties, particularly five false starts, doomed any momentum for the Mountaineers. Enfield had its share of yellow flags, too, with a total of 15 penalties being called during the course of the game.  

With the Raiders moving the ball at the end of the second quarter, Will Perotti made a leaping interception to deny Enfield another score. The half ended with Housy down 14-0.

The previous two games saw the Mountaineers behind at the beginning of the third quarter, only to come back and win with determined effort in the second half. But that was not to be against this tough Raider team.

Despite another game in which Tanner Brisset passed the century mark in rushing, going 103 yards on 17 carries, the offense just couldn’t get anything going until the game was out of reach. They had opportunities, with Forrest Hayden recovering an Enfield fumble at midfield, but were unable to convert the chances into points.  

Down by 27-0 midway through the fourth quarter, the Mountaineers finally got on the scoreboard when Perotti found a hole in the middle of the line and burst into the end zone from 4 yards out.  

The Raiders answered with Buanno’s fifth score to end the game.

“The little things fell apart for us in this game,” Bayer said. “We need to work on blocking and tackling. I always tell the boys to take care of the little things, then the big things will take care of themselves.”

The Mountaineers have a tough task ahead of them as they travel to Ellington Saturday, Oct. 9, to face another strong opponent. The match against the Purple Knights starts at 3 p.m. at Ellington High School.

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