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Wolverines win on homecoming

St. Bernard Saints - 2009 Season
Posted Monday, October 26, 2009 by Sean Ladyga
Friday night was homecoming night for the Griswold football team. It was also senior running back Ken Slonski’s last homecoming game of his high school career, so he wanted to make it a big one.

He did just that, carrying the ball 10 times for 140 yards and three touchdowns in the Wolverines’ 35-6 win over St. Bernard/Norwich Tech in Jewett City.

“It’s homecoming week, so I wanted to go big,” Slonski said. “We didn’t want to come out and lose, so we gave a little extra in practice this week. It’s the last one for me, so I wanted to have a big one.”

Though junior running back Tony Velasquez has one more homecoming left in the Wolverine backfield, he did his fair share of supplying the Griswold offense with touchdowns. Velasquez punched in a four-yard run in the third quarter, followed by a 33-yard receiving touchdown, giving him two on the night to go along with his 65 yards rushing and two catches for 47 yards.

“I saw the safety kind of biting a bit a few plays earlier,” Velasquez said, referring to his 33-yard touchdown grab. “I knew that if I got behind him enough, (Jacob Policarpo) would get the ball to me up the seam, and that’s what I did. He threw a perfect ball.”

Said Velasquez: “I wanted to have a big game. I wanted to come out and do it for the seniors on the team.”

The Saints fumbled on just their second play of the game, giving the Wolverines the ball at the St. Bernard 49-yard line. Five plays later, Slonski ran the ball in from the one-yard line, giving Griswold the early 7-0 lead.

St. Bernard had an opportunity to even the score, when Sean Hurley intercepted a Policarpo pass inside the Saints five-yard line. He returned the ball 66-yards down to the Wolverine thirty-one. However, three false start penalties backed the Saints up 15 yards, essentially killing their best offensive threat of the game to that point. After St. Bernard punted, Slonski took another toss sweep to the right, and broke it for 66 yards and the touchdown.

“I got outside, and read my blocks,” Slonski said. “After that I was pretty much just wheeling, running as fast as I can.”

Velasquez scored his first touchdown of the game with eight minutes and 34 seconds left in the quarter, when he took the ball in from four yards out. St. Bernard’s next possession resulted in a fumble, which Velasquez recovered. The very next play, he got behind the defense and Policarpo hit him for the 33-yard touchdown pass, giving Griswold a commanding 27-0 lead.

Slonski gave the Wolverines their final score on the day, when he took the ball up the middle for a six-yard run for the touchdown.

“We’re getting better every week,” Griswold coach Glenn LaBossiere said. “Ken’s been banged up a little bit the past couple of weeks, so it was good to see him back in top form. It’s exciting that I get him another year.  He’s a tough kid, and an excellent football player. He plays hard on both sides of the ball, and makes plays for us every week.”

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