AUGUSTA — Brewer and bruising back Ray Wood put a damper on Cony’s homecoming game in Pine Tree Conference action Friday night at Alumni Field.

Wood rushed for 267 yards and four touchdowns to lead the unbeaten Witches to a 36-20 victory. The Witches (5-0) have a date against unbeaten Brunswick next Friday night while Cony falls to 1-4.

There was much the under-sized Rams could do to stop the 240-pound Wood, who went over 1,000 yards for the season in this game.

“He’s a tough kid,” Cony coach B.L. Lippert said. “We tried to pack the box as much as we could. We planned on tackling him low as much as we could but once he gets going, he’s tough to stop. He’s a physical back.”

The Rams (1-4) offense was relegated to the passing of Taylor Heath, who completed 20 of 38 attempts for 184 yards and three touchdowns, one each to Anthony Sousa, Jordan Roddy and Elijah Dutil.

“Overall I thought we did a good job moving the ball,” Brewer coach Nick Arthurs said. “Cony had a very good game plan but at the end of the night, a win’s a win. Week to week we’re seeing different things thrown at us.”

The teams were tied at 8-8 at the end of the first quarter with Wood scoring on a 10-yard interception return with Heath under pressure from a blitz and Heath completing a 34-yard screen pass for a TD to Sousa.

The Witches broke the game open in the second quarter as Wood scored on runs of 5 and 6 yards and Garrett Ireland added a short scoring run to make it 30-8 at intermission.

The Rams held the Witches scoreless in the third quarter thanks in part to an interception of a Cody Wood pass by Heath in the end zone.

“I thought tonight we didn’t make too many mental mistakes,” Lippert said. “Tonight we lined up and executed our game plan, we just came up short. We made a few physical mistakes. We dropped some balls we should have had.”

Wood, who carried the ball 42 times, dragged several Cony tacklers on a 9-yard run into the end zone to make it 36-14 in the fourth quarter. The Rams came back with a score on their next drive with Heath connecting for 26 yards with a well-thrown ball to Dutil in the left corner of the end zone.

Cony got an outstanding game from several players on defense led by Sousa, who was tied for tackles in the PTC entering the game.

“He’s about 150 pounds,” Lippert said. “We moved him to inverted safety today so he could play both sides of the field. He’s as tough as they come.”


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