After getting absolutely buried by Cheshire 42-7 the week before, Fairfield Prep was in need of a pick-me-up Saturday.
Fairfield Prep’s Paul Finlay did most of the picking, leading the defense with a pair of interceptions and recovering a fumble during a kickoff in a 33-0 Prep victory at Alumni Stadium.
One of his picks stopped a potential Notre Dame drive, the other set up Connor Kelly‘s 32-yard touchdown run. The fumble recovery set up the second of Ryan Nolan‘s short touchdown runs which gave Prep a 14-0 halftime lead.
Notre Dame, which fell to 4-2, had its chances to score early. James Mack busted loose on this 74-yard run that put the Green Knights on the Fairfield Prep 10 with just minutes remaining in the first quarter. (Ryan Nolan on the tackle by the way):
But, two plays later Finlay corralled this lob pass by Notre Dame’s Conor Keniry for a touchback that halted the drive. ND never came close again:
Nolan, meanwhile, ran for 158 yards and scored four touchdowns. Here’s his third one, a 4-yard run that gave Prep a commanding 26-0 lead with 1:25 remaining in the third quarter:
Nolan also threw a 13-yard option pass to Sam Rooney to set up his Fairfield Prep’s first touchdown of the game, a 1-yard run that gave Prep a 6-0 lead with 7:21 remaining in the second quarter: