A look back at the who did and said what in Week 2 of the 2012 high school football season.
Compiled by Gary Rogo, Executive Sports Editor of Hearst CT Newspapers, and the Hearst CT Staff.
John Shannon, Bullard-Havens: Ran for 163 yards and three TDs on just five carries in 47-0 shutout of Wolcott.
- Joe Pacheco, New Fairfield: Rushed for 223 yards and two TDs in a 49-0 shutout of Immaculate.
- James Semonella, Amity: Rushed for 172 yards and two TDs in 58-14 rout of Sheehan. Teammates Dave Attolonio (122 yards, 2 TDs) and Corey Ricks (108 yards 2 TDs) also contributed on the ground.
- Sam Gravitte, Ridgefield: Rushed for three TDs (8, 4 and 3 yards) and caught a 58-yard scoring pass from Connor Rowe in a 41-14 victory over Fairfield Ludlowe.
- Kyle Jordan and Trevon Forney McMahon: Jordan, a senior, rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries in the Senators’ 41-14 dismantling of Harding. Forney, a junior, added touchdown runs of 53 and 21 yards.
- Alex Lockwood, Barlow: Ran for 224 yards and scored on all four of his carries, from 75, 6, 64 and 80 yards, in a 48-20 dismantling of Bethel.
- Cooper Gold, Newtown: Rushed 118 yards and two TDs on 14 carries and caught a pass for another score in a 42-7 rout of Pomperaug.
- Cameron Webb, Stamford: Carried 16 times for 146 yards and two TDs and added a 28-yard TD reception as Black Knights routed Norwalk 48-7.
- Jack Massie and Nick Kelly, Staples: Kelly, who missed the opener with concussion-like symptoms, rushed for two scores and 66 yards on six carries as the Wreckers ran past Central 49-6. Massie ran for scores of 57 and 5 yards.
- Shaquan Howsie, Trinity Catholic: Finished with 139 yards and two TDs on 22 carries in the Crusaders’ 31-28 upset of New Canaan in overtime.
- Sam Breiner, Stratford: Ran for 97 yards in less than three quarters of work in Stratford’s 37-14 win over ND-Fairfield.
- Kory Brown, Brookfield: Ran for a pair of touchdowns in a 33-18 win over Bunnell.
- Jose Melo, Greenwich: Junior completed 13-of-18 passes for 213 yards and three touchdowns in Greenwich’s 48-2 win over Bassick.
- Henry Baldwin, Darien: Threw four TD passes (26, 59 yards, 61 and 67 yards) in 44-21 rout of Warde.
- Jordan Vazzano, St. Joseph: Completed 11 of 18 passes for 181 yards and two TDs and ran 72 yards for another score in 34-0 blanking of Wilton.
- Brad Westmark, Brookfield: Junior lit up Bunnell for 391 yards and two scores on 25-of-35 passing in a decisive 33-18 victory
- Jai’Quan McKnight, Ansonia: Sophomore connected with senior Andrew Matos on three TDs (79, 43 and 24 yards) and ran for a score in a 47-16 victory over Woodland.
- Mark Piccirillo, Shelton: In his first varsity start, completed 14 of 28 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-8 victory over Foran
- Malik Cummings, Masuk: Threw for 289 yards and two TDs in a 41-21 defeat of New Milford.
- Tyler Hassett, Weston: Returned an interception 76 yards for a TD; on offense ran 26 yards for a score and threw a 27-yard TD pass in a 32-14 defeat of Oxford.
- Noah Provo, Stratford: Ran 10 yards for the game’s first score, then returned an interception 99 yards for a TD in a 37-14 beating of Notre Dame-Fairfield.
- Thomas Milone, Masuk: Rushed for 103 yards and four TDs and caught five passes for 82 yards and a fifth TD in a 41-21 defeat of New Milford.
- Davell Cotterell, Westhill: 193 yards rushing on 27 carries and 2 TDs, 3 receptions for 34 yards and a TD, and a 62-yard kickoff return in a 37-30 overtime victory over Trumbull. Finished with 339 all-purpose yards. The victory ended a 20-game losing streak and a 39-year winless streak against Trumbull.
- Nick Lombardo, Darien: Caught three passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns in Darien’s rout of Fairfield Warde.
- Nick Biasetti and Boeing Brown, Brookfield: Biasetti, a junior, caught 8 passes for 143 yards, and Brown, a converted quarterback, chipped in with seven catches for 121 yards and one score in the victory over Bunnell.
- Joe Kelly, Greenwich: Senior tight end had three receptions for 86 yards, including touchdown catches of 40 and 41 yards for the Cardinals, who beat Bassick, 48-2
- John Benalcazer, Trinity Catholic: Kicked a game-winning 21-yard in the Crusaders’ upset of New Canaan, 28 years to the day of Trinity’s last victory over the Rams.
- Malik Whittaker, McMahon: Junior cornerback scored on a 36-yard interception return in a 41-14 rout of Harding. On offense he carried five times for 57 yards and a touchdown.
- Austin Gomar, Weston: Keep Oxford off-stride with two second-half sacks, forcing a fumble in a 32-14 victory.
- Sergio Colon, Stratford: Had two interceptions in the Red Devils’ win over ND-Fairfield.
- Tyrae Small, Derby: Blocked an extra-point kick to help preserve Red Raiders’ 21-20 victory over Naugatuck. Also intercepted a pass.
- Casey Burdick, Brookfield — Intercepted two passes in Brookfield’s 33-18 win over bunnell.
Valiant in defeat
- Jack Barfuss, New Canaan: Caught TD passes of 28, 29 and 18 yards in 31-28 overtime loss to Trinity Catholic.
- Quentin Brunetti, Trumbull: Quarterback completed 17 of 37 passes for 227 yards and 2 TDs in 37-30 overtime loss to Westhill.
- Andrew Calzone, Bunnell – Caught a pair of touchdown passes in Bunnell’s loss to Brookfield
- Joe Piantik, Bethel – Ran for a 50-yard score and threw for two more in a 48-20 loss to Barlow.
“…There are ghosts here. Maybe we stirred them a little bit.”
Trinity Catholic coach Peter Stokes on beating New Canaan 31-28 in overtime.
“If words could explain it I would tell you…”
Shaquan Howsie on the feeling of beating New Canaan for first time in 28 years.
“I learned a long time ago that you have to go to your players, not your playbook. So we came in with a good game plan: Give the ball to No. 7.”
Westhill coach Frank Marcucio on his team’s 37-30 OT win over Trumbull, and tailback Dave Cotterell
“Everything just clicked together. I dedicate my performance to Marcus.”
–Stamford back Cameron Webb on his team’s 47-7 rout of Norwalk.
“That was an old-fashioned there boys.”
Norwalk coach Sean Ireland, omitting a few words in describing his team’s loss to Stamford.
“The kid can sling it, huh?”
Brookfield coach Rich Angarano on quarterback Brad Westmark, who was 25-of-35 for 391 yards and three touchdowns in an eye-opening win over Bunnell
“This means we’re back.”
Brookfield captain Tom Salvatore on a 33-18 win over Bunnell
“This isn’t the old Abbott Tech anymore. We’re a good team and we’re looking for Ws.”
Abbott Tech quarterback Greg Ramos after a 28-26 overtime loss to 2011 playoff team Cheney Tech
“I feel I’m starting to get the hang of it. I just felt comfortable back there. Making the proper reads and making the proper passes.”
Ansonia quarterback Jai’Quan Knight in an understatement after torching Woodland on 8-of-9 passing for 216 yards and three touchdowns in a 47-16 victory.
- Stamford at Ridgefield, Friday, 7 – So Stamford wants to be a player, huh? Maybe they should beat up on someone of their caliber? Seriously, suddenly this is a big game.
- St. Joseph at Darien, Saturday, 1:30 – If St. Joseph really is legit, it can muddle the FCIAC championship race with a victory here. Darien has mowed down two Fairfield teams and the Hogs flexed their biceps by dismantling Wilton. Get your tickets now.
- McMahon at Staples, Friday, 7 — Both teams are 2-0, but just how far apart are they? This was a barn-burner last season. McMahon’s two-headed running attack of Trey Forney and Kyle Jordan vs. the Staples chimera: Frusciante, Kelly, Zelkowitz and Massie (among others).
- Newtown at Stratford, Friday, 7 – Newtown found its new tailback and seems to have rounded into form with a dominant victory over Pomperaug. Now the Hawks just need to get Danny Hebert involved. Stratford wants to prove it’s for real.
- Weston at Pomperaug, Friday, 7 – Pomperaug’s struggles aside, this would be a pretty big win for Weston, especially when you think of how far it’ll go in getting the Trojans a state playoff berth. Pomperaug would love to build beyond a foundation.
- Fairfield Prep at Xavier, Friday, 7 – Fairfield Prep’s BACK! …Or is it? It’s more likely the Jesuits will be found flat on their backs at Palmer Field. But who knows for sure…?
- Amity at Shelton, Friday, 7 – These old Housatonic League rivals face off in a “reclamation project” game. They both lost their opening games and then dominated in Week 2. The winner gets to feel a heckuva lot better at 2-1.
- Cheshire at Hand, Friday, 7 – Cheshire’s Don Drust is undefeated as head coach. OK, so he’s only 2-0. But the underdog Rams can go a long way in removing that “interim” tag.
- West Haven at Notre Dame-West Haven, Friday, 7 – The Westies were down 14-0 against Guilford and moved up in the state polls? The Green Knights would love to prove that was a mistake in the annual Battle of West Haven. (We’re sure the West Haven coaches hate having to play at Veterans Field for a second-straight year).
- Derby at Ansonia, Friday, 7 — Derby is 2-0 and looking good after their solid 21-20 victory over Naugatuck. Asking them to go 3-0 might be a bit too much against their hated rivals, especially the way Ansonia’s playing right now. This will be the 90th meeting between the two schools. Ansonia leads the series 53-28-8.
- Abbott Tech at Bullard-Havens, Saturday, noon –Abbott Tech’s playing well despite losing in double-overtime to Cheney Tech. Bullard-Havens, meanwhile, looks unstoppable in the CSC.