A weekly look back at the who said and did what during the high school football season. Compiled by the Hearst CT Sports Staff: Mike Cardillo, Sean Patrick Bowley, Dave Ruden, Pat Pickens, Cam Martin and Doug Bonjour.
- Niko DeRosa, Foran: 168 yards and two TDs on 15 carries as Lions won their first game, 26-7 over Sheehan.
- Joe Pacheco, New Fairfield: 23 carries, 336 yards and 4 touchdowns in 41-24 rout of Bunnell.
- Nick Kelly, Staples: Senior running back had touchdown runs of 17, 1 and 9 yards in Wreckers’ 55-14 rout of Brien McMahon on Friday
- John Shannon, Bullard-Havens: Ran for 188 yards – including a 55-yard touchdown run – in a 46-12 win over Abbott Tech.
- Billy Wilson, Jack Shaban, Barlow: Duo combined for 263 yards and five touchdowns in a 55-12 win over ND-Fairfield.
- Frank Bacarella, Masuk: Scored on runs of two, four and 26 yards in the Panthers easy 53-8 over Immaculate.
- Mufasha Abdul Basir, St. Joseph: Ran for 135 yards on 19 carries and scored the winning touchdown in overtime vs. Darien.
- Jake Kasuba, Foran: 120 yards rushing and 135 yards through the air on 11 of 17 passing in Foran’s 26-7 win over Sheehan.
- Nick Roberts Trumbull: The junior quarterback threw for 376 yards and five touchdowns (20, 44, 51, 36, 49)‑ three to Mike Williams‑ in the Eagles’ 35-7 win over Ludlowe.
- Mike Conlan, Seymour: Threw for 161 yards with three scores as the Wildcats routed Kennedy 42-14.
- Mark Piccirillo, Shelton: Threw for 217 yards and a pair of touchdowns and ran for another 61 yards with a score in the Gaels 34-28 win vs. Amity.
- Frank Cognetta, New Canaan: Sophomore, in his first significant playing time, had 17 carries for 113 yards and one score and a 64-yard touchdown reception in a 35-6 win over Fairfield Warde.
- Sam Gravitte, Ridgefield: Running back had a combined 151 yards running and receiving, plus a touchdown and field goal in a 24-7 win over Stamford.
- Andrew Matos, Ansonia: Ran for 91 yards and two scores, caught a 43-yard touchdown pass to lead Ansonia in 48-7 win over Derby.
- Dan Hebert, Newtown: Ran back the opening kickoff vs. Stratford en route to three touchdowns along with 77 yards rushing and 79 yards receiving in a 43-14 Nighthawks’ victory.
- Tyler Hassett, Weston: Completed 10 of 14 passes for 131 yards and two TDs, rushed for 89 yards and threw two 2-point conversion passes, including the game-winner, in a 22-21 win over Pomperaug that kept the Trojans unbeaten. He also intercepted a pass on defense.
- Mike Williams, Trumbull: Caught three touchdown passes and piled up 178 yards in a win over Fairfield Ludlowe.
- Yves Cassamajor, Westhill: Hauled in a pair of touchdown catches from Ryan Coppolla in the Vikings 13-0 win against Norwalk. It was Westhill’s second straight win.
- Ed Groth, Shelton: Kicked field goals of 34 and 41 yards in the Gaels’ come from behind 34-28 win vs. Amity.
- Boeing Brown, Brookfield: Senior caught six passes for 66 yards and kicked a 32-yard field goal in the Bobcats 24-0 shutout win over New Milford.
- Shaq Rowe, Bullard-Havens: Made 12 tackles in a win over Abbott Tech.
- Brennan Diaz, Oxford: Ran back a fumble 29 yards for the go-ahead score in the Wolverinese 40-26 win over Bethel. He also threw for 216 yards and three touchdowns.
- Austin Gomar, Weston: Senior defensive lineman had a sack and blocked a field goal in the Trojans’ 22-21 win over Pomperaug on Friday.
- Matt D’Andrea, Darien: Made 10 tackles and had an interception to set up a touchdown in the Blue Wave’s loss to St. Joseph.
- Davell Cotterell, Westhill: With his team clinging to a 7-0 lead over Norwalk, Cotterell picked off Norwalk quarterback Andy Lovo with 8:37 left. On offense he rushed for 71 yards in the Vikings’ 13-0 win.
Valiant in defeat
- Cameran Tucker, Notre Dame-WH: Ran for 326 yards in the Green Knights’ 34-13 loss to West Haven.
- John Moten, Fairfield Prep: Sophomore running back had two touchdown receptions and 81 all-purpose yards in the Jesuits’ 35-14 loss to Xavier.
- Cameron Webb, Stamford: Rushed for 127 yards on 19 carries and a 21-yard reception in a 24-7 loss to Ridgefield.
- David Attolino, Amity: Ran for three touchdowns in a 34-28 loss to Shelton.
- Tajik Baley, ND-Fairfield: Ran back a kickoff 70 yards for a score in the Lancers’ loss to Barlow.
- Darius Smith, Immaculate: Scored on a 67-yard touchdown run in the Mustangs loss to Masuk.
- Peter Serencsics, Bethel: Had 21 tackles in Bethel’s loss to Oxford.
“Newsome didn’t need his carries tonight. Matos took over.”
–Derby coach George French after his team fell to Ansonia 48-7
“We didn’t make excuses. We just said, ‘We’re going to find a way.’ And the kids did.
–Weston coach Joe Lato on his team’s 22-21 victory over Pomperaug, the Trojan’s first since 1990.
“This is probably the biggest (win) in our history.”
–Weston quarterback Tyler Hassett.
“I don’t want to make a mockery of the game. …I think that taking a knee and falling down is a heck of a lot more embarrassing than just playing. So we played and everything worked out fine.”
–Staples coach Marce Petroccio on his team’s 55-14 victory over McMahon.
“These players will never stop fighting.”
–St. Joseph sophomore back Mufasha Abdul Basir on his team’s 35-28 2OT victory over Darien.
“This whole season’s been a wake-up call.”
–Trumbull coach Bob Maffei on Ludlowe taking a 7-0 against the Eagles. Trumbull went on to win 35-7 for Maffei’s 100th career victory and its first win of the season.
“I think we played 46 minutes of good football. But the first two minutes we had stars in our eyes.”
–Fairfield Prep coach Tom Shea on his team’s 35-14 loss to Xavier, in which the Jesuits surrendered two touchdowns to D’Angelo Berry in the game’s first 1 minute, 46 seconds.
“We were down our starting quarterback and it didn’t change anything.”
–Ridgefield RB Sam Gravitte (right) on the Tigers’ 24-7 win over Stamford.
“This is a really good football team and that’s what people don’t realize.”
Westhill coach Frank Marcucio after his team’s 13-0 win over Norwalk, putting the Vikings at 2-1
“Every one’s a big one when you’re Barlow High School. There are no small ones.”
Barlow coach Rob Tynan on his team’s 3-0 start.
“We wanted to show everyone in the SWC that we’re not just some small New Fairfield team that gets run over by big schools.”
–New Fairfield back Joe Pacheco, who ran for 336 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-24 win over Bunnell
- Brookfield (3-0) at Newtown (3-0), Friday, 7 – One is an established power with three big wins under its belt. The other is a once-established power attempting to reclaim its crown. This is the SWC’s Game of the Year, Mark I.
- Masuk (3-0) at Bunnell (1-2), Friday, 7 – Just how far apart is Masuk from the rest of the SWC? We’ll find out. Bunnell’s 41-24 loss to New Fairfield isn’t encouraging.
- Bullard-Havens (3-0) at Cheney Tech (2-1), Friday, 6 — Bullard-Havens looks one of the two teams to beat in the CSC. They have to knock off one of last year’s champs to really grab hold.
- Wilton (2-1) at Ridgefield (2-1), Friday, 7 — These teams do not like each other. Hate might not be a strong enough word, actually. Yet, Ridgefield has owned this rivalry for 18 years running.
- McMahon (2-1) at New Canaan (2-1), Friday, 7 – The Senators don’t want you to believe they were as bad as they showed vs. Staples. Here’s a chance to make amends and stay in the FCIAC race. For New Canaan, a chance to keep Saturday’s good karma going.
- Stamford (2-1) at St. Joseph (2-1), Saturday, 2:30 — Last week’s big win over Darien means nothing without following it up. Stamford’s speed has always caused problems for the Hogs. This is no gimme game for either team.
- Ansonia (3-0) at Holy Cross (2-1), Friday, 7 – What happened last week Holy Cross? If I’m Ansonia, I smell blood.
- Shelton (2-1) at Fairfield Prep (2-1), Friday, 6 – The Jesuits should be feeling good about themselves despite losing at Palmer Field. They played Xavier relatively tough. Toppling Shelton would all but end the Gaels’ state aspirations, and give theirs a boost. Big game.
- North Haven (2-1) at New London (3-0), Friday, 7 — An intriguing matchup of non-league powers. North Haven needs to win this one to stay in the thick of Class L playoff race and set up a showdown with Harold Cooper and Hillhouse.