We’re just about at the halfway point of the season. Here’s a quick look back at who did and said what in Week 4. Compiled by Executive Sports Editor Gary Rogo and the Hearst Connecticut sports staff.
- Frank Bacarella, Masuk: Senior ran 14 times for 133 yards with three scores in a 63-14 rout of Bunnell.
- Chris Golger, Fairfield Prep: Senior rumbled for 122 yards on nine carries with a pair of touchdowns in a 42-3 win over Shelton.
- Jack Shaban, Barlow: Ran for four touchdowns with 170 yards in the Falcons’ 40-6 win against Stratford.
- John Shannon, Bullard-Havens: Ran for 140 yards with five touchdowns in a 48-12 win over Cheney Tech.
- Christian Bognar, Darien: Senior scored the Blue Wave’s first three touchdowns of the game in a 41-6 win over Danbury.
- Sam Gravitte, Ridgefield: Ran for three touchdowns in a win over Wilton.
- Alex McMurray, Greenwich: Rushed for 145 yards with four scores in a 62-31 win over Trumbull.
- Dave Attolino, Amity: Scored two touchdowns and ran for 179 yards in a 61-43 win over Guilford.
- Joe Pacheco, New Fairfield: Ran for five touchdowns in a 48-13 win over Bethel.
- Alex McMurray, Greenwich: Ran for 145 yards and four touchdowns on 15 carries in the Cardinals’ 62-31 win over Trumbull.
- Sam Panton, Weston: Sophomore rushed for 70 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries in the Trojans’ 48-20 win over Immaculate on Saturday.
- Ryan Coppola, Westhill: Threw for three touchdowns and 179 yards, ran for another score in a 40-0 win over Central.
- Malik Cummings, Masuk: Junior threw a pair of touchdowns and ran for another in a big win over Bunnell.
- Drew Tarantino, Newtown: Three four first-half touchdowns with 213 yards in a 35-7 win over Brookfield.
- Mike Kreiger, Derby: Threw three touchdowns on his way to 222 yards in the Red Raiders’ win over Wilby.
- Brennan Diaz, Oxford: Threw and ran for a pair of scores in a 55-20 romp over ND-Fairfield.
- Jose Melo, Greenwich: Junior completed 9-of-13 passes for 205 yards in two touchdowns in Greenwich’s victory over Trumbull.
- Nick Cascione, New Canaan: 12 of 18 for 93 yards and two touchdowns and carried the ball 14 times for 108 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-14 win over Brien McMahon
- Jake Kasuba, Foran: Sophomore passed for 248 yards with four touchdowns and added 81 rushing yards with a score in a 45-8 win over East Haven.
- Angelo Genovesi, Platt Tech: Ran for two touchdowns, threw another and blocked a punt in a 53-8 victory against Whitney Tech.
- Dillon McMahon, Derby: Caught six passes — two for touchdowns — for 132 yards in a 53-14 win over Wilby.
- Tyler Hassett, Weston: Threw two touchdowns, ran for two touchdowns and returned a punt 50 yards in a win over Immaculate.
- Sean Brown, Trinity Catholic: Caught a pair of touchdowns, ran for another in a 27-8 win over Norwalk.
- Colin Ventura, Fairfield Warde: Junior running back took the opening kickoff 75-yards for a touchdown, then added a 17-yard touchdown run in the Mustangs’ 29-28 win over Bassick
- JaiQuan McKnight, Reshaun Finney, Ansonia: Each returned an interception for a touchdown in a 35-7 win against Holy Cross.
- Shaq Rowe, Bullard-Havens: Made 11 tackles with two sacks and a fumble recovery.
- Dan Claroni, Greenwich: Senior linebacker registered two sacks, blocked a punt that was recovered in the end zone for a touchdown and recovered a fumble in the Cardinals’ 62-31 win at home against Trumbull.
- Lars Pedersen, St. Joseph: Had an interception and returned a fumble 60 yards for a touchdown in a 41-19 win over Stamford
VALIANT IN DEFEAT
- Vochan Fowler, Bassick: Junior quarterback recorded 252 all-purpose yards, ran for three touchdowns and threw for one in the Lions’ 29-28 loss at Fairfield Warde.
- Michael Conlan, Seymour: Ran for and threw a touchdown in the Wildcats’ loss to Wolcott.
- Nick Roberts, Trumbull: Pressured throughout, completed 18-of-28 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns in Trumbull’s loss to Greenwich. Hung tough despite being sacked eight times.
- Cameron Webb, Stamford: 139 yards on 18 carries in a 41-19 loss to St. Joseph.
- James Coppola, Immaculate: Senior had 56 yards rushing in the first half and returned a kick 70 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter of a 48-20 loss Weston.
- Darel Bowman, Immaculate: Sophomore wide receiver hauled in touchdown passes of 64 and 49 yards in the second half of the Mustangs’ loss to Weston.
“Running, blocking, passing — it’s all fun. …We’re all family. We don’t care who gets the ball.”
–Masuk back Thomas Milone after a 63-14 victory over Bunnell
“It feels good to get a win under our belt and show the state that Prep is back.”
–Fairfield Prep quarterback Strecker Backe after a 42-3 rout of Shelton.
“We came in here to find out what tier football team we were and I guess we found out.”
–Brookfield coach Rich Angarano on his team’s 35-7 loss to Newtown
“I’ve never gotten more support in my life.”
–Ridgefield sophomore quarterback Ryan Dunn his 15-of-16, 201-yard, two touchdown performance in a 49-14 rout of Wilton.
“It feels phenomenal. …I’m going to die in my shower now.”
–New Canaan quarterback Nick Cascione, after running for three touchdowns and throwing two more in a 38-14 victory over McMahon.
“That was some half. …We have a lot of weapons on this team.”
–Greenwich coach Rich Albonizio after his team scored 42 points in an eventual 62-31 win over Trumbull.
“Everybody knows what happened. I have a hard time thinking that wasn’t blatant.”
–Bassick coach Derrick Lewis on his team’s controversial 29-28 loss to Fairfield Warde. Bassick contends Warde was allowed to set up for the winning field goal because the clock didn’t run after the Mustangs were tackled in-bounds with no time outs remaining.
“We are not a one-man show.”
–Westhill coach Frank Marcucio on his team’s 40-0 rout of Central
“I call him the ‘Wild Boar.'”
–Darien coach Rob Trifone on FB Christan Bognar, who scored Darien’s first three touchdowns in a 41-6 rout of Danbury.
“We know what we’re up against next week. We know everyone probably thinks we don’t have a shot in the world against Masuk. But … I hope we really give them a good game next week. These kids deserve that.”
–New Fairfield coach Anthony Fata, after a 48-13 win over Bethel, looking forward to Friday’s game at 4-0 Masuk.
It’s Showdown Week in the SCC, the rest are minor tremors.
Hand (4-0) at Xavier (4-0), Friday, 7 — It’s here! It’s here! The game of the Century of the Decade of the Year is here! Christmastime! Gather ’round kids. Let’s see what Jolly ol’ Filippone-claus and the defending Class L champion Tigers have in store for the two-time defending Class LL champion and state No. 1 Falcons at Palmer Field. Get there early. Grab a seat and hold on tight. It’s go time.
Hillhouse (3-1) at North Haven (3-1), Friday, 7 — Psst! Here’s a secret for you minions foolishly following the lemmings up to Pamer Field: As far as the state playoffs are concerned, in terms of sheer importance, this game beats Hand-Xavier, 10-1.
Fairfield Prep (3-1) at Cheshire (3-1), Friday, 7 — In any other week, this would be huge. As it is, this critical Class LL clash is reduced to an afterthought, buried beneath the hype of the previous two games. But the winner of this game will have a firm grip on its postseason hopes.
New Fairfield (3-1) at Masuk (4-0), Friday, 7 — OK, Rebels. You’ve unleashed Joe Pacheco on the SWC. Winners of three-straight. How will you guys stand up to Thomas Milone, Frank Bacarella and the high-flying Panthers? Time to put up or… you know.
Newtown (4-0) at Oxford (3-1), Saturday, 12:30 — The same goes for Oxford. We love that the Wolverines are 3-1. Let’s see how they stand up to Dan Hebert, Julian Dunn and the high-flying Nighthawks.
Seymour (3-1) at Ansonia (4-0), Thursday, 6:30 — Thumped by Wolcott last week for its first loss, Seymour will now attempt to take down NVL powerhouse and state rival Ansonia.
Bassick (0-4) at Central (0-4), Thursday, 4 — Bassick’s coming off a heartbreaking, controversial 29-28 loss to Fairfield Warde. Central lost its fourth-straight game, 40-0 to Westhill. No matter. It’s rivalry week in Bridgeport and these two teams are famished for a victory. Central will press on without quarterback Xavier Hardison, who will miss his second week due to a concussion suffered vs. Danbury.
Stamford (2-2) at Trinity Catholic (4-0), Saturday, 1 — Trinity has a leg-up in the annual Stamford City championship race, having defeated Westhill in Week 1. But, honestly, there’s so much more at stake for the Crusaders this year. This is their biggest test since upending New Canaan in Week 2 and, even though Stamford has lost two straight, the Black Knights are still dangerous. This is a rivalry game. Trinity’s posteason hopes depend on a victory.
O’Brien Tech (0-4) at Abbott Tech (1-3), Saturday, 1 — Yes, yes. “Throw out the records.” This is a rivalry game. Get excited.