We are at the midpoint of the 2012 high school football season. Here’s a look at who did an said what during Week 5 in southwestern Connecticut. Compiled by executive sports editor Gary Rogo and the Hearst Connecticut sports staff.
- Mike Burns, Wilton: Scored two touchdowns and rushed for 81 yards on 13 carries in the Warriors’ 35-21 defeat of McMahon.
- Randy Polonia, Shaquan Howsie and Sean Brown, Trinity Catholic: Combined for 345 yards rushing in a 41-20 victory over Stamford that earned the Crusaders the city championship. Polonia scored the team’s final five touchdowns and finished with 116 yards on 13 carries.
- Joey Zelkowitz, Staples: Senior running back rushed for 124 yards in first half and added a 3-yard touchdown run in third quarter of Staples’ 51-6 rout of Danbury.
- Nick Kelly, Staples: Ran for 97 yards in first half and scored on 56-yard run in win over Danbury.
- Ryan Pearson, Trumbull: Scored on TD runs of 1, 20 and 21 yards in Eagles’ 39-26 upset of Darien.
- Niko DeRosa, Foran: Ran for 195 yards and two TDs to pace the Lions’ 338-yard rushing effort in a 51-12 rout of Lyman Hall.
- Andrew Louis, Central: Bruising fullback carried 22 times for 129 yards and two scores as Hilltoppers outlasted Bassick 38-24.
- Saiheed Sanders, Ansonia: Rushed for 100 yards and three TDs as the Chargers blanked Seymour 47-0 despite playing without star back Arkeel Newsome.
- John Shannon, Jacqua Solomon: Bullard-Havens: Each scored 3 TDs in 46-10 rout of Wilcox Tech. Shannon (11 carries, 115 yards) scored on runs of 46, 3 and 9 yards. Solomon (10 rushes, 125 yards) scored on runs of 63 and 21 yards and caught a 49-yard TD from Equan Brooks.
- Alex Lockwood, Barlow: Scored four first-half TDs (runs of 24, 9 and 55 yards and a 59-yard pass from Jack Shaban) as the Falcons ripped Immaculate 56-0. Gained 118 yards on just 5 carries in the first half.
- Jordan Vazzano, St. Joseph: Sophomore threw four TD passes, including two to Jake Pelletier, as the Cadets romped past Harding 42-6.
- Mark Piccirillo, Shelton: Completed 12 of 15 passes for 205 yards and two TDs (31 and 30 yards to Ed Cochiss) in the Gaels’ 34-8 victory over ND-West Haven.
- Joe Piatnik, Bethel: Ran for a 3-yard TD in overtime and threw the winning 2-point conversion pass as the Wildcats edged New Milford 34-33. Finished with 48 carries for 242 yards and two touchdowns, also completed 14 of 19 passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns.
- Thomas Milone, Masuk: Scored six TDs — runs of 59, 1, 2, 70 and 43 yard and a pass reception of 75 yards from Malik Cummings — as the Panthers pulled away from New Fairfield 54-19.
- Austin Longi, Greenwich: Sophomore returned a punt 99 yards for a touchdown in Greenwich’s 40-14 win over Ludlowe.
- Tyler Hassett, Weston: Senior quarterback passed for 233 yards, rushed for 83 yards and accounted for three touchdowns in 27-20 overtime win over Bunnell.
- Dan Hebert, Cooper Gold, Newtown: Each ran for two TDs and caught a pass from Andrew Tarantino for a third score in 47-21 victory over Oxford as Nighthawks went to 5-0.
- Tim Maher, Law: Ran for 128 yards and three TDs and threw for a fourth score in a 40-0 rout of East Haven.
- Zack White, Foran: Scored on a 70-yard punt return and a 81-yard kickoff return.
- Dillon McMahon, Derby: Threw for a TD, ran 18 yards for a second score and returned a kickoff 45 yards for a third as the Red Raiders ripped Watertown 47-19.
- Andrew Matos, Ansonia: Set the tone early against Seymour with 85-yard punt return for a TD and accumulated 76 yards rushing on just three carries.
- Noah Provo, Stratford: Returned a kickoff 75 yards for a TD and caught a 65-yard score from Mike Cannata in a 20-13 win over Pomperaug.
- Mitchell D’Eramo, Fairfield Prep: Linebacker recovered two fumbles in the Jesuits’ 39-6 win over Cheshire. Jesuits defense forced three turnovers.
- Lance Lonergan, Staples: Senior linebacker returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown in 51-6 win over Danbury on Friday.
- Ryan Moran, St. Joseph: had a pair of sacks to lead Cadets in 42-6 rout of Harding.
Valiant in Defeat
- Kyle Jordan, McMahon: Rushed for 142 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries in the Senators’ 35-21 loss to Wilton.
- Corey Chaffee, Danbury: Senior wide receiver/cornerback had a 60-yard touchdown catch and intercepted a pass in a 51-6 loss to Staples.
- Vochan Fowler, Bassick: Junior QB threw an 88-yard TD pass to Tyreik Gilbert and ran 9 yards for a second score in a 38-24 loss to Central.
- Brennan Diaz, Oxford: Threw 3 TD passes in first half to help Wolverines to a 21-12 lead. Newtown rallied to win 47-21.
“These kids, they just don’t give in.”
–Weston coach Joe Lato after his team rallied from 20-7 down to defeat Bunnell 27-20 in overtime.
‘We came here to play football. So I have no problem with that at all. And I don’t think Rob will have any problem, and if he does, I will step up and defend him.’
–Immaculate coach Tom Taylor on Barlow’s violation of the CIAC’s score management policy.
“It’s a tough situation, as a coach. But I’m not going to tell a kid to miss an extra point or something.’
–Barlow coach Rob Tynan, who was eventually absolved for defeating Immaculate 56-0
‘They call this the Black Hole. But tonight it was the Surf Club.’
–Hand fullback/linebacker Matt Walsh on the Tigers’ 40-20 win over Xavier.
“They were upset we stuck the ball in the end zone, I guess. Twenty-one point, 18-point game, whatever it would have been, just trying to win the game, you know?”
–Newtown coach Steve George after Oxford coaches took exception to his team’s last-minute of touchdown pass a 47-21 Hawks’ victory
“There’s a lot of emotion in football, it’s how it is.”
–Oxford quarterback Brennan Diaz on the brouhaha following Newtown’s 47-21 victory over the Wolverines.
“It felt great to be back under center after missing so much time.”
“We played our hearts out. We just wanted this so bad.”
–Fairfield prep back Chris Golger on the Jesuits’ 39-6 victory over Cheshire.
“He was fantastic. He made money yards.”
–Trumbull coach Bob Maffei on back Ryan Pearson, who shredded Darien with three touchdowns in the Eagles’ 39-26 upset.
“We’ve worked all summer. It was just great to have it all pay off. … I’m speechless. This is amazing.”
–Bethel quarterback Joey Piatnik on his winning 2-point conversion pass to Cal Daniels in a 34-33 overtime victory over New Milford.
“That is no excuse, I’m sick of people saying that.”
–New Milford coach Chuck Lynch on the idea that his team’s tough schedule has contributed to the Wave’s 0-5 start.
“We’re better for him having not played this week.”
–Ansonia coach Tom Brockett on keeping back Arkeel Newsome on the sidelines during the Chargers’ 47-0 win over Seymour.
“I never thought in my 20 years of coaching that I’d be unhappy leading 30-6.”
–Staples coach Marce Petroccio on his team’s penalties and turnovers in the first half vs. Danbury.
West Haven (5-0) at Hand (5-0) – Hand earns its biggest victory of the season, knocking off reigning No. 1 and two-time defending Class LL champion Xavier, which just happened be on a 30-game win streak. Just a few days later, Ervin Phillips and West Haven come to town. Just ain’t no rest in the SCC. None. In case you were wondering, this is why No. 1 teams usually come out of this league, kids.
Trumbull (2-3) at Staples (4-0), Friday, 7 — Hello Trumbull. Whatcha knowin’? It’s nice to see your helmets glowin’… (Ask coach to sing it for you.)
New Canaan (4-1) at St. Joseph (4-1), Saturday, 2:30 — OK, New Canaan, time to play another big game again. Time to prove you haven’t gone anywhere. This is how you erase the pain of that Trinity Catholic loss. But you knew that much.
Derby (4-1) at Wolcott (5-0), Friday, 7 — Derby isn’t just on pace for its first winning season in 16 years, it’s inexorably lining up to qualify for the Class S playoffs. Yeah, we know! That hasn’t happened since the unbeaten season of 1990! The Red Raiders must this one against QB Mike Nichol and the Eagles to really grab hold of a special season.
Barlow (5-0) at Bunnell (1-4), Friday, 7 — Nothing’s gone Bunnell’s way this season. Not a thing. But they’re still scary. They’re still dangerous. Barlow wants to go to the state playoffs for the first time in school history. Every game’s huge from here. And this one’s not easy.
Masuk (5-0) at Brookfield (4-1), Friday, 7 — Though we’re skeptical after watching Brookfield melt in a 35-7 loss to Newtown and because of how Masuk is steamrolling all comers, this game still has potential. The Bobcats are in the thick of the Class M playoff race and are looking for a benchmark victory. Masuk loves to prove it owns the SWC.
Weston (5-0) at New Fairfield (3-2), Friday, 7 — The Rebels got a dose of reality in their 54-19 loss to Masuk. But they remain one of the SWC’s better teams. Joe Pacheco is still a tough back to bring down. Hanging on by their chinstraps sometimes, Tyler Hassett and Weston have found incredible ways to win. They are now a part of the Class M playoff hunt. Is this where the Trojan magic ends?