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That’s a Wrap! Week 5

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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.

Bulldozers

Trinity Catholic's Randy Polonia (left) after scoring one of his five touchdowns vs. Stamford.

  • 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.

Gunslingers

  • 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.

Gamebreakers

Bethel's Joey Piatnik during his monster night vs. New Milford

  • 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.

Brick Walls

  • 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.”

Oxford quarterback Brennan Diaz threw three TDs but Oxford eventually succumbed to Newtown 47-21

–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.”

–Greenwich quarterback Liam O’Neil after leading the Cardinals to a 40-14 victory over Ludlowe, his first game back from a finger injury.

“We played our hearts out. We just wanted this so bad.”

–Fairfield prep back Chris Golger on the Jesuits’ 39-6 victory over Cheshire.

Trumbull's Ryan Pearson vs. Darien

“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.

SCC

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.

FCIAC

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.

NVL

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.

SWC

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?

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37 Responses

  1. JB says:

    Game of the week in the FCIAC is NC vs St Joes. This could be the first time in league history an opponent of NC attempts more passes than they do … yet wins the game. IMO this game won’t even be close, something like St Joes 38 NC 17.

  2. SMASHMOUTH says:

    New Canaan is not gonna get blownout at St. Joes this week. Both teams match up well enough for a close back and forth offensive air show. Staples got the best of St. Joes with their well rounded running game, led by calling the right play at the right time with the play-action and Kelly calling his own options. Trinity Catholic got the best of New Canaan by being able to keep the pressure on with a relentless pass rush and forcing the Rams out of their comfort zone. I am expecting New Canaan to run the ball more and focus on the using the QB options to keep St.Joes guessing. This game has all the makings of overtime.

  3. Whopper16 says:

    Brookfield took care of business last week… need to play smart this week. Masuk is clearly playing well but I don’t think they are unbeatable…If we can keep it close to the end, who knows…need to keep Milone off the field as much as possible…even New Milford ddidn’t get blown out by Masuk ( 41-21)..New Fairfiled played them tough, looks like just a couple of big plays doomed them…I think we have better than a puncher’s chance.

  4. jeb says:

    If this game is half as good as the game two years ago then all fans are in for a treat. This St. Joes team has a more balanced attack than NC but NC has been vastly improved since the Trinity loss. This will not be a blowout either way. St. Joes passing game will hurt NC.

  5. HS Sports says:

    @Whopper16 Masuk had 4 turnovers and still beat NF pretty good. Milone is always on the field -defense, ko, pr and O so not sure what your plan is to keeping him off the field – I really do appreciate you support for Brookfield but they can’t lock him in the locker room. I am not a Masuk follower but I don’t seem them losing until states and I do think Brookfield will underachieve based on expectations again this year.

  6. Cthsfb says:

    New Fairfield wasn’t even close against masuk. They scored on a blown coverage, kick off which was a missed tackle and a penalty kept them on the field when it was 4th down for nf. The game wasn’t close at all. Masuk had a few mental mistakes

  7. JJJJ4 says:

    Mark your calenders Wednesday November 21st 7PM Masuk @ Newtown Both Teams will be 9-0…Milone vs Newtown’s explosive offense…SWC Championship and winner will recieve 1st round bye in States. Alot on the line!!

  8. stat dude says:

    JJJJ4 — I think you’re wrong about 1st round bye in states. That doesn’t happen in football. Maybe in other sports, but not on the gridiron.

  9. Joes alum says:

    J, explosive offense with 21 point against 0-5 New Milford and beating up on the weaklings of the Class S and M’s out there. Sure you are looking forward to dominating the ND of Fairfield and Immaculate over the next few weeks while the FCIAC is grinding away week after week.

  10. @JJJJ4 – First round bye? Are you from the future?

  11. JJJJ4 says:

    My bad…meant to say 1st round “home game” but may not be a bad idea to have top 2 teams in each class get a bye.

  12. random says:

    @joes alum grinding away in the FCIAC? I forgot New Canaan, Greenwich, Staples, Darien and all the other heavyweights of the fciac have schedules which really test their will. As SPB pointed out in this post, Hand has Xavier, then West Haven to follow it up not to mention a plethora of other competitive teams. Hate to sound like this but the real grind of any conference is in the SCC. Put Barlow, Weston, or any of the other surprise teams in there with the kind of schedule Prep, Xavier, Hand or hillhouse has and they will NOT have 5-0 and 4-1 records. 2-3, maybe 3-2 at best.

  13. highschoolfb says:

    @jjjj4 not disagreeing with you that newtown masuk is going to be a great game but how is it just milone vs newtowns explosive offense? masuks quarterback, cummings, has thrown 20 times less and has the same amount of touchdowns but 400 more yards. yes part of it is because of milone but what about kollmann who has 100 more yards than your leading reciever? or on 20 less attempts, bacarrella has 25 more yards than newtowns running back? is milone a huge impact? yes of course but dont say that he is the only reason the offense is good. they have play makers at every position.

  14. Wave99 says:

    @9 Joes Alum,

    Understand what you are saying re Newtown and quality of opponents, but let’s not get carried away with FCIAC talk. Both conferences are bad at bottom, especially SWC with New Milford winless at this point, despite some much higher expectations. Fact is though, New Milford beat Danbury badly in a scrimmage, last week of pre-season before season openers. Score was 21-6 thru 3 Q’s when both sides took varsity out and finshed with jv’s. Some interconference games in coming years will settle some of the talk here, but don’t pretend that the lowest tier on SWC is so much lower than lower tier FCIAC. I agree that FCIAC has stronger teams overall, but I think Newtown, and certainly Masuk, would compete just fine in FCIAC. In some years, not this one of course, you could add Bunnell, Pomp, and Brookfield to that mix.

    Awful loss and disappointing year for GreenWave yet again..School celebrated 5-5 last year like it was a championship year, maybe that is the problem..

  15. Wolfpack says:

    Wave99, love the fact you are comparing that your bottom team are no worse than the other bottom teams. is that your argument for the SWC? So NM crushed Danbury, maybe Danbury didnt play to win and held out their players. At least that is the newtown excuse after Norwalk bruised them up badly in preseason.

  16. Cal says:

    Have to agree with Random on the FCIAC “elite” and their lack of competition. No disrespect to any of these programs, their coaches or their players. I hate to dis my Rams, who have St Joes this week, but other than Darien their schedule was set up for their success(say what you want about the FCIAC making the schedules). Trinity is a surprisingly good team this year and beat the Rams, but thats the 1st time in how many decades? Staples tested 1st game and will be tested last game, all others are patsies, you can say the same about Gwich. Toughest schedule by far in the FCIAC is McMahon’s. No wonder Coach Albano has had a tough go these last couple years trying to re-build a program. Staples, New Canaan, Ridgefield, Greenwich. Not mention Stamford in Stamford. Only Ridgefield and Stamford are in their division. It is what it is, but the FCIAC should do a better job of creating games that are competitive, do the Staples, NC, Gwich Srs and Jrs really enjoy watching the 2nd half of just about EVERY game from the sidelines? How will they fair in a game that actually requires the full 48 minutes to decide?

  17. Wave99 says:

    Wolfpack….I am just stating that FCIAC has some weak teams too, that’s all. Staples vs Danbury is not all that different from Masuk vs New Milford. To deride Masuk or Newtown because they don’t play in FCIAC doesn’t do much to settle argument. I do agree that FCIAC is stronger conference overall, but not all games are challenging there either.
    As for scrimmage, got the info from Danbury guy and NM guy, didn’t see it myself, but sounded like all players for both teams played…it was just an example to support my point, nothing more.

    Heard Hebert didn’t play in Norwalk scrimmage, entirely different game with him on field.

  18. JJJJ4 says:

    @highschoolfb – your stats are somewhat correct however you fail to state the obvious and that is Newtown’s starters where sitting on the sideline almost the entire second half in 4 of their 5 games while Masuk’s starters played through the 4th quarter padding their stats…Thus proving Newtown’s explosive offense given they have played less than half the time….Can’t wait until November 21st at 7PM!!!

  19. Joes alum says:

    Wolfy,
    I dont think NM really crushed Danbury but even if true, NM is the only other Class LL team in the SWC and they cannot even compete with the SWC class S, M and L teams. Who can even say the SWC is just as competitive as FCIAC when an average Norwalk team crushed Newtown. You dont go into the final preseason game not to try against a team from the top league, at least Joe’s wouldnt.

  20. Thecrusade says:

    Are you guys seriously talking about pre-season scrimmages? It’s week 6!

  21. Cthsfb says:

    @jjjj4 the masuk starters have played one game past the middle of the third quarter which was new Fairfield

  22. Baron says:

    Again with Masuk bull!!! Should have the remainder of the Masuk schedule write HAND on their helmet. Let the spanking begin!!!!

  23. sawthat says:

    AHHH , Lads, Lets let the boys play it out on the field, tis sure to be a classic…then we can tip a few pints after and discuss what great players Milone and Hebert are!!

  24. GminskiRules says:

    @21..CTHSB..in interests of full disclosure..Masuk had starters in for full game vs New Milford too…little weird because Malik came out after throwing pick six, and Murph went Wing T all rest of game, Milone and Baccarella pounding ball up and down the field all 2nd half…But Milone and crew were in until very late in 4thQ of 41-21 game…not saying they needed to be, but wanted to pre-empt jjj4 in case he is watching video and starts an argument…

  25. cthsfbfan says:

    Interesting debate between FCIAC and SWC. But if you look back the last few years in the states (granted – not this year), you will see that the SWC has done very well vs. FCIAC. Examples? 2010 Masuk demolished Darien and beat up New Canaan by 30. A few years back, Bunnell beat Staples twice in two years in states. Don’t go crazy everyone, that doesn’t really prove anything. I’m not saying it does. But FCIAC and SWC both produce some very strong teams year in and year out. Having said that, week in and week out, it’s SCC for the toughest schedule. Congrats Hand…you beat #1…what are you going to do now? Play Warde? No. Play Immaculate? No. You get West Haven!!!

  26. Been wondering how people would divvy up a 19-team FCIAC like the SCC. Anybody have any suggestions?

    Tougher to do because most of the teams in the FCIAC are Class LL or Class L, unlike the SCC where there’s a relatively clear line.

    Thoughts?

  27. JJJJ4 says:

    @CTHSFB…apparently you didn’t attend the Bunnell or Pompy games either as Milone, Baccarella and Cummings played well into the 3rd Quarter. Please state facts instead of making false comments

  28. No Ax To Grind says:

    @JJJJ4….Ya see….now YOU are the one not telling the truth. I was at the Masuk/Bunnell and Masuk/Pompy games. My neighbor is a Masuk alum and I was texting him through out the game….and I quote “7:08 left in the 3rd qtr Masuk JV is taking a knee on the Bunnell 8 yard line” and from the Pompy game “Milone isn’t in…he only played the first series of the 2nd half”…Hmmm….doesn’t seem to fit your time line…

    I’m just sayin’…

  29. johnnyribbs says:

    @SPB – Rich kids and poor kids?

  30. Cal says:

    SPB–agree with the 19 team FCIAC that can complicate things. You get everyone to play your divisional rivals every year for the central and the west that is 5 games or 1/2 your season, in the East that would be 6 games.(You also have to take into account rivalry games or city games(Stamford, Bridgeport). Those rivalries should remain. It is what happens in the “free” divisional games that would make for some of the better competition. Maybe it has been luck of the draw the last 2 years but going back to my earlier point on McMahon, they have 5 Central games, 3 from the East and 2 from the West, I get it with uneven team that has to come out to 5, those non-divisional games are NewCanaan, Wilton, Warde from East and GWich and Staples from the West. 3 of the ELITE from the FCIAC-consistently, no ups and downs. The Rams on the other hand with the extra team in their division only pick up 4 non-divisional games–3 from the Central, NHS, BMHS and SHS and 1 from the west-Trumbull. If it was “fair” or balanced shouldn’t it be 2 and 2 and then the Rams would have a 40% chance of getting either Gwich or Staples, which would be in either case a much better game for all fans, players, the league, etc than NC pounding for the 1st half on NHS or BMHS(as they did) or SHS(as they will). I just think with some “thought” that some really good football games can be played in the FCIAC on all fronts.

  31. HS Sports says:

    @JJJJ4 – okay want you to be pumped for your team but to say Newtown’s starters would be on the sideline for the 2nd half – did we not just have a problem as they “padded stats” against Oxford with under a minute to play? Please – Newtown is the bully in a small neighborhood and will be exposed once they come out of the area – first by Masuk and then by anyone lucky enough to draw them in states.

  32. 3 peat says:

    Masuk plays there starters all game to prepare them for states, and dont look ahead to games five weeks from now. Newtown just has one goal each year and thats beat masuk. Lets just hope they can give masuk a game and not get blown out at home for the third year in a row.

  33. Justin says:

    SPB i love all your articles and how you cover every game but i personally think you should include a receiver-ish section in your week wrap-ups. You have bulldozers and gunslingers but nothing to really represent the good receivers in the league. Im not exactly sure what to call it but if you needed help im sure someone can think of something.

  34. @Justin – ‘Gamebreakers’ was designed for and technically is the receivers category, although I understand our staff has been putting all kinds of guys there.

  35. GHS1973 says:

    @SPB #26…I personally believe the SCC does it best..Kind of like the NFL…They make a tougher schedule for the next year based on the records of the teams in the past year…Problem is, is that kids graduate, and you can’t be certain that each team will be as good as the previous year when you schedule that way…But, it is (to me) a better way to do it, rather than the 2 year home-away rotation…

    Every league has a strong history of Thanksgiving Day “Rivalry Games” …I wouldn’t want to see that changed…

    So, to answer your question, I really don’t know…LOL

    I think that out of conference games next year is a step in the right direction, especially if it’s tradtional powerhouses matched up…Maybe they can expand on that in years to come to include all state conferences, again, based on the previous years performance, but retain the traditional in-conference Thanksgiving games…CT is not that big of a state to not be able to expand their out of conference schedules…

  36. Baron says:

    Masuk is known for padding their stats at the expense of the weaker teams!!!

  37. CHS Alum 01 says:

    I’ve been to many games & played in many too! The best teams are not always about talent but a great balance of talent & great coaching. Teams that will always be well coached will give a good game ie: Hand, West Haven, Ansonia, Masuk, Staples, Cheshire (Ecke years). It is debatable who should be number one since schedules vary. I can say that the schedule Staples plays is not as difficult as the schedule Hand plays. However, many of the teams in the SCC are down this year. So, this will probably be determined in December.

    I sure do miss the days when Cheshire was a respected team to talk about. They’ve got some great payers coming up hopefully they can assemble a coaching staff that will make them shine! Take Ecke back…beg if you have to! It’s not the same with out him!

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