A look at who did and said what during Week 7 of the regional high school football season. Compiled by Gary Rogo and the Hearst CT Sports Staff.
- John Shannon, Bullard-Havens: Ran for three TDs and 235 yards in a 49-6 rout of Platt Tech. Teammate Chris McNamara also ran for three scores while contributing 130 passing yards and one TD toss.
- Joey Zelkowitz, Nick Kelly, Staples: Zelkowitz piled up 138 yards and two TDs on 10 carries and caught an 83-yard scoring pass from Jack Massie in a 63-28 rout of Darien. Kelly contributed 138 yards on 10 carries while running for a 1-yard score and catching a 5-yard TD from Massie.
- Arkeel Newsome, Ansonia: Ran seven times for 146 yards in the first half, including scoring runs of 33 and 22 yards, in a 61-20 demolition of Crosby.
- Ryan Pearson, Trumbull: Broke off TD runs of 15, 22 and 25 yards in a 28-14 defeat of Danbury.
- Matt Feigenblat, Shelton: Rushed for 116 yards and three TDs in a 57-30 beating of Hamden.
- David Attolino, Amity: Rushed for 138 yards — 94 in the second half — and a TD as the Spartans rallied over Fairfield Prep.
- Brennen Diaz, Oxford: Threw three TD passes to wide receiver Chris Vankamerik in a 22-21 victory over New Fairfield. After their third scoring connection — a 55-yarder with just over a minute left — Diaz threw the winning 2-point conversion pass to Jeff Haney. Diaz to Vankamerik combined for 265 of the QB’s 336 passing yards.
- Liam O’Neil, Greenwich: Passed for 5 TDs and 215 while running for a sixth score as the Cardinals overpowered Westhill 63-22.
- Jordan Vazzano, St. Joseph: Passed for three TDs and 230 yards in a 49-6 rout of Fairfield Warde.
- Jack Shaban, Barlow: Threw two TD passes to Ian Carman and ran 18 yards for a third score as the Falcons (7-0) rallied in the second half for a 48-21 win over New Milford.
- Brad Westmark, Brookfield: Completed 21 of 33 passes for 291 yards as the Bobcats edged Pomperaug 24-15.
- Dan O’Leary, Trinity Catholic: Threw four TD passes on10-of-19 passing for 176 yards in a 49-26 victory over Bassick as the Crusaders improved to 7-0.
- Thomas Milone, Masuk: Threw a 70-yard TD pass to Frank Bacarella, caught two scores from Malik Cummings and ran for a fourth score — all in the first half — as the Panthers routed Notre Dame-Fairfield 53-8.
- Jake Pelletier, St. Joseph: Caught two TD passes (58, 28 yards) and finished with seven receptions for 148 yards.
- Tyler Hassett, Weston: Hobbling and missing most of the game because of an undisclosed injury, the Trojans’ do-everything star threw three second-half TDs in a 20-15 comeback victory over Stratford. Two of the scoring passes went to Justin Schaffer (41, 46 yards).
- Tyler Burns, Amity: Sophomore quarterback returned a kickoff 85 yards for a TD and passed 28 yards to Cory Ricks as the Spartans erased a 14-0 deficit to beat Fairfield Prep 24-21.
- Mike Conlan, Seymour: Scored on runs of 39 and 1 yard and threw a 10-yard TD pass to Christian Thurmond in a 23-14 defeat of Wilby.
- Shacqueme Rowe, Bullard Havens: Made 16 tackles and had five sacks in win over Platt Tech.
- Andrew Calzone, Bunnell: Had two interceptions in the Bulldogs’ 52-18 victory over Immaculate, Bunnell’s first win in six games.
- Jon Prutting, St. Joseph: Returned an interception 33 yards for a score in St. Joseph’s win over Warde.
VALIANT IN DEFEAT
- Mike Kreiger, Derby: Threw for 328 yards and six touchdowns on 17-of-28 passing but the Red Raiders could not overcome a 39-0 deficit in a 52-44 loss to Torrington.
- Davell Cotterell, Westhil: Tailback ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns vs. Greenwich.
- Joe Pacheco, New Fairfield: Ran for 127 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in New Fairfield’s 22-21 loss to Oxford.
- Connor Shanahan, New Milford: Threw a pair of touchdown passes to give the Green Wave a 21-13 halftime lead over Barlow in an eventual 48-21 loss.
“This is a huge step back. We’re all about trying to progress and trying to get better each week… and tonight was a huge step back.”
–Tom Shea, Fairfield Prep coach on his team’s 24-21 loss to Amity.
“He’s doing a great job. The kid makes plays for us. It was a tough game. Our offensive line played great.”
–David Attolino, Amity RB on backup quarterback Tyler Burns, who helped the Spartans direct a 24-21 upset of Fairfield Prep.
“We’ve got Darien coming into our place next week. I hope this hurricane doesn’t hit. We need to get in some work.”
–Trinity Catholic coach Peter Stokes.
“They’re going to go to the playoffs and they’re not just going to get there and be happy. They’re going to go deep in the playoffs. They’re ready for it.”
–Bassick coach Derrick Lewis on Trinity Catholic.
“Without a doubt this is the worst I’ve felt in my 11 years here.”
–Stamford coach Bryan Hocter on his team’s 7-6 loss to Ludlowe.
“I’ve had a good run for five years. This feels great. I went into this game looking as a four-game season. Here’s No. 1. There’s three more wins to come.”
– Fairfield Ludlowe coach Matt McCloskey on his team’s 7-6 victory over Stamford, just hours after he announced his resignation effective at the end of the season.
“We had about 85 turnovers… We’ll take this and run with it.”
–Trumbull coach Bob Maffei
“It was probably my best football moment. I didn’t want to let go of the ball afterwards. It was all for my team.”
–Jeff Haney, Oxford junior fullback on catching the winning 2-point conversion pass vs. New Fairfield
“In my 34 years, this is the best high school football team I’ve ever seen. We played Masuk in 2010 and we played Hillhouse in the state semifinals back in 2008. This team is bigger and faster collectively than anyone I’ve ever played .”
–Darien coach Rob Trifone after a 63-23 loss to Staples
“The thing we have to do when one is at quarterback, the other one has to be in. I think we’re a better team when both of them are in.”
–New Canaan coach Lou Marinelli on QBs Ted Bossidy and Nick Cascone
“It was great to get back out there. If you go back to last week, I wouldn’t have done anything different because Nick did a great job and deserved to stay in there.”
–Ted Bossidy on returning to play quarterback.
“Coach just called the right plays and the line played unbelievable. The holes were huge and that made it easy.”
–Joey Zelkowitz on Staples’ 63-23 victory over Darien, in which the Wreckers amassed 400 yards at halftime and 723 for the game.
We’re preempting this feature to bring you the latest in postponements. The FCIAC will attempt to get their Week 8 games in as scheduled, but on Monday or later. The SWC is moving games to the week of the championship game, so it looks as if that league will not be crowning an official champion.
Here’s the list of regional list games being postponed:
FCIAC (pushing Week 8 to Nov. 8, Week 9 to Nov. 13)
- Darien at Trinity Catholic, Sunday, 1 p.m.
- Wilton at Westhill, ppd. to Thursday, Nov. 8, TBA
- Harding vs. Ridgefield, ppd. to Thursday, Nov. 8, TBA
- Ansonia at Wolcott, Friday, 7 p.m.
- Naugatuck at Watertown, ppd. to Saturday, 7 p.m.
- Derby at Seymour, ppd. to Monday, 6 p.m.
- Woodland at Holy Cross, ppd. to Saturday, 6
- Hand at Notre Dame-WH, ppd. to Nov. 15, 5 p.m.
- Xavier at Shelton, ppd to Saturday, 7 p.m.
- Branford at Fairfield Prep ppd to Thursday, Nov. 15 at TBA
- Law at Guilford ppd. to Sunday, Nov. 11 at TBA
- North Haven at Foran, ppd. to Sunday, TBA
- New Milford at Stratford, ppd to Nov. 17 at 1 p.m.
- Bethel at Notre Dame-Fairfield, ppd. to TBA
- Masuk at Weston, ppd. to TBA
- Southington at Simsbury, ppd to Saturday, 4
- Bloomfield at Weaver, ppd to Saturday, 2
- Middletown at Farmington, ppd. to Saturday, 6
- Fitch at New London, ppd to Saturday, 7
- Waterford at Windham ppd to Saturday, 4