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That’s a Wrap: Week 9

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Welcome to an abbreviated ‘That’s a Wrap’ because, well, Week 10 begins tonight with a few local FCIAC games.

Here’s a quick look at who did and said what during Week 9 of the regional high school football season. Compiled by executive sports producer Gary Rogo and the Hearst Connecticut Sports staff.

GUNSLINGERS

  • Nick Roberts, Trumbull: Ineffective in the first half, threw five TD passes in the second half and finished with 314 yards in 44-42 thriller over Central.
  • Jake Kasuba, Foran: Passed for 357 yards and six TDs on 22 of 28 as the Lions ripped Branford 46-6. Three of the scores went to Sean Deegan (74, 47 and 3 yards), two to Nick Weissauer (10, 15) and one to Zach White (37).
  • Andrew Tarantino, Newtown: Threw for four TDs as the Nighthawks blasted Bunnell 42-8 to remain perfect at 8-0. He threw two each to Julian Dunn (54, 20 yards) and Justin Devellis (17, 8).
  • Liam O’Neil, Greenwich: Senior completed 16 of 20 passes for 261 yards and four TDs in 49-14 defeat of McMahon.

GAMEBREAKERS

  • Thomas Milone, Masuk: Piled up nearly 300 yards of total offense and scored four times as the Panthers beat Barlow 42-23 in a battle of unbeatens. He caught 61- and 24-yard TD passes from Malik Cummings and ran 84 and 62 yards for his other scores.
  • Daniel Paolino, Trumbull: Caught four scoring passes from Nick Roberts in the second half (20, 30, 39 and 35 yards).
  • Jai’Quan McKnight, Ansonia: Sophomore passed for two TDs to Andrew Matos (2, 8 yards) and ran for two more as the Chargers went to 9-0 with a 44-12 pounding of Wilby.
  • Peter Lummis, Weston: Sophomore blocked a 25-yard fourth-quarter Bethel field-goal try with the scored tied 20-20. He then scored the final two TDs on a pair of 4-yard runs as the Trojans prevailed 33-20.
  • Nick Lombardo, Darien: Outleaped two Trinity Catholic defenders and came down with a 35-yard pass from Henry Baldwin with seven seconds remaining, lifting the Blue Wave to a 26-20 win and handing the Crusaders their first loss.
  • Brennen Diaz, Oxford: Caught a 43-yard touchdown pass and ran from one yard out for a second score in a 40-20 victory over Stratford. He finished 8 of 14 passing for 131 yards and added 61 rushing yards on four carries.
  • Joe Kelly, Greenwich: Caught scoring passes of 17, 7 and 40 yards in the Cardinals’ win over McMahon.
  • Jared Levi and Lance Lonergan, Staples: The two returned interceptions for touchdowns in the Wreckers’ rout of Fairfield Warde.

BULLDOZERS

  • Joe Pacheco, New Fairfield: Scored from scrimmage on runs of 52 and 66 yards and returned a kickoff 88 yards for a third scored in a 34-19 victory over New Fairfield. He finished with 211 yards rushing.
  • Arkeel Newsome, Ansonia: Ran for two scores and 146 yards in the Chargers’ win.
  • Dave Cotterell, Westhill: Rushed for 338 yards and five TDs on 28 carries in the Vikings’ 41-28 victory over Wilton. He had touchdown runs of 40, 9, 34, 30 and 47 yards as the 5-3 Vikings moved closer to their first winning season in 25 years.

VALIANT IN DEFEAT

  • Mykel Morris, Central: Sophomore ran for 238 yards and five TDs in 44-42 loss to Trumbull.
  • Alex Lockwood, Barlow: Ran back the opening kick vs. Masuk 80 yards to set up a touchdown and later scored a 19-yard rushing touchdown in the Falcons’ 42-23 loss.
  • Foran at Guilford, Wednesday, 7: It has some significance for Foran in its remote state playoff hopes. But this is more about the young Lions trying to secure a well-deserved winning season. For Guilford, last chance to secure that .500 record (unless it somehow beats Hand on Thanksgiving).
  • Trinity Catholic at St. Joseph, Thursday, 7 (at Bunnell): Yeah, it’s not for the FCIAC anymore (unless Staples or Greenwich are upset), but this is huge for state playoff considerations. Trinity needs a victory to clinch in Class S. St. Joseph needs to win its final two games to have a good shot at clinching a spot in Class M.
  • Westhill at Staples, Thursday, 5 p.m.: Davell Cotterell ran ford 338 yards and five touchdowns last week vs. Wilton. He’s been one of the regions best backs this year. But let’s see him do that against Staples, with an FCIAC title game berth, a Class LL playoff spot and (perhaps) the No. 1 ranking at stake.
  • Danbury at Greenwich, Thursday, 7 p.m.: Danbury has struggled all year to make headway in the FCIAC. Greenwich wants to play for the FCIAC title. See where we’re going with this?
  • Barlow at Brookfield, Thursday, 7 p.m.: Barlow’s loss to Masuk has put the Falcons into a precarious spot with two games left. They need a victory to clinch the school’s first playoff berth. Brookfield remains formidable, so this is no easy game for the Falcons. A loss would officially make Thanksgiving vs. Weston huuuuuuge.
  • Weston at Masuk, Thursday, 7 p.m.: Know this: Nobody’s giving Weston a shot at toppling mighty, mighty Masuk. (Hello, motivation). Unless they do something incredible, we’re more interested in how the Trojans will play heading into that Barlow Thanksgiving showdown.
  • New Canaan at Trumbull, Friday, 7 p.m.: New Canaan is closing in on a Class L playoff berth. Trumbull has been inconsistent all year, but this is no easy game. The Rams need to win.
  • New Fairfield at Pomperaug, Friday, 7 p.m.: Joe Pacheco is 335 rushing yards away from breaking the single-season school rushing record of 2,156 set by Rich Comizio back in 1982. We’ll go out on a limb and say he’ll get it. Pomperaug, building for next year, would love to make it tough.
  • Bunnell at Oxford, Saturday, noon: Oxford has an outside shot at sneaking into the Class S field. They’ll need to win out against two of the largest schools in the SWC. According to the Oxford Board of Education, the Wolverines have no shot at winning these next two games and, thus, must leave for the NVL.
Sean Patrick Bowley

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