It was not easy, it never is in a rivalry game, but Westhill came back for a dramatic 14-8 win over Trinity at home Saturday.
Dennis Hart-Lima scored the game winner with 40 seconds left and the Westhill defense got a big stop on an interception by Haywood Alexander to ice the game away.
Alexander wanted to run the ball back to the house, but interior linemen are not really built for that, and he was brought down but held onto the ball and the Vikings held on for the win.
Vikings Coach Frank Marcucio said Alexander is a terrific athlete.
“He’s unbelievable,” Marcucio said. “He is such an athlete and he’s a kid that we made a project and he’s going to be very good. I can’t say enough about him.”
Westhill had their best success running the ball out of the I after starting running back Tyreece Mitchell went down with an apparent shoulder injury and did not return.
Trinity also ran the ball well at times but struggled a bit with their spread offense until the second to last drive, where they scored on two quick passes.
- The Crusaders seemed liked they are still working out the timing aspect of their passing game, but if they can get it going they have weapons.
Donny Panapada was denied his first FCIAC win, but was very classy after the loss, though you could tell it stung.
- It was my first Inter-City game in Stamford and I thought the crowd would be bigger, especially with what I have heard about the Purple Pack cheering section at Westhill.