If you enjoy watching games featuring non-stop scoring and big plays practically every possession then Friday night’s showdown between host Trumbull and Greenwich was right up your alley. The Eagles raised their record to 5-1 overall and 5-0 in FCIAC play with a dramatic 50-44 victory over the Cardinals (3-3, 2-3 FCIAC) in a game that included more than 1,000 yards of offense between the two squads. Here’s a look at this wild midseason game.
AIR SHOW: Trumbull senior quarterback Nick Roberts continued his fantastic season, completing 28 of 44 passes for 413 yards and three touchdowns. Greenwich’s secondary had trouble covering the Eagles’ speedy, sure handed wide receivers for most of the evening. Senior wide receiver Quentin Brunetti had nine receptions for 242 yards, including a 14 yard touchdowns. Most of Brunetti’s catches came on third down, enabling Trumbull to move the chains. Senior Thomas Hayduck had six receptions, while senior Eric Anderson hauled in four passes, one of which was a 53-yard score.
LONGI ON THE LOOSE: If Greenwich won this game junior running back Austin Longi would have had the headlines again. Longi was simply unstoppable, gaining 330 yards on 26 carries with five touchdowns. Burning the Eagles’ defense on stretch plays and sweeps, Longi scored on runs of 11, 16, 2, 35 and 3 yards. Whenever the Cardinals needed to make a play he was on the scene. It’s not often when a back gains 330 yards in a losing effort, but that’s what happened Friday. Tommy Rappa also contributed to Greenwich’s success on the ground, churning out a solid 78 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.
OUTSTANDING OFFENSES: Trumbull, which led 31-18 at halftime, tallied four touchdowns and a field goal on its first seven possessions. The Eagles amassed 509 yards of total offense, also receiving a big game from senior running back Marc Cesare (117 yards, 17 carries, four touchdowns. Greenwich, meanwhile, scored on three of its seven first-half possessions, then really got rolling offensively in the second half. The Cardinals began the second half with touchdowns on its first four possessions, featuring drives of 41, 80, 66 and 36 yards. GHS finished the night with 517 yards of offense.
STRONG UP FRONT: Kudos to both team’s offensive lines for impressive performances. Trumbull’s offensive line of Cory Haslem, Jon Newland, Phil Reardon, Zach Thompson and Greg Goldman, protected Roberts well for most of the night, successfully picking up numerous blitzes from the Cardinals. Greenwich’s unit, led by Justin Gaccione, center Vincent Murphy and Kevin Woodring, opened up big holes for Longi, Rappa and junior quarterback Matt Marzulla to run through.
TOUGH DECISION: With the score tied at 44-44 and facing a fourth down and six, Greenwich lined up to punt, but the ball was snapped to upback Gardy Lebon, who ran for about four yards – a couple of yards short of the first down. Trumbull took over at the Greenwich 49-yard line and proceeded to score the winning touchdown with 1:49 remaining (a 10-yard Cesare run). Greenwich coach Rich Albonizio said after the game he felt Trumbull would move the ball and score if they punted, since they had successfully drove down the field most of the game.
EXTRA POINTS: Brian Jordan recovered a fumble for Trumbull. … T.J. Hayduk intercepted a pass for the Eagles in the first half. … Longi had a second-half interception, caused by a quarterback pressure by Thomas Martins. … Jack Weigold had an interception for the Cardinals.
Here’s the game story of Trumbull’s big win vs. Greenwich: http://bit.ly/H2wpko