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Top performances: The stars of Week 6

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GUNSLINGERS

Nick Roberts, Trumbull QB: 28 of 44 for 413 yards and 3 TDs to power the Eagles to their fifth straight victory, a 50-44 thriller over Greenwich.

Andrew Tarantino, Newtown QB: 18 completions for 289 yards and 4 TDs in 56-14 rout of Wolcott.

Ryan Dunn, Ridgefield QB: TD passes of 36, 16, 12 and 17 in 43-0 rout of Harding.

Kyle Chudoba, Oxford QB: 3 TD passes and a 1-yard run for a fourth score in 27-6 victory over Seymour. WR Chris Vankamerik caught 2 of those TDs, a leaping 64-yard catch and run and a 37-yarder.

Jake Kasuba, Foran QB: 344 yards and 5 TDs on 19 of 23 passing in 54-18 rout of Lyman Hall. Sean Deegan (29 yards, 42, 66) and Connor Cadrin (54, 32) were on the receiving end of those passes. Cadrin also scored on a 4-yard run.

BULLDOZERS

Arkeel Newsome, Ansonia RB: Remarkable 396 yards and 6 TDs on 26 carries in 56-21 pounding of Masuk. He surpassed former Ansonia running back Alex Thomas’ (2004-07) state mark of 8,270 yards with a 57-yard TD burst on the first play of the second half.

Marc Cesare, Trumbull RB: 10-yard TD run with 1:49 remaining lifted the Eagles over Greenwich. Scored on earlier runs of 50 and 4 yards.

Cooper Gold, Newtown RB: 291 yards and 3 TDs on 20 carries against Wolcott.

Jason Thompson, Shelton RB: 303 yards and 2 TDs (19, 43 yards) in 36-19 beating of Wilbur Cross. Added 2 catches for 45 yards. Teammate Michael Pingree, subbing for injured QB Mark Piccirillo, added 166 yards and 3 TDs (5, 47, 2 yards) on 20 carries while throwing for 96 yards on 4 of 5 passing.

Jack Massie, Staples QB: Ran for TDs of 5, 16 and 61 yards and threw a 28-yard scoring pass to Will Johnson to stave off Danbury’s upset bid 43-34.

Jack Shaban, Barlow QB: 281 yards and 5 TDs (48, 80, 10, 7 and 4 yards) in 62-21 romp over Torrington. Also threw an 8-yard TD pass.

Bobby Drysdale, Brookfield RB: 207 yards and 3 TDs on 29 carries in 49-14 rout of Wilby.

Will Bonaparte, Ridgefield RB: 129 yards and 1 TD in just over a half against Harding.

Jose Cotto, Bullard-Havens RB: 214 rushing yards and 1 TD in 26-0 whitewash of Platt Tech. Teammate Chris McNamara added 104 yards and 1 TD while passing 24 yards for another score.

Andy Khon, Foran RB: 132 yards and 2 TDs in win ove Lyman Hall.

A.J. McDonald, New Milford RB: Scoring runs of 6, 4 and 3 yards in 55-11 beating of Watertown.

Joe Piatnik, Bethel QB: 133 yards and TD runs of 17 and 33 yards on 13 carries in 48-20 victory over Derby.

Terrance Bates, McManon RB: TD runs of 44 and 14 yards in 39-6 beating of Stamford.

GAME BREAKERS

Nick Lombardo, Darien: Caught TD passes of 85 and 45 yards from QB Silas Wyper while running 4 yards for another score.

Matt White, Fairfield Ludlowe QB: In a 13-6 victory over Norwalk, drove the Falcons 85 yards for their first score, busting a 40-yard run, converting two third-down passes and scoring on an 8-yard run. Finished with 121 yards passing and 61 rushing.

Dante Fargnoli, Westhill: 3 TDs (1 rushing from 37 yards out, 2 receiving) while compiling 125 total yards (7 catches for 93 yards) in 38-14 win over Central. He caught a 44-yard flea flicker and a 25-yarder for TDs from  Ryan Coppola

Jack Boscia, Ridgefield: Hauled in 17-yard TD pass and returned a punt 45 yards for a score in win over Harding.

BRICK WALLS

Mike Schuchmann, St. Joseph: 12 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery in 49-6 rout of Bassick.

Hakeem Fletcher, Bullard-Havens: 12 tackles, 1 sack and 2 forced fumbles against Platt Tech. Also caught 24-yard TD pass.

New Canaan defense: Prevented Chicopee, Mass., from even getting a first down until the third quarter in pitching a shutout.

VALIANT IN DEFEAT

Austin Longi, Greenwich RB: 330 rushing yards and 5 TDs on 26 carries in loss at Trumbull.

Anferny Ith, Danbury QB: 18 of 33 for 376 yards and 4 TDs — 77, 7, 69 and 51 yards — in shootout loss to Staples. His 2 INTs bounced off his receivers’ hands and into the hands of Staples defenders.

Trent Hudson, Notre Dame-Fairfield: 176 rushing yards and 1 TD on 15 carries and a 35-yard TD reception in 57-20 loss to St. Paul.

Nick Crowle, Fairfield Prep: 19 carries for 70 yards and 2 TDs — both in the fourth quarter — in Jesuits’ 35-27 loss to Daniel Hand on Friday.

Trevor Kollmann, Masuk: Caught four passes for 131 yards and 2 TDs in 56-21 loss at Ansonia.

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MILESTONE

Ed McCarthy, West Haven coach: In 35-34 victory over Xavier, earned win No. 321, tying former Ledyard coach Bill Mignault for most wins in state history.

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