Longi does it all for Greenwich vs. Warde


How’s this for a big game?

Greenwich junior Austin Longi ran for two touchdowns, had a reception for a score, intercepted a pass and ran it back for a touchdown and threw for a TD off a halfback option during Saturday’s 42-7 win over visiting Fairfield Warde. Indeed, Longi won’t forget Greenwich’s 2013 Homecoming Day. Oh yes, he also returned a punt 88 yards before being tackled at the Warde 10-yard line.

STATISTICS: Longi, who scored runs of 20 and 46 yards needed only seven carries to gain 95 yards. Junior quarterback Matt Marzulla ran for 36 yards on six carries, including a 9-yard touchdown run for the Cardinals. Marzulla was on target with his receivers, completing 11 of 12 passes for 128 yards. Junior wideout Devin McGrath scored on an 85-yard reception off a pass from Longi. McGrath caught the pass near the 40 yard line, then used his speed to sprint to the end zone. Cards kicker Peter Heerdt converted all six of his point-after attempts. As for Warde, T.J. Gallagher ran for 82 yards and a touchdown on 18 attempts and Colin Ventura had 65 yards on seven carries. Mustangs quarterback Brandon Bisack completed 7 of 22 passes for 107 yards.

STARTING STRONG: The Cardinals, who have scored more than 40 points their last three games, remained sharp offensively. Greenwich scored touchdowns on its first five  possessions, mounting drives of 87, 97, 45, 70 and 46 yards. Warde scored on its first possession to take a 7-0 lead and drove 79 yards on their second possession before being stopped at the Greenwich 1-yard line. The Mustangs gained 146 yards on their first two possessions, but managed only 103 yards their final nine possessions.

EXTRA POINTS: Greenwich defensive lineman Jonathan Fischer made a big tackle for a loss when Warde had a fourth-and-goal from the Cardinals’ 1-yard line in the first quarter. … Longi scored three touchdowns during a span of 3 minutes, 1 second in the second quarter, turning a 7-7 game into a 28-7 Greenwich lead. … McGrath had an interception and defensive lineman Jack Wynne stopped a Mustangs drive at the Greenwich 30 yard line with a sack.


Greenwich offensive lineman Justin Gaccione: “It definitely feels good getting a big win on Homecoming. We’re happy to give a nice showing to the crowd.”

Warde coach Duncan DellVolpe on Austin Longi: “He’s brutally tough, he’s the best player we’ve seen so far this season. He’s extremely fast, athletic and quick, which is what makes him so tough.”

Here’s the link to the game story of Greenwich’s win vs. Warde http://bit.ly/1c81oVW




Dave Fierro