The high school spring sports season is over, yet there was still plenty of action at Greenwich High’s Cardinals Stadium Saturday morning.
After practicing for a couple of weeks, the Greenwich football team held its annual Spring Red & White Game. Both defenses looked pretty strong, but that’s usually the deal in preseason games or spring games, as it usually takes longer for offenses to get in sync. Here’s my article on the game which was won by the ‘Red’ team, 14-0 http://bit.ly/148sBnk
Now for some extra points on the game: Austin Longi, who will be junior in the fall, showed his speed, scoring on a 40-yard run off a sweep to the left, giving the Red team a 7-0 lead. Longi will most likely be the Cardinals’ main threat offensively. As was the case last season, the speedy Longi should also be tough to deal with on special teams. On offense, look for him to fill roles similar to Alex McMurray (who will graduate next week) carrying and catching the ball out of the backfield, while also making receptions as a slot receiver.
Jose Melo started for the Red team, while Matt Marzulla ran the spread offense for the White team. Both QB’s were flushed out of the pocket several times, but handled the pressure well, displaying their mobility. On defense, Thomas Martins registered two sacks for the White team, while Pete Agro scooped up a fumble and returned it 44 yards for a TD for the Red team.
I talked to coach Rich Albonizio after the game on how he felt about opening the season against West Haven and the FCIAC teams playing the SCC. Here’s what he had to say: “I think it’s good for the state and I’m glad we play them at home. It’s exciting for the state, but it’s going to affect the state rankings as far as who may go to states, the first week. It’s good to play different teams though.”
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY: Jack Wynne, defensive end, captain: “A realistic goal for us is an FCIAC championship. We are bringing back some seniors and a lot of talented juniors. We have a lot of good players.”
Jose Melo, quarterback, captain: “We are going to feature a little more of a running style, which will make us harder to defend, especially when we can also pass the ball.”
Justin Gaccione, offensive lineman, captain: “We have an amazing defense and if they play they way they did today, no offense can run us over.”
Jack Harrington, defensive end, captain: “Our defensive front four is something we always take pride in. A few of us have been on the line for a couple of years, so we get along. Collectively, I think this can be a really strong team.”
Congratulations to coach Albonizio, who was inducted into the FCIAC Hall of Fame this week. Albonizio has led GHS to five FCIAC titles and three state championships since he took over the helm in 1997.