The Shelton Gaels have been proving all season that they have all the tools in the shed and showed on Friday at Edward Finn Stadium on Senior Night that they have a little defense to go with it.
Heading into Friday’s game with Hamden High, the 8-0 Gaels have allowed two touchdowns or less six times. The Green Dragons found out just how tough the Shelton defense is when the Gaels recorded their first shutout of the season in a convincing 48-0 win.
Junior David Wells took over at quarterback, giving Zach Tuskowski another week to rest up his injured foot, and the Gaels didn’t miss a beat. Wells threw a couple of long balls completing 6 of 14 passing for 170 yards and two touchdowns.
Kevin Robinson pulled in a pair of over-the-shoulder throws from Wells covering 51 yards and 72 yards, while adding a 61 yard touchdown jaunt on the first play from scrimmage.
Hamden moved the ball with a little consistency gaining 45 yards on 11 carries picking up four first downs on its first two possessions. Then the second quarter began and it was lights out with the next six carries generating minus yards as Keith Prior, Rafael Desousa, Ron Rich and Ron Hubbard had a nose for the football.
Jon Sobotka recovered an onside kickoff, Peter Hoff hauled in an interception and Prior recovered a fumble all before the first half came to a close.
Hoff ran for 103 yards and a touchdown before coming out with an injury towards the end of the half. Prior scored the final touchdown of the first half on a six-yard blast. Joe Zoppi was on target hitting field goals from 21 and 32 yards out and Shelton went into the locker room at the break holding a 41-0 advantage.
Sam Kirk was injured with just 36 seconds left in the half and was taken off the field by stretcher. With all the pluses on the night, the injury dampened the mood as Shelton will now have a week off before getting ready for its Thanksgiving rivalry with Derby.