Many of the names have changed, but the result was the same as the visiting Shelton High varsity football team rolled over Amity Regional 42-6 in the season opener for both teams before 1,500 on a balmy Friday night in Woodbridge.
The victory was Shelton’s 23rd straight regular season victory, and 11th straight over the Spartans.
Third-ranked Shelton’s defensive and special teams’ units set the tone after Amity received the opening kick-off.
David Wells, Chris Goodman and Dan Barone had stops for losses to force a punt.
Wells blocked the kick back into the end zone, where Santino Durante fell on the ball for a Gael touchdown.
“The defense and special teams really took over in that first quarter,” said Shelton coach Jeff Roy. “That was a nice blocked punt for a touchdown.”
The Shelton defense, led by seniors Jonathan Sobotka, Wells and Justin Greene, limited Amity to just 25 first half yards as the Gaels led 28-0 at the intermission.
The special teams added a second score early in the second quarter when senior return man Anthony Schiavo fielded a punt at his own 40-yard line.
He juked one would-be tackler, beat another to the sideline and raced the rest of the way for another touchdown.
Wells, replacing graduated senior Zach Tuskowski at quarterback, threw for one score and ran for another to lead the offense.
Schiavo caught the touchdown pass and Sobotka and sophomore Jack Carr added rushing touchdowns for Shelton, which hosts Notre Dame of West Haven in its home opener at Finn Stadium Friday night.