The Shelton High football battled back from a 52-38 deficit with a little over three minutes to play in its Southern Connecticut Conference Tier 1 home game against unbeaten West Haven on Friday night to even the score, only to lose in the game’s final 20 seconds, 59-52.
Down by 14 points with 3:27 to play, the Gaels, now 7-2 and losers of two straight (Shelton was beaten by Fairfield Prep, 38-15, on Nov. 4), got touchdowns on a 79-yard pass completion from quarterback David Wells to Anthony Schiavo (3:05) and on a one-yard run by Ronnie Rich (45 seconds remaining) and a successful pair of conversion kicks from Joe Zoppi to pull even at 52-52.
On the next series, the 9-0 Blue Devils used a 23-yard kickoff return by Kyle Godfrey to put the ball on their own 45. Chris Chance raced 40 yards to the Shelton 15, and three plays later, Kyle Godfrey scored on a one-yard run with 15.1 seconds left.
Shelton fumbled the ball away on the next kickoff and the Westies ran out the clock.
Wells accounted for five of Shelton’s seven touchdowns. He scored three and threw for two.
“We played very well offensively tonight,” said Shelton coach Jeff Roy. “Our defense needed to do a little more work. Anthony Godfrey just ran through us. He’s the best back that we’ve faced all season long.
Anthony Godfrey rushed for 363 yards on 28 carries, including touchdown runs of 64, 58 and 36 yards.
Shelton is now off until Thanksgiving Day when the Gaels play Derby. The Gaels are still well in contention for a Class LL state playoff berth.