Football: Shelton fends off Prep
Two weeks into the football season Shelton has proved it knows where the end zone is.
After piling up 49 points against Wilbur Cross in the season opener the Gaels used four different players to rack up a 35-12 halftime lead over Fairfield Prep on Friday night at a noisy Edward Finn Stadium.
Kevin Robinson pulled in a Zach Tuskowski 15-yard pass with 5:26 remaining in the first quarter and Joe Zoppi (5-for-5 in extra points) split the uprights on the extra point to get the party started.
The Shelton defense did its part with Ron Hubbard coming up with a fumble recovery and Robinson stuck it in the end zone again on a 4-yard blast to open up a 14-0 advantage.
Fairfield Prep needed a big play to get back in the game and got it when Nick Franchuk shook off three tacklers along the sidelines and sprinted 77 yards into the end zone to make it a 14-6 game heading into the second quarter.
Anthony Shiavo showed his escape abilities when he hauled in a pass from Tuskowski and had two defenders with a grasp of his jersey. Shiavo ripped away and scampered 47 yards to pay dirt to open up a 21-6 advantage.
Tom Moore then led Prep on an eight minute drive that culminated when Moore took it himself on an 11-yard run closing the gap at 21-12 with 8:37 left in the half.
The Gaels were back in the end zone aided by a couple of Prep penalties that got them a fresh set of downs. Sam Kirk barreled in from 11 yards out and James Botti recovered a fumble on the kick off.
That set up a Ron Hubbard one yard plunge and when the teams headed top the locker room Shelton was on top 35-12.
Nathan Miller scored on a 3-yard run at the end of the third quarter and Nick Mirabile added an 11-yard run in the fourth quarter to spark the Jesuits comeback attempt. With 4:54 to play Shelton was clinging to a 35-27 lead.]
Peter Hoff converted a fake punt to keep the possession in the hands of the Gaels. A 40-yard field goal by John Zoppi was unsuccessful because Prep was called for a roughing the kicker penalty with 1:10 left on the clock.
With a new set of downs Shelton simply ran out the clock improving to 2-0 on the season.
The Gaels will host the Indians of Guilford next week in the final game of a three-game home stand to start the season. Shelton will then go on the road against some tough foes taking on Notre Dame of West Haven, West Haven and Xavier before returning home on Oct. 30 against Amity.