Football: Gaels vanquish Spartans

The Shelton High football team rolled to its third straight win over-all and second in a row in the Southern Connecticut Conference last Friday night by defeating Amity Regional of Woodbridge, 42-7, in its home opener at Finn Stadium.

The Gaels, who’ll play host to Foran of Milford on Thursday night, have now outscored their opponents, 123-24, and will look to equal their 2013 start with a victory against the Lions.

A stout Shelton defense which limited Amity to a single, first-half touchdown, held the Spartans only 11 yards on the ground and 113 through the air. The Gaels sacked Amity quarterback Mike DeVito six times, usually for huge losses.

Meanwhile, the Gaels’ offense, behind senior quarterback Mark Piccirillo, picked up 321 yards of offense and accounted for four touchdowns. Shelton’s defense (a 45-yarder by Wesley Sekelsky) returned a fumble for a touchdown and its specialty team added another when Keith Prior blocked Jordan D’Onofrio’s punt and Ed Deptula recovered it in the end zone.

Piccirillo passed for 135 yards (six-for-11) and hooked up with junior wide receiver Chris Kanio for a pair of second-quarter (40 and 45-yard) touchdown receptions. Piccirillo also scored on a 34-yard run and Peter Hoff scored the other, running in from four yards out in the third quarter.

“This was a momentum win for us,” said Shelton coach Jeff Roy, whose team ran off four consecutive wins at the beginning of the 2013 year and eventually finished with a 7-4 won-lost record in missing the state playoffs.

“We’ve got a very difficult part of our schedule coming up later on.” Roy added.

That stretch includes a run of games against SCC Division I teams beginning on Oct. 10 with Fairfield Prep.

“It would be all but impossible to pick anyone out on defense tonight because they all played so well,” Roy said.