Gaels storm past Lyman Hall
The Shelton High football team trounced Lyman Hall of Wallingford, 42-2, at Finn Stadium on Thursday.
Shelton (4-2) will visit Hamden High (1-5) Friday at 7 p.m. The Dragons are coming off a 27-20 loss to Fairfield Prep (5-1).
Jagger Kalagian led Shelton with two touchdowns and 97 yards rushing on just three carries, as Lyman Hall dropped to 0-6.
Tyler Vasilescu added 93 yards on 12 carries, while Matt Feigenblat and Nick Van Slyke added rushing scores for the Gaels.
Mark Piccirillo led the Gaels through the air, completing 8-of-12 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns to Kyle Drost, who finished with 62 receiving yards.
“They had a few turnovers early and we were able to jump on them,” Shelton coach Jeff Roy said.
“Our offense was clicking pretty good. We were throwing the ball well and that opened things up. We were able to run the ball on them... I thought the kids came out ready to play and we played great in the first half.”
On Shelton’s first play from scrimmage, Eddie Kochiss carried the ball for 20 yards to the 42. One play later, Kalagian sliced through the Trojan defense for a 58-yard touchdown. The first of six straight conversion kicks by Ed Groth gave Shelton a 7-0 lead.
On the ensuing Lyman Hall possession Trojan quarterback, Ryan Bohne fumbled on their third play and Christian Federici recovered at the 35-yard line.
Piccirillo capitalized on the miscue with a 35-yard touchdown strike to Drost, who made the over-the-shoulder grab in stride to give Shelton a 14-0 lead.
“We have a lot of weapons we can go to and Piccirillo has been playing great at quarterback,” Roy said.
“Drost is a big target at six-foot-three, so it’s a matter of reading the defense, seeing what’s open, and Drost was open.”
After three-and-outs from both teams, Shelton got the ball at the Lyman Hall 45 and marched the distance in seven plays, capped by a 12-yard Piccirillo touchdown pass to Drost to make it 21-0 late in the first quarter. Lyman Hall’s offense sputtered again and a 10-yard punt gave Shelton the ball at the Trojans’ 30.
Piccirillo then hit Kochiss for a 22-yard screen pass to set up an eight-yard Feigenblat score, giving the Gaels a 28-0 at the end of one.
Lyman Hall got the ball to start the second quarter and moved the ball 39 yards on seven plays before committing another turnover at the Shelton 36-yard line.
“We worked on defense a lot of the past couple weeks, and last week against Notre Dame we held them to one score and then tonight we shut them out so the defense is really coming around,” Roy said.
“We’ve been scoring points and moving the ball pretty much on everybody, but defensively we’ve been a little weak so the last two weeks have been good on defense.
“We’ve only given up one score in the last eight quarters.”
After the takeaway, Piccirillo hit Kochiss for another big gain of 32 yards to move the ball to the Lyman Hall 32.
Kalagian then rushed 32 yards for the score behind his line of Tommy Gottschalk, Matt Herlihy, Jamie Dodge, Don Schiffer and Austin Peel to give Shelton a 35-0 lead.
On Lyman’s next possession, running back Justin Brown fumbled the ball for the Trojans’ third lost fumble to give Shelton the ball at the 23.
Van Slyke took over under center, and with help from Vasilescu, moved the ball 23 yards for Shelton’s sixth touchdown of the half. Van Slyke finished the drive with a one-yard keep for the score. With Shelton’s second squad in the game in the second half, play evened out.
The only score came when Lyman Hall defensive lineman Shane Selender tackled Vasilescu in the end zone for a safety, bring the game to its final score, 42-2.