Shelton defeats Xavier, remains perfect at 9-0

Mark Piccirillo threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score when the Shelton High football team improved to 9-0 on the season with a 28-20 victory over  Xavier High from Middletown at Ed Finn Stadium on Friday night.

Coach Jeff Roy’s Gaels will host West Haven High Friday at 7 p.m. The Westies (5-4) blanked Daniel Hand of Madison, 21-0, on Friday.

Shelton took a 21-0 lead late into the second quarter when Xavier (6-3) crossed midfield for the first time on a 52-yard pass from Mike Scherer to Anthony Caramanica. That set up Glenn Cunningham’s 14-yard touchdown run with 1:51 left in the second quarter.

Xavier took the second half kickoff and drove 63 yards in 11 plays to make it 21-14 on Scherer’s one-yard plunge.

Shelton answered with a 12-play drive of its own that covered 55 yards.

On third-and goal from the 12, Peter Huff picked up a blitzing John Sullivan to give Piccirillo time to find Kevin Robinson in the middle of the end zone for the score.

Joe Zoppi’s fourth PAT restored Shelton’s two-score lead with 1:45 on the clock in the third period.

Xavier closed within 28-20 on Scherer’s 68-yard touchdown pass to Ed Luster with 4:24 remaining in the game.

Xavier used its time outs, but on third-and-7 Piccirillo found Sam Kirk open for a 20-yard gain and the Gaels ran out the clock from there.

Shelton drove 65 yards in seven plays to open the game and took the lead on Piccirillo’s 6-yard touchdown pass to Robinson.

The Gaels went up 14-0 when Piccirillo found Alexander Kirk in the left corner of the end zone with a 17-yard pass to complete an 82-yard drive that carried into the second period.

Two lays later, Ron Hubbard recovered a fumble forced by Alexander Kirk on the Xavier 44 at the 8:59 mark of the second quarter.

Piccirillo followed Peter Hoff through the left side and raced 29 yards for the score midway through the period.

See the next edition of the Herald for complete game story.