Shelton rolls over Notre Dame
The Shelton High football team rebounded from last week’s lopsided loss to Fairfield Prep, defeating Notre Dame of West Haven, 34-8, at Veterans’ Stadium in West Haven on Friday night.
Sophomore quarterback Mark Piccirillo passed for 205 yards and rushed for 94, to lead coach Jeff Roy’s Gaels (3-2) to the SCC Division I victory.
Eddie Kochiss hauled in a pair of touchdown receptions, while Jagger Kalagian and Matt Feigenblatt rushed for scores to power Shelton.
Piccirillo added a two-yard scoring run.
Kochiss had four catches for 105 yards, while William Karcher hauled in three receptions for 47 yards.
Kalagian carried eight times for 44 yards.
Michael Ortoli marshaled the Shelton defense with seven tackles and one sack. Kyle Drost notched six tackles and Christian Federici had five tackles.
Tyler Vasilescu and Connor Wallon recovered Green Knight fumbles.
Shelton got on the scoreboard on its first possession of the game, with Piccirillo setting up a first-and-goal from the Notre Dame 4 with a 67-yard run.
After an illegal substitution penalty, Kalagian, running behind Tommy Gottschalk, Eric Howard, Donald Schiffer, Christopher Sinko and Jake Stanisci, punched in a nine-yard score.
Ed Groth converted the first of four PATs to make it 7-0 Shelton with 4:44 left in the first quarter.
Notre Dame (1-4) rolled to the Shelton one-yard line on the ensuing drive, but the Knights fumbled the ball away.
A holding call on the Gaels in their own end zone resulted in a safety, cutting the Notre Dame deficit to 7-2.
Feigenblat’s nine-yard rushing touchdown made it 14-2 at the start of the second quarter, before Piccirillo’s two-yard plunge brought the score to 21-2.
Notre Dame took over on its own 30 with 3:36 left in the half, rolling 70 yards in 12 plays for a touchdown.
Kochiss intercepted a pass from Knight quarterback Blake Rice, but it was negated by an interference call.
Two plays later, Rice connected with Chris Perry on a 25-yard completion to set up a first-and-goal at the Shelton 5.
Sal Esposito’s one-yard dive narrowed the Green Knight gap to 21-8 with 27 seconds left, but the two-point conversion attempt failed.
Shelton then put together a momentum-swinging score to close out the half.
Piccirillo fired a 35-yard strike to Kochiss on first down, before an illegal motion penalty moved them back to the Notre Dame 30.
Kochiss then shook free down the right side, with Piccirillo dropping in a 30-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds left to make it 27-8 at the break.
The teams traded long drives to the start the second half, with a 12-play Gael drive coming up empty following at fumble at the ND 10.
The Green Knights then ran off 20 plays, taking over seven minutes off of the game clock, before their drive stalled inside the Shelton 20.
After empty possessions by both teams, Piccirillo closed out the scoring with a 31-yard bomb to Kochiss to put the final score at 34-8.
Shelton will look to build a win streak on Friday, when winless Lyman Hall of Wallingford (0-5) visits Finn Stadium for a 7 p.m. kickoff.