Thompson, Shelton overwhelm Amity (Updated)
The Shelton High football team posted a 49-30 victory over hosts Amity High in an SCC Division I West matchup at Bill Johnson Field in Woodbridge on Friday night.
Quarterback Mark Piccirillo threw two touchdown passes to Kyle Drost, one to Kevin Robinson, and rushed for two scores to lead the Gaels, who improved to 3-0.
Tailback Jason Thompson added a pair of rushing touchdowns for Shelton, which led 27-10 at the half.
“We moved the ball very well offensively,” Shelton coach Jeff Roy said. “Thompson had a great game, he’s been playing well.”
Amity rallied back in the second half, behind some big plays from quarterback David Ryan, but it wasn’t enough to derail the Gaels.
Ryan threw a 65- and 67-yard touchdown passes to Ben Feola and a 19-yarder to Nicholas Bottone in the second half.
“We’ve got to play better defensively,” Roy said. “I wasn’t happy with the way we played defense. Our tackling was not good, our coverage wasn’t the greatest.
“We have to get better on defense. We can’t give up that many points.”
Shelton countered with a 4-yard Piccirillo touchdown run, a 33-yard scoring run from Thompson and a Piccirillo-to-Drost 14-yard touchdown to keep the Gaels in front.
Piccirillo completed 17-of-25 passes for 262 yards and also had a pass intercepted. Thompson carried the ball 20 times for 231 yards and caught four passes for 59 yards.
“We threw the ball more tonight than we have in the first two games,” Roy said. “We opened up it up a little bit. Offense was a positive tonight... You can’t key on one guy.”
Michael Pingree added 63 yards rushing and 93 yards receiving, as Shelton’s offense churned out 570 yards of total offense to overwhelm Amity.
Thompson ripped off a 25-yard touchdown run with 2:40 left in the first half to stake the Gaels to a 27-3 edge.
The run capped an eight-play, 87-yard scoring drive that also featured a 31-yard jaunt from Thompson.
Amity cut into the deficit heading into the half, as Ryan engineered a 66-yard scoring drive that lasted seven plays. Joe Choinere hauled in a 20-yard touchdown pass from Ryan with 18 seconds remaining in the quarter, and Lyle Luth tacked on the extra point to make it 27-10.
Shelton’s defense held coming out of the break, forcing a Spartan punt.
Pingree’s 47-yard run put Shelton in position to add to its lead on the next possession, setting up a first down at the Spartan 12.
Two plays later, Piccirillo, running behind Chris Pawlowski, Craig Melvin, Jacob Grosso, Trevor Searles and Matthew Zelanin, punched in a 4-yard touchdown.
Roy credited his offensive line for leading the Gaels’ offensive onslaught.
“They’ve been opening holes and protecting the quarterback,” he said. “Our line has really come around.”
Drost caught the two-point conversion pass from Piccirillo, and Shelton increased its lead to 35-10.
Amity answered with Ryan hitting Feola for a 64-yard catch-and-run over the middle to make it 35-17, following Luth’s PAT.
Once again, the Spartan defense had no answer for the Shelton offensive juggernaut.
The Gaels rumbled 65 yards in just three plays — a 20-yard catch by Thompson, a 12-yard run by Mike Ortoli and a 33-yard touchdown run by Thompson.
Piccirillo ran in the conversion to make it 43-17 midway through the third quarter.
Bottone and Feola caught touchdown passes to account for the Spartans’ final two scores, while Piccirillo put the game out of reach with a scoring strike to Drost.
The Gaels will travel to the Vito DeVito Sports Complex on Friday night to face Foran High (2-1) at 7 p.m.