The Trumbull High football team rallied back from a 14-13 halftime deficit to defeat Westhill of Stamford, 28-14, at McDougall Stadium on Oct. 10. Trumbull (2-3) will visit Greenwich High (2-3) Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Senior tailback Adam Angelucci led the Eagles with four touchdowns on 148 yards rushing and 45 receiving.

Sophomore signal caller John McElroy completed six passes for 111 yards and a score, while rushing for 58 yards.

Jack Kelly had a sack and interception on consecutive plays to seal the Eagles victory early in the fourth quarter. Brandon Nguyen and L ance Bragg also had interceptions.

The Trumbull defense held Westhill (1-4) to just over 100 yards of offense, as Josh Exantus led the Vikings with 60 yards while quarterback Frank Marcuccio had 13 yards rushing, 12 yards passing and three interceptions.

“We played lights out defense,” Trumbull head coach Bob Maffei said. “We could not have played any better tonight defensively. Their #28 (Exantus) is a really good running back and he could really slash and we stopped him.”

It was a tale of two halves for Trumbull. After trailing 13-0, the Vikings scored two touchdowns to lead 14-13 at the half. In the second half, the Eagles scored 15 unanswered points.

“Football is a funny game,” Maffei said. “You turn it over, things happen.”

Both Westhill and Trumbull had four turnovers. Trumbull committed all four of its turnovers; an interception and three fumbles, in the first half. Westhill committed one first half turnover; an interception. In the second half, it had a fumble and two interceptions. All three Vikings interceptions led to touchdowns for the Eagles.

Senior tailback Adam Angelucci led the Eagles with four touchdowns on 148 yards rushing and 45 receiving.

“He’s the heart and soul of our team,” Maffei said of Angelucci. “He runs hard. We call him “dune buggy” because he runs over rough terrain.”

Sophomore signal caller John McElroy completed six passes for 111 yards and a score, while rushing for 58 yards.

Kelly had a sack and interception on consecutive plays to seal the victory early in the fourth quarter. Brandon Nguyen and Lance Bragg also had interceptions.

On the third play from scrimmage, Angelucci fumbled for the Eagles and Westhill recovered at the Trumbull 46. The Eagles defense recovered to force a three and out to prevent the Vikings from capitalizing on the turnover.

After a pair of three-and-outs, Trumbull moved the ball 59 yards in 11 plays to take an early 7-0 lead.

McElroy completed passes to Stephen Nagy and Kelly for 9 and 17 yards, respectively to put the Eagles inside the Vikings’ 10-yard line.

Angelucci then scored from five yards out thanks to blocks from his offensive line: Cory Haslam, Connor Shea, Greg Goldman, Justin Appleby and Jonathan Newland. Dan Hoffman’s extra-point was good to give Trumbull a 7-0 lead.

On the next possession, Bragg intercepted Marcuccio at the Trumbull 40 and returned it to the Westhill 45. After alternating five-yard penalties and a McElroy incompletion, McElroy hit Angelucci on a 45-yard screen pass to make it 13-0 Trumbull.

After a Westhill three-and-out, Trumbull started from its own 43. The second Eagles turnover committed was a fumble, recovered by Westhill at its own 16.

During the following Trumbull series, Joe Schlessinger intercepted McElroy’s pass and returned it 60 yards for the score to make it 13-7.

Penalties derailed the following Trumbull drive and forced the Eagles to punt from their own 32. A bad snap on the punt was recovered by the Vikings at the

Trumbull 22. The Vikings went the 22 yards in four plays, capped by a 1-yard Marcuccio rush to give Westhill the lead at the half, 14-13.

The Eagles committed nearly 100 yards of penalties.

“Three out of our first four games we were just about flag-less, then all of a sudden you get a barrage,” Maffei said.

After a pair of empty possessions to open the third quarter, Nguyen intercepted Marcuccio at the 30-yard line. His pick led to an eight-point swing-play on a 2-yard Angelucci run and two-point conversion to make it 21-14 with two minutes to play in the third.

“Nguyen was the big one,” Maffei said. “That was the game breaker, that was the back breaker.”

On the first play of the drive, McElroy rushed for seven yards, then McElroy found Nagy for 21 yards to set up the Angelucci score.

During the following Westhill drive, the Vikings got a break as the Eagles committed a 15-yard pass interference penalty to move Westhill into Trumbull territory.

Then two big plays by Kelly ended the Vikings drive. First Kelly sacked Marcuccio for a loss of 10 then he picked off Marcuccio and returned the interception to the Vikings 23.

McElroy rushed for 17 yards down to the six, before Angelucci scored from six yards out to make it 28-14 with 10 minutes to play in the game.

“We’ve gotten better every week,” Maffei said. “I said after our first game, ‘Don’t judge us right now. Judge us at the end of the year and see how far we come. We have a lot of first year starters this year and Johnny (McElroy) is just going to get better at quarterback, he’s a sophomore, so we have a lot to build on here.”