Football: Norwalk Bears edge Trumbull Eagles, 18-17
Trumbull High took on Norwalk High in a FCIAC football game of scramble at Trumbull’s McDougall Stadium on Friday night.
Bears’ sophomore quarterback Kyle Gordon threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to classmate Jakari Walker with 1:28 remaining to give coach Sean Ireland’s club an 18-17 lead.
Coach Bob Maffei’s Eagles came back down field and junior quarterback Colton Nicholas shook off a sack attempt with no time left on the clock, only to see his pass into the end zone to Aidan Clark tipped into the air and intercepted by Jalen Elliott.
Norwalk improved to 3-2 with the victory. Trumbull is 2-3.
The Eagles took a 17-10 lead into the final quarter on a 20-yard field goal from Ryan Cranston in the first period, and a 26-yard interception return by Adam Tolk and Nicholas’ 9-yard TD pass to Cranston in the third.
Norwalk’s Marlon Brown blocked a punt on the fourth play of the final stanza.
The Bears took over on the Eagles’ 36-yard line, only to be turned back.
Gordon’s quick kick pinned Trumbull on its 3-yard line.
Izayah Valentine and Coby Levison led a gang-tackle quarterback sack that went for a safety to close the deficit to 17-12 with 6:59 remaining.
After the ensuing free kick, Trumbull’s Alex Moran halted the Bears' drive with an interception on the 5-yard line.
That pick was the Eagles fourth in the game.
Trumbull was unable to move the chains and the Bears regained possession at the Eagles’ 40.
Gordon ran twice for a first down at the 29.
An illegal procedure penalty set the Bears back, before Gordon went over the middle to Parker who caught the post pass on the two and barreled into the end zone.
The two-point conversion try, to make it a three-point game in case of a Trumbull field goal, was stopped.
Norwalk took a 3-0 lead on its first possession when Ben Bonebrake’s kicked a 24-yard field goal to complete a 77-yard drive that took 5:23 off the clock.
Trumbull responded with a 61-yard drive of its own, with Cranston booting his FG.
Norwalk next turned Parker’s interception into a short 26 march to paydirt.
Gordon ran it in from 8 yards out and Bonebroke’s PAT made it 10-3 with 9:47 left in the half.
Norwalk forced a punt and got the ball back with 3:14 left on the clock, but Tolk jumped a quick screen intended for Parker and ran 26 yards for the score.
Trumbull eschewed the tying PAT.
Holder Hunter FitzGibbons rolled right and threw to Tolk, who caught the two-point conversion pass under tight coverage for an 11-10 Eagle advantage.
The teams somehow exchanged possession four times in the remaining three minutes, with Trumbull ended the give-and-take when Nicholas passed over the middle to Cranston for a 9-yard TD with 14.5 left in the half.
Norwalk's Khalil Eason also had an interception.