Football: Record-setting Westhill Vikings defeat Trumbull
The Westhill High defense put together a record-breaking performance and the end result for coach Frank Marcucio’s Vikings was a 29-21 victory over Trumbull High at Walter J. Kennedy Stadium in Stamford on Saturday.
“We had a solid 15 quarterback sacks and Zaire Ragin had 6.5 sacks, and both are state records,” Marcucio reported after Westhill improved to 6-2 overall and 5-2 in the FCIAC. “Defensively we just played really well today."
Christian Beir had five sacks.
Ragin’s 6.5 sacks breaks the mark shared at 6 by Michael Debboli from Plainville against Bristol Eastern on Oct. 4, 1975, Weaver’s Derrick Comeaux on Oct. 9, 2004 versus Bulkeley and Ernest Wiggins from Bridgeport Central’s performance against Cromwell/Portland/Stafford/Somers/East Windsor in 2015.
The Vikings came away with two fourth-quarter interceptions to drop Trumbull to 2-5.
Trumbull got on the board first, as QB Colton Nicholas ran in a 7-yard keeper to put the Eagles up 7-0 with 5:55 left in the first quarter.
Earlier on the drive, the Eagles faced a 4th-and-three at the Westhill 43. They ran a fake punt and picked up 22 yards and a first down to keep the drive going.
Westhill got on the board with 1:08 left in the first quarter when A.J. Laconna connected with Wyklend Turenne for the 7-yard touchdown. The extra point was blocked allowing Trumbull to hold a 7-6 lead.
That score was set up by a 60-yard catch-and-run on a screen pass from Laconna to Noodles Metayer, which got the Vikings to the 15-yard line with 2:10 left in the quarter.
With 8:45 to go in the half, Nicholas found Peter Schmitz for a 65-yard touchdown to put Trumbull up 14-6.
Westhill came right back as Laconna hit Angelo Nicholas for a 64-yard touchdown.
The two-point conversion failed and Trumbull led 14-12 with 8:02 left in the half.
Trumbull extended its lead to 21-12 with 4:44 left in the third quarter, after a 90-yard drive ended with Kyle Atherton catching an 11-yard touchdown from Nicholas. Ryan Cranston added his third conversion kick.
On the ensuing series, Westhill went 48 yards for the score.
Laconna found Nicholas for the 9-yard touchdown with 2:09 left in the third to cut the Eagles lead to 21-19.
Westhill would take the lead for good with 10:45 to go in the game when Laconna connected with Metayer for the 56-yard touchdown
A two-point conversion by SaQuan Kelly put the Vikings ahead 27-21.
“They hit some big plays, number two (Metayer) made two great catches and that was the game difference there,” said Trumbull head coach Bob Maffei. “He’s a heck of a receiver.”
From there, the Westhill defense finished off the victory.
With 8:25 left, Metayer picked off Nicholas at the Trumbull 43 yard line.
Later in the fourth, Nicholas stepped out of the back of the end zone for a safety to tack on two points for the Vikings with 52.8 seconds left.
The game was sealed for Westhill with D’Aeren Carson’s interception with 19.1 remaining.
“They rushed five, we didn’t pick it up. Bad pass protection,” said Maffei.
Westhill travels to Wilton to take on the Warriors on Friday at 7 p.m.
The Eagles host Capital Prep on Friday at 7 at Trumbull High School’s McDougall Stadium.
“We are guaranteed a winning season which hasn’t happened here since my second year,” said Marcucio. “We have a chance to have some things happen. Some things we control, some things we don’t.”