Football: Trumbull High defeats Brien McMahon, 34-9

Trumbull's Johnny McElroy threw three touchdowns in the first half and added one rushing score. — David G. Whitham photo
Trumbull's Johnny McElroy threw three touchdowns in the first half and added one rushing score. — David G. Whitham photo

Troy Murray returned an interception 56 yards for a touchdown to spark Trumbull High to a 34-9 victory over Brien McMahon at Jack Casagrande Field in Norwalk on Friday night.

“Troy’s pick six gave us a ten-point lead,” Trumbull coach Bob Maffei said of his senior jumping a pass route to take the score to 10-3, following Ryan Cranston’s PAT with 3:11 remaining in the first half. “McMahon is young and they are going to be good.”

Trumbull will take a 5-2 record into next week’s home game with 7-0 New Canaan in an FCIAC Division I game. McMahon, an FCIAC Division II entry, dropped to 0-6.

“In the first half we weren’t protecting (the quarterback) very well,” Maffei said. “We knew stuff was open, we got the ball out faster and settled down. We hit our groove. There are a lot of good players out there.”

Trumbull quarterback Johnny McElroy threw three touchdown passes in the second half, starting with a 6-yard score to Danny Hoffman to complete the Eagles’ trip to the end zone after taking the second half kickoff and going 85 yards.

McEltoy had a 16-yard scramble on 3rd-and-8 to keep the drive alive.

McElroy completed five straight passes, including a 6-yarder for a score to Peter Raverta, on Trumbull next possession. Markeese Woods had a 19-yard reception to set up the score.

McMahon made it 27-9 after quarterback Chris Druin connected with John Coulter on a pass, which saw the Senator captain slip a tackle near midfield and race 86 yards for the touchdown with 3:01 on the clock in the third period.

McElroy completed the night with a 60-yard scoring pass to Hoffmann, who he found free deep over the middle with 10:08 remaining. Cranston booted his fourth extra boot for the 34-9 lead.

Trumbull opened the scoring on Wood’s 1-yard TD run with 5:46 left in the first quarter. The conversion kick was blocked.

The Senators then drove 68 yards in nine plays to get on the board when Brendan Quinlan-Huertas kicked a 22-yard field goal 5:29 before intermission.

Amari Brown had a 34-yard run to set up a 1st-and-goal from the 10, but Trumbull’s Dustin Siqueira, Odai Dayoub and Chris Briganti made key tackles to force the home team to settle for the field goal.

After McMahon’s Marvin Jean-Pierre recovered a fumble at the Senator 26-yard line, Murray made his interception five plays later to tilt the momentum back Trumbull’s way.