Football: Trumbull defeats Bridgeport Central

Trumbull High moved its record to 4-1 on the season with a 37-0 victory over FCIAC rival Bridgeport Central at John F. Kennedy Stadium in Bridgeport on Saturday morning.

“We came out a little sleepy,” Trumbull High head coach Bob Maffei said of the 9 a.m. start. “The cobwebs were there, but as we warmed up we got better.”

One constant for the Eagles against an improving group of Hilltoppers was their defense.

“Coach (Brian) Halapin had his group ready to go,” Maffei said of the unit that allowed only one first down and limited the Hilltoppers to minus-27 yards in total offense en route to Trumbull taking a 24-0 lead into the half.

Justin Appleby, Cory Haslam, Jake Nudel and Joe Turner did the job up front. Kris DiCocco, Joey Ryan, Zach Heche and Harrison Klas led the linebackers. Ryan Kelly, Jon DeRosa, Angelo Tuccinardi and Troy Murray were buttoned-up in the secondary.

After being held on downs at the Central 14-yard line on its first series, Trumbull made a 4th-and-goal play work when quarterback Johnny McElroy connected with Peter Raverta for a 3-yard score. Ryan Cranston’s conversion kick made it 7-0 with 2:40 remaining in the first period.

Dustin Siqueria caught a 19-yard pass to set up the Eagles’ next score that came on Cranston’s 28-yard field goal at the 10:16 mark of the half.

Trumbull kept taking advantage of the good field position provided by the defense and took the score to 17-0 midway through the second period.

Raverta latched onto a pass over the middle and dragged a tackler forward for a 22-yard gain to the 8. Markeese Woods ran it in from the four.

Murray had an interception to stop Central’s last possession and give the ball to McElroy and company at the Eagles’ 31-yard line.

McMurray went up top to Raverta, who made a leaping catch over a defender inside the 30 and hightailed it the rest of the way with 2:48 left in the half.

McElroy was 7-for-15 passing for 187 yards in the first two periods.

Running behind Dantee Brown, who gave as good as he got running the ball, Central kept the ball for nearly five minutes to open the third quarter before giving it up on downs.

Woods, running behind Odai Dayoub, Haslam, Appleby, Turner and Dudal, went for 10 yards before taking his next carry for a 32-yard touchdown and a 30-0 lead.

Dudal recovered a Central on its next play from scrimmage and Maffei turned to his reserves with 6:45 remaining to be played in the third quarter.

“A lot of kids work hard each week and practice,” he said. “They got in there and they played well.”

Justin Beaudry and Colton Nicholas shared quarterback duties with Bill Mastroni the main running back. Joe Jones, Etienne Chollet and Zachary Lombardi, along with mainstay Nathan Brunetti, made up the receiving corp. Trevor Bellows, Eric Palinkas, Justin Sampaio, Shane Skoog and Matthew Bedoya did the blocking.

On their third series, Nicholas found Jones on a flanker bubble pass and he turned it into a 30-yard touchdown with determined running inside the five. Cranston’s PAT made it 37-0 with 4:19 left.

Leon Thanasoulis knocked the ball loose on the ensuing kickoff, and Christian Jones recovered the fumble.

Among those leading the defense for Trumbull down the stretch were Nick Amendola, Trevor Arganese, Snehil Mahajan, Corey Massimino, Jared Platt, Mike Maresca, Matt Mihaly, Chollet, Eric Bellifiore, Clay Stevens and Mastroni.

Next up for Trumbull is Brien McMahon (1-5).

“They run a Wing-T, which we haven’t seen a lot of,” Maffei said. “They have good skill kids and are well coached.”

The Senators from Norwalk will visit McDougall Stadium on Friday at 7 p.m.