Football: Trumbull home to Fairfield Ludlowe

Johnny McElroy will quarterback Trumbull when Fairfield Ludlowe visits on Friday — David G. Whitham photo
Johnny McElroy will quarterback Trumbull when Fairfield Ludlowe visits on Friday — David G. Whitham photo

Trumbull High’s opener to the football season was all that it could be...and then it wasn’t.

The Eagles traveled to Tiger Hollow to take on Ridgefield High and coach Bob Maffei’s team had the game well in hand, leading 33-17 late in the third quarter. Ridgefield then took control to win a 47-33 decision.

Trumbull will look to gain that first win of the season when Fairfield Ludlowe visits McDougall Stadium on Friday at 7 p.m.

The Falcons lost their opener to Norwalk High, 41-19.

Ludlowe took a 6-0 lead on Aidan Kudzy’s 93-yard touchdown pass from Josh Evans in the first quarter.

Norwalk scored 28 unanswered points in the second period and won the third by a 13-6 count.

Javion Beasley had the Ludlowe touchdown on a 25-yard run. He added a 41-scoring run in the final period. Collin Mediate kicked the conversion.

Against Ridgefield, the Eagles took a 13-7 lead after one quarter.

Colton Nicholas scored on a 1-yard run and John McElroy threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Peter Raverta.

Markeese Woods took the score to 20-10 with a 2-yard run.

McEloy found Raverta for a 17-yard touchdown and Trumbull led 27-10 at the half.

Woods answered a Tiger touchdown with a 72-yard run in third quarter.

McElroy finished 24-for-41 passing for 281 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Tigers began their comeback when Drew Fowler scored on a 1-yard run with 33 seconds to go in the third quarter.

The touchdown, set up by a 32-yard pass from Fowler to Chris Longo, was followed by a two-point conversion pass to Palmer that sliced Trumbull’s lead to 33-25 entering the fourth quarter.

Ridgefield got even closer when Fowler hit Collin Lowe on a 35-yard touchdown pass down the left side.

The two-point try failed, but the Tigers were within 33-31 with 10:21 to play.

An interception led to Ridgefield’s go-ahead score: Palmer’s 30-yard touchdown after catching Fowler’s pass on a crossing route.

Fowler then found Lowe for a two-point conversion pass, putting the Tigers in front, 39-33, with 4:23 remaining.

Trumbull’s ensuing possession ended when Ridgefield linebacker Patrick Lang batted down a pass on a fourth-down play.

Fowler and Lowe then teamed for a 39-yard touchdown pass down the left sideline.

Petros Papadopoulos added the extra point, extending the Tigers’ lead to 46-33 with 2:56 left in the game.

When Trumbull’s next possession was derailed by an interception, Ridgefield’s improbable rally became a reality.

Tim Murphy contributed to this story.