Football: Trumbull regroups at Black & Gold game

Trumbull High quarterback Colton Nicholas completed a pass for a touchdown on the final play of Friday’s annual Black & Gold spring football game at McDougall Stadium.

It was a great finish for the players on offense, but the TD was made possible because of blown coverage on defense.

Mistakes will happen once the regular season rolls around, but one of the objectives of spring football is for teams to iron out some of the kinks to make things run that much more efficiently when late August and early September roll around.

“No one’s winning or losing today, but we’re all getting better,” said coach Bob Maffei, who was pleased overall with the play in the intrasquad scrimmage.

“We look pretty sharp today. Not bad. We’ll take the last two days of practice (next week) to work on areas that need improvement.”

The controlled scrimmage allows the players to get in football mode and provides coaches an opportunity to see up-and-coming team members.

“It’s a good way to get the kids going,” Maffei said. “It helps a lot because we need to focus on fundamentals right now, and base packages.”

Nicholas will enter his junior year with some varsity playing time under his belt.

“It just gets everyone incorporated,” Nicholas said. “It’s a nice, fun event. It gives everyone a chance to play. We start working as a team now and we’ll become one unit in the fall.

”Sophomore-to-be Hunter Fitzgibbons gives Maffei and the Eagles depth at the position.

Other key returning players, who are all three-year starters, include running back Markeese Woods, wide receivers Pat Daley and Pete Raverta, along with defensive end Joe Turner.

Maffei’s squad went 7-3 last fall, but two of those losses were contests the coach believes his team could have won. He’s looking forward to a successful 2017 campaign and is hopeful the preparation Trumbull puts in now and in the summer portion of the preseason will pay dividends.

Not all teams hold spring practice and, instead participate in extra summertime drills. Maffei believes the state regulations shouldn’t be so restrictive since additional days give teams a chance to work on proper techniques and condition.

During the spring scrimmage, the Eagles executed 70-yard drives and red zone plays to simulate game situations.

“The kids like to play. Spring football is a lot of fun,” Maffei said.

Trumbull is scheduled to kick off its season Saturday, Sept. 9, at home against Greenwich. The Greenwich clash, a 42-32 setback last fall, was one of the games Maffei thought his team could have won.

Other home games will be against Trinity Catholic of Stamford, Norwalk, and Darien.

The Eagles will visit St. Joseph in the annual Thanksgiving matchup, Thursday, Nov. 23, at 10:30 a.m.