Football: Trumbull topples Westhill, 54-21
The Trumbull High football team ripped off 35 unanswered points on Friday night at McDougall Stadium, routing Westhill High of Stamford, 54-21, in an FCIAC matchup.
Coach Bob Maffei’s Eagles improved to 2-0 ahead of next week’s tilt with Trinity Catholic (1-1) on Saturday afternoon 2:30 p.m. at Alumni Field in Stamford. Westhill dropped to 1-1.
Trumbull led 25-21 at the half and blew the game open with 29 consecutive points. Defensive lineman Corey Haslam, who later added 71-yard touchdown on a fumble return, pounced on a Viking fumble on the first play of the third quarter to start the deluge.
Junior quarterback Johnny McElroy then tossed a 35-yard touchdown strike to Dustin Siqueira, making it 33-21 following a successful conversion run.
Sophomore tailback Markeese Woods scored his third TD of the night, from 15 yards out, before Haslam pounced on a loose ball deep in Eagle territory and brought it back for the score.
Fatjon Berisha provided the final scoreline with a 4-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Woods returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown and the Eagles forced a three-and-out on Westhill's first offensive possession.
Woods then capped an eight-play, 68-yard scoring drive with a 21-yard run around the right side to make it 13-0 with 6:24 left in the opening period.
An interception by Angelo Tuccinardi step up the Eagles deep in Viking territory on their ensuing drive, but Trumbull's offense went three-and-out.
After another Vikings' punt, Woods looked to be on his way to extending the Eagles' margin to three scores on their next possession. But, the sophomore tailback fumbled the ball at the goal line and it caromed out over the end line for a Viking touchback.
Westhill took full advantage of the opportunity, as Aaron Pettiford ripped off a 70-yard run before Eagle defensive back Stephen Nagy corralled him at the Trumbull 10-yard line.
Two plays later, Viking quarterback Blake Newcomer punched in a 1-yard sneak and the PAT made it 13-7 with 43.2 left in the frame.
On the second play of the second quarter, McElroy connected with Dwight Patrick Daley for a 44-yard catch-and-run to paydirt. Haslam provided a big block on the play, but the PAT again failed and the lead was 19-7.
A fleaflicker, with Newcomer hitting Daniel Hogan for 47 yards, set up Westhill's next score — a 6-yard touchdown pass from Newcomer to Carl Gedeon.
Another fumble by Woods helped Westhill take its first lead of the game, 21-19.
Pettiford roared 63 yards down the sideline with 5:37 left in the half, with the extra point making it 21-19.
The teams traded punts from there, before Trumbull regained the lead going into the half.
Pinned on their own 1 with 1:17 left in the second quarter, McElroy found Dan Hoffmann for a cursing 85-yard gain down to the Westhill 12.
Kris DiCocco followed up a 12-yard Woods run with a 2-yard plunge, making it 25-21 at the break.