Roberts' throws for six scores in first half of win
Trumbull High quarterback Nick Roberts completed his first six passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns to give coach Bob Maffei’s Eagles a 21-0 lead less than 10 minutes into their FCIAC game with Westhill High at the J. Walter Kennedy Stadium in Stamford on Saturday.
Trumbull went on to defeat the Vikings, 49-16, and Roberts was 12-for-18 passing for 361 yards and six touchdowns by the time the game went to the half with the Eagles on top 41-7.
Trumbull improved to 4-1 overall and 4-0 in the FCIAC with its fourth straight victory. Westhill is now 0-5.
Eric Anderson did a quick out and caught Roberts’ pass on the game’s first play from scrimmage, before the senior turned on the jets and raced 73 yards for a score.
The Eagles’ defense held on downs at their 10, and Roberts’ next pass was a deep post pattern to Thomas Hayduk, who gathered the ball in stride and outraced a defender to the far pylon for a 90-yard touchdown.
Lance Bragg kicked the first of his seven PATS for a 14-0 lead with only 4:21 off the clock.
After a three-and-out by the Vikings, Trumbull went 50 yards in four plays for its next score, a 12-yard pass to Quentin Brunetti.
Hayduk caught a deep sideline pass for 37 yards to get the drive started and Hunter Wnukowski caught an 18-yard slant pass.
Westhill’s next possession lasted one play — a hit by Andrew Marino knocked the ball loose and Dan McInerny recovered the fumble on the Westhill 22-yard line.
The Vikings held on downs, but Jack Kelly came up with an interception to put the Eagles back in business at the Vikings’ 25.
Two quick completions to Anderson (5 yards) and Hayduk (9 yards) led to Roberts hooking up with Anderson from 11 yards out for a score with 1:53 remaining in the opening period.
After an exchange of possessions, Westhill scored midway through the second quarter, but from his own six-yard line Roberts found Hayduk open at the 40 and the senior went 94 yards for a Eagle touchdown.
Marino forced another Westhill fumble, with Zaheer Bangi pouncing on the loose ball on the Vikings’ 20 with 47 seconds left in the first half.
From the 11, Roberts kept his poise while being tackled and went to his safety valve in the flat, Adam Angelucci, who made the catch and fought through a hit and into the end zone.
Angelucci scored Trumbull’s final touchdown with a 53-yard run from scrimmage in the third quarter.