Trumbull defeats Stamford for second straight win

The Trumbull Eagles started their home slate off right, defeating Stamford High, 42-6 to improve to 2-1 on the football season on Sept. 27.

Coach Bob Maffei’s club took a 35-0 lead at the half and coasted to their second consecutive victory.

Senior signal caller Nick Roberts led Trumbull with four touchdowns on 196 yards passing.

Tailback Marc Cesare gashed the Black Knights for 212 yards and a score on the ground.

Tom Hayduk led the receivers with 90 yards and two touchdowns. Eric Anderson added 41 yards and a score and Quentin Brunetti had 20 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, Liam Moore had two interceptions and Jack Kelly’s pick made it three for Trumbull on the night.

“It’s nice when you can have some balance, when you can run the ball and throw the ball,” Maffei said. “We’re very pleased with how we played. We’re playing better defense too. We’re making strides. Hopefully we can keep it going and stay injury free.”

Roberts and Cesare have their offensive line of Cory Haslam, Phil Reardon, Greg Goldman, Michael Connor Shea and Zach Thompson to thank for 408 combined yards from the duo.

“He (Roberts) took care of business,” Maffei said. “He’s a very poised person, he’s a great leader. He never gets rattled. He really got punished his sophomore year because he was thrown into the fire. Now he’s reaping the benefits of being stronger, being mature and being in the offense for three years.”

The Black Knights (0-3) started the game with the ball, and on their first play attempted a halfback pass that was intercepted by Moore to give Trumbull the ball at the 27-yard line.

Roberts marched the Eagles down the field with passes to Anderson and Cesare and a Cesare 30-yard run to put Trumbull in the red zone.

From the 17, Roberts found Hayduk on a skinny post from the slot to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead after Lance Bragg made the first of his six straight conversion kicks.

The Eagles struck again early into the second quarter when Trumbull started at its own 41 and a 38-yard dash by Cesare moved them to the Stamford 21. Roberts then found Hunter Wnukowski for 16 yards down to the five. Roberts connected with a wide-open Brunetti in the end zone for the 5-yard score to take a 14-0 lead.

On the following Stamford possession, Kelly intercepted Stamford’s Tyler Serrichio at the Stamford 33.

The next play, Roberts hit Anderson along the right sideline for an over-the-shoulder throw-and-catch for the 33-yard score to give the Eagles a 21-0 lead.

Later in the second half, the Trumbull defense stopped Stamford on 4th-and-inches to get the ball at the Stamford 19 yard line.

Again, Roberts made it look easy finding Hayduk in the back right corner of the end zone, lobbing the ball in for him to get two feet in for the 19-yard score.

Stamford’s next drive ended with Moore’s second interception at the Trumbull 35.

Roberts first found Wnukowski for 20 yards, then scrambled on the next play for 17 yards. Cesare fought through five tackles and broke through the center of the defense for a 28-yard score to give the Eagles a 35-0 lead at the half.

In the second half, Stamford continued to struggle offensively while sophomore Stephen Nagy took over under center for Trumbull.

Nagy led a scoring drive with five minutes left and connected with senior Jake Haslam along the left sideline for the 20-yard score to give the Eagles a 42-0 lead.

The Black Knights finally got on the board with four minutes to go when they responded with a 34-yard TD run by Cameron Webb to make it 42-6.

“We’re getting better and better every week,” Maffei said. “That’s what we preach to the kids, let’s get better every week. Lets keep getting better every week.”

Trumbull will visit Norwalk (2-1) at 7 p.m. on Friday. The Bears have defeated Westhill and Harding and lost to Danbury.