Trumbull's defense turns back Norwalk in 13-10 triumph

The Trumbull High School football team isn’t about to give up on the season just yet.

A banged-up defense proved that against Norwalk, putting together its best effort of the season to lift the Eagles to a 13-10 victory Thursday evening at Jerry McDougall Stadium.

Trumbull’s offense sputtered most of the night, gaining just 261 total yards while keeping Norwalk’s hopes alive with two turnovers in the fourth quarter.

But the Eagles didn’t budge defensively, delivering Trumbull its first win of the season by holding the Bears to 202 yards of offense. Trumbull (1-3) forced four turnovers, including two interceptions by junior Stephen Nagy.

Nagy returned his first pickoff 24 yards for a touchdown to give the Eagles a 13-7 lead with 6:21 left in the second quarter and Trumbull never trailed after that.

Glenn Hellthaler also had an interception.

“The defense played well tonight,” Trumbull head coach Bob Maffei said. “The touchdown they scored came after a botched snap so they had a short field to work with. I’m very pleased with how our defense is developing.”

The biggest defensive play came in the final seconds after the Eagles turned the ball over at the Norwalk 23 as it was going in for the knockout punch. The turnover gave the Bears a shot to put together a game-winning drive with 1:05 left on the clock.

Norwalk quarterback Jeremy Linton hit receiver Yesid Rodriguez with a quick pass near the left sideline on first down, but the Eagles hit him immediately, forcing a fumble. Trumbull recovered at the 31 and ran the clock down to the final 3.7 seconds.

Norwalk (1-3) had one last chance, but ran out of time after the Eagles stopped Dakari Eason at the end of a 27-yard reception to close the game