BRIDGEPORT – After falling behind early on the road to Central, Stamford rebounded with 29 unanswered points in the second quarter to knock off the Hilltoppers 44-6 on Saturday afternoon at Kennedy Stadium.
“It’s good that we’re not on the receiving end of a running clock late in the game,” Stamford coach Jamar Green said. “Last week, we got our butts kicked by Wilton and it’s good for our kids to experience it from the other side.”
The Black Knights offense began to gain momentum when junior quarterback Terry Forester entered the game after not starting due to a coach’s decision. Forester finished 5-of-13 for 177 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
But it was the big plays that got the offense going in the right direction, Forester said.
“It put us in a good position,” he said. “It gives us a better attitude towards the game, even though we were down by one touchdown.”
The game started with fireworks as Stamford used an onside kick to gain possession in the opening seconds. But a Black Knights’ fumble — recovered by Central — swung momentum back into the favor of the Hilltoppers.
Central used the turnover to set up a four-yard touchdown run from Dimitrie Ivery, but that would be the last of the happy moments for the Hilltoppers.
On the next series, senior quarterback Jorel Johnson would be carted off of the field after an apparent knee injury and the Central offense struggled without their star player.
“Obviously he’s one of our better players,” Central coach Mike Farrell said. “But we have to be able to overcome that better than we did. I don’t think we mentally handled it well. So I think that kind of changed some attitudes in a bad way for us.”
Both teams will face tough tests next week, as Darien comes to Bridgeport and Stamford plays hosts to Staples.
NEXT MAN UP
Senior Daniel Collazo started at quarterback in place of Forester. One of the normal starting wide receivers, he finished the game on the outside, but also completed his only pass for 12 yards.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Stamford Julius Page finished the game with two catches and 77 all-purpose yards. While on defense, he had two interceptions.
“It feels really good to know we have good running backs, we have a line that blocks very well, and our receivers that are playmakers.” Stamford junior Terry Forester on having so many offensive weapons.
STAMFORD 44, CENTRAL 6
STAMFORD6 29 2 7 – 44
CENTRAL6 0 0 0 – 6
C – Dimitrie Ivery 4 run (pass failed)
S -Lguenskee Saint-louis 39 run (kick failed)
S – Matthew Doyle 3 run (Terry Forester pass)
S – Doyle 1 run (William Martinez kick)
S – Forester pass 45 Saint-louis (Martinez kick)
S – Forester pass 29 Jason Baez (Martinez kick)
S – Safety
S – Camron Frckleton 4 run (Martinez kick)
Records: Stamford 3-5, Central 1-6