STAMFORD—Football teams don’t win games with resumes.
Consistent hard work and smart thinking are among the usual cornerstones to success.
The King School football team didn’t have quite enough of either element Saturday in their home opener.
And so, the Sharks of Capital Prep Harbor of Bridgeport posted a milestone victory for their fourth-year program as they persevered with a 14-6 road triumph.
“This win means so much,” Capital Prep Harbor coach Khamarr Smith said. “We look forward to battling teams that we played well against but couldn’t get over the hump. Today we battled for four full quarters and that made the difference.”
King, the two-time defending NEPSAC Sean Brennan Bowl champions, beat Capital Prep Harbor, 30-6 in 2016 for Homecoming and 30-14 in 2017 at home aided by a pair of late touchdowns.
CAPITAL PREP HARBOR TURNED THE TABLES
On Saturday, it was the Sharks who owned the fourth quarter as they scored both of their touchdowns.
After recovering a King fumble in the waning minutes of the third quarter, Capital Prep Harbor marched 45 yards in nine playts. A 20-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Tyrese Wright to senior Jayden Robertson capped the drive. Wright’s run for two points had the Sharks ahead, 8-6 with 10:40 to go.
Wright had a pair of TD runs nullified by penalties. But a personal foul call on King on fourth down kept the march alive.
“The personal foul call was a lack of football IQ,” said King’s veteran coach Dan Gouin. “If we keep our mouths shut, the defense is off the field.”
Capital Prep Harbor, which lost its season opener 44-8 at Blair Academy in New Jersey, sealed the deal by going 67 yards in 10 plays over six minutes.
Wright (17 carries, 133 yards rushing) had runs of 20 and 31 yards. He found Nahsir Sullivan with a 12-yard TD pass with 2:57 left for 14-6.
Wright completed 5 of 20 passes for 52 yards and two TDs.
“We came out with hunger. Everybody fought to the end,” Wright said. “It was a great team effort.”
Capital Prep Harbor was able to wear down the King defense with its massive offensive line, which doubled as its massive defensive line.
David Vereen (6-foot-4, 315 pounds) and Taalmyn Staton (6-0, 304), both Bunnell transfers, were a presence all afternoon.
“With our linemen, we are able to control the clock,” CPH coach Smith said.
A LESSON FOR KING
King (2-1) amassed just 53 yards rushing on 22 carries while sophomore quarterback Chris Gaine completed four of 20 passes for 46 yards while under duress from the Sharks defense.
King spent the last five minutes of the first quarter inside the CPH 10 yardline thanks to a blocked punt but came away with no points.
The lone Vikings touchdown came on a 35-yard middle screen pass and run by Chris DellaJacono with 9:33 left in the second period.
“We had plenty of chances. If you can score early, that’s always a big help,” King coach Gouin said. “But you have to go harder when you’re at the goalline. Physically the kids played as hard as humanly possible. But mentally they thought the game was a walkover. And that didn’t happen.”
CAPITAL PREP HARBOR 14, KING 6
CAPITAL PREP HARBOR 0 0 0 14—14
KING 0 6 0 0—6
K—Chris DellaJacono 35 pass from Chris Gaine (pass failed)
CPH—Jayden Robertson 20 pass from Tyrese Wright (Wright run)
CPH—Nahsir Sullivan 12 pass from Wright (run failed)
Records: Capital Prep Harbor 1-1, King 2-1.