MIDDLETOWN >> No surprise here.
Capital Prep/Achievement First, fresh off its 2014 Class-S Small state championship, dispatched Vinal Tech/East Hampton/Goodwin Tech 44-0 in a Constitution State Conference game in front of 250 spectators at Palmer Field Saturday afternoon.
“No, not unexpected,” VT/EH/GT coach Joe Cefaratti said. “But I am a little disappointed with our upperclassmen in the first half. I thought we could have played better.”
Prep (1-0) scored the first three times it touched the ball. Sophomore quarterback Kyle Zajack (9-for-10, 220 yards) threw five touchdown passes, including three in the first quarter.
The first was a 48-yard strike to Jakob Vera, the second was a 37-yarder to Davonne Massey and the third was a 55-yard bomb to Jahkai Gill to give Prep an 18-0 lead after one. About the only thing the Trailblazers didn’t do well was kick extra points as they were 0-for-the day.
“I liked our approach and I thought the kids played hard,” said Prep coach Jason Manson. “But we were not as crisp as we would have liked. We had too many penalties and we will have to work on that.”
Prep was flagged 10 times for 90 yards, including three personal foul calls.
Zajack threw his fourth TD pass of the afternoon on the first play of the fourth quarter, an 8-yard strike to Gill and Prep led 24-0. Touchdown pass No. 5 was a 55-yarder to Gill.
Prep scored again late in the first half when the snap to the Vinal punter sailed into the end zone and Dillan Massey fell on it for an instant touchdown to give Capital Prep a 38-0 lead at the half.
The winners’ last score came on a 10-yard run by Lamar Butler in the third quarter. The clock was not stopped in the second half.
Capital Prep finished with 361 yards offense, with 141 coming on the ground. Jourdayne Ross led the Trailblazers’ rushers with 73 yards on seven carries. Gill caught four passes for 125 yards.
The Bellhawks were held to 113 yards offense, with 58 on the ground and 55 in the air. Quarterback James Tharen was 4-for-8 for the 55 yards. Tim Cordero ran for 43 yards on 11 carries.
“Prep did nothing special on offense,” said Cefaratti. “By that I mean they ran what they have been running for years. We practiced against it all week. It comes down to talent, to nervousness and that our kids knew they were going up against a state championship team.
“It’s all part of the learning process.”
The Bellhawks play Prince Tech in another CSC game Saturday at noon at Moriarty Field in Hartford.