STAMFORD — Trumbull quarterback Colton Nicholas and running back Corey Osborne ran for two touchdowns each as the Eagles rolled Trinity Catholic Friday, 38-7.
Trumbull coach Marce Petroccio said his team was hardly able to practice this week after Tuesday’s storm dumped a reported 7 inches of rain on the town and caused severe flooding at the school, which will reopen Monday.
“Here’s what I’m really proud of: We had a lot of adversity this week,” Petroccio said. “There was a JV game Monday so we didn’t get a lot of practice time in. We tried to get something done (Thursday), but we didn’t really practice all week. We brought them in (Friday) morning and had a walkthrough. I’m just proud of the way the kids were able to come and shake off the rust and do what they needed to do tonight, because it wasn’t easy.”
Nicholas completed 15 of 31 passes for 185 yards and no interceptions before coming out in the fourth quarter. He added 49 more yards rushing on just five carries.
“I thought he did a great job running the ball, which is something different for him,” Petroccio said, adding that Nicholas — a 6-foot-4 senior — has college interest from Division II and III schools and potentially some FCS (I-AA) programs as well.
“It was difficult for him hardly practicing all week. I thought at first the passing game was a little off, had some drops, but he really came back. I’m proud of him. He’s gonna be fine. He’s a true team leader, does whatever we ask. He had a great game.”
Trinity came up with two red-zone stops in the second quarter to keep the game within reach at 17-0, but couldn’t muster enough offense to pose a threat against a bigger and more-experienced opponent.
“We were a little bit overmatched, but our kids gave it a ton of effort,” Trinity coach Donny Panapada said.
“There’s a handful of freshmen that played a lot of downs today. I looked out at the defense at one point early in the second half and there were four freshmen and four sophomores and two juniors and a senior on the defense, you know what I mean? It is what it is and our numbers are what they are, but our kids play hard.”
Trumbull is now 2-2 on the year, and despite getting pounded by state powers Greenwich and New Canaan, its season point differential stands at just minus-4 thanks to decisive victories over Ludlowe and Trinity. So how do the Eagles truly stack up?
“Here’s what I’m thinking,” Petroccio said. “We played one team that could be No. 1, which is Greenwich. We played another team that was No. 1, which was New Canaan. So I think we’re trying to get a measuring stick of how good we are. It’s a process. Unfortunately for us we’re playing some great football teams but I think that’s going to help us down the road, it really is. So how do I gauge our team right now? I’ll let you know after next week; we got Norwalk, they’re a pretty good football team too.”
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Trumbull defensive back Devin DiCocco. He recorded two of Trumbull’s three interceptions that quashed any momentum Trinity’s offense may have gained. The turnovers helped Trumbull keep a zero on the scoreboard until late in the fourth quarter.
“We thought we had some matchups we could take advantage of, but unfortunately, we have to play close to perfect football, and that’s unattainable.” — Trinity coach Donny Panapada.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Trinity’s Tahjee Morgan showed great closing speed and made an incredible diving interception just after halftime. The play was called back on a holding penalty, but it was the highlight-reel play of the night.
Trumbull heads to Norwalk at 7 p.m. Friday and then has a week off before facing Danbury and Darien. Trinity visits Ludlowe at 6 p.m. Friday and then has a bye week before hosting New Canaan.