TRUMBULL — The gamble paid off.
Going for it on fourth and one just a minute into the game, Trumbull coach Marce Petroccio told his quarterback, Colton Nicholas to do what he does best, push the ball forward.
And so, he did.
It might have been just a two-yard gain, but it was more than enough to get the Eagles the momentum they needed. The end result was a touchdown, the first of many as Trumbull scored early, and often, rolling past Ludlowe 46-7 Friday night at McDougall Stadium.
“We just felt like, we had nothing to lose there,” Petroccio said. “I felt like the offensive line was getting some push and Colton is a hard kid to tackle. We made something happen there and after that, there was no stopping us.”
Indeed. Trumbull scored the first six times it had the football in giving Petroccio his first win at Trumbull. Unofficially, the Eagles rushed for 113 yards — 52 coming from Corey Osborne, who had three touchdowns — and passed for 258 yards.
“The kids really played their hearts out,” Petroccio said. “We were really able to run the ball tonight, which we couldn’t do last week. It’s a tribute to the offensive line, a great defense … these kids really wanted to go out and prove that we can play football here.”
Ludlowe, coming off an emotional win over Westhill in its season opener, never got anything going against the Eagles. Quarterback Colin Wilson, who accounted for over 250 yards in total offense last week (rushing for 107 yards), was held in check. He rushed for just 29 yards and completed 9 of 25 passes for 94 yards.
“We really didn’t handle their rush very well,” Ludlowe coach Mitch Ross said. “He was under pressure even when they rushed their normal front, so that was our biggest problem as far as the passing game. He just had no time. When he got into the pocket, there was someone waiting for him.”
Facing that fourth-and-1 from its own 42, Petroccio called Nicholas’ number and the QB got the first down. Trumbull never looked back.
“Oh, man, I was ready,” Nicholas said. “I got a nice push by the O line and all that time in the weight room in the off-season paid off. I got the ball and I got what we needed.”
The drive went 67 yards in 12 plays, finishing with Osborne’s 17-yard touchdown run. The first of four extra points from Ryan Cranston gave the Eagles a 7-0 lead.
An eight-yard touchdown pass from Nicholas to Aidan Clark made it 13-0 just before the end of the first quarter and a 15-yard TD run from Osborne made it 20-0 with 7:07 left in the half.
Nicholas scored on a 16-yard keeper with 4:22 to play and Osborne caught a three-yard touchdown pass with :35.2 seconds left as the Eagles took a 34-0 lead into halftime.
How one sided was it? At the break, Trumbull had 236 total yards, Ludlowe had just 62. Trumbull had 12 first downs, Ludlowe had just two. Trumbull ran 35 offensive plays, Ludlowe ran just 20.
A 26-yard touchdown pass from Nicholas, his third of the game, to Cranston, made it 40-0 early in the third.
The Falcons finally got on the scoreboard with 4:13 to play in the third when Wilson scrambled eight yards for the touchdown, but it was too little, too late for Ludlowe.
“It’s just one of those games that we have to learn from and move on from there,” Ross said. “They were so excited from that first win, this brings them back to reality a little bit that we still have a lot of work to do.”
TRUMBULL 46, LUDLOWE 7
LUDLOWE 0 0 7 0 — 7
TRUMBULL 13 21 6 6 — 46
Records: Ludlowe (1-1), Trumbull (1-1)
T — Corey Osborne, 17-yard run (Ryan Cranston kick)
T — Aidan Clark, 11-yard pass from Colton Nicholas (kick failed)
T — Osborne, 15-yard run (Cranston kick)
T — Nicholas, 16-yard run (Cranston kick)
T — Osborne, 3-yard pass from Nicholas (Cranston kick)
T — Cranston, 26-yard pass from Nicholas (kick failed)
L — Colin Wilson, 8-yard run (Victor Cunha kick)
T — Isaiah Johnson, 3-yard pass Hunter FitzGibbons (run failed)