NEWTOWN >> For the second week in a row the Newtown defense was on the field up one score with an undefeated team moving down the field and for the second week in a row the defense stepped up and held on, leading the Nighthawks to a 21-14 win over Brookfield.
“I always have confidence in my defense every week,” Newtown coach Steve George said.
With under five minutes left and facing a fourth and 12 on the Newtown 31-yard line, Brookfield lined up for one of its last chances of the game.
Brookfield quarterback John Roscigno lined up under center and dropped back for a pass as the Nighthawks pass rush came flying through the line.
Roscigno tried to evade the rush as Tim Krapf grabbed him a flung him to the ground knocking the ball loose as senior Jaret DeVellis jumped on top of the ball giving Newtown possession up seven with 4:43 left in the game.
“Definitely we rely on our defense to make stops,” DeVellis said.
From there Newtown went back to its run game to wrap up its fifth-consecutive victory over their rivals. DeVellis led the way on the ground for the Nighthawks with 109 yards and Nick Rubino added 46 yards.
“I told my coaches that we were going to run the ball and chew off as much of the clock,” George said.
Brookfield did manage to get a chance to get the ball back with 1:50 left. After the dust cleared from a scrum that resulted two offsetting unsportsmanlike penalties and the the ejection of Newtown’s Jared Pearson for sticking up for DeVellis, the Nighthawks lined up to punt.
But Brookfield’s Andrew Collins ran into Julian Dunn, the punter, giving the Nighthawks a first down. Newtown would knee the clock out and secure the win.
“We came up short,” Brookfield head coach Rich Angarano said. “They had excellent field position.”
Brookfield got on the board first after Ethan Carpenter fumbled the Bobcats’ punt after their first drive.
With a short field Bobby Drysdale, 118 yards on the ground, capped off the 41-yard drive with a 5-yard run.
Both teams then traded turnovers. An interception by Abdul Hafeez Yussuf, which cut a Newtown drive down on the 16-yard line, was followed up by a Drysdale fumble on the very next play. It was recovered by Ryan Shaw to give the Nighthawks the ball on the Brookfield 11.
Rubino finished the drive off with a 4-yard run, tying the game.
On the Nighthawks’ very next drive, DeVellis scored from 3-yards out to cap off an 86-yard drive to give them a 14-7 lead.
After forcing another Bobcats punt Jacob Burden hit Dunn for a 17-yard pitch and catch, extending the Nighthawks’ lead to 21-7.
The game remained scoreless until the 8:56 mark in the fourth quarter when the Bobcats were able to solve the Newtown defense for a second time.
Roscigno scrambled around the edge and scored from 14 yards out to pull Brookfield within 21-14.
“We came back and that’s the good thing,” Angarano said.
With the win Newtown improves to 7-0 and Brookfield falls for the first time to 6-1.
“They always give us a fight, they’re always out there to prove they are one of the best teams in the SWC and the State,” Devellis said.
With four games left in the season, Angarano said that he hopes to see Newtown again in a SWC championship game rematch in four weeks.
“Let’s face it Newton is a good team,” he said. “But so are we. I am very proud of this young team.”
Newtown 21 Brookfield 14
Brookfield 7 0 0 7 – 14
Newtown 7 14 0 0 – 21
B – Bobby Drysdale 5 run (John Roscigno kick)
N – Nick Rubino 4 run (Bryce Mather kick)
N – Jaret Devellis 3 run (Mather kick good)
N – Julian Dunn 17 catch from Jacob Burden (Mather kick)
B – John Roscigno 14 run (Roscigno good)