WALLINGFORD >> Branford might want to schedule the rest of its games at Riccitelli Field.
For the second straight week, the Hornets manhandled a Wallingford team, this time knocking off Lyman Hall, 28-6, in a Southern Connecticut Conference Division II contest Thursday night. Last Friday, Branford beat Sheehan, 25-12.
“We’re just trying to win at Wallingford and we did it,” said DeGoursey, who rushed for 111 yards on 23 carries.
Both of Branford’s wins have been in Wallingford this season. The Hornets are 2-4.
“The confidence was all there tonight,” DeGoursey added. “We said ‘why can’t be beat them’ and it was a carryover (from last week).”
The victory also gave Branford coach John Limone his first back-to-back wins since he took over the Branford program in 2013.
“It’s good to feel you’re getting a little rhythm,” Limone said. “If you’re confident, you can do it. But when you put in the hard work for four weeks and the results aren’t there, a little doubt creeps in.”
Branford got on the board quickly, taking less than three minutes to go ahead on a Griffin Lynch to Luke DiStasio 28-yard pass on the sixth play from scrimmage.
A fumble by Lyman Hall a couple minutes later gave the ball back to Branford and the Hornets took advantage of it, with DeGoursey finishing off a short 35-yard drive with a 2-yard dash to paydirt.
Lyman Hall (1-5) closed it to 14-6 early in the second quarter on a Nick Santello six-yard run.
In the beginning of the game, we moved the ball well,” said Lyman Hall coach Aidan Lynch.
It remained a one-touchdown game until late in the third quarter when Spencer Berty blocked his second punt of the season at the Lyman Hall 12-yard line. The ball rolled to the 2-yard line we’re Noah DeGoursey picked it up and dove into the end zone.
“In a game like this, going from a one-score game to a two-score game is a big difference.,” Lynch said. “That was a huge play that put us in a hole.”
After that, Lyman Hall was only able to get out of its own territory once, getting all the way down to the Branford 10, but three penalties pushed the Trojans back 27 yards and halted their forward progress.
“Besides that, we struggled to finish off drives,” said Lynch. “We couldn’t afford the missteps when we came close to scoring.”
Branford tacked on an insurance touchdown midway through the fourth quarter when Lynch connected with Jamia Bird for a 4-yard touchdown pass.
Branford 28, Lyman Hall 6
Branford 14 0 7 7 — 28
Lyman Hall 0 6 0 0 — 6
B—Luke DiStasio 28 pass from Griffin Lynch (Eleftherios Gionteris kick)
B—Zach DeGoursey 2 run (Gionteris kick)
L—Nick Santello 6 run (run failed)
B—Zach DeGoursey 2 blocked punt ret
B—Jamia Bird 4 pass from Griffin Lynch (Gionteris kick)