GREENWICH — It didn’t take long for the Greenwich High football team to light the scoreboard against Norwalk Monday night and it can thank its special teams for the lightning fast start.
A blocked punt that was ran in for a score and a long punt return set up two touchdowns in the opening 3:05 of play for the Cardinals, who cruised to a resounding 48-0 win over visiting Norwalk in an FCIAC matchup.
Behind its special teams, Greenwich (3-0), which received a stellar defensive effort throughout, took a 6-0 lead. Gramoz Bici blocked a Norwalk punt, following a snap that bounced, and Matt Davey picked up the ball and ran it into the end zone, giving the Cardinals a 6-0 lead with 10:51 left in the opening quarter.
Strong special-teams play paid off for Greenwich after Norwalk’s second drive.
Junior Stephen Bennett returned a punt 36 yards to the Bears’ 4-yard line. The next play, junior Jack Warren scored on a 4-yard run off right guard. Senior Zach Moore kicked the extra point, making it 13-0 with 8:55 left in the first quarter.
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Paced by sophomore running back Jakari Walker, Norwalk (2-2) drove to the GHS 32-yard line, but its drive stalled. Senior receiver A.J. Hall also helped the Bears move the ball a bit before the Cardinals’ defense stiffened.
On the ensuing possession, the Cardinals drove 68 yards in seven plays to increase their advantage. Junior Tysen Comizio’s 43-yard run on a play that saw him cut to the left and dash down the left sideline put the home team ahead, 20-0 with 3:08 still left in the first quarter. The hard-running Comizio gained 139 yards on just 11 carries.
Senior defensive back Jeremiah Harris intercepted Bears sophomore quarterback Kyle Gordon’s pass, setting up Greenwich’s next score. Taking over at the Bears’ 35, the Cards needed seven plays to reach the end zone. Quarterback Gavin Muir, a junior, snuck it in from five yards out, then Bici added the conversion run, putting Norwalk in 28-0 hole at the 9:19 mark of the second quarter.
Senior wide receiver Jael Negron ended the opening half in spectacular fashion catching a Muir pass, breaking a pair of tackles and reaching the end zone on a 34-yard play as time expired in the second quarter, giving GHS a commanding 35-0 advantage.
Due to Greenwich’s big lead the second half went to running time. Muir’s 26-yard pass to Saleeby keyed Greenwich’s 66-yard drive to start the second half, which was capped by Comizio’s 13-yard scoring run.