NORTH HAVEN >> After Mike Montano scored yet another touchdown against Fairfield Prep Friday, North Haven coach Anthony Sagnella asked Montano if he had an “S” on his chest.
“He didn’t know what that meant,” Sagnella said. “I explained it and he said, ‘No, Coach. Everyone’s blocking.’ That was what he said: everybody’s blocking. We pride ourselves on that, so I’m happy to hear that.”
Montano certainly played like Superman on Friday. He rushed 12 times for 203 yards and four touchdowns, caught a touchdown pass and threw another in a 49-14 SCC interdivision victory at Vanacore Field.
Montano scored on runs of 25, 3 and 60 yards and caught a 70-yard touchdown from Jack Steinman as the Indians (6-0) built a 28-0 lead at halftime. The loss snapped Prep’s three-game winning streak.
“Coming in, we knew that Prep was definitely a formidable opponent,” Montano said. “They’re big and strong, and we’re not really the biggest team out there. I think we showed a lot of effort, a lot of hard work. We blocked them well, we tackled well and that’s all you can ask for. The scoreboard showed that.”
Montano had a 73-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and then tossed a 23-yard TD to Jeremy Imperati (two catches, 54 yards) in the fourth to give North Haven a 42-0 lead.
“We worked a lot in the offseason to get faster, stronger; and I think it showed tonight,” Montano said.
The Jesuits (3-3) had a size advantage up front but never found a rhythm offensively, nor did they have any solutions for Montano and the Indians’ deceptive single-wing attack.
“I thought we would play a little better,” Fairfield Prep coach Keith Hellstern said. “They’re a good team — they’re a great team, and they executed well. I think we are far better than what we showed but, again, it’s what you do on Friday night and we didn’t do it tonight.
“So, that’s on us, that’s on me. It’s my job to get us squared away and back at it because I think we’re capable of playing with the best teams in the state. Tonight we did not, and we have to get ourselves moving in a positive direction, even after a tough loss.”
Fairfield Prep played the second half without running backs Connor Bercik and leading rusher Nick Franchuk due to injury.
“(Franchuk) is a little nicked up,” Hellstern said. “That was as much making sure we did right by Nick as it was sticking to the game plan. Playing the game is one thing, but we had to be a little safe with him tonight.”
Dane Audet scored on touchdown runs of 63 and 49 yards in the fourth quarter for Fairfield Prep.
Conner Suraci rushed 13 times for 86 yards while Nick Ponzio carried six times for 66 yards for North Haven. Junior Tom Dodge returned a kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown and also made two interceptions for the Indians.
“Our coaches prepared us well,” Dodge said. “We had two weeks (coming off a bye) to get prepared. Everybody played well, everybody hustled to the ball. It was a team effort.”
North Haven 49, Fairfield Prep 14
(at North Haven)
Fairfield Prep 0 0 0 14 — 14
North Haven 7 21 7 14 — 49
N—Mike Montano 25 run (Sabrina Fronte kick)
N—Mike Montano 3 run (Fronte kick)
N—Mike Montano 70 pass from Jack Steinman (Fronte kick)
N—Mike Montano 60 run (Fronte kick)
N—Mike Montano 73 run (Fronte kick)
N—Jeremy Imperati 23 pass from Mike Montano (Fronte kick)
F—Dane Audet 63 run (Nick Urban kick)
F—Dane Audet 49 run (Urban kick)
N—Thomas Dodge 86 kickoff ret (Fronte kick)
Team records: North Haven 6-0; Fairfield Prep 3-3