The Fairfield Prep and Notre Dame-West Haven rivalry is an intense one. The two teams meet Friday at 7 p.m. at Veterans Field in West Haven. Notre Dame has won the last four meetings. Both teams enter at 1-1.
Fairfield Prep has size up front, and has some talented skill players in quarterback Colton Smith (18 of 28 passing, 204 yards, 2 TDs, 138 yards rushing, 2 TDs), running back Joe Ganim (24 carries, 150 yards) and receiver John DelliSanti (8 catches, 85 yards, 2 TDs).
“They are gigantic,” Notre Dame coach Tom Marcucci said. “I don’t know if I’ve seen a high school team that big. They’re a complete team. They’re as good as any team I have seen. On tape they look tremendous, to be honest with you. They’re much bigger than us. I expect a real tough game.”
ND counters with running back Cam Tucker (41 carries, 326 yards, 6 TDs), receivers Nico Ragaini (6 catches) and Drew Arciuolo (6 catches), quarterback Blake Rice (17 of 31 passing, 289 yards, 2 TDs) and fullback/linebacker Sal Esposito (10 tackles).
“I know they’re a big, strong team, they always have been,” Tucker said. “They definitely have a lot of play makers on their team. They’ve always been good. It’s going to be a battle, really. They always play with a lot of heart, so we just have to match their intensity.”
Last week: Cam Tucker leads Notre Dame past Branford
Last week: Fairfield Prep loses on Hail Mary
Last 10 Meetings
Fairfield Prep. vs. Notre Dame-West Haven
2003: Fairfield Prep 21, Notre Dame-West Haven 7
2004: Notre Dame-West Haven 9, Fairfield Prep 6
2005: Notre Dame-West Haven 42, Fairfield Prep 15
2006: Fairfield Prep 21, Notre Dame-West Haven 13
2007: Fairfield Prep 33, Notre Dame-West Haven 0
2008: Fairfield Prep 8, Notre Dame-West Haven 7
2009: Notre Dame-West Haven 48, Fairfield Prep 6
2010: Notre Dame-West Haven 35, Fairfield Prep 13
2011: Notre Dame-West Haven 56, Fairfield Prep 22
2012: Notre Dame-West Haven 21, Fairfield Prep 14