WEST HAVEN >> The last two times West Haven played Guilford, the underdog Indians had 14-0 leads early in the game before West Haven came back to win.
West Haven coach Ed McCarthy made sure to remind his team of getting off to a better start Thursday night. The Blue Devils heard the veteran coach loud and clear and scored the first 41 points en route to a 41-7 Southern Connecticut Conference victory at Strong Field.
“That was important to us,” McCarthy said. “We wanted to avoid that this year and we did.”
West Haven actually scored on its first three possessions of the game as Guilford had trouble with the Blue Devils’ speed.
“I figured they’d be dangerous a week after a loss,” said Guilford coach Tommy Unger, referring to West Haven’s 42-28 loss to Cheshire last week.
West Haven took advantage of a big punt return by Brandon Sebastian that gave the Blue Devils the ball at the Guilford 34 on their first possession of the game. Five plays later, Marshont Little (9 carries for 102 yards) raced 19 yards untouched into the end zone with 7:39 to go in the first quarter for the first West Haven score.
Little scored his other touchdown of the night four minutes later to make it 14-0 with the second of three Tayvon Gibbs’ extra points.
Anthony Godfrey made it 20-0 at the half on a 25-yard run two minutes into the second quarter.
Meanwhile, Guilford was able to move the ball in the first half, but was stopped every time.
“We had some opportunities in the first half,” Unger said. “Against West Haven, when you have any opportunity, you can’t make a mistake to stay in the game.”
The Indians weren’t helped offensively when starting quarterback Jack Jankura (18 carries for 61 yards) was forced out of the game when he took a blow to the head on the final play of the first half and didn’t return to the game.
“Jankura is a great player, but when he got hurt, it made it really tough for them on offense,” McCarthy said.
Sebastian (6 carries for 153 yards) took over the game in the third quarter, scoring a pair of touchdowns on long runs of 47 and 90 yards.
“We didn’t execute all of our assignments,” Unger siad. “We thought we’d defend the traps better. Once those kids get open space and run North-South, we don’t have the guys to match that speed.”
Marshall Davis scored the final touchdown for West Haven in the fourth quarter, before Guilford broke got on the board later in the quarter on a Casey Huffman to Mike Filley pass play for 53 yards. John Luke Cianciolo added the extra point to complete the scoring.
West Haven improved to 3-1 with the win, while Guilford fell to 1-3.
“It’s the best you can be when you get beat,” McCarthy said. “We have a meat grinder, but Division I in the SCC is always a meat grinder.”
Marshont Little and Brandon Sebastian each scored two touchdowns apiece as West Haven routed Guilford 41-7 at home in a Southern Connecticut Conference interdivision victory Thursday evening.
Mike Filley caught a 53-yard touchdown pass from Casey Huffman for Guilford (1-3) in the loss to West Haven (3-1). The Blue Devils defense held the Indians scoreless for three quarters.
West Haven 41, Guilford 7
(at West Haven)
Guilford 0 0 0 7 0 — 7
West Haven 14 6 15 6 0 — 41
W—Marshont Little 19 run (Tayvon Gibbs kick)
W—Marshont Little 3 run (Gibbs kick)
W—Anthony Godfrey 25 run (kick failed)
W—Brandon Sebastian 47 run (Sebastian run)
W—Brandon Sebastian 90 run (Gibbs kick)
W—Marshall Davis 42 run (run failed)
G—Mike Filley 53 pass from Casey Huffman (JohnLuke Cianciolo kick)
Team records: West Haven 3-1; Guilford 1-3