NEW HAVEN >> The Wilbur Cross football team scored 48 unanswered points to defeat East Haven 60-18 Saturday in a Southern Connecticut Conference interdivision game at the Barbarito/Marone Field.
The field was officially named as such in a ceremony held Saturday morning at the school after its two most successful coaches, Pete Barbarito and Horace Marone. The Governors (3-1) didn’t let the legends down after a slow start.
After East Haven (1-3) tied the game at 12, it was all Governors. First Tyvon Bradley scored on a 17-yard run, then Kolbe Hartman followed up with a 35-yard interception return for a TD, then Wali McKelvey caught his second touchdown pass from quarterback A.J. Consiglio.
“It should not have been 12-12 and that’s been our problem,” Wilbur Cross coach John Acquavita said. “If you ever want to have a shot against the Sheltons of the world, you have to take advantage (of other teams) and we didn’t (early on Saturday).”
Bradley (pass), Ricky Bunn (run) and Devin Myles (fumble return) all added to Cross’ scoring total in the third quarter.
Cross managed to pull away with halfback Stevie Swinson primarily playing on defense and without injured center Gabriel Stiles, who Acquavita said would be back in two weeks against undefeated Shelton. The Governors play Hamden Friday.
“I think we can play with anybody if we stay healthy and continue to get better,” Acquavita said. “But if you show up and start off like this, you can get beat. I’m definitely concerned because we cannot have any letdowns.”
Wilbur Cross 60, East Haven 18
(at New Haven)
East Haven 12 0 0 6 — 18
Wilbur Cross 12 23 19 6 — 60
W—Wali McKelvey 75 pass from A.J. Consiglio (kick failed)
W-run (run failed)
E—Austin Thornberg 24 run (kick failed)
E—Mike Griffith 90 kickoff ret (kick failed)
W—Tyvon Bradley 17 run (run good)
W—Kolbe Hartman 35 int ret (Steve Swinson run)
W—Wali McKelvey 24 pass from A.J. Consiglio (Stephon Green kick)
W—Tyvon Bradley 16 pass from A.J. Consiglio (kick failed)
W—Ricky Bunn 13 run (kick failed)
W—Devin Myles 5 fumb ret (Green kick)
W—Will Simmons 24 run (kick failed)
E—Austin Thornberg 8 run (kick failed)
Team records: Wilbur Cross 3-1; East Haven 1-3