WETHERSFIELD >> Wethersfield recovered a fumble in the end zone with just over seven minutes left in the game to come-from-behind and then hung on to beat Middletown, 24-19, at Cottone Field Friday evening.
“It was an evenly matched game,” said Middletown coach Sal Morello. “They just made one more play than we did. My kids played very hard.”
Wethersfield (2-0) jumped out to a 10-0 first-quarter lead on a 13-yard pass from Devin Smith to Kyle Klavins and a 34-yard field goal by Austin Stefano.
But the Blue Dragons (1-1) came roaring back to take a 13-10 halftime lead on a 57-yard touchdown pass from Tyshaun James to Trequan Weston and a 27-yard run by Tywan Scharborough.
Wethersfield took the lead back with 2:16 left in the third on a seven-yard pass from Smith to Klavins, but once again Middletown bounced back in the fourth quarter on a three-run touchdown run by Hunter Belzo.
But the deciding play came midway through the fourth quarter when James, with his back to goal line, was hit and fumbled the ball in the end zone where Wethersfield’s Richard Williams recovered it for an instant touchdown.
Hamden 2, Xavier 1 >> At Middletown, Andrew Rowe and Manny Yeboah each had one goal, while Simon Pinela made six saves for the Green Dragons (2-1).
Joe Zacchia scored for the Falcons (0-2-1).
Berlin 3, Middletown 0 >> Jake Hemlich, Ryan Jenkins, and Nico Sznaj had one goal apiece, while Ben Kennure stopped one shot for the visiting Redcoats (3-0).
Greg Brock made six saves for the Blue Dragons (0-2-1).
Berlin 4, Middletown 0 >> Julia Sisti notched a hat trick for the host Redcoats on Friday. Tess Atkinson added a goal, while Michaela Dehm stopped six shots for the shutout.
Coginchaug 1, Cromwell 1 >> Amy Arcari scored the Blue Devils goal, while Taylor Marino made six saves.
Olivia Belcourt scored for the host Panthers, while Kelsea Corcoran stopped nine shots.
Mercy 3, Hamden 0 >> Haley Vanty had two goals and an assist, and Ryan Miela added two assists to lead the host Tigers.
Lexie Porter added a goal, while Alyssa Morrissey earned the shutout with four saves for Mercy ((2-0-2).
Gabby Panayotakis stopped seven shots for the Green Dragons (0-3).
East Hampton 5, Westbrook 0 >> Katie Williams had two goals and two assists, and Kayla McLaughlin added two goals for the host Bellringers.
Natalie Dash had a goal, while Renee Radavich had two assists for East Hampton.
Portland 4, Hale-Ray 0 >> Chrissy Picard scored two goals, and Madison Bond and Marisa Colla netted one goal apiece for the visiting Highlanders.
Ashlee Paridis earned the shutout with two saves for Portland (2-0-1).
The Noises fell to 0-2.
Berlin 3, Middletown 2 >> Megan Pskowski had 11 kills and 11 aces as the Redcoats (2-1) edged the host Blue Dragons 21-25, 25-20, 25-17, 24-26, and 15-13.
Kierah Parker had eight kills and 11 blocks for Middletown (1-2).
Mercy 3, Sacred Heart Academy 1 >> At Hamden, Jackie Kasinskas had 20 digs, Amy Boyle notched 14 kills, and Caralyn Ciancolo had 10 digs and three aces in the Tigers’ 18-25, 25-23, 25-17 and 25-20 SCC win.
Mercy is 3-1. Sacred Heart fell to 1-3.
Middletown 95, Newington 83 >> Erin Hughes broke the school diving record in the Blue Dragons CCC win Friday night at Middletown.
The Blue Dragons also got first place performances from Kim Chambers (500 freestyle), Jessica Hart (100 backstroke), Emmalyn Lecky (200 fresstyle), Jenny Hawkins (200 IM and 100 freestyle), Hallie mcCabe (50 freestyle) and Kim Shekosky (100 breaststroke).
Branford 2 Mercy 0 >> At Middletown, LanLe Crotty and Kiersten Bjork notched second half goals, while Kiera Integlia made three saves for the Hornets (2-0-0).
Shannon Murphy stopped 14 shots for the Tigers (1-2-0).