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STORRS — During one impressive stretch, the undefeated Maloney football team defense got downright offensive.
The visiting Spartans turned six first-half turnovers into 20 points in the 40-25 CCC interdivision victory on Friday night.
“We just had a really good game on defense, everybody was clicking,” said cornerback Kamron Moreno, who had two interceptions, broke up two other passes and had a tackle for a loss. “I have to give it to our guys, we were all out there doing our job.
“We have a a really good defense, our D line they do their part, they are always getting into the backfield and the secondary we are always back there making good plays and play makers make good plays.”
Maloney opened the scoring when Elliot Good capped a seven-play, 63 yard drive with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Maurice Brackett. Thanks to Kody Tolento pouncing on a dropped snap on a punt, the Spartans only had to go 21 yards before Good threw a 13-yard D to Jaylon Nixon to push the lead to 12-0 late in the first quarter.
Nixon jumped on a fumble in the end zone to add to the Maloney lead. Victor Marquez had an interception to set up Maloney’s offense with another short field to work with. Two plays later Freddie Hidalgo scored from 1 yard out to make it 26-0.
“When the defense is playing like that, it makes it easy for sure,” Maloney coach Kevin Frederick said. “We are just happy to come out here with the win against a good football team, well coached, we made enough to get the job done.”
Jacob Rodriquez-Santiago returned the ensuing kickoff 55 yards for E.O. Smith’s only points of the first half.
James Tarver, who ran 18 times for 118 yards, had second half scoring runs of 1 and 3 yards to push the lead to 40-6.
E.O. Smith (2-2) finished the game with an offensive flurry thanks to reserve quarterback Dylan Corsini throwing for 207 yards and three touchdown passes including one of 83 yards to Kobe Stigler (who also had a game-high eight tackles).
“Dylan is very skilled,” E.O. Smith coach James Kelly said. “He kind of had a rough offseason, his own things but he has hung with it. He hung with us, we hung with him and he got an opportunity tonight, he has a real live arm and was able to make some plays, we are proud of him stepping into a tough spot. They had some JV guys in sometimes so I don’t want to discredit them at all, but it was bright spot for us.”
Corsini came in when Jaidin Glidden was ejected for a pair of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in rapid succession during the fourth quarter. Maloney coach Frederick as well as Nixon were ejected for the same reason. An official working the game said that both players who were ejected won’t be able to play in the next game. Frederick offered a “no comment” when asked about his coaching status when Maloney plays Bristol Central on Oct. 12.
Good threw for 172 yards and two touchdowns while Trevor Santiago had a fumble recovery and a tackle for a loss for Maloney (4-0).
Justin DeSautels had seven catches for E.O. Smith.