BURLINGTON — Lewis Mills exploded into the CCC’s football Division III East with a 46-0 season-opening win over Bulkeley under portable lights at Lewis Mills High School Friday night in a game that was everything second-year coach John Oko could ask for.
“We had two good scrimmages and a good week of practice so I knew we were ready,” Oko said.
The Spartan defense showed it first with all 10 of Mills’ first-quarter points on an interception return for a touchdown by Josh Martinotti, his two-point pass conversion to Tyler Kolendal and a touchback.
“The defense set the tone; then the offense went to work,” said Oko. “We couldn’t get it inside so we went outside. They adjusted beautifully.”
Senior quarterback Colby Nordstrom owned the sideline rushing routes on 119 second-quarter yards on four carries after another opening touchback by the defense.
Martinotti went in for his second touchdown and Nordstrom kept it for another.
The third quarter even featured a Spartan passing game as Nordstrom completed a 26-yard strike to Sean Polinsky.
Mark Codina and Tyson Hall completed the scoring on the ground.
“The team came together great this year,” said Nordstrom, a wide receiver turned quarterback. “We lifted each other up and the line did great tonight.”
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs suffered their own quarterback problems with the loss of two starters to schools of choice.
“Xavier Gerena-Ghazi was a tight end last year and gave it all he had tonight,” said Bulldog coach Terilko Roberts.