NORWALK — Playing in their final home game at Testa Field, the Norwalk football team seniors wanted to make the game one to remember.
Behind a dominant offensive line, Norwalk opened up a big lead at halftime on the way to a 27-7 win on senior day.
For the Norwalk seniors, there was no other way to go out at home.
“We have one more game, but this one meant a lot. This was our last game on the ‘N’ and we had to come out here with fire,” said Norwalk senior running back/defensive end Ishwa Entzminger. “Our line was fantastic today. Our quarterback, our receivers were all great today. I got a lot of yards but it was everyone, especially the offensive line.”
Norwalk (5-4) could finish above .500 with a win over rival McMahon on Thanksgiving.
Trinity (2-7) has lost four in a row heading into a Thanksgiving matchup with Wilton.
Norwalk got going in the first quarter when quarterback Kyle Gordon tossed a 26-yard touchdown to Jalen Elliot.
The Bears would strike again in the first on a 10-yard run by AJ Hall.
Norwalk went up three scores on a 73-yard screen pass by Gordon and a run by Marlon Brown.
The Bears’ final score came midway through the second quarter when Entzminger carried the ball in from the 10.
Falling behind early has been a problem for Trinity this year, and Saturday was no different.
Not quitting has also been a staple of the Crusaders’ season, and they played hard until the end, not allowing Norwalk to score in the second half.
“Norwalk is pretty good, they have some athletes over there,” Trinity coach Donny Panapada said. “I’m proud of the way our guys played. I thought we left some opportunities to score out there and when you’re overmatched you have to almost play perfect, and we weren’t even close to perfect. Their line is a little more physical than we are and a little bigger but it is what it is.”
The Crusaders kept playing, finally scoring on the final drive of the game on a 12-yard run by Jeffery Bivona.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Khalil Eason, Norwalk. The freshman cornerback intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble as part of the four turnovers Norwalk forced.
“We thought we had an advantage coming in and we thought if we could handle them up front, we’d be OK. They are a tough, tough group of kids over there at Trinity, “Norwalk coach Sean Ireland said. “(Eason) had a great game today. He’s leading the team in interceptions and he’s a great kid. It was a great overall team win today.”
Kickoff for the game was at 11 a.m. on 11/11, 99 years to the minute that the armistice was signed ending World War I, the commemoration of which grew into what is now Veterans Day.
NORWALK 27, TRINITY CATHOLIC 7
TRINITY 0 0 0 7—7
NORWALK 13 14 0 0—27
N— Jalen Elliot 26 pass Kyle Gordon (kick failed)
N—AJ Hall 10 run (Ben Bonebrake kick)
N—Marlon Brown 73 pass Gordon (Bonebrake kick)
N—Ishwa Entzminger 10 run (Bonebrake kick)
TC—Jeffery Bivona (12 run (David Broncati kick)