SOUTHBURY — Since 2012, the Newtown football team has had Pomperaug’s number, entering the teams’ matchup on Friday with seven straight regular-season wins and dominating on both sides of the ball.
The one-sided domination continued.
Miles Ricks ran for 94 yards on 12 carries and scored on a pair of touchdown runs to lead No. 6 Newtown to a 35-0 win over Pomperaug in a South-West Conference East Division game at Pomperaug’s turf field.
Newtown’s two quarterbacks also had an impressive game. Brandon Lombardo completed 8-of-12 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown and Jack Street completed 9-of-10 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown.
The last time Pomperaug beat Newtown in the regular season was in 2011 when the Panthers won 16-9.
“Pomperaug did some things to slow us down a bit in the first half,” Newtown coach Bob Pattison said. “We only had four possessions and only scored two touchdowns in the first half. Penalties hurt us too.
“But we started to run the ball a bit more in the second half and got in a better rhythm. Both our quarterbacks played well. Miles is such a talented kid. He’s shifty with breakaway speed. Right now we’re in a great spot at 4-0. But we have tough one coming up with Shelton and that’s our focus now.”
Newtown dominated the first half and came away with a 14-0 lead. But the Nighthawks potentially could have scored more if not for a pair of drives that stalled due to holding penalties.
The Nighthawks scored on their first possession in the first quarter to set the tone for the game.
Ricks ran down the left sideline to score on a 25-yard run. Devin O’Connell’s kick made it 7-0 with 7:44 to go in the first quarter.
The scoring run was set up by an 18-yard pass to Jared Dunn from Lombardo.
“We have had some success against Pomperaug but we never overlook any team,” Ricks said. “Getting an early touchdown was important but we really didn’t get going until the second half. We switched some things up and we started running the ball more. Now, we might have some momentum but we have to prepare for a tough Shelton team. We’re looking forward to that matchup.”
The Nighthawks’ passing game was clicking and the success through the air set up another scoring run, this time by Riley Ward.
Street was the Newtown quarterback for the Nighthawks’ second drive of the game. He completed four passes including a 14-yard pass to Ricks that set up a first down at the Pomperaug 20. Street connected with Jack Zingaro for a 6-yard pass on the 14 and on the next play Ward ran to his right untouched for a 14-yard touchdown. O’Connell’s kick made it 14-0 with 11:19 to go in the second quarter.
One highlight for the Panthers in the first half was an interception by Alec Kosheluk, setting up a first down at the Pomperaug 40 with 47 seconds to go in the half. But the Panthers couldn’t move the ball beyond the 40.
Newtown padded its lead on its first possession of the third quarter on a 7-yard touchdown run by Ricks and an O’Connell kick for a 21-0 lead. Street connected with Jack Zingaro for a 28-yard touchdown pass to give the Nighthawks a 28-0 lead. Lombardo completed the scoring with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Jeffrey Garrity and O’Connell’s kick made it 35-0 with 7:10 left in the game.
One of the second-half highlights for the Panthers happened when they punted and Newtown fumbled the catch. Pomperaug recovered the fumble on the Newtown 31 but couldn’t move the ball..
Owen Henry led the Panthers with 12 carries for 64 yards.