STAMFORD — Quick strikes. Big plays.
This explosive plan worked to perfection for the Stamford football team Friday night as the Black Knights conquered Capital Prep/Achievement Co-op, 49-14 before a chilled crowd at Boyle Stadium.
“We’re getting there,” said Stamford coach Jamar Greene after the Knights’ second straight victory. “Most of our offensive skill kids are young and talented. It bodes well for the future.”
Stamford (3-2) came out aggressive and explosive off a bye week.
Six Black Knight touchdowns came on plays of 50 or more yards.
Senior quarterback Isaiah Johnson set the tone on the contest’s opening play as the lefty found Tyriq Deveaux for a 58-yard catch and run touchdown. Stamford led 23-0 after one period.
Stamford had a great evening on special teams as well.
After a safety on a punt snap through the end zone, Stamford’s Alain Paul raced 50 yards with the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown. Paul also added a 95-yard interception return for touchdown on the game’s final play.
“We’re all just trying to use the speed we have,” Paul said. “We have a lot of weapons on offense. And (quarterback) Isaiah Johnson (9 of 17 passing for 234 yards) does a good job finding us.”
Capital Prep/Achievement (1-4) also surrendered a 50-yard punt return to Cam Cahoon for a score.
“We’ve put more emphasis on special teams this season,” Greene said. “Our offensive and defensive line coach Will Maxen also does a fabulous job with the special teams. This is the most effective the special units have been in my tenure here.”
Capital Prep/Achievement showed its youth and lack of overall roster numbers as its defense tired.
Stamford’s Terrance Mapp ran 50 yards for a touchdown. Reserve QB Cahoon also raced around right end for a 62-yard score in the fourth quarter.
Both sides committed too many penalties. But Stamford, with wins over Trinity Catholic/Wright Tech Co-op and Capital Prep/Achievement, has bounced back well after losing big to perennial power New Canaan.
“The attitude has been good and the bye week was great for us,” Greene said. “It was a chance to get some kids healthy. Now we focus on McMahon (first of three straight road contests). They can be explosive as well. And they beat us last season.”
The Stamford defense held Capital Prep/Achievement to 54 yards on 4 of 21 completions with four interceptions. The Blazers’ Makhi Bukley rushed for 101 yards on 23 carries and scored one of the Blazers’ two fourth quarter touchdowns.
PLAYER OF GAME
Stamford’s Alain Paul. The junior wide receiver had three receptions for 78 yards, returned a kickoff 50 yards for a touchdown and went 95 yards with an interception for the Black Knights’ final TD. He also kicked four extra points.
“Stamford wanted this game more and they went out and got it.” said Capital Prep/Achievement coach Garrick Millege. “We have so many young kids on our offensive and defensive line. I want guys to try to do the right thing. Kids who don’t quit. A lot of our guys are learning as we go along. The first lesson the kids have to learn is to finish the fight. We will fix this.”