STAMFORD — Whenever there is an intracity football game at Boyle Stadium, emotions are never lacking.
Hard hits and needless penalties were also a staple Saturday afternoon as Stamford and the Trinity Catholic/Wright Tech Co-op did battle.
And Stamford walked off with the spoils of victory by emerging with a 34-18 triumph over the Crusaders.
“It’s good to get back to the win column. Those two losses after the great (season-opening) win over Staples hurt,” said Stamford coach Jamar Greene. “It’s good to get an intracity win. It sets us up to play for the (Stamford) city football title on Thanksgiving (against Westhill). Hats off to Trinity Catholic. They played very hard. Happy to get the win. But we have plenty of stuff to work on.”
Stamford (2-2) controlled the opening three quarters while building a 21-0 edge.
Black Knights senior quarterback Isaiah Johnson ran 10 yards in the closing seconds of the first period for a touchdown. He found Daniel Simms (23 yards) and Tyriq Deveaux (15 yards) with TD strikes.
“I’m fortunate to have a lot of offensive weapons around me,” Johnson said. “I’m able to really spread the ball around while attacking the defense. It’s been a journey learning the quarterback position. I’ve learned most of all that to succeed you have to stay calm.”
Trinity Catholic/Wright Tech (0-4) was playing without starting quarterback Matthew Dougherty (injured) and power running back Isaiah Lopez (injured). Speedy wide receiver/kick returner Tahjee Morgan went out injured early in the second half.
Still the Crusaders, coming off a 21-20 loss to Trumbull, made a push in the fourth quarter. Michael Barrett scored on a four-yard TD run. Luigi Bernard caught a 5-yard strike from Brandon Louis following a 52-yard Barrett run with 7:21 left for 21-12.
“Brandon Louis did a great job at quarterback. Brandon (normally a wide receiver) learned the offensive system in three days. He performed well,” said TC/WT coach Thomas Broschardt. “Ultimately, we made too many mistakes.”
The Stamford offense put the hammer down. The Black Knights drove 56 yards in seven plays. On fourth down-and-goal on the TC/WT 10, Johnson found Alain Paul in the end zone for 27-12 with 4:47 left.
Stamford’s Jay Lockwood returned an interception 85 yards for 34-12 with 1:55 to go.
“We never stop attacking. We are real fighters,” SHS’ Johnson said. “We will find a way. We’re back to .500 (2-2). We have a clean slate going forward.”
Both teams will get healthy as they will have bye weeks.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Stamford’s Terrance Mapp: The senior running back got the tough yardage, finishing with 84 yards on 14 carries.
“We had three penalties on our first possession. We were behind the 8 ball all afternoon,” said TC/WT coach Thomas Broschardt. “We didn’t play really smart. It’s tough being 0-4. But we can’t worry about the past. We can only look forward. The kids battled to the end. We just have to keep chipping away. We’ll get some good work done during the bye week.”