We had a rough go in this edition of the GameTimeCT Plays of the Week.
So many great moments, so many great and clutch plays and so little time.
We already had good footage from two games — Darien vs. Greenwich and St. Joseph vs. Greenwich. We had a ton of great submissions. And just to make sure we got everything we read about last week, we scoured the internet and found a few more awesome plays and moments.
Unfortunately, there just wasn’t enough room for it all and some plays didn’t make the final cut.
Yet, there were still a few plays out there we heard about, but didn’t get. Or, in one case, the footage wasn’t clear enough to make the cut.
So if you’re looking for Torrington’s OT win over Woodland, you can watch our Tout replay here.
We also didn’t get Gerry Ouelette’s two-kickoff return touchdown performance in Bristol Eastern’s 26-20 victory over E.O. Smith, or Barlow’s winning TD vs. New Fairfield, or some of the highlights from Brookfield or Newtown.
We didn’t get West Haven WR Zatrell Lyons’ 1st TD vs. Foran (so we cheated and grabbed it from this reel by our friends at WTNH’s Sportzedge.com. They do fine work, including their Plays of the Night (most of which aren’t included here).
But enough of what we didn’t get. Here’s what DID get:
- A week after Wilbur Cross had two consecutive interception return touchdowns comes and amazing series during Coginchaug’s 42-14 victory over Hyde on the same field. The Blue Devils sees Wilbur Cross’ back-to-back, pick-6, and raises you a fumble recovery return. They returned three Hyde turnovers into touchdowns to run away with their Pequot victory.
- If you’re anywhere but the eastern side of the Connecticut, you might not know of Brandon Anderson‘s 304-yard, 4-touchdown receiving day for Bacon Academy in a 52-7 victory over Woodstock Academy. As good as his day was, his quote to Marc Allard of the Norwich Bulletin might have been even better. Asked if he’d ever had 300 yards receiving, he told Allard: “The only time is in my NCAA (video) game. I never thought I was going to actually do it in real life.”
- Trinity Catholic was 0-11 last year. Then QB Anthony Lombardi transferred in from Mahopac and now baseball stud Randy Pollonia is having a great early season. He caught four passes for 231 yards, all for touchdowns, in a 38-28 victory over Westhill. The Crusaders are 2-0.
- One of Friday night’s biggest stunners was Wethersfield’s 14-0 victory over No. 7 Middletown. And it all started with Matt Sanzaro’s 86-yard toss to a wide open Kyle Klavins. He also threw another TD (which we threw in for completion’s sake) before leaving the game with a separated shoulder. His team took care of the rest.
- We head to Monroe next and, the rematch of last year’s 71-35 Masuk win over New Milford was decidedly tougher. But the Panthers went to their rock (double-wing) offense and grinded out a 31-28 victory won on Bryan Acevedo’s 32-yard field goal. We have the Masuk version of the kick, which doesn’t show the actual ball going through the uprights. We’ll just trust the referees.
- Sticking with game-winning plays, we head up to the CCC where Hall, playing in its first game, upended Glastonbury 20-14 in overtime. Amari Bartley bounced off a crammed middle to score the winner and dump Glastonbury to 0-2 for the first time in 12 years.
- Another stunner in the CCC was East Catholic’s 38-35 victory over Platt. The Eagles had never beaten Platt in their history and Platt hadn’t lost a regular season game since 2012. Both streaks were reset thanks to Chris Amata’s 234-yard, four TD night running in the double wing. His 48-yard TD run is shown.
- Next was the Zatrell Lyons play vs. Foran from Sportzedge we spoke about.
- Moving on, we head over to Middletown where North Haven put a huge fright (again!) into Xavier thanks to Tom Gallagher’s 33-yard interception return TD. That put North Haven up 14-7. Xavier eventually rallied to win the game 21-14, but this play stands out. Our buddy Don Boyle from CPTV Sports is on the call.
- We didn’t get anything from Ansonia-Derby, but we did get another heavy dose of Seymour plays featuring Joey Salemme. He’s shown running for a 47-yard TD during his 280-yard, 4-TD night vs. St. Paul.
- Coach Mark Ecke and Danbury are 2-0 after a 14-6 win over Norwalk. The Hatters can thank an awesome strip-and-score play from Peter Moudourou who put Danbury up for good with his 27-yard TD run.
- In the SWC, Will Daniels had a great day for Bethel. We had to choose between a comeback pass catch and a kickoff return TD in Bethel’s 66-36 victory over Notre Dame-Fairfield. We chose the kickoff return. But if you have the means, we suggest checking out the catch.
- In the Pequot, does it look weird that Gilbert/Northwestern’s Aiden Tellier wears No. 33 as a quarterback? When you see him helping cause a safety and forcing a fumble in Gilbert/Northwestern’s 15-14 victory over SMSA/University, you’ll know why he can wear any number he pleases. But, yes, he does play a mean QB: He scrambled and threw a perfect winning TD to Rick Persechino. We show all three plays.
- Hamden might have been the only SCC Division I team to lose in crossover week were it not for Mekhi Henderson’s endzone pick of a tipped pass to all but preserve the Dragons’ 13-7 win over East Haven.
Finally, we hit the two big FCIAC games of the weekend:
- While Greenwich made most of the pretty looking plays Darien won the battle, 33-26. Do yourself a favor and WATCH what Greenwich’s Austin Longi did on a 35-yard TD catch from Matt Marzulla. Good. Lord. And he made another spectacular run for a TD that we had to cut. Scooter Harrington, Joey Longo, Anthony Ferraro and Darien’s Shelby Grant also make appearances.
- And then watch the biggest moments from St. Joseph’s 48-33 win over No. 2 Fairfield Prep. So many big plays to choose from in this, so we show Lars Pedersen’s punt return TD, his option TD pass and then Mufasha Abdul Basir’s game-breaking 68-yard TD run.
Whew! That’s all folks. Join us next week for another episode of. Plays. Of. The Week.