GREENWICH — With the weather cold and blustery, Friday night provided the Greenwich High School football team an opportunity to run the ball against Danbury and grind out some yardage.
Junior Tysen Comizio helped the Cardinals do just that.
Comizio ran for three touchdowns, Jack Warren rushed for a score and Charlie Ducret took an interception to the end zone for Greenwich in its resounding 57-7 win over visiting Danbury.
The victory upped the Cardinals’ record to 8-0 and gave them the FCIAC West Division title. Greenwich is ranked second in the state.
Led by linebacker Gramoz Bici, Ducret and linemen Emilio Camou and Nick Mcintosh, Greenwich effectively slowed down Danbury’s option attack led by quarterbacks Dianti Vines and Jordan Kuth. The Hatters are 1-8 on the season.
The Cardinals took a 23-7 lead into halftime behind two touchdown runs by Comizio and three field goals by Zach Moore.
Greenwich’s first drive of the game was capped by the strong-legged Moore’s 27-yard field goal, giving it a 3-0 lead.
The Cardinals took a 10-0 advantage on Comizio’s 4-yard run. The home team brought the ball into Hatters’ territory again early in the third quarter, but had to settle for another field goal, as Danbury’s defense stiffened. Moore split the uprights again, this time from 35 yards out, making it 13-0 with 10:24 to go in the third quarter.
The Hatters closed to within 13-7 with four minutes left in the second quarter. Junior quarterback Gavin Muir’s slant pass was intercepted by junior defensive back Joe Merhi, who showed his speed, sprinting 75 yards down the sideline for a touchdown.
Comizio reached the end zone on another 4-yard run and Moore was true again on a field goal, putting GHS on top, 23-7, at intermission. Moore’s field goal to end the first half was from 36 yards. Receptions by Henry Saleeby and Comizio set up the field goal.
Warren’s 4- yard run up the middle and Comizio’s 41-yard burst for a touchdown gave GHS a commanding 37-7 lead at the 8:25 mark of the third quarter.
Muir threw his 25th touchdown pass of the season with 5:23 to go in the third quarter, a 50-yard strike down the right sideline to senior Elias Gianopoulos. Ducret intercepted a pass for a touchdown and James Brunetti added a scoring run for the Cards.