Football Lighting up the Night
GREENWICH — Fairfield Ludlowe responded to Greenwich’s first touchdown of Thursday night’s football matchup with a score of its own in the opening quarter.
Yet like the Cardinals’ previous foes, the Falcons learned that keeping pace with them is a monumental task.
Effectively mixing its running and passing attack, No. 2 Greenwich lit the scoreboard for 35 first-half points and cruised to a convincing 56-7 Homecoming night victory over Ludlowe at chilly Cardinal Stadium.
The Cardinals ran their record to 6-0 with the win, which saw senior Stephen Bennett catch a pair of touchdown passes from Gavin Muir and sophomore Hunter Clark run it into the end zone twice in the first half. Senior linebacker Jack Feda intercepted two passes, one which he returned for a score for the unbeaten Cardinals.
The Falcons, who had no trouble at all putting points on the scoreboard over their first six games, received a 48-yard touchdown reception from sophomore wideout Collin Fleming in the opening half.
After Greenwich took a 7-0 lead on Muir’s 27-yard scoring strike to Bennett with 6:48 remaining in the first quarter, the Falcons tied the score with their best drive of the half.
The visitors drove 66 yards, capped by senior quarterback Colin Wilson’s 48-yard touchdown pass to Fleming at the 4:21 mark of the first quarter.
It was all Cardinals from that in the opening half. Greenwich took the lead for good at 14-7 on Clark’s 44-yard dash to the end zone with 2:48 left in the first quarter.
Following a Falcons’ three-and-out, Greenwich extended its advantage when Bennett snatched an 11-yard pass from Muir for a score, making it 21-7 with 1:28 to go in the opening stanza.
Spencer Hartley added a 5-yard touchdown run and Clark broke loose for a 40-yard scoring run in the second quarter.
Senior running back Tysen Comizio did not play in Thursday’s game with a hand injury, so the Cards relied on Clark, Hartley and Jack Warren to pace the running game.
Clark gained 92 yards on just three first-half carries. Wilson went to the air a lot in the first half, completing 19 of 39 passes for 160 yards.
Fleming was the leading receiver for Ludlowe in the first half with 78 yards. James Bourque and Dylan Fragomeni caught several Wilson passes for the Falcons, who entered halftime facing a 35-7 deficit.
Senior defensive end Mozi Bici registered a first-half sack for GHS, which saw it’s defense extend its advantage in the third quarter.
Feda, who along with junior Evan Weigold helped pace the Cards’ strong defensive play, returned a Collins interception more than 30 yards for a score in the third quarter. Bennett caught his third touchdown from Muir off a 27- yard pass. Teddy Bacon sealed the scoring with a 1-yard run, after he scampered 35 yards the ensuing play.
Greenwich’s defense has allowed 28 points so far this season.