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Newtown gets easy 45-7 win over Notre Dame-Fairfield in home opener

Plenty of end zone celebrating for Newtown as they crossed the goal line six times against Notre Dame - Fairfield

Plenty of end zone celebrating for Newtown as they crossed the goal line six times against Notre Dame – Fairfield

Jared Pearson (2 touchdowns) single one for teammate Declan Sullivan

Jared Pearson (2 touchdowns) signals one for teammate Declan Sullivan

(Newtown CT) No one expected otherwise in this one.

Newtown (2-0) finished off visiting ND-Fairfield (0-2) in the first half and played reserves thereafter in a 45-7 win over the Lancers on Friday night.

No crystal ball was required in assuming that ND would be overmatched against Newtown. Why? The Lancers from Division S have not won more than one game in each of the last four seasons. Last time ND came to Blue-and-Gold Stadium they were down by 36 points after one period! You get the idea.

The Hawks slowed themselves down early in their home opener with penalties. Still they came away with two scores in the first quarter.

At 7:43 Ben Mason took a short pass from QB Justin Dunn into the end zone. Ben’s TD started an evening in which Hawks’ runners got into the Lancers’ secondary in the first half with regularity. Tackling Newtown’s big/fast/elusive ball-carriers was a first-half nightmare for ND.

Ben Mason takes a Justin Dunn pass for first Hawks score

Ben Mason takes a Justin Dunn pass for first Hawks score

Before the next TD, defender Jared Pearson leveled Notre Dame pass receiver Ryan Celini. Ryan was looking back toward passing QB Micah Brantley as the ball reached him. When he started to turn and look upfield, Jared put a full-speed hit on him. Credit Ryan for holding on although when he got up he walked as if he wasn’t sure whether he was on foot or horseback.

Ryan Celine takes a big hit from Jared Pearson

Ryan Celine takes a big hit from Jared Pearson

Just before the first period ended (:07) Jared Pearson carried tacklers into the end zone. Ryan Kost added the extra point.

Jared Pearson carries tacklers to the end zone

Jared Pearson carries tacklers to the end zone

Trailing 14-0, ND needed to put together a drive and avoid mistakes. Neither got done and the Hawks rolled up four more touchdowns in the second period.

The Newtown defense was clearly tuned into the presence of senior Hakim Fleming. Hakim tallied twelve touchdowns in 2014 including 1251 yards gained. The Hawks starting defense kept the 5’11” (255 pounds) back from even getting into their secondary. Therefore, sustaining a drive wasn’t going to happen for ND.

Miscues kill teams. In the fatal second quarter the Lancers were intercepted and lost a fumble. They also chose to fake a punt from their side of midfield and failed at it.

Ethan Carpenter (10:49) swept right and followed blockers into the end zone.

Blockers in place for Ethan Carpenter score

Blockers in place for Ethan Carpenter score

Jared Pearson (8:41) carried defenders straight ahead for a score from the ND 5.

Jared Pearson dives into the end zone

Jared Pearson dives into the end zone

QB Justin Dunn tossed a pass that Declan Sullivan (4:27) caught at the ND 5 and carried in. Justin’s pass may have been underthrown because Jared Pearson was about ten yards deeper in the end zone.

Declan Sullivan gets the corner

Declan Sullivan gets the corner

Elusive Hunter Cobb (1:52) used a good collection of blockers to get around right end and in for six after ND’s fumble gave good field position.

Hunter Cobb sweeps right

Hunter Cobb sweeps right

The halftime show at Blue-and-Gold is always a pleasure to watch. This is being said by someone who almost always takes his eyes off of the field during halftime. Not at Newtown!

rifles in the air

rifles in the air

flags flying

flags flying

I was hoping for running time in the second half. Newtown did their part by benching starters and having the reserves use running plays almost exclusively.

The only time the Hawks’ starters showed up was when kicker Ryan Kost successfully attempted a 33-yard field goal. Isn’t that 33-yard distance the same as the NFL extra-point distance?

Ryan Kost 33-yard field goal

Ryan Kost 33-yard field goal

The Lancers broke the 45-0 shutout in the fourth quarter. They also had a punt block in that frame by Klyde Auba. Hakim Fleming (3:56) tallied the TD after getting into a north/south running route in the Newtown secondary. Several reserve Hawks bounced off the defending Class S heavyweight wrestling champ on his way to the end zone.

Klyde Auba blocks a punt

Klyde Auba blocks a punt

Hakim Fleming eyes the end zone

Hakim Fleming eyes the end zone

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Micah Brantley chases a fumble

Micah Brantley chases a fumble

Ethan Carpenter runs to the right

Ethan Carpenter runs to the right

Jared Pearson gets opening to the end zone

Jared Pearson gets opening to the end zone

Declan Sullivan leaps for QB Justin Dunn pass

Declan Sullivan leaps for QB Justin Dunn pass

Hunter Cobb scores

Hunter Cobb scores

Justin Dunn

Justin Dunn

Declan Sullivan

Declan Sullivan

Jared Pearson (right)

Jared Pearson (right)

Hakim Fleming finishes his run for a TD

Hakim Fleming finishes his run for a TD

Hakim Fleming

Hakim Fleming

Ben Mason

Ben Mason

Ethan Carpenter

Ethan Carpenter

Lancers QB Micah Brantley helped off the field

Lancers QB Micah Brantley helped off the field

 

 

 

 

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Undefeated Newtown ends Ansonia’s streak 14-8 in Connecticut showdown

Jared Pearson finds a huge hole in the Ansonia defense for an easy touchdown.

Jared Pearson finds a huge hole in the Ansonia defense for an easy touchdown.

Tim Krapf tries to wrap up Tyler Bailey

Tim Krapf tries to wrap up Tyler Bailey

(Newtown CT) No doubt Ansonia’s 48-game win streak was a motivator as Newtown prepped for the game.

That “motivation” ended after the Nighthawks dropped the Chargers, 14-8, on a mild Friday night before a cast of thousands (three at least).

Asked about the significance of the victory afterwards, NHS coach Steve George dropped, “We won,” and, “We’re 6-0,” on the gathered media.

The week of media attention repeated the size of Ansonia’s streak and how one more win would enable the Chargers to tie Cheshire for the state record.  Lost in that concentration was the fact that Newtown (6-0) had won 27 of their last 29 games including 26 straight regular season games.

The point?  These were TWO good teams both used to winning whether a streak was involved or not.

Julian Dunn (15) signals the end as the clock winds down

Julian Dunn (15) signals the end as the clock winds down

When the game ended Newtown celebrated as if they had won something more than a regular season game while Ansonia fans/players wept in disappointment.

Newtown moved to a 14-0 lead late in the third quarter and you wondered if they might double that score in the final frame against the tiring Chargers.

But Ansonia (5-1) quarterback Jai’Quan McKnight tossed a terrific TD spot-pass to Tyler Bailey with ten minutes left.  When Jai’Quan squirmed in for two extra points the Chargers were in position to make things interesting the rest of the way.

But the Newtown defense, despite (“way too many mistakes/penalties” – Coach George) prevailed in Ansonia’s final two possessions to get the win.

JaiQuan McKnight

JaiQuan McKnight

For certain, the Nighthawks defense kept the visitors from running organized offense most of the evening.  Ansonia QB Jai’Quan McKnight, however, seemed at times to be more comfortable improvising than running set offense.

Jai’Quan paid a heavy price several times dropping back to pass getting nailed by Ben Mason and Nick Samuelson on separate occasions.  Nick’s hit ended the first half.

Two keys to the Newtown win: (1) depth, and (2) team speed.  Most of the Chargers played both ways including all their playmakers.  There was no rest for them.  The media during the week attempted to describe the matchup as Newtown’s size versus Ansonia’s speed.  Chargers coach Tom Brockett wasn’t buying it, “I thought coming in that man-for-man they might be faster than us.  They never let us break anything big.”

To back up Coach Brockett’s point, I had several pictures of Chargers breaking down sidelines with no Newtown defenders in front of them.  Each time Newtown players closed fast from the middle to angle the Ansonia players out-of-bounds before there was a breakaway.

No question Ansonia missed having Arkeel Newsome in their backfield.  Arkeel ended his Chargers career with the Connecticut state record in rushing yards.  He is now at UConn.

Nick Samuelson ends the first half with a hard hit on JaiQuan McKnight

Nick Samuelson ends the first half with a hard hit on JaiQuan McKnight

Those planning to attend this game were warned to get there early and many bought into it.  I was there an hour early and ended up parking behind the high school.  Leaving afterwards?  I was on the field afterward recording interviews for at least a half hour.  When I returned to my car none of the cars around me had yet moved.

The Chargers didn’t arrive until 35 minutes before game time………at least I thought it was all of them.  I was talking to an Ansonia fan and he asked me where the rest of the team was.  The second bus didn’t arrive until about 20 minutes before game time.  The “arrive early” word didn’t reach Ansonia?

The Nighthawks scored in the first quarter.  Jared Pearson caught a pass to get Newtown to the Ansonia 20.  Several plays later Jared took a direct snap and, instead of following the flow to the right, shot straight up the middle.  The Ansonia defense bit for the flow and Jared ran nearly unnoticed into the end zone at 1:13.  Bryce Mather’s kick was good.

Nick Rubino put together two straight solid runs deep in Ansonia territory in the third quarter to notch Newtown’s second score.  Nick, who was in the game in place of starter Jaret DeVellis, carried a defender into the end zone.  Bryce Mather had his second PAT.

Nick Rubino scores in the third quarter for Newtown

Nick Rubino scores in the third quarter for Newtown

The Chargers cut into the 14-point deficit early in the final quarter.  In pregame I watched quarterback Jai’Quan McKnight throw pass after pass to a spot near the corner of the goal-line.  No question in my mind that he had the arm and accuracy.  The trouble during the game was lack of time to even look to throw most of the time.  Somehow, early in the 4th quarter Jai’Quan found the time and sure enough passed to the spot near the goal line.  Teammate Tyler Bailey ran under the ball closely defended by Joe Santella.  The ball arrived as Tyler and Joe collided.  Down went Joe as Tyler caught the ball and finished the yard or so into the end zone.anne A8 QB JaiQuan pass on the wayanne A10 ball about to be caughtanne A11 Joe Santella bounces offanne A12 Tyler Bailey heads to end zone

Jai’Quan improvised his way into the end zone over the right side to get Ansonia within six points with plenty of time (ten minutes) remaining.  But on this day the Newtown defense took charge the rest of the way and ran their regular season streak to 27.

Newtown nearly scored a razzle-dazzle TD in the second quarter.  QB Jacob Burden rolled left and handed off to Jared Pearson running to the right.  Jacob kept on running around the left end while Jared suddenly stopped and tossed a pass in Jacob’s direction.  Jacob was as wide open as you’ll ever get in a football game but Jared’s throw was high.

anne A18 flags flyWhat a show at halftime!  It was twenty minutes of wonderfully choreographed and executed performance that you should have to pay extra for……..it’s that well done.

I can make changes in this blog so if I have been inaccurate please let me know and I’ll do the necessary editing.

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

JaiQuan McKnight converts 2-point conversion

JaiQuan McKnight converts 2-point conversion

Ben Mason wrapped up by Larry Cafaro

Ben Mason wrapped up by Larry Cafaro

Jaret DeVillis

Jaret DeVellis

battle in the trenches

battle in the trenches

JaiQuan McKnight down the sidelines

JaiQuan McKnight down the sidelines

Joe Santella

Joe Santella

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