Excellent results can usually be expected when an explosive offense is joined in tandem by opportunistic defense.

That's a lesson learned Sunday by the New Milford High School football team.

Coach Chuck Lynch's Green Wave was in need of a victory after opening 0-2 and made the big plays necessary to achieve its goal.

NMHS scored twice in the first quarter and added a pair of second-half six-pointers to cruise past outmanned Joel Barlow, 28-9, in a makeup game played amidst balmy weather on the turf at Brookfield High School.

Junior quarterback Conor Shanahan fired respective touchdown passes of 65, 60 and 48 yards to Matt Sheehy, Kih Best and Alex Kyprianou to sandwich a one-yard plunge to paydirt by Valdir Nepomuceno as the Green Wave displayed a punch not seen in previous games.

Nick Eherts added two of three PAT kicks and Liam Lynch hauled in a two-point toss from Shanahan for the other NMHS points.

The Green Wave played solid defense, highlighted by late-game interceptions by Kameron Bradshaw and Tevan Leonard.

In previous games this fall, coach Lynch's grid crew had dropped a 28-23 home decision vs. Bethel and absorbed a 46-13 setback from host Bunnell in Stratford.

The Green Wave was set yesterday (Thursday) to visit Immaculate in Danbury and will travel to Newtown next Friday, Oct. 14 for a 7 p.m. date.

-- Norm Cummings