It had been a long time since New Milford beat Bunnell, but then again, as coach Larry Badaracco said, it's been a long time since the Green Wave beat a lot of teams.

New Milford got its first win of the SWC football season and, for the first time since 2001, over Bunnell with a 35-21 win on the road Friday night.

"Our goal is to compete every week and to expect to win, but we've got to play 48 minutes of football," Badaracco said.

The coach saw that Friday for the first time, he said, in his two seasons as head coach. The Green Wave took a 14-0 lead seven and a half minutes into the game, and the Bulldogs never caught up, though they came a penalty away from doing so in the fourth quarter.

Tyler Hansen passed for three touchdowns and ran for two more for New Milford, but the Green Wave defense and special teams made key plays to preserve the lead.

"We came out on fire," Hansen said.

"We just weren't trying to do too much, just play our game. We slowed down in the middle, but the defense stepped up, made a bunch of big plays, made a bunch of big stops. I've got to give it to them."

Bunnell couldn't score with a first-and-goal from the 4 early in the second quarter, and though Cole Davis got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard on their next possession, Ryan Christopher came back with a 28-yard kickoff return to midfield.

"I just ran it up the gut like coach told me to do," Christopher said. "Got a big gain."

A face-mask personal foul moved the ball further, and Hansen scored on a 36-yard run two plays later to make it 21-7.

Both teams are 1-2.

Christopher had an interception in the end zone when the Bulldogs drove to start the second half. Seemingly every Green Wave defender was in on a big play, including Alex Pitzer's sack that all but ended the game.

With 8:22 to go, on third-and-long from the New Milford 37, Bunnell appeared set to tie the game when Adam Wojenski hit Brett Bogdwicz down the left sideline. But a holding penalty called that back.

Bunnell punted, and Hansen scrambled to find Max Vaughey all alone over the middle for a 75-yard touchdown, capping the scoring.

"It seemed like every time we got something going, we did something to stop our momentum," Bunnell coach Sean Mignone said. "I want to give them credit. They came out and they played well. We made mistakes, and we dropped passes, but they outplayed us."

Mignone coaches the receivers himself, he said, and they work on hands plays in practice.

"The drops actually surprised me a lot. I think our receivers are very, very talented and usually sure of hands, and it did not show, really, tonight," Mignone said.

Wojenski, playing from behind all night, threw for 364 yards, completing 24 of 56 attempts. Bogdwicz caught a touchdown pass from him that counted, and Bogdwicz also ran an interception back 50 yards for a score.

On the other side, Hansen was 18-for-30 for 275 yards, and he ran the ball 27 times for 114 yards a week after throwing for over 300 yards in a 45-34 track-meet loss to Brookfield.

"We're going into next week with a lot of confidence coming off two solid performances," Hansen said.

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NEW MILFORD 14 7 7 7—35

BUNNELL 0 14 7 0—21

NM—Matt Ryan 15 pass Tyler Hansen (Chris Montalvo kick)

NM—Max Vaughey 10 pass Hansen (Montalvo kick)

B—Cole Davis 24 run (Avery Nunn kick)

NM—Hansen 36 run (Montalvo kick)

B—Brett Bogdwicz 50 interception return (Nunn kick)

NM—Hansen 2 run (Montalvo kick)

B—Bogdwicz 46 pass Adam Wojenski (Nunn kick)

NM—Vaughey 75 pass Hansen (Montalvo kick)

Records: New Milford 1-2; Bunnell 1-2