New Milford routs Notre Dame-Fairfield
Published 10:23 am, Sunday, October 4, 2015
FAIRFIELD — Right from the opening kickoff New Milford seemed to be a step ahead of Notre Dame-Fairfield on Saturday afternoon.
New Milford’s Ryan Christopher raced 95 yards up the center of the gridiron on the opening return to give the Green Wave a game-long lead in their 34-6 win.
New Milford, which started the season 0-2, claimed its second straight win.
“Offensively, we were able to execute at a high level,” New Milford coach Larry Badaracco said. “We came out and took it one play at a time.”
Two possessions later, the Green Wave offense put together its first scoring drive with time winding down in the first quarter.
New Milford wrapped up a six-play, 75-yard drive when Tyler Hansen hit Matthew Ryan for a 51-yard touchdown for the 14-0 lead.
“We went under the outside backer and in between the two high safeties,” Ryan said. “I stuck it at about 15 yards, and I was just wide open. I made a move on the backside corner and just walked in from there.”
New Milford’s next two possessions concluded with a 64-yard touchdown run by Kendall Green on a reverse to the left and a 36-yard touchdown pass from Hansen to Max Vaughey on a post pattern, as the Green Wave took a 28-0 lead into the break.
“There were a couple let downs here and there and there’s a lot of things we need to clean up still, but they’re improving every week and it feels good to get that win,” Badaracco said.
Notre Dame-Fairfield (0-4) managed to move the ball in spurts for most of the afternoon, but finishing drives proved difficult. The Lancers racked up 15 first downs compared to 14 by the Green Wave, but only their opening drive of the second half produced points.
“Too many big plays we let up,” Notre Dame-Fairfield coach Chris Sadler said. “Too many big plays and too many negative plays on offense. We couldn’t sustain a drive because of it.”
Down 28-0, Notre Dame-Fairfield went on a six-play, 65-yard drive that culminated when Mike Bevino threw to his left to hit Micah Brantley, who had run a slant pattern for a 15-yard score.
“That’s been the story all year,” Sadler said. “We’ve had a couple other games as well where we can move the ball and we just shoot ourselves in the foot with turnovers or penalties. We’re not good enough to recover from that.”
Ultimately, however, it was too little too late, and the Green Wave (2-2) put the game away when Hansen scored on a one-yard keeper late in the third quarter.
“We’ve got homecoming next week and going in at .500 is key,” Ryan said. “We’ve got a big game with Masuk, and the season starts over.”
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NEW MILFORD 34,
NOTRE DAME-FAIRFIELD 6
14 14 6 0 — 34
0 0 6 0 — 6
NM—Ryan Christopher 95 kickoff return (Christopher Montalvo kick)
NM—Matthew Ryan 51 pass Tyler Hansen (Montalvo kick)
NM—Kendall Green 65 run (Montalvo kick)
NM—Max Vaughey 36 pass Hansen (Montalvo kick)
NDF—Micah Brantley 15 pass Mike Bevino (kick failed)
NM—Hansen 1 run (kick failed)
Records: New Milford (2-2, 2-2 SWC); Notre Dame-Fairfield (0-4, 0-4 SWC)