New Milford football team working on turnaround
NEW MILFORD — At the halfway point of the season, the New Milford football team isn’t exactly where it wants to be, but is working hard to get there.
The Green Wave bounced back from a tough stretch of three straight losses with a convincing 47-4 victory over Hamden last Friday on the road. New Milford looked a lot more like the team that started the season with a 37-7 victory over Stratford than the one that let a couple wins slip through its fingers against Hillhouse and Pomperaug, before being roughed up a bit by Joel Barlow.
“We got off to a great start to open the season with the win versus Stratford. The next two weeks versus Hillhouse and Pomperaug we played hard but made too many mistakes to come away with victories in close football games,” New Milford coach Larry Badaracco said. “Joel Barlow’s triple option attack is always tough. They are disciplined and well coached.”
New Milford got a total team effort to knock off Hamden, which had previously defeated Pomperaug this season. The Green Wave got balance on offense, forced turnovers on defense and got special team contributions in the win.
Quarterback Tyler Sullivan threw for 235 yards and two touchdowns and also added 61 yards rushing. Kendall Greene paced the rushing attack with 158 yards and four touchdowns on just 12 carries. As a team, New Milford rushed for 250 yards on 37 attempts.
“We played really well against Hamden. We finally eliminated the costly mistakes that cost us our three losses this season,” Badaracco said. “Kendall Greene played outstanding. He is a special player that has really done a great job for us all season. Tyler Sullivan continues to be a leader at quarterback. Our defense continues to get better. We also, recovered three onside kicks in the game.”
New Milford is led by its captains this season. Offensively, Sullivan, with nine touchdown passes, and Matt Brevard, with four touchdown passes, are a staple for the offense. Defensively, Nate Capriglione has four takeaways to start the season, with two fumble recoveries and two interceptions. Two way starters Mike Haggerty and Greene, with nine total touchdowns, are major contributors on both sides of the ball.