STRATFORD — After Bunnell’s impressive 49-7 victory over New Fairfield Friday, it seemed fair to ask: Are the Bulldogs good enough to be playing December football?

Bunnell won its third in a row by a combined score of 108-7, and Friday’s win came over a NF squad that lost a tough 19-12 decision to a strong Notre Dame of Fairfield team two weeks ago.

So, fair question. Just don’t ask Bunnell coach Sean Mignone.

“We don’t talk about that,” Mignone said. “It’s one week at a time. After we get through the next two weeks (Hand and Notre Dame), then we’ll see.”

Fair enough. But if the next two games are anything like these last three, the Bulldogs (3-1) just might be making a second consecutive Class M state playoff appearance. Led by Jarrod Davis, who rushed for three touchdowns, and backup quarterback Brian Carafiello, the Bulldogs, who scored 21 points in the final 1:46 of the first half, blew out a Rebels team (1-3) that was also a Class M qualifier last season, but suffered heavy graduation losses.

“This was the first time we played a complete game,” Mignone said. “We played well in our two wins, but there was just a different feel from our guys tonight.”

Carafiello replaced injured starter Tyler Phommachanh, who suffered a knee injury in the second quarter. The two QBs went a combined 7 for 8 for 91 yards. The ground attack, led by Davis (76 yards) and Ma’Kai Curry (108) produced 224 yards. And the defense allowed 48 total yards and no points, before a late 57-yard William Enright to Jake Ledda touchdown.

“We knew Bunnell was good, and very athletic after watching the films,” New Fairfield coach Anthony Fata said. “But we didn’t play well. I don’t want to say we gave up at halftime (35-0) but, let’s just say that they took advantage of that momentum swing.”

Bunnell took a 7-0 lead when Phommachanh hit Richard Souffrant for a 12-yard score. But that was it until Davis scored on a 4-yard run on the third play of the second quarter. It stayed relatively close until the final two minutes of the half when Bunnell scored 21 points in 106 seconds.

First, Davis ran for a 20-yard touchdown. Then, on New Fairfield’s first play after that, Enright was intercepted by Bunnell’s Elijah Alexandre, who returned it 39 yards to the NF 1. Curry then ran it in.

After NF’s 3-and out that followed, Davis scored from four yards out for a 35-0 halftime lead.

The Bulldogs added two third-quarter scores. Tyreek Smith opened the second half with an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and Curry later scored from 23 yards out.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Bunnell’s Jarrod Davis was the offensive star, scoring three touchdowns while rushing for 76 yards. But at linebacker he was also the Bulldogs’ best defensive player.

QUOTABLE

“Everything just snowballed; it was one thing after another and when it got bad, it got really bad.” — New Fairfield coach Anthony Fata on the final 1:46 of the first half when Bunnell scored 21 points.

NOWHERE TO RUN

New Fairfield’s Zach Buffington, who rushed for 1,118 yards last season, was held to seven yards on seven carries Friday.

BUNNELL 49, NEW FAIRFIELD 7

NEW FAIRFIELD 0 0 0 7 — 7

BUNNELL 7 28 14 0 — 49

B — Richard Souffrant, 12 pass from Tyler Phommachanh (Avery Nunn kick)

B — Jarrod Davis, 4 run (Nunn kick)

B — Davis, 20 run (Nunn kick)

B — Ma’Kaai Curry, 1 run (Nunn kick)

B — Davis, 4 run (Nunn kick)

B — Tyreek Smith, 85 kickoff return (Nunn kick)

B — Curry, 23 run (Nunn kick)

NF — Jake Ledda, 57 pass from William Enright (Enright kick)

Records: NF 1-3, B 3-1