On his first carry of the game, Fairfield Prep running back Dillon Ryan fumbled the ball right into the waiting hands of Amity defender Codey Ellison, who took off for a 69-yard touchdown.

But Ryan, a senior who made his first start in place of injured Joe McBride, atoned for his mistake.

Ryan carried the ball 18 times for 180 yards and a touchdown to lead the Jesuits to a come-from-behind win over the Spartans 39-32 at Alumni Field.

"Dillon had a chance to step up here tonight and his first carry, he coughs it up," Prep coach Tom Shea said. "I told him the mistake is done, put it behind you, and he did that."

Ryan carried the ball five times in the first half for 23 yards, but became the focal point of the Jesuits' offense in the second.

Ryan and quarterback Tom Brewster (20 carries for 126 yards) opened the second half by taking Prep 63 yards in six plays, capped by a Ryan 23-yard scoring run, to cut Amity's halftime lead to 19-18.

And Ryan came up big on both of Prep's fourth-quarter scoring drives.

"We lost a great player in Joe McBride, but we knew Dillon was an outstanding player himself," Shea said.

Ryan's 65-yard run following an Amity punt set up a 2-yard touchdown by Shane Dempsey to give the Jesuits a 32-26 lead with 6:54 left in the fourth quarter.

Amity was able to answer back. Senior quarterback Tyler Vallie, who had been kept in check by the Prep defense most of the night, broke free for a 42-yard touchdown to tie the game with 3:26 left to play.

But Ryan had carries of 17 and 14 yards on Prep's following drive to set up Dempsey's 1-yard game-winner with just 1:09 left on the clock.

"I saw more things in the second half, and the line did a much better job blocking and opening holes," Ryan said.

Amity had one final shot at the end zone, but the Prep defense came up big by dropping Vallie for losses of four and eight yards as time expired.

"They beat us up front, and we talked all week about how we had to be better up front," Amity coach Brett Mozealous said.

"We got beat by a team with a better line."

Fairfield Prep 39, Amity 32

AMITY 7 12 7 6--32

FAIRFIELD PREP 6 6 14 13--39

A--Codey Ellison 69 fumble return (Lyle Luth kick)

FP--Tom Brewster 10 run (kick failed)

A--James Semmonella 3 run (kick failed)

A--Ellison 28 pass Tyler Vallie (kick failed)

FP--Brewster 5 run (kick failed)

FP--Dillon Ryan 23 run (kick failed)

FP--Conor Barr 59 punt return (Brewster run)

A--Ellison 24 pass Vallie (Luth kick)

FP--Shane Dempsey 2 run (kick failed)

A--Vallie 42 run (kick failed)

FP--Dempsey 1 run (Regan Haas kick)

Records: Amity 2-4, Fairfield Prep 4-2.