WOODBRIDGE -- Up 14-0 just 92 seconds before halftime, the Fairfield Prep football team was sitting pretty.
But Amity High School -- and its jack-of-all-trades sophomore Tyler Burns -- stole the momentum and then the game.
Burns returned a kickoff for a touchdown and threw for one as the Spartans scored 24 straight points and held on for a 24-21 win over Fairfield Prep on Friday at William Johnson Football Field.
"He's doing a great job," Spartans senior running back David Attolino said of Burns. "The kid makes plays for us."
Attolino rushed for 138 yards -- 94 of which came in the second half -- and a score as Amity improved to 3-4.
"It was a tough game," Attolino said. "Our offensive line played great."
Sophomore running back John Moten rushed for two scores as the Jesuits fell to 5-2 -- dropping all the way to 10th place in the Class LL state playoff rankings with three games left.
"We knew they were a good club and we just didn't execute," Prep coach Tom Shea said. "This is a huge step back. We're all about trying to progress and trying to get better each week ... and tonight was a huge step back."
Leading 7-0, Moten ran in from one-yard out on fourth-and-goal to pad the Jesuits' advantage 14-0 with just 1:32 to play in the first half.
But Burns fielded the squib kickoff, veered to the right and took off, going 85 yards for a touchdown, cutting Prep's lead to 14-7 just 76 seconds before halftime.
"It was a big return," Amity coach Bert Mozealous said. "I told them if they block and execute, they'd break one."
After holding Prep to a three-and-out on its first second-half possession, the Spartans went 56 yards in six runs, capped by Attolino's 10-yard scamper that tied the score at 14.
"We had to get to that second level," Attolino said. "And we started doing that in the second half."
The Spartans seized the lead on their first fourth-quarter possession as Burns -- subbing for senior quarterback James Semmonella for the second straight week -- led Amity 67 yards in 11 plays. Burns floated a perfect pass for junior Cory Ricks for a 28-yard score on fourth-and-12, giving Amity a 21-14 lead.
"Ricks worked his fanny off," Mozealous said.
Benjamin Feola's interception set up Lyle Luth's 30-yard field goal. But the Jesuits answered with an eight-play, 76 yard scoring drive, capped by Joseph Ganim's 11-yard run that made it 24-21 with 2:30 to play.
"We got the late score," Shea said. "But it was too little, too late."
The Spartans' Noah Fleischer-Cerino recovered the ensuing onside kick and the Spartans gained two first downs behind tough running to seal their win. Amity ran 33 second-half plays on offense, 30 of which were runs.
"We felt that if we could run the ball, that was the key for us," Mozealous said. "We kind of knew during the week we were going to come out physical and tonight was the first time we've been really physical all year."
FAIRFIELD PREP 0 14 0 7 -- 21
AMITY 0 7 7 10 -- 24
Records: FP -- 5-2; A -- 3-4
FP - Moten 1 run (Coyle kick)
A - Tyler Burns 85 kickoff return (Lyle Luth kick)
A - Attolino 10 run (Luth kick)
A - Burns 28 pass to Cory Ricks (Luth kick)
A - Luth 30 FG
FP- Joseph Ganim 11 run (Coyle kick)