Facing 1-0 East Haven one week before its showdown against Xavier, the state's No. 1 team, the Fairfield Prep football team could have been walking into a trap game on Friday night.
But the Jesuits' defense and running attack showed they were not looking past the Yellowjackets.
Prep rushed for six touchdowns, four of which came in a 34-point, first-quarter explosion, as the Jesuits rolled 47-0 over East Haven at Alumni Field.
"You can never take a team lightly," Prep senior defensive back Matt Montani said. "We knew that we had to make a real statement here to show Prep is for real here."
Prep's offensive starters played just three snaps, scoring on all three of those plays. Montani also returned an interception for a touchdown and helped the Jesuits' defense pitch its second straight shutout -- no easy task considering the Yellowjackets' array of formations and plays.
"We were careful not to look ahead," Prep coach Tom Shea said. "They gave us a lot of unusual sets and we prepared for that. The defense was well-prepared and we knew what we were doing."
The Jesuits have outscored opponents 94-0 in their two wins, but will meet No. 1 Xavier next Friday in Middletown in their first test of the season. The Jesuits have not beaten Xavier since 2008.
"It'd be sweet to get a win there," Montani said.
The Falcons have won 31 straight regular-season games and 37 of their last 38 games overall. Xavier has not lost a regular-season game since it fell to Wilbur Cross on Sept. 18, 2009.
"This is our chance to beat an elite team, to prove to the town and to the state that we're the real deal this year," said Jesuits running back Chris Golger.
Prep did not throw a pass, recording all 265 of its offensive yards on the ground. Golger's 41-yard run on Prep's first offensive snap put the Jesuits up 7-0.
"I hesitated a little to let the line do their thing," Golger said. "It was wide open."
On East Haven's next snap, Will Riley hurried Yellowjackets quarterback Mike DeMarco's throw. Montani stepped in, picking off the wobbly pass and returning it seven yards for Prep's second score in six seconds, making it 14-0.
"I just happened to be in the right place at the right time," Montani said.
After an East Haven three-and-out, Dillon Ryan's 15-yard scamper boosted Prep's lead to 21-0. Another Yellowjackets three-and-out then enabled John Moten to scurry 31 yards, lifting Prep's lead to 28-0 and ending the Jesuits' starters' nights.
"I played two plays," Golger said. "But when you score 47, you can't complain."
Tavon Givens-Hunter's one-yard plunge capped the Jesuits' five-touchdown quarter, making it 34-0. Juniors Andrew Vegliante and Riley Bloom each added second-half scores.
"For many guys, it was their first time on the field, under the lights," Shea said. "That's exciting."
Prep 47, east haven 0
EAST HAVEN 0 0 0 0--0
FAIRFIELD PREP 34 0 7 6--47
FP--Chris Golger 41 run (Liam Coyle kick)
FP-- Matt Montani 7 interception return (Coyle kick)
FP-- Dillon Ryan 15 run (Coyle kick)
FP-- John Moten 31 run (Coyle kick)
FP-- Tavon Givens-Hunter 1 run (kick failed)
FP-- Andrew Vegliante 10 run (Coyle kick)
FP-- Riley Bloom 5 run (kick failed)
Records: Fairfield Prep 2-0; East Haven 1-1