SHELTON — The Shelton High football team has practiced the two-minute drill regularly since the start of training camp, but it wasn’t until Friday that they were forced to put it to use.

Fortunately, practice made perfect.

Needing to travel 59 yards late, the Gaels called on quarterback Jake Roberts, whose 2-yard touchdown run with 54 seconds remaining propelled Shelton to a wild 19-15 victory over Fairfield Prep at Finn Stadium.

“I still believed in them in the end. We came right down the field,” Shelton coach Jeff Roy said. “We’ve practiced the two-minute drill every week, and we executed it to perfection. Jake Roberts did a heck of a job executing that two-minute offense.”

Prep quarterback Will Lucas would’ve been the hero if not for Roberts, who was 4-for-5 for 57 yards on the game-winning drive. Roberts’ final pass of the night went for 31 yards to David Yakowicz, setting the Gaels (2-1) up at the Prep 2.

“That was a ‘wow,’” Roy said. “That was a heck of a comeback.”

Added Roberts, who finished 13-of-23 for 143 yards: “I think our team earned our stripes. It wasn’t really all about me.”

Just moments earlier, Lucas hobbled back onto the field and hit Phillip DeJesus on fourth down for a go-ahead touchdown. Connor Boyle ran in the ensuing two-point conversion, putting the Jesuits up 15-12 with 1:53 to play.

“We played very hard. We were in it until the end,” Prep coach Keith Hellstern said. “Unfortunately we gave up that late score. That’s on me, too, because I’m a defensive coordinator.

“Shelton played their hearts out as well.”

Without injured star running back Doug Harrison, the Jesuits (2-1) were held in check most of the night. They capitalized off a muffed punt deep in Shelton territory, and took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on Lucas’ 21-yard touchdown pass to DeJesus. That lead stood until 1:57 before halftime, when Roberts hit Brian Berritto for a 27-yard score and a 12-7 lead.

Lucas rushed 17 times for 116 yards, 97 of which came before halftime.


Jake Roberts, Shelton, QB: The junior put his team on his back when it mattered most, orchestrating a game-winning six-play, 59-yard drive that took only 59 seconds. Roberts’ 2-yard run — his second touchdown run of the night — was the difference.


Prep coach Keith Hellstern confirmed after the game that junior running back Doug Harrison is out for the season after injuring his knee in a Week 2 win over Amity. Harrison had rushed for 306 yards and three touchdowns on 56 carries this season.


“For the most part, these games have been really tight between us and Shelton for the last five to six years. I knew it was going to be some sort of battle.” — Hellstern; @DougBonjour



SHELTON 0 12 0 7—19

P — Phillip DeJesus 21 pass Will Lucas (Hendrik Boot kick)

S — Jake Roberts 4 run (Pass failed)

S — Brian Berritto 27 pass Roberts (Pass failed)

P — DeJesus 30 pass Lucas (Connor Boyle run)

S — Roberts 2 run (Nick Andrade kick)

Records: Prep 2-1; Shelton 2-1.