Fairfield Prep, Smith outlast Stamford
FAIRFIELD -- Stamford's Jalen Brown and Fairfield Prep's Colton Smith both trained with state quarterback guru Travis Meyer in the offseason, and based on the results Thursday night, more QBs will be signing up next summer.
Smith and Brown put on a show with their arms and their legs at Ludlowe High's Taft Field, with Prep pulling away in the second half for a wild 59-40 win over the Black Knights.
Smith said he and Brown are friends from working with Meyer, and going head-to-head in the opening game of the season was fun, though he wished Brown had not had such a good night.
"It was nice knowing who you are going up against. We know each other and we are very friendly with each other. It's just fun," Smith said. "Obviously, we'd rather not give up 40 points, but they played a hell of a game. Our receivers were running great routes and getting open, coming back to the ball when I was scrambling, but it all started with our line."
The Jesuits came into the game ranked third in the state media poll, but Stamford stood toe-to-toe with them, trading touchdowns the entire first half.
Smith threw for touchdowns of 63 and 19 yards and ran for scores of 65, 1 and 38 yards.
Prep coach Tom Shea said Smith is a unique player and the Jesuits were lucky to have him under center for this game.
"He's a special player," Shea said. "We think we have a lot of good players on offense, but we expect he is going to make some plays for us and he did tonight and we are happy with that."
Brown threw five touchdown passes -- 36, 13, 87, 51 and 32 yards. Billy DeVito was on the receiving end of three of those TD passes for the Black Knights.
Two interceptions by the Jesuits -- one a 75-yard pick-six by Prep's Jack Snopkowski for the game's first score and one at the end of the first half -- were the only blemishes on Brown's evening.
Smith did not turn the ball over and ultimately was just a little better than Brown, but there is no doubt wherever Meyer was, he was bursting with pride at the performance of both players.
Stamford coach Jamar Greene has been touting Brown and his skill players all preseason and they did not disappoint in game No. 1.
"They were highly impressive. This was not a slouch team we played, they are the No. 3 team in the state and we put up 40 points against them," Greene said. "We hung with them, but had a couple of things here and there and I look back and I can almost see where we screwed up a little bit and it could have gone the other way."
Greene said his players would walk out of Taft Field with their heads high and if they can continue to have offensive production as they did Thursday, the Knights can beat anyone in the FCIAC.
On the other side, Shea said despite the victory his Jesuits have some work to do if they want to get back to the Class LL championship game.
"We have some work to do on both sides," Shea said. "Listen, (Brown) is a heck of a quarterback and their skill guys are good and their offensive line did a good job against us. I don't care who we are playing, we are not happy when we give up 40 points."
Prep led 35-26 at the half.
Fairfield Prep 59, Stamford 40
STAMFORD 7 19 8 6--40
FAIRFIELD PREP 14 21 14 10--59
FP--Jack Snopkowski 75 interception return (Hank Healy kick)
FP--Jake Buckley 63 pass Colton Smith (Healy kick)
S--Guyeens Antoine 13 pass Brown (Sexton kick)
FP--Smith 65 run (Healy kick)
S--JonMichael Bivona 19 run (kick fail)
FP--Allen Gibson 8 run (Healy kick)
S--Antoine 87 pass Brown (pass fail)
FP--John Delisanti 19 pass Smith (Healy kick)
FP--Smith 1 run (Healy kick)
S--DeVito 51 pass Brown (Brown run)
FP--Smith 38 run (Healy kick)
FP --Healy 20 field goal
S--DeVito 32 pass Brown (run fail)
FP--Joe Ganim 29 run (Healy kick)
Records: S--0-1, FP 1-0