Fairfield Prep blanks Hamden
FAIRFIELD -- Colton Smith got the start and then got the final three quarters off.
Smith, who sat out last week's win at Amity, passed for two touchdowns and ran for another in the first quarter as the Jesuits opened a 21-0 lead and then coasted to a 42-0 win over Hamden Friday night at Warde's Tetreau-Davis field.
But the victory was a costly one as Prep senior defensive lineman Anthony Palazzolo was ejected in the second quarter. Palazzolo was penalized for throwing a punch at a Green Dragons player and ripping off and tossing a Hamden helmet during an extra point try. He will be suspended and will not play next week at Xavier.
"That's my understanding," Prep head coach Tom Shea said of the suspension. "All I can say is (the refs) made the call and we understand and respect the officials and their job, and that's what they decided, so we'll comply and that's that.
"There were a million things going on ¦ it was a pile (of players). I don't know. There are 22 stories about what happened out there."
Standing with just a 3-2 record after a tough loss to Shelton, Prep (7-2) knew it had to run the table over the final six games to have a chance to return to the Class LL playoffs. After four straight wins, now just Xavier and West Haven -- both on the road -- stand in the way of the Jesuits likely getting back into the CIAC tournament.
"They get it," Shea said. "They've been there before and they understand what they have to do and they did a very good job tonight. Hamden's a tough team. They're a little down right now but they played tough until the very last play."
Despite having a week off and playing just the first quarter against the Green Dragons, Smith looked like he didn't miss a beat. He scored on a 40-yard touchdown run and threw TD passes of 30 yards to John Dellisanti and 6 yards to John Snopkowski as the Jesuits roared out of the gates and never looked back. Smith was 5-for-5 passing for 102 yards in the quarter.
"We've been running the ball well," said Gibson, who went over 400 yards rushing for the season. "The offensive line has been doing a great job and that's really helping us control games."
"We got a lot of different guys work running the ball and that's good," Shea said.
Conte, who started last week in place of Smith and threw for 191 yards, played into the fourth quarter, leading two touchdown drives before giving way to another sophomore, Harrison Houghton, midway in the fourth.
"Pat, who's gotten some experience, was very comfortable stepping back in and did a good job," Shea said. "He made some big plays himself and that's good to see."
Ganim and Gibson added touchdown runs of 2 and 5 yards, respectively, as the lead jumped to 35-0. Prep iced it with 9:43 left when linebacker Luke Clair forced a fumble and linebacker Calvin Reed recovered the ball and went 34 yards to score and make it 42-0.
HAMDEN 0 0 0 0--0
FAIRFIELD PREP 21 7 7 7--42
FP -- John Dellisanti, 30 pass Colton Smith (Hank Healey kick)
FP -- John Snopkowski, 6 pass Smith (Healey kick)
FP -- Smith, 40 run (Healey kick)
FP -- Joe Ganim, 2 run (Healey kick)
FP -- Allen Gibson, 5 run (Healey kick)
FP -- Calvin Reed, 34 fumble return (Healey kick)
Records: Fairfield Prep 7-2, Hamden 2-7