Trumbull beats Ludlowe for first win
After surrendering 68 points in its first two games, the Trumbull High School football team was looking for redemption Saturday against Fairfield Ludlowe.
And after a wake-up call, the Eagles got just that.
Trumbull scored 35 unanswered points after allowing a first-quarter score, as the Eagles earned coach Bob Maffei's 100th win, a 35-7 rout over the Falcons on Saturday morning at McDougall Stadium.
Trumbull junior quarterback Nick Roberts threw for 376 yards and five touchdowns, three of which went to senior receiver Mike Williams. Williams had 178 receiving yards and senior running back Ryan Pearson had 127 all-purpose yards and a touchdown, leading the Eagles to their first win of 2012.
"We hadn't won in a while and we haven't been down like that," Maffei said. "I give the kids credit ... the plan is in place, we've just got to follow the plan."
Eagles defensive back Jeff Sam intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble, as Trumbull forced four turnovers. Trumbull rebounded from an overtime home loss to Westhill last Friday, in which the Eagles surrendered 37 points.
"That's unacceptable," Sam said of allowing 37 points. "This team deserved this, especially (Maffei). We had to work hard, we had to stop them."
The Falcons dropped their 14th consecutive game and fell for the 22nd time in their last 23 games. Ludlowe will try to end the drought next Saturday at Harding at 2:30 p.m.
"There were some positive things," Ludlowe coach Matt McCloskey said. "But we shot ourselves in the foot."
The Falcons stunned Trumbull with a score on their first possession. After Pearson missed a field goal on Trumbull's opening drive, Ludlowe's Victor D'Ascenzo took a toss from quarterback Matt White and hit a wide-open Dan Santella for the 64-yard score, giving Ludlowe a 7-0 lead -- its first advantage since Thanksgiving 2010 -- just 3:32 in.
"We knew it was going to go," McCloskey said.
Trumbull answered on its subsequent possession, a 10-play, 65-yard drive, capped by Roberts' 20-yard strike to Williams on fourth-and-12, tying the score at 7.
"That was a game-changer," Roberts said. "We needed to get that and it was a great play."
After a Ludlowe three-and-out, the Eagles scored again, going 91 yards in seven plays. Roberts hit Pearson with a screen pass and the senior back sped 44 yards, giving Trumbull a 14-7, second-quarter advantage.
"A couple of plays they scored on, our defense wasn't communicating," McCloskey said. "You can't do that against Trumbull or any team. It's tough on the kids. We've just got to keep their spirits up."
"Screens are a big part of our offense," Maffei said.
Roberts hit Williams later in the second with a perfect throw along the sideline, over Santella's outstretched arm. Williams tight-roped the boundary, staying inbounds, and capping the 51-yard touchdown, making it 21-7.
"That was a magnificent catch and throw," Maffei said. "That's what they're capable of doing."
Roberts found Williams in the fourth when the junior quarterback hit his receiver for a 49-yard score.
"We were doing well in practice this week," Roberts said. "We just connected in the game."
FAIRFIELD LUDLOWE 7 0 0 0-- 7
TRUMBULL 7 14 0 14-- 35
FL-- Victor D'Ascenzo 64 pass to Dan Santella (D'Ascenzo kick)
T-- Nick Roberts 20 pass to Mike Williams (Ryan Pearson kick)
T-- Roberts 44 pass to Pearson (Pearson kick)
T-- Roberts 51 pass to Williams (Pearson kick)
T-- Roberts 36 pass to Eric Anderson (Pearson kick)
T-- Roberts 49 pass to Williams (Pearson kick)
Records: FL-- 0-3; T-- 1-2.