Falcons respond in second half

The Fairfield Ludlowe football team gave up 41 points and fell behind Ridgefield High, 34-0, at the half of its FCIAC road game on Sept. 20.
That was the bad news. Better news for coach Vin Camera’s Falcons’ visit to Tiger Hollow was a 20-point performance in the second half of their 41-20 loss.
“We didn’t execute our offensive game plan,” Camera said, after Ludlowe saw its record level off at 1-1. “A couple drops, a couple calls go against us, and field position really hurt us in that first half.”
The Tigers shut out the Falcons in the first two quarters by consistently denying first down plays, and stopping the Falcon’s passing game. The effort was highlighted by interceptions from Aidan Mauro and Noah Broder.
Will Bonaparte was the driving force behind the Tigers’ dominating performance, notching four touchdown runs — including a 52-yard run off a fake punt in the fourth quarter — and rushing for 202 yards.
“We see it everyday, and not everyone else does, but it’s quite special,” Ridgefield coach Kevin Callahan of Bonaparte’s performance.
After intermission, Ludlowe quarterback Matt White found success running the ball.
After Jimmy Gasper ran for a touchdown in the third quarter, White ran the ball in himself in the fourth to make it 34-14.
Two minutes later, he threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Stephan Zadravec to make it 34-20.
“What I told them at halftime was that I wanted to see what they were made of,” said Camera. “ I wanted to see what their character was, I wanted to see if they were going to lie down, or if they were going to continue to play, and they continued to play.”
But Bonaparte destroyed Ludlowe’s hopes of a comeback when with 2:26 left in the game,  he abandoned a punt in favor of a 52-yard touchdown run, giving the Tigers a 41-20 advantage.
“He is our punter, and with that rugby-style punt that we have, sometimes we can give him the green light to make a decision whether he can get to the sticks or not,” said Callahan.
Ludlowe will play its first home game of the season when Bridgeport Central visits at 7 p.m. on Friday.

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