Colton Smith leads Prep to 38-28 win over Shelton

Colton Smith quarterbacked the Fairfield Prep football team to a 38-28 victory over No. 7 Shelton High in a key SCC clash at Finn Stadium on Friday night.
Smith broke off touchdown runs of 80 and 49 yards in the fourth quarter to twice reestablish 10-point or better leads for the Jesuits (4-1).
“We really wanted it, we rally needed it, and we came out and did what we had to do,” said Smith, who saw the defense twice stop Shelton (4-1) on downs in the opening quarter. “We have total confidence in our defense.”
Prep took a 6-0 lead on Smith’s 13-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter.
Shelton, who also missed a 30-yard field goal on its second possession, took a 7-6 lead on Jason Thompson’s 44-yard run after catching a screen pass from Mark Piccirillo’s with 2:35 left in the first half. Joe Zoppi kicked the conversion.
Prep took a 12-7 lead into the break,  when Smith capped a 58-yard, 10-play drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass to John DelliSanti with 6.9 seconds left.
John Buckley’s interception halted Shelton’s first drive in the third quarter, and Prep went 59 yards and scored on Smith’s 9-yard keeper.
Shelton made it an 18-13 game on Thompson’s 7-yard run with 3:38 left in the third.
Prep’s next possession carried into the final period, where DelliSanto found paydirt on a 15-yard run.
Prep’s Andrew Cunha, who had an exceptional night punting the ball, made a diving interception at the Jesuits’ 13 to stop one Shelton drive, but the Gaels closed within 24-21 with 3:58 remaining on Piccirillo’s 13-yard pass to Mike Pingree and a two-point conversion pass to Kyle Drost.
Smith took the wind out of the Gaels’ sail when he got to the edge and raced 80 yards untouched for a score.
Sean Morrison hit the PAT.
Shelton made it 31-28 with 1:53 remaining on Drost’s tackle-breaking 34-yard touchdown reception.
Again, Smith answered, this time with a 49-yard scamper. Morrison tacked on the final point.
“Colton demonstrated tonight why I believe he is one of the best quarterbacks around,” Prep coach Tom Shea said. “He can beat you with his arm or his feet.”

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