Ludlowe hammers East Haven

The Fairfield Ludlowe football team made short work of East Haven, winning its SCC-FCIAC Challenge game with the Yellow Jackets, 55-12 at Taft Field on Friday night.
Matt White scored on a 76-yard run and threw touchdown passes of 40 and 9 yards to Michael Arman, as coach Vin Camera’s Falcons improved to 5-4.
Nick Innaimo scored from three and five yards out.
Jimmy Gaspar tallied on runs of five and 20 yards.
Seamus Harding, Jake Garrell and Jake Kiramidjian had quarterbacks sack, while Billy Stapleton was also a force on defense.
Ben Cheney had five tackles, three assists, a fumble recovery and a pass deflection.
Jack Dailey, Chase Lind, Paul Stafstrom and Will Poling recovered fumbles, and Spencer Foley had an interception.
Coming into the contest with the 1-7 Easties, the Falcons didn’t exactly know what to expect, having gone 1-3 after a 3-0 start.
“This one made me nervous,” said Camera. “We had that two-game slide and, sometimes in situations like that, you just don’t turn it around.
“Tonight, we did. We were looking to execute on offense and we did, and we were looking to play solid defense and we did that. We really had a nice balance.”
After falling behind 6-0 in the first quarter following a turnover and a 32-yard touchdown pass by Trevor Angelo to Sal D’Amico, this one became very one-sided in a hurry.
After downing the kickoff and taking over on their 24, senior quarterback White, called a true leader by Camera, ran 76 yards on a keeper making it 6-6. Charles Kottler made his first of eight consecutive conversion kicks.
Innaimo, who took over for the injured Warren Davis two games ago, scored from three yards out at 5:07 turning it into a 14-6 game.
East Haven got as close as it would get when Dom Della Camera plunged in from a yard out with 4:07 left in the opening quarter. The Yellow Jackets trailed by two points, 14-12.
Ludlowe then scored five touchdowns within a span of 6:04 for a second-quarter outburst, which gave the Falcons a 48-12 lead heading into halftime.
First, Innaimo went in from five yards out before Gasper scored on another five-yarder with 3:04 remaining.
That was followed by a 20-yard run by Gasper (2:43); a 40-yard pass by White to Arman (2:32) before the tandem hooked up again, on a play covering nine yards (36.3 seconds to play).
“They (East Haven) managed to keep our offense on the sidelines for much of the first quarter,” Camera said. “We really improved our time of possession in that second quarter.
“I liked our balance tonight with Jimmy (Gasper), Nick (Innaimo) and Matt (White) getting two touchdowns each.”
When they were comfortably in the lead, Camera cleared his bench with nine different players carrying the ball.
White led the offense with 138 yards on eight carries, while Gasper had 99 on nine attempts and Innaimo had 95 with 18 rushes.
Ludlowe had 410 yards on the ground and another 168 through the air for a 578-yard game. The Falcons’ defense limited East Haven to 154 yards and a negative via the rush route.
Innaimo got his chance once Davis was hurt just 22 seconds into the team’s game with Westhill which the Falcons lost, 10-9.
“We had a good week of practice and the coach gave us a nice, lengthy pep talk during the week,” said Innaimo. “We had a chance to watch some game film. What we weren’t doing well as playing as a team. Tonight, we changed that around. Our offensive line did a great job.”
Warde closes the season with home games with Stamford (2-7) on Friday and Warde (2-7) on Thanksgiving.

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