Smith scores four TDs, Prep to play Westies in semis

Colton Smith ran for 266 yards on 22 carries and four touchdowns to lead 7th-seeded Fairfield Prep to a 33-23 road victory over 2nd-seeded Glastonbury High in the Class LL state quarterfinal round on Tuesday night.
Coach Tom Shea’s Jesuits (10-2) will play 5th-seeded West Haven, a 51-26 winner over No. 3 Hall of West Hartford, at 2 p.m. on Saturday’s semifinal at a site to be determined.
Prep defeated West Haven,  29-20, on Thanksgiving Day to earn a berth in the playoffs.
Brett Stevenson gave Prep a 6-0 lead when he intercepted a pass from Glastonbury quarterback Jalen Ollie and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown on the Tomahawks’ second play from scrimmage after receiving the opening kickoff in front of a packed house.
Henry Healy hit the PAT to make it 7-0 just 11:07 into the game.
Things didn’t get any better for Glastonbury (10-2), winners of 10 straight games, when Anthony Palazzolo stripped Ollie of the ball and Nick Crowle recovered on the Hawks’ 46.
Crowle, who had 78 yards on 18 carries, had multiple totes to the 21 before Smith went the distance for a 13-0 lead with 7:27 still to play in the first period.
Glastonbury put up a 33-yard field goal by Nick Hobart to make it 13-3 at the 4:32 mark of the opening stanza.
Smith scored on a 47-yard run just over two minutes later, and Prep had a 19-3 lead after one.
Ollie, who completed 23-of-42 passes for 376 yards to finish with 2,977 on the season, hit Ethan Ericson with a four-yard scoring pass, and the PAT made it a 19-10 game with 4:42 remaining in the first half.
The score stood up, and Prep took possession to start the third quarter.
Smith ran for 50 yards, Crowle for six, and then Smith kept the ball for a 7-yard score.
Healy’s conversion kick boosted the lead to 26-10 only 1:30 into the second half.
Ollie hooked up with Ericson for a 61-yard touchdown, and after a Prep punt, the Tomahawks went 80 yards in seven plays to pull within 26-22 on Ollie’s one-yard toss to Anthony Anismov with 3:40 left in the third quarter.
Smith came to the rescue here, with a dazzling 77-yard run to paydirt on the Jesuits’ next play from scrimmage.
The 33-23 lead held up.

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