Football: West Haven defeats Prep

Needing a win to qualify for the Class LL state tournament, Fairfield Prep lost a 21-14 decision to West Haven High at Ken Strong Stadium on Thursday morning.

Blue Devil sophomore tailback Brandon Sebastian ran for a 17-yard touchdown with 11:24 left to play, with classmate Anthony Godfrey punching in the two-point conversion, to put West Haven on top for good.

The Jesuits (7-4) had two chances to tie or take the lead after that. But, tailback Allen Gibson was stopped short of the marker for a turnover on downs at the West Haven 10-yard line to halt one drive. Then, with the ball at midfield with 4:06 left following a blocked punt by Prep, Colton Smith threw three consecutive incompletions resulting in another turnover on downs.

From there, West Haven (6-5) ran out the clock to secure the season-ending victory.

Prior to that, Marshont Little ripped off a 57-yard touchdown run to stake the Westies to an early 7-0 edge 1:36 into the game.

An interception by Connor Bercik set up the game-tying score for Prep. After Bercik picked off Timothy McCarthy and returned the ball to the West Haven 5, Gibson scored from five yards out to tie the game.

Smith then hit sophomore tight end Bobby Haskins for a 9-yard touchdown to give Prep a 14-7 lead with 8:38 remaining in the first half.

Sebastian got West Haven within a point following an 80-yard scoring run to start the third quarter, but Jesuitss’ lineman Anthony Palazzolo blocked the PAT.

Prep marched down to the West Haven 26 on its ensuing driving, but Smith lost a fumble that Sebastian recovered.

The teams traded empty possessions from there, but Sebastian’s 17-yard TD on the next drive gave West Haven the lead for good.

Smith completed 15 of 28 passes for 126 yards and carried seven times for 44 yards. Tailback Joseph Ganim carried 15 times for 77 yards and Gibson had eight carries for 31 yards.

For the full game story, check out next week’s Sun.

 

 

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