Football: Brien McMahon defeats Fairfield Ludlowe

Brien McMahon came out on top of a game pitting two football teams both looking for their first victory since November 2015, topping Fairfield Ludlowe 32-13 Thursday night in Fairfield.

The Senators improved to 1-3, while the Falcons fell to 0-4.

“We have to finish drives,” Ludlowe head coach Mitchell Ross said. “We can’t turn over the ball after we drive 80, 90 yards. And then we turn it over on the 5.”

That was the major difference in the game for the Falcons.

On third down and five with 10:29 left in the first quarter, Senators quarterback Chris Druin connected with wide receiver Justin Forde on a 55-yard touchdown down the left sideline.

A two-point conversion put McMahon up 8-0.

“When you’ve got a quarterback like Chris Druin that we think can throw and we have receivers outside that we think have some speed, it opens them (the running game) up,” said McMahon head coach A.J. Albano.

Ludlowe responded when Kevin Quinn darted into the end zone from two yards out to cut the McMahon lead to 8-6 after a missed two-point conversion.

The Quinn run was set up by an Ethan Beri 33-yard reception from quarterback Josh Evans to set the Falcons up at the 2-yard line.

The ensuing drive for McMahon went 80 yards.

Druin and Forde hooked up again for a 10-yard score to put the Senators ahead 14-6 after a blocked extra point.

After Ludlowe turned the ball over on downs near midfield with 10:37 left in the half, McMahon drove down field and a 16-yard run by Tsai Zoe extended the Senators lead to 20-6.

“We always want to be balanced. We don’t want to run too much. We don’t want to throw too much,” Albano said.

Aidan Wycoff returned the ensuing kickoff 67 yards down to the McMahon 4-yard line.

Two plays later, Quinn ran in from two yards out for a second time and Ludlowe cut the McMahon lead to 20-13 with 7:54 left in the first half.

“He (Quinn) has such heart. A lot of those are just him making plays. He is a very tough kid,” said Ross.

After McMahon turned the ball over on downs with 4:55 left in the half at the Ludlowe 20, the Falcons moved the ball down the field.

Ludlowe could not get into the end zone, however, as Wycoff was brought down after a reception at the Senators 3-yard line.

At halftime, McMahon led Ludlowe 20-13.

Late in the third quarter, Ludlowe drove down the field looking to tie the game.

The Falcons got down to the McMahon 1-yard line before Quinn had the ball ripped out as time expired in the quarter and McMahon took.

The teams traded fumbles early in the fourth quarter.

McMahon’s Druin put the ball on the ground at his own 18-yard line, recovered by Ludlowe’s PJ Egan with 11:08 left.

Eighteen seconds later, Evans fumbled for the Falcons and Devin Baker recovered for McMahon at his own 10-yard line.

Baker’s fumble recovery set up a 77-yard touchdown run from Zoe to extend the McMahon lead to 26-13.

“I thought Tsai Zoe ran outstanding,” said Albano. “He probably had 150, 175 yards.”

Ludlowe drove down the field, looking to inch closer, but Evans was picked off at the 8-yard line with 7:26 remaining.

Druin put the game on ice with a 40-yard touchdown run with 1:55 remaining.  

“We ran the ball. We played bend but don’t break defense. That is a recipe for success,” said Albano.

Ludlowe will visit Trinity Catholic next Friday at 6 p.m.

McMahon will host Stamford at 7.


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