Knights take care of business against Spartans
The Notre Dame-West Haven football team took care of business in a 38-0 victory over Amity in a Southern Connecticut Conference Division I clash at wind-swept Veteran’s Stadium last Friday night in West Haven.
With the win, the Green Knights improved to 8-1 and kept their playoff hopes alive heading into next week’s annual Green Bowl clash with Hamden.
The Spartans fell to 2-6 and played Guilford Wednesday night, after press time, in a game that was originally scheduled for Oct. 23 but postponed due to the H1N1 outbreak at Guilford High.
“While the wind played a huge factor in the game, the plain and simple truth is Notre Dame is way better than we are,” Amity coach Mike DeVito said. “We could play them 10 times and they’d win all 10 games.
“To make matters worse, we went in shorthanded. Our quarterback Tyler Vallie saw only limited time. He injured his leg last week against Shelton and it was still bothering him.”
Running into the strong, gusty wind, the Green Knights scored only once in the first quarter.
Tim Lyons’ 4-yard run gave Notre Dame an early 7-0 lead. The score was set up by Justin Willis’ 40-yard run on the Knights’ second play from scrimmage.
With the wind at their backs, it was a completely different story for the Knights in the second quarter.
Led by Willis, Notre Dame exploded for 24 points and walked off with a commanding 31-0 halftime advantage.
The first of four Amity turnovers set the stage for Rodrigo Encheandia’s 27-yard field goal.
Amity’s next possession was halted by the first of two ND interceptions.
Shortly thereafter, Willis scored on a 2-yard run to make it 17-0.
Forced to punt into the wind, Ned Wood got off a short 5-yard kick. Two plays later, quarterback Sean Goldrich connected with David Rose on a 30-yard touchdown pass.
The Spartans followed with another interception that led to Willis adding a 9-yard touchdown.
“They walked off with a 31-0 halftime lead,” DeVito said. “The game was over. Despite the final score, our defense wasn’t really horrible, but our offense was absolutely horrible. We went backwards all night long. We didn’t block well so we couldn’t run the ball well. I don’t think we had more than 50 yards of offense.”
Willis led the Knights with 79 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries.
Brian Sibley’s 2-yard touchdown run increased Notre Dame’s lead to 38-0.
Midway through the third quarter, both teams pulled their starters and the game turned into a scoreless contest.
“ND didn’t play its best game but we certainly weren’t up to the task,” DeVito said. “Our guys seemed unsure of themselves without Vallie and also seemed awed having to face a team like Notre Dame. They have a big strong team that plays with a lot of confidence. It is a real playoff-caliber team. We had no chance whatsoever to beat ND but we do have chances to beat the last two teams on our schedule — Guilford and North Haven.”