Trinity Catholic upends Trumbull

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STAMFORD — Trinity Catholic coach Donny Panapada is a former offensive lineman and an old-school type of guy, so, Saturday’s conditions and style of play between Trumbull and his Crusaders suited him just fine.

Playing on a muddy grass field with a stiff wind and some light rain falling it was a day for offensive linemen to shine and the Crusaders to play a little more of a ball-control style than they have been accustom to this season.

The Crusaders made their coach very happy, controlling the line, putting together long drives and most of all by beating the Eagles 32-20 at Alumni Field, the last natural grass field in the FCIAC.

“That’s where we want to be,” Panapada said. “We have the capability of big plays but I’m an offensive lineman and I want to be able to run the ball, sustain drives and still be able to hit the big plays. We wanted to be able to control the clock and that was our goal and I think we did a really good job today.”

It was Trinity’s (2-1) first win over Trumbull in over 20 years though nobody could recall just when that last win came against the Class LL school it does not face often.

The final score was not indicative of how the game was played as Trinity led just 16-0 after three quarters before both offenses came to life in the fourth.

In fact, Trumbull was down 8-0 midway through the third when Joseph Turner stripped the ball from a Crusaders’ running back, bringing it back to the 4-yard line.

Trinity, however, held Trumbull (2-1) on four downs, marching down the field on the very next drive with Anthony Lombardi hitting Izaiah Sanders for an 18-yard touchdown.

Trinity would open up a 32-6 lead before Trumbull scored a few late touchdowns to make the final score more respectable.

Sanders caught two touchdown passes on the day and also had two interceptions for Trinity, saying the play of the offensive line was the key.

“Those long drives were great because our line was great today,” Sanders said. “They are a great group of guys and I am happy I transferred here. We wanted to be able to run the ball today and we did that.”

Sanders said it is hard to decide if he prefers scoring on offense or making big defensive plays.

“That’s a tough one,” Sanders said. “I think I’ll go with the defense because I like getting stops and being a good defender.”

Jonmichael Bivona scored two rushing touchdowns for Trinity.

Trumbull coach Bob Maffei said his young team can learn valuable lessons from games like Saturday.

“They beat us up front today and in these conditions that’s how you have to play,” Maffei said. “We are a young team and this is a learning experience for us. We play a lot of sophomores and juniors and this is a good game for them. We have a week off now and we can figure out what we do well and what we don’t do well.”; @EricsonSports


TRINITY 0 8 8 16—32

TRUMBULL 0 0 0 20—20

Records: T 2-1; TC 2-1

TC—Jonmichael Bivona 1 run (Anthony Lombardi run)

TC—Izaiah Sanders 18 pass Lombardi (Lombardi run)

T—Dan Hoffman 8 pass John McElroy (pass failed)

TC—Sanders 9 pass Lombardi (Johnny Somers pass Lombardi)

TC—Bivona 26 run (Nick Melia run)

T—Markeese Woods 3 run (Hoffman pass McElroy)

T—Woods 9 pass McElroy (run failed)