Trinity football beats Central

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STAMFORD — The Trinity Catholic defense gave up a 73-yard touchdown drive to Bridgeport Central to start the game Saturday, seeming on its heels and out of sorts.

From that point forward, the Crusaders defense was in lock-down mode, not allowing another score on the way to a 48-8 win over the Hilltoppers at Gaglio Field.

The win keeps assures Trinity (6-3) a winning record, also keeping it in the hunt for a Class S playoff berth.

Trinity was ranked No. 11 in S going into the day, but will pick up bonus points for beating the Class LL Hilltoppers. The Crusaders will have to beat Wilton on Thanksgiving and get a little help in the form of teams above them losing to qualify.

“I was happy with how we played on defense, but I was not at all happy with how we came out,” Trinity coach Donny Panapada said. “Credit to Central. Their kids play hard and coach Farrell is doing a lot of great things with those kids and they play hard the whole game and I can’t say that for every team we play. This win helps us, but we have to get ready for Wilton on Thanksgiving which is a big one for us.”

Frank Alfano led the defensive effort with two interceptions.

Jonmichael Bivona broke off second half touchdown runs of 2, 27 and 85 yards for Trinity. Nick Melia scored on a 3-yard run and on a 35-yard screen pass from Nick Granata. Granata also ran in a 21-yard keeper.

Late in the fourth quarter, senior reserve quarterback John Farrell connected with Jeremiah Lamothe for a 44-yard touchdown.

Central got on the board first with Dimitrie Ivey capping a 73-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run, putting Central up 8-0.

Central coach Michael Farrell thought his team fought all the way and that was all he could ask of them.

“The effort I was proud of,” Farrell said. “We just have to clean some things up. We made too m any critical mistakes but the effort was there and it has been there the whole time. These kids haven’t stopped working for us. We hung in there but give Trinity credit, they beat us. Especially in the second half they just out-executed us”

Trinity won all four games on Gaglio Field, its new home artificial turf field, this season.

As was custom at Alumni Field on senior day, the seniors walked the length of the field together after the game.

“I feels good to not lose at home senior year,” Trinity TE/LB Arthur Yaniv said. “Their counter game and trap game were strong. Our heads were down after that first drive because they came to fight and we didn’t. We had to bring it up and we definitely did that in the second half.”; @EricsonSports


CENTRAL 8 0 0 0—8

TRINITY 14 6 14 14—48

Records: Trinity 6-3; Central 1-7

BC—Dimitrie Ivey 2 run (Gabriel Nerette pass Navaughn Austin)

TC—Nick Melia 3 run (David Broncati kick)

TC—Nick Granata 21 run (Broncati kick)

TC—Melia 35 pass Granata (kick failed)

TC—Jonmichael Bivona 2 run (Broncati kick)

TC—Bivona 27 run (Broncati kick)

TC—Bivona 85 run (Broncati kick)

TC—Jeremiah Lamothe 44 pass John Farrell (Broncati kick)