Bun­nell starts fast to re­main un­de­feated

Connecticut Post - - SPORTS - By Emery Filmer

MIL­FORD — It had the ap­pear­ance of the prover­bial “trap” game for Bun­nell High School. The Bull­dogs were un­de­feated af­ter four foot­ball games and were play­ing a strug­gling Fo­ran team that is ba­si­cally in a re­boot un­der first-year coach Tom Drew.

There was also no way Bun­nell coach Sean Mi- gnone could keep it from his team that the big­gest SWC games on the Bull­dogs’ sched­ule are com­ing up the next two weeks. But less than 20 min­utes into Fri­day’s game Bun­nell led by 25 points be­fore even­tu­ally set­tling

for a 31-7 vic­tory.

“It was a con­cern,” Mignone said. “It was the same sit­u­a­tion two weeks ago at New Fair­field. We came out flat then and our goal tonight was to make sure that didn’t hap­pen.”

Bun­nell will host peren­nial SWC and state pow­ers Ma­suk and New­town the next two weeks. If the Bull­dogs play like they did in the first 20 min­utes, they have a shot of re­main­ing un­de­feated.

“The de­fense played phe­nom­e­nally the whole game but the of­fense played well only through the mid­dle of the sec­ond quar­ter,” Mignone added.

Bun­nell had outscored its first four op­po­nents (Notre Dame of Fair­field, Led­yard,

New Mil­ford and New Fair­field) by a com­bined 137-23 mar­gin. Fri­day they were led by quar­ter­back Brian Car­rafiello, who tossed two first-quar­ter touch­downs, and run­ning back/line­backer Jo­van Eg­gle­ston who scored on of­fense and de­fense, and was the best player on the field.

“It was Eg­gle­ston’s best game of his ca­reer,” Mignone said.

The two quick first-quar­ter scores was a punch to the gut for Fo­ran (1-4), which was com­ing off backto-back losses to Hard­ing and Ly­man Hall. The Lions are still re­cov­er­ing from the loss of long-time head coach Jeff Bevino, who stepped down af­ter last sea­son.

“We are build­ing and try­ing to do it the right way,” said Drew. “We knew we couldn’t get off to a slow start against such a phys­i­cal

team, but we played phys­i­cal foot­ball in the sec­ond half.”

The Lions did a fine job in the fi­nal min­utes of the sec­ond quar­ter and sec­ond half keep­ing its a rel­a­tively close game. They outscored the Bull­dogs 7-6 over the fi­nal 28 min­utes.

Bun­nell (5-0) rode the pass­ing arm of Car­rafiello to two quick first-quar­ter scores and then used the run­ning game and de­fense to build the 25-0 lead.

The Bull­dogs went 64 yards on eight plays with Car­rafiello cap­ping the drive with a 35-yard scor­ing pass to Eg­gle­ston on a 4thand-2 play.

On Bun­nell’s next pos­ses­sion Car­rafiello hit Eli Alexan­dre on a 12-yard scor­ing strike cap­ping a 58-yard drive. The key play was a 34-yard Car­rafiello to Josh Lisi pass on a 4th-

and-8 fake punt.

Tyreek Smith ran eight yards for a score in the sec­ond quar­ter for Bun­nell be­fore Eg­gle­ston picked up a bad snap on a punt and ran 22 yards for a 25-0 lead.

Be­fore the half, the Lions man­aged to get on the board when Andrew Janik and Max Tav­il­ian con­nected on a 14-yard scor­ing play late in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Bun­nell’s Christ N’Dabian’s 1-yard TD run with two min­utes re­main­ing in the fourth quar­ter com­pleted the scor­ing.

Chris­tian Abra­ham / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Fo­ran’s Theodore Mauro grabs the jersey of Bun­nell’s Eli Alexan­dre dur­ing Fri­day’s game in Mil­ford.

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