Shel­ton storms past ND

Gaels score on first five pos­ses­sions

Connecticut Post - - SPORTS - By Mike Madera

WEST HAVEN — With heavy rain fall­ing, there was be­lief Mother Na­ture was the balanc­ing fac­tor when Notre Dame and Shel­ton met Fri­day evening. The Gaels had other ideas.

David Yakow­icz started the game with a long touch­down run, Shel­ton then scored on its first five of­fen­sive pos­ses­sions, and the Gaels scored 42 first half points in a 44-13 South­ern Con­necti­cut Con­fer­ence Tier I vic­tory over the Green Knights at Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Field in West Haven Fri­day evening.

The fourth-ranked Gaels im­proved to 8-0 and con­tin­ued their quest to stay atop the Class LL rank­ings.

“The open­ing kick­off set the tone,” Shel­ton coach Jeff Roy said. “We have been work­ing on kick­offs and have been look­ing to get one. We have been close to bust­ing one.”

The Gaels were on point from the start, hold­ing a 292 to mi­nus-13 yard ad­van­tage af­ter 24 min­utes of play. Dur­ing that time frame, se­nior Jack Carr ran for 135 yards and three touch­downs on nine car­ries, and caught a screen pass from Jake Roberts which he tured into a 70yard touch­down re­cep­tion.

Yakow­icz opened the con­test with an 81-yard kick­off re­turn, and scored his sec­ond touch­down of the game on a remarkable 13-yard pass play with Roberts.

“The of­fen­sive line was so good,” Carr said. “There were holes ev­ery­where. We kept call­ing run­ning plays and they opened the holes. They did a great job tonight.”

The Gaels wasted no time reaf­firm­ing why they are among the best in the state as the de­fense al­lowed just 10 yards of of­fense in the open­ing quar­ter and the of­fense added three scores to back up the long re­turn by Yakow­icz.

Carr started his bril­liant night with a 49-yard run in which he bounced off the in­tial tackle and scored for a 14-0 lead 3 min­utes, 21

sec­onds in. Af­ter the Green Knights were forced to punt af­ter just three plays, the Gaels marched 69 yards on 11 plays, capped with a 3-yard run by Carr for a 21-0 ad­van­tage with 2:58 left in the open­ing quar­ter.

“We are 8-0, but we have to look at our next two games, not the play­offs,” Carr said. “Those are im­por­tant games. We have two more games be­fore the play­offs.”

When the Gaels held Notre Dame on three plays once again and blocked a punt, the Green Knights needed just one play, a 23-yard run by Carr for a 28-0 lead with 33 sec­onds left in the open­ing quar­ter.

“Our of­fen­sive line has been do­ing well all year,” Roy said. “They have been play­ing well.”

The sec­ond quar­ter was just as ef­fec­tive for Shel­ton. Roberts hit Yakow­icz with a pass which was de­flected be­hind the re­ceiver and caught by Yakow­icz for a score with 7:22 left in the open­ing half.

Roberts, who threw for 116 yards and a pair of first half touch­downs, capped the first half scor­ing when he found Carr for a short pass. Carr did the rest as he bounced away from a tackle, scam­pered down the left side­line and cut over the mid­dle for a score with 3: 22 re­main­ing in the half.

The Green Knights (5-4) fi­nally got on the score­board in the third quar­ter dur­ing run­ning clock on the open­ing pos­ses­sion of the sec­ond half as Zackary Hochman scored from 1-yard out af­ter Tyler Basti opened the half with a 55-yard run.

Notre Dame, who en­tered the game by win­ning four of its last five games, made it a 42-13 con­test when Pa­trick Schreck found Ai­den Stankiewicz for a 10-yard score with

4:48 left in the third quar­ter.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Jack Carr — The Shel­ton se­nior ran for 135 yards and three touch­downs, while also catch­ing a 70yard touch­down pass in first half ac­tion.

QUOTABLE

“The line was great. They opened a hole a mile wide. Any­one could have run through that.”

— Shel­ton’s Jack Carr on the play of his of­fen­sive line.

John Vana­core / For Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Shel­ton’s Jack Carr bat­tles to break free from the grasp of Notre Dame’s Zakary Hock­man on Fri­day night in West Haven. Carr rushed for 135 yards and three touch­downs in the Gaels’ win.

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