North Haven grinds out vic­tory over Brook­field

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - SPORTS - By Scott Eric­son

BROOK­FIELD — North Haven is used to watch­ing teams try to de­fend its run-heavy ap­proach, what it is not used to is hav­ing to de­fend it them­selves.

That is ex­actly the spot the In­di­ans found them­selves in Fri­day night com­ing to Brook­field to take on a team with a sim­i­lar run-first of­fense.

Com­ing into the game, the two teams com­bined for 344 rush­ing at­tempts and just 30 pass­ing at­tempts.

What­ever you call it, ground and pound, smash-mouth, old­school, 4-yards and a cloud of dust, foot­ball was the name of the game and it was North Haven com­ing out of the scrum with a 17-7 win on the road in a SCCSWC cross­over game.

The win moves North Haven to 5-0 while giv­ing Brook­field its first loss, drop­ping them to 4-1.

North Haven coach An­thony Sag­nella said his team is used to be­ing the ones pound­ing teams with the, run but de­fend­ing it pre­sented all new chal­lenges.

“It was a chal­lenge be­cause you get used to de­fend­ing spread teams and teams that don’t want to punch you in the mouth. It was as much of a chal­lenge for us to pre­pare for them as it was for them to pre­pare for us,” Sag­nella said. “In the sec­ond half, we had to make a cou­ple block­ing ad­just­ments, and we did. Then we had to block them. They were well pre­pared for us and tonight was a bat­tle. A line-of-scrim­mage tug-of-war and we won it in the end.”

Af­ter a score­less first quar­ter, Brook­field would be the first to

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