North Haven grinds out victory over Brookfield
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