New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)

Russo, Cheshire blank North Haven

- By Dan Nowak

NORTH HAVEN — In a game plagued by miscues and mistakes, Christian Russo ran for a 63-yard touchdown and 3-yard touchdown to lead Cheshire to a 28-0 SCC Tier I win over North Haven at Vanacore Field on Friday.

E.J. Quint caught a 50yard touchdown pass from Matthew Jeffery and Danny Zawalich caught a 46-yard touchdown pass from Mike Simeone for the other two scores for the Rams.

“It’s early, but one thing I know is winning isn’t easy,” Cheshire coach Don Drust said. “Starting the season by getting two SCC conference wins is important. Christian is a tremendous football player and did a great job and it’s great to watch him play. He’s a leader for us on the field.”

The first quarter was plagued by mistakes and miscues by both teams and the Rams set the tone on the game’s first drive.

The Rams received the ball to start the game and three plays into the drive Matt Jeffrey’s pass was intercepte­d by North Haven’s Jeffrey Karavas. Jeffrey would make amends for the miscue late in the second quarter.

On North Haven’s first possession, it had a third and 5 at the Cheshire 45. But a fumbled snap lost two yards forcing a punt to end the drive.

Cheshire had two drives in the first half halted by inopportun­e flags, but with 1:40 left in the second quarter, Jeffery and Quint came through for the Rams.

With a third and 14 at the 50 yard line, Quint bolted down the left sideline and Jeffrey hit him in stride with the ball for the touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

Russo had 77 yards on the ground and caught four passes for 47 yards in the first half.

The first touchdown seemed to spark the Rams who dominated the second half.

On the Rams’ first drive of the third quarter, Russo ran untouched down the left sideline for a 63-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead. Six seconds into the fourth quarter, Russo ran for a 3-yard touchdown to pad the lead at 21-0.

“We respect the heck out of North Haven, it’s always a physical battle when we play them,” Russo said. “We opened up the passing game a little bit today and that opened up some running lanes for us. It was great to get that 63-yard touchdown run. There is nothing like getting a big touchdown run to get the adrenaline going.”

The passing game picked up as the game went on for the Rams as well. With 11:16 to go in the fourth quarter, Zawalich caught his touchdown pass from Simeone for the 28-0 final.

“We’re a young team, we haven’t scored a touchdown iin eight quarters this season, but I saw some improvemnt­s today, we’re getting better,” North Havn coach Tony Sagnella said. “If we start blocking people we’ll be on our way.”


Christian Russo, Cheshire: Running back ran for 169 yards and two touchdowns.


“Anytime you can come here in North Haven and win a game it’s a good thing because they are a tough team to play. North Haven teams are always physical, they are well coached and Tony Sagnella always has them prepared.” — Cheshire coach Don Drust


At North Haven

Cheshire ........................... 0 7 7 14 — 28 North Haven ........................ 0 0 0 0 — 0 CH: E. J. Quint 50 yard pass from Matthew Jeffery (Dylan Vazquez kick)

CH: Chris Russo 63 yard run (Vazquez kick) CH: Russo 3 run (Vazquez kick)

CH: Danny Zawalich 46 yard pass from Mike Simeone (Vazquez kick)

 ?? David G. Whitham / For Hearst Connecticu­t Media ?? Cheshire’s Christian Russo breaks a long run for his first touchdown against North Haven on Friday.
David G. Whitham / For Hearst Connecticu­t Media Cheshire’s Christian Russo breaks a long run for his first touchdown against North Haven on Friday.

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