Spring football in full bloom at Greenwich High [SLIDESHOW]

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2013 GHS Football Red & White Game

2013 GHS Football Red & White Game

2013 GHS Football Red & White Game

Members of the Greenwich High School football team take to the gridiron during last week’s annual Red & White football game at Cardinal Stadium. This year the Red team came away with the 14-0 victory. — John Ferris Robben photo

2013 GHS Football Red & White Game

2013 GHS Football Red & White Game

2013 GHS Football Red & White Game

Members of the Greenwich High School football team take to the gridiron during last week’s annual Red & White football game at Cardinal Stadium. This year the Red team came away with the 14-0 victory. — John Ferris Robben photo

2013 GHS Football Red & White Game

2013 GHS Football Red & White Game

2013 GHS Football Red & White Game

Members of the Greenwich High School football team take to the gridiron during last week’s annual Red & White football game at Cardinal Stadium. This year the Red team came away with the 14-0 victory. — John Ferris Robben photo

2013 GHS Football Red & White Game

2013 GHS Football Red & White Game

2013 GHS Football Red & White Game

Members of the Greenwich High School football team take to the gridiron during last week’s annual Red & White football game at Cardinal Stadium. This year the Red team came away with the 14-0 victory. — John Ferris Robben photo

2013 GHS Football Red & White Game

2013 GHS Football Red & White Game

2013 GHS Football Red & White Game

Members of the Greenwich High School football team take to the gridiron during last week’s annual Red & White football game at Cardinal Stadium. This year the Red team came away with the 14-0 victory. — John Ferris Robben photo

2013 GHS Football Red & White Game

2013 GHS Football Red & White Game

2013 GHS Football Red & White Game

Members of the Greenwich High School football team take to the gridiron during last week’s annual Red & White football game at Cardinal Stadium. This year the Red team came away with the 14-0 victory. — John Ferris Robben photo

2013 GHS Football Red & White Game

2013 GHS Football Red & White Game

2013 GHS Football Red & White Game

Members of the Greenwich High School football team take to the gridiron during last week’s annual Red & White football game at Cardinal Stadium. This year the Red team came away with the 14-0 victory. — John Ferris Robben photo

2013 GHS Football Red & White Game

2013 GHS Football Red & White Game

2013 GHS Football Red & White Game

Members of the Greenwich High School football team take to the gridiron during last week’s annual Red & White football game at Cardinal Stadium. This year the Red team came away with the 14-0 victory. — John Ferris Robben photo

2013 GHS Football Red & White Game

2013 GHS Football Red & White Game

2013 GHS Football Red & White Game

Members of the Greenwich High School football team take to the gridiron during last week’s annual Red & White football game at Cardinal Stadium. This year the Red team came away with the 14-0 victory. — John Ferris Robben photo

2013 GHS Football Red & White Game

2013 GHS Football Red & White Game

2013 GHS Football Red & White Game

Members of the Greenwich High School football team take to the gridiron during last week’s annual Red & White football game at Cardinal Stadium. This year the Red team came away with the 14-0 victory. — John Ferris Robben photo

2013 GHS Football Red & White Game

2013 GHS Football Red & White Game

2013 GHS Football Red & White Game

Members of the Greenwich High School football team take to the gridiron during last week’s annual Red & White football game at Cardinal Stadium. This year the Red team came away with the 14-0 victory. — John Ferris Robben photo

After a bunch of practices and workouts this spring, the Greenwich High School football team got to show off their talents in front of coaches, fans and families earlier today.

Earlier today, Cardinal Stadium was host to the annual Red & White football game, which puts the GHS football roster against each other in a game that lasts four quarters, with a running clock throughout the contest. This year it was the Red team that came away with the hard-fought 14-0 victory over the White team.

“Getting out here in the Red & White game is always fun for us, especially because it’s the first time we get back into it, strap on the pads and get to go at each other,” rising senior captain Jack Harrington said. “I think it’s great for the younger guys who aren’t used to the speed of a varsity game to have this as their first experience. We love it, we think it’s a great tradition and we saw some good football and found some things we can work on later in the year.”

In the second quarter, Austin Longi used his speed and strength to blow by the White team’s defense and net the first touchdown of the came.

“We really caught the defense off-guard,” Greenwich rising senior captain and Red team quarterback Jose Melo said. “They were scrambling and that’s why we went fast-paced. That’s when we caught them off-guard and just did a sweep to Austin down the sideline. We are going to be as fast as possible, even if we catch a ball. Last year we tended to drop the ball and get ready. Now we are going to give the ball to the ref and go as fast as possible.”

The second score came from the Red team’s defense, as Pete Agro picked up the fumble recovery and darted 46 yards for the touchdown in the third quarter.

“It was great being a captain on the White team,” said rising senior captain Justin Gaccione, who will be anchoring the team’s defense in the fall. “We didn’t pull out the win today, but we had a lot of fun and that’s all that matters. I thought our team played well. We were trying to defense two great athletes in Austin [Longi] and Jose [Melo] and I thought we did a good job. They just played a little better today but I was not disappointed.”

Throughout the two weeks of practice, Melo, who started last year as quarterback while Liam O’Neill was recovering from a hand injury, noticed how the underclassmen really stepped up their game.

“We don’t have a lot of seniors this year and we lost a lot last year,” Melo said. “I think our offensive line really improved. We came in blind with our offensive line, but they are stepping up and doing really well. We have a lot of run-based plays, so they are going to be spread out throughout the field.”

For the past two seasons, Melo said that there were plenty of nerves for the competition in the Red & White game. However this year, as a senior captain and the starting quarterback position his, Melo is enjoying things a lot more.

“I felt really comfortable out there,” Melo said. “Usually I’ve been nervous, but now it’s not. It’s a good feeling being a leader here, especially when you had good leaders like Taylor [Olmstead], Liam [O’Neill], Joe [Kelly], and Alex [McMurray] last year. They really taught me a lot to be a leader.”

During the Red & White game, Longi grabbed most of the attention when it came to running the pigskin, however Ryan Pasquali, Nick Schepis and Kendrick Pozo had productive carries.

In addition to Agro’s fumble recover for a touchdown, Gaccione and Wynne each paced both team’s defense.

Wynne said that the main goal of spring football was being able to find out the team’s identity.

“We worked really hard during practice and I think we found out who we are,” Wynne said. “I think we have a good chance to get back to the FCIAC championship and I don’t see why we can’t win it all.”

While Big Red couldn’t be happier to get out on the field and show off what they learned during spring practice, just getting out to the gridiron was a thrill for Harrington.

Due to a lacrosse injury that required recent surgery, Harrington hasn’t been around  practices too much. Although Harrington plans on returning to the active roster in the middle of the football season, he’s still ready to help out.

“I left a spot open and I thought Jonathan Fisher came in and played awesome,” Harrington said. “He did a phenomenal job. We love that and it’s great that I get to go on the sideline and talk to him about some plays. We work together. I’m feeling pretty good right now and rehabbing, trying to get back there helping my teammates as quick as I can.”

Greenwich’s Gaccione can’t wait to get going in a few shorts months.

“The defense stepped it up today but we just got to find that offense and things will be good,” Gaccione said. “We pretty much just tried to learn the plays, learned the basics and then come out here and have a good day.”

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