Greenwich football postponed due to weather, resume action Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

The Greenwich High School football season got off to quite the interesting start earlier tonight.

So interesting that Big Red’s game against West Haven High School is still looking for a victor.

Throughout most of the first half, the game was battling Mother Nature, as lightning and rain were pushing towards Cardinal Stadium. Finally, with 8:30 to play in the third quarter, the heavy rains and lightning forced a delay, and eventually a postponement.

“It’s weird,” Greenwich High head coach Rich Albonizio said. “I never have had this happen, but West Haven is a classy program, got a classy program and the kids are great. We are both in the same situation, so we needed to do what was best for the kids.”

Greenwich’s game will resume Sunday at 12:30 p.m., with the Cardinals trailing West Haven High School 13-7 with the ball on the Greenwich 17-yard line and the Westies threatening.

“The defense was doing okay,” Albonizio said. “It was pretty muggy and hot and I think both teams were starting to wear down a little bit, especially the kids going both ways. It’s a battle. We knew we were going to be in a battle and still have a quarter and a half to go.”

After a scoreless first quarter, Big Red got on the scoreboard first, courtesy of its defense. West Haven was on a five-play drive and had the ball on the West Haven 36.

Under severe pressure from the GHS defense, West Haven coughed up the ball well behind the line of scrimmage. Kendrick Pozo scooped up the loose ball at the 20-yard line and darted down the West Haven sideline the rest of the way for the touchdown with 6:03 to play.

However, it didn’t take long for the Westies to respond, scoring on its ensuing drive. After junior fullback Marshont Little combined for 17 yards on the first two plays of the drive, senior captain Ervin Phillips got the handoff and eluded several GHS defenders down the West Haven sideline for the 40-yard touchdown.

After GHS went three-and-out on its next drive, West Haven struck again late in the half. With 1:21 to play in the half, Little capped off the six play drive with a 31-yard run up the middle of the field for the touchdown.

“We are playing against a good team that has two tremendous backs,” Albonizio said. “They aren’t good. They are excellent backs. They are tough to bottle up and we need more offense to play with them. I wish I had one of those kids.”

Greenwich’s best chance for an offensive touchdown happened on its first drive. After Austin Longi hit a run for eight yards, quarterback Jose Melo called his own number, sprinting up the middle of the field and cutting towards the GHS sideline for the 26-yard gain.

After a Tommy Rappa run of seven yards and another six-yard run by Melo, Greenwich was on the West Haven 22, but on a third down, the GHS offense coughed up the ball and West Haven’s Normal Doss recovered to end Big Red’s threat.

Before the game was postponed, Melo run for 47 yards and threw for 35 yards. Longi added 17 rushing yards.

This isn’t the first time Greenwich and nasty weather met up. Back in 2010, Big Red hit the road and traveled to Sam Testa Field at Norwalk High School to open the season, but due to severe rain and lightning, the game got delayed nearly two hours.

The Cards came out of the lockers flat and the Bears went on to upset GHS, 19-7.

“We had to wait two to three hours and just stay there and wait,” Albonizio said. “They didn’t make a decision and they finally made the decision to play and we played bad.”

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