Greenwich football pulls away with a 42-14 victory over Trinity Catholic

Greenwich High School quarterback Matt Marzulla hands the ball off to Tommy Rappa during Saturday's game at Trinity Catholic High School. — Avery Belicka photo

Greenwich High School quarterback Matt Marzulla hands the ball off to Tommy Rappa during Saturday’s game at Trinity Catholic High School. — Avery Belicka photo

The Greenwich High School football team can breathe a sigh of relief.

Using a 21-point second quarter, Big Red traveled up to Stamford and had a statement victory against Trinity Catholic High School, coming away with the 42-14 victory and evening its record to 2-2 on the season.

“We really wanted to come out and execute today,” GHS junior quarterback Matt Marzulla said. “We wanted to have a fast-paced offense like we were working on in practice. The last two weeks we have been beaten pretty good, but this was more of a bounce-back game for us. We wanted to show everybody that we are still a powerhouse in the FCIAC.”

The Cardinals were led by senior running back Tommy Rappa. In a breakthrough performance, Rappa finished with close to 20 carries, netted 107 total yards and added three rushing touchdowns and one touchdown reception.

“It was a good team win today,” Rappa said. “The offensive line was pushing really hard. I got the first step and was getting five yards before I was getting touched. It was a great game by the whole team. Every time the line is pushing hard, it’s definitely easier to go out there and know you’re going to get those yards. It gives us a lot of confidence. It’s a good feeling to get points on the board.”

Not to be outdone was the play of Marzulla at quarterback. Not afraid to run the ball at all, the GHS junior was able to pick up key yards on the ground, but wasn’t afraid to find drill the ball to senior Jack Harrington, junior Austin Longi or senior Jose Melo.

“I felt great today,” Marzulla said. “It’s always been a dream of mine to play for the varsity football team. Jose at wide receiver is absolutely a monster out there and he helped us out a lot. It was key for me to get outside the pocket and make some plays. That’s always part of the game, but the line did a great job for me today.”

“I was very impressed with Matt at quarterback,” Albonizio said. “I thought he ran the ball well, gave us an added threat between running and throwing. Jose (Melo) is such a great threat for us at wideout. We are getting there.”

Greenwich got on the board with 10:55 to play in the second quarter when Longi grabbed the ball and darted down the field seven yards for the touchdown.

On the first play on Trinity’s next drive, Greenwich senior Gardy LeBon ripped the ball out of the Trinity Catholic running back and netted the turnover. On Big Red’s first possession, Marzulla stepped back and fired a missile down the middle of the field to Melo.

Although he was in double coverage, Melo still caught the ball at the Trinity Catholic 2 and ran it in the rest of the way for the 31-yard reception and a 14-0 lead.

With only 3:15 to play in the game, Rappa got the handoff at the Trinity Catholic 1 and bulled through the middle for the touchdown. The drive was highlighted by a 29-yard reception on first down and 20 that got the ball to the Trinity 15.

Greenwich scored its first touchdown of the second half with 9:03 left in the third quarter, as Marzulla connected with Rappa in the flat, darted 15 yards down the middle of the field and sprinted in for the touchdown.

With 3:59 to play in the third, Rappa connects on a one-yard touchdown run. To start the fourth quarter, LeBon added to his strong game with a four-yard touchdown run.

Although the Cardinals are sitting at .500 on the season, there’s no time to rest. On Friday night, the Cardinals will return home to Cardinal Stadium and host Norwalk High School at 7.

“We are feeling good right now,” Rappa said. “We can’t get too complacent. This is a great win, but we got to come out on Monday and get ready to improve, get ready to win games and get ready for the state playoffs hopefully.”

To read more on the game, including photos, stats and more quotes from players and Albonizio, check out Thursday’s Greenwich Post.

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