GHS Cards top Trumbull for Homecoming victory

It took a while for Greenwich’s ground game to find its legs, but the Cardinals eventually ran all over Trumbull for a 34-15 homecoming victory on Saturday.

Greenwich junior Luke Bienstock rushed for more than 100 yards and three touchdowns runs of 1, 6 and 60 yards en route to the victory.

The win was Greenwich’s third straight and brought their season record to 3-3 overall and 3-2 in conference play.

The Cardinals came away with the convincing victory despite playing without several key upperclassmen, including starting quarterback Matt Marzulla and star receiver Austin Longi.

“Our goal after the first three [losses] was to win all eight and hope something magic happens to get us into states,” Bienstock said. “Using the underclassmen really shows what a team effort this was this week.”

Making his third start, sophomore Frank Alfano held his own at quarterback. Alfano directed the traffic of his running backs and took one to the end zone himself on a six-yard score in the second quarter.

Trumbull, meanwhile, struggled to get much going on offense until it was too late. The Golden Eagles also turned the ball over four times – two interceptions and two fumbles – which led to 14 of Greenwich’s 34 points.

Trumbull managed to keep it a two-score game until their offense stalled in the fourth quarter. Eagles head coach Bob Maffei was happy that his team continued to fight, but said his team still has some growing up to do.

“After a while I get sick of saying ‘we’re young, we’re young, we’re young.’ It’s game six. It’s time to get old, old, old,” Maffei said. “I’m not happy about losing. It was a winnable game.”

Greenwich was slow to start, grinding out its first score of the day after a seven-minute drive. A Trumbull punt from deep in its own territory gave the Cardinals a short field and Alfano’s score to stake out a 14-0 halftime lead.

The Golden Eagles got the second half off to a good start after recovering an onside kick and marching down the field for a 24-yard touchdown to Niko Principi. The point-after kick was no good, however, seeming to sap a lot of Trumbull’s momentum.

It was soon off to the races for Greenwich, which ate up plenty of the clock with its impressive run game. In addition to Bienstock’s three scores, Tyler Farris added a 10-yard touchdown dash midway through the third quarter.

Back at .500, Greenwich travels to Fairfield Warde on Oct. 24. Trumbull (2-4) hosts Wilton on that same day.

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