Greenwich High football scores early, often against Vikes

The script had become repetitive. Whenever Greenwich takes on Westhill, the final score is normally lopsided. Since 2000, the Cardinals have outscored the Vikings by an average score of 46-5.

These, however, are not the old Vikings.

Greenwich still won on Saturday at J. Walter Kennedy Stadium 63-22, but head coach Frank Marcuccio’s team is vastly improved, with a lot of the credit going to running back Davell Cotterell.

When asked for his game plan to stop Cotterell, Cardinals head coach Rich Albonizio joked “Advil” before turning serious.

“He’s a really good football player,” the GHS head coach said. “(As a team) they’re big. Defensively, we bent just a bit but I thought we did a pretty good job for most of the game.”

For Greenwich, Liam O’Neil threw five more touchdown passes, including two to Joe Kelly, two to Vincent Ferraro, and one more to Jose Melo.

“He got off to a bad start,” said Albonizio. “I kind of ripped into him a little bit about his reads. And then he calmed down and he played much better.”

Overall the Cardinals got off to a good start, as Joe Kelly caught the first of his touchdowns just over two minutes into the game. Jess Adelberg’s extra point was good and it was 7-0. Adelberg went eight-for-eight on conversions, while Peter Heerdt tacked on the final point of the day.

Kelly’s touchdown was the only score of the first quarter. Bernard Buzz nailed a 32-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 7-3.

From there, the Cardinals ran off 21 unanswered points, including two scores by Alex McMurray, including barreling for a 20 yard score on a fake field goal attempt off a shovel pass from holder Mike Longo.

That last play of the first half sent the Cardinals off to a 28-3 lead.

Westhill opened the second half by scoring on an 18-yard pass from Ryan Coppola to Yveson Casamajor, which cut the deficit to 28-10. Yet Ferraro and the Cardinals responded quickly, scoring on a 56 yard catch-and-run just 20 seconds later.

“The corners were just dropping back,” said Ferraro. “They ran a few to the other side, and then we just tried my side, and Joe (Kelly) had a really nice block and set me free.”

After the Cardinals recovered a fumble, O’Neil (12-of-19, 217 yards) showed he can run as well, nimbly scampering for a 12-yard score.

Defensively, the Cardinals had three takeaways, including interceptions by Shawn Dunster and Taylor Olmstead.

Austin Longi added a brilliant 52-yard score for Greenwich (6-0, 6-0 FCIAC). The Vikings still have hopes of a winning season, but fell to 4-3, and 4-2 in the FCIAC. Greenwich travels to play at Brien McMahon next.

The Senators (4-3) shocked Ridgefield last Friday, 22-14.

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