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Prep vs W Haven @Trumbull 12/7 2PM
Prep defeats Glastonbury, advances to Class LL semifinals
SEMIFINAL GAME: Prep vs. West Haven at Trumbull High School on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2PM
Trumbull High School, 72 Strobel Rd, Trumbull, CT 06611
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On just the second play of Tuesday night’s Class LL state quarterfinal game against No. 2 Glastonbury, seventh-seeded Fairfield Prep made quite the opening proclamation: they weren’t going anywhere. Prep’s Brett Stevenson intercepted and returned a 42-yard tipped pass for a touchdown and gave the Jesuits the early 7-0 lead. Two plays later, the Prep defense sacked quarterback Jalen Ollie to force and recover the fumble.
Quarterback Colton Smith capitalized on the possession, running in for the 20-yard score. Less than five minutes into the contest at Glastonbury High, Prep led 13-0. “I think it was a big statement,” Smith said.
Led by Smith’s 266 rushing yards and four touchdowns, the Jesuits (10-2) held off a second-half comeback from Glastonbury (10-2) to win 33-23 and advance to the Class LL semifinals where they will face No. 6 West Haven on Saturday at Trumbull High at 2 p.m.
“We made some great plays on both sides,” Prep head coach Tom Shea said. “Start off with a big play on defense, we had a bit of a lead, then we made a few mistakes and had a chance to put it away early and didn’t. It was very competitive game. But our kids never quit, they played hard and found answers.”
Prep, playing in its first state playoff game since 2006, never trailed and survived its biggest test late in the third quarter as Ollie connected with Anthony Anisimov for a 24-yard touchdown to cut the Jesuits’ lead to 26-23. Prep’s answer? Smith. The junior quarterback saw an opening on the first play of the ensuing drive and raced 77 yards down the field for the 33-23 advantage.
“That’s how great of a player he is,” Shea said. “He can make plays like that and turn games around.”
Said Glastonbury coach Scott Daniels: “We knew he can run. He can make plays; he’s a dynamic kid.”
Glastonbury was led by Ollie, who attempted to will his team to victory. After trailing 19-3 in the first half, he engineered a drive and found teammate Ethan Ericson for a 4-yard score. The Tomahawks trailed 19-10 at the half. Ollie, who finished the game completing 23 of 42 passes for 376 yards, made things difficult for the Prep defense at times with his ability to scramble and create on the fly. “He was like a magician a couple times,” Shea said. “You got to give it to him. He really was something. We had him in our hands a few times and couldn’t put him down.”
But in the end, Prep’s defense responded when it needed to. On a fourth and long, the line applied pressure to Ollie and forced an incompletion to give the offense the ball back late in the fourth quarter. “Our defense was prepared,” Smith said.
Prep started the second half just like the first half. With a big play. Smith ran for 50 yards and then punched it in from 7 yards out to give Prep the 26-10 lead. Glastonbury answered right back on the next play as Ollie found Ericson down the sideline for 61 yards to make it 26-16.
Prep’s Nick Crowle finished the game with 78 yards on 18 carries, while Smith added 58 yards through the air. Ollie finished the season with 2,977 yards passing.
Donate to Toy Drive December 2 - 12!
Dear Fairfield Prep Community,
Thank you for your extremely generous support of our Thanksgiving Food Drive. The staff members from ABCD, Inc. were grateful and surprised at the incredible amount of food that waited to be picked up in our Arrupe hallway. All the food donated after November 21 will be brought to Operation Hope in Fairfield. Your donations will undoubtedly make someone's holiday season that much better this year.
I would like to ask that we all keep the momentum going as we once again will be holding a Christmas Toy Drive to benefit the Office of Social Concerns, Diocese of Bridgeport. The Toy Drive will begin on Monday, December 2 and will conclude on Thursday, December 12. Please see below for what students at each grade level have been asked to contribute. Please also note that all gifts should be unwrapped and placed under the tree on our Arrupe Foyer.
Thank you for your continued generosity!
MR. CASHMAN, MR. SACERDOTE
Infant toys, birth to age 2 and/or disposable diapers of various sizes
MR. DENNIS, MR. REIDY
Basketballs and soccer balls, ages 10-12
MR. KERY, MS. MEDOFF
Board games, ages 5-9
MR. DENNIS, DR. MILLER
Make-up kits, jewelry kits and other like craft kits, ages 10-12
MS. MEDOFF, DR. MILLER, MR. TELLIS
Stuffed animals and dolls of diverse backgrounds, 3-5 years old
MR. CASHMAN, FR. EAGAN, S.J.
Small cars and trucks such as Matchbox and Hot Wheels, 3-5 years old
Board games, ages 5-9
IN ANTICIPATION OF THE BIRTH OF
THE PRINCE OF PEACE,
NO WAR TOYS OR WAR GAMES OF ANY SORT, PLEASE.
Prep @ Glastonbury Dec. 3, 6:30 PM
Prep's Prize: Playoffs!
PLAYOFF: Prep @ Glastonbury, Tuesday, December 3, 6:30 PM
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Glastonbury HS, 330 Hubbard Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033
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By William S. Paxton, November 28, 2013, CT Post See Game Slideshow, Thanksgiving Fans Slideshow & Prep YouTube highlights!
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FAIRFIELD -- On a holiday to celebrate giving thanks, the Fairfield Prep Jesuits had a reason to be grateful -- Colton Smith was on their side. The junior quarterback sliced up the West Haven defense for 297 yards on 32 carries, leading Prep back from an 18-point deficit and on to the postseason for the first time since 2006 with a 29-20 victory over rival West Haven at Alumni Field.
"We've been down before and we know not to panic or hang our heads," said Smith, who finished 4-of-7 passing for 39 yards, but attempted just one second-half pass. "We just needed to come out and finish." While Smith did most of the chain-moving on a frigid Thanksgiving morning, senior fullback Nicholas Crowle served as the finisher, pounding his way to 109 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries. Smith also scored a touchdown for the Jesuits (9-2), who are off to the Class LL playoffs riding a five-game winning streak. Prep is expected to be seeded seventh and will play at No. 2 Glastonbury (10-1) on Tuesday.
"We are looking forward to the postseason and see if we can make some people proud in the playoffs," said Crowle, who was part of a Prep squad that opened last season 5-1, but finished 6-4 to miss the playoffs. "For the guys that experienced (last season), it definitely helped us out. ... We took that as a learning experience and said we can't overlook anybody."
The Blue Devils (9-2) dominated early, building a 20-2 first-half lead with its big-play combination of quarterback Duane Gary and Syracuse-bound tailback Ervin Philips (16 carries, 72 yards). West Haven took an 8-0 lead on its opening drive, which Philips capped with a 1-yard run and Tayvon Gibbs added a two-point run on a fake kick.
Prep, which ended its first drive on downs at the West Haven 3, scored on a safety when William Lashar sacked Gary in the end zone with 4:51 left in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Philips and Gary teamed up for a 47-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-2, and Gary later added a 1-yard run -- which came off a Crowle fumble -- to extend it to 20-2.
Prep responded with 27 straight points, starting with a 27-yard TD run by Smith, who tossed a two-point pass to Andrew Ostrosky to make it 20-10 with 5:13 left in the first half. "Given some of the mistakes we had made and still be within striking distance, yeah, it made us feel good," Fairfield Prep coach Tom Shea said. "We knew we were getting the ball (to start the second half), so we said, 'Look, we have a shot here, lets go.'"
To open the second half, Smith marched Prep seven plays over 66 yards. Crowle capped the drive with a 15-yard touchdown run, making it 20-16 after the two-point run failed. Crowle gave Prep a 22-20 lead with 4:31 left in the third quarter on a 31-yard run, but came a yard short of the end zone on the two-point conversion. He later added a 4-yard score with 2:41 left in the game, and Henry Healy kicked the extra point to make it a two-score lead, 29-20.
After surging in the first half, the Blue Devils were their own worst enemy in the second half with three fumbles, one of which they lost and the other two hindered drives. "We had a little bit of a problem handing the ball off," West Haven coach Ed McCarthy said. "We couldn't hand the ball off from our quarterback to the running back -- three times we couldn't do it. "We didn't play good today, but we'll be all right."
WEST HAVEN 8 12 0 0--20
FAIRFIELD PREP 2 8 12 7--29
WH--Ervin Phillips 1 run (Tayvon Gibbs run)
FP -- Duane Gary sacked in end zone by William Lashar
WH--Phillips 47 pass from Gary (Gibbs kick failed)
WH--Gary 1 run (Pass failed)
FP--Colton Smith 27 run (Smith pass to Andrew Ostrosky)
FP--Nicholas Crowle 15 run (Smith run failed)
FP--Crowle 31 run (Crowle run failed)
FP--Crowle 4 run (Henry Healy kick)
Records: West Haven 9-2, Fairfield Prep 9-2
1988 State Champion Football team honored
At halftime of the Fairfield Prep home game versus West Haven on November 28, 2013, members of the 1988 State Champion football team were honored for the 25th year anniversary of their championship season. Team members included: Rigo Alfonso, Michael Bertie, Jim Carolan, Billy English, Robert McCarthy, Dustin Ranciato, Jon Varholak, John Wilcox and Eric Wuchiski. The team was led by Hall of Fame Football Coach, Earl "The Duke" Lavery, who graduated from Prep in 1950. Watch Prep YouTube!
Staff honored & Maggiore '00 inspires!
Thanksgiving Assembly inspires Prep Community
Fairfield Prep’s annual Thanksgiving Assembly and Prayer Service took place on Tuesday, November 26 in Alumni Hall. This year’s theme was “In Thanksgiving for God’s Love and Gifts.” The school community was treated to thoughtful reflections, inspiring prayer, and beautiful music by our liturgical choir (a big thank you goes to Mrs. Evans, Mr. Cashman, and the faculty and students who sang/played during the service). Fr. Hanwell, S.J., honored faculty and staff for their dedicated service to Fairfield Prep. These included Fr. Bill Eagan, S.J., and John Hanrahan for 30 years of service; Bob Ford, Jr. for 35 years of service; Billie Brooks and Maureen Bohan for 40 years of service. Fairfield Prep also welcomed back Michael Maggiore ’00 to share his story with the school community. Please see Prep's You Tube Channel to view Michael’s reflection as well as other highlights from the assembly.
Pictured with Fr. John Hanwell, S.J., President and Dr. Robert Perrotta, Principal, educators were honored for many years of service to Fairfield Prep, from left: Bob Ford Jr. (35 yrs); John Hanrahan (30 yrs); Fr. Bill Eagan (30 yrs); Maureen Bohan (40 yrs); and Billy Brooks (40 yrs), not pictured.