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Friday, October 17, 2008

Hillhouse 34, Fairfield Prep 6

Brandyn Wright rushed 17 times for 107 yards and caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Bernard Risco as Hillhouse cruised to a Southern Connecticut Conference interdivision victory at Bowen Field.

Jeremy Moore returned a punt 89 yards for a score to give the Academics a 20-6 lead with 6:06 left in the third quarter.

Risco scored on a 10-yard run and threw touchdown passes of 20 and 9 yards to Brandon Rudd for Hillhouse (6-0), which is ranked eighth in the Register Top 10 Poll.

Tucker Shanley caught a 51-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Nizolek for Fairfield Prep (2-3).

Read the complete story in Saturday's Register.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Hillhouse hosts Fairfield Prep

Game time: 3:30 p.m.
Site: Bowen Field, New Haven
Records: No. 8 Hillhouse (5-0); Fairfield Prep (2-2)
Points scored: Hillhouse, 151; Fairfield Prep, 82.
Points against: Hillhouse, 36; Fairfield Prep, 61.

Since defeating New Jersey power Hoboken in the season-opener, Hillhouse has virtually cruised past Southern Connecticut Conference opponents, winning four league games by an average of 23 points. But Fairfield Prep should be the Academics' toughest test yet. While the Jesuits' are just 2-2, the Catholic school boys are much better, stronger and more physical than the record indicates.

"They're big and they're physical," Hillhouse coach Tom Dyer said about Prep. "Their two running backs are bruisers. Their quarterback is very good, and very disciplined, and up front they are very strong in the offensive and defensive lines. We have our work cut out for us."

The Fairfield Prep running backs are senior Peter Gruppo (352 yards, four touchdowns) and senior Connor Kelly, a fullback, who's scored three times on the ground. The quarterback is senior Brendan Nizolek (43 of 82, 574 yards).

The Jesuits have struggled at times to score but their defense has kept them in every game.

"Regardless of them being 2-2," Hillhouse quarterback Bernard Risco said, "they're still fundamentally sound. It's a good team. They're well-coached."

Hillhouse is primarily a running team, but Risco has an accurate arm when called upon. He's rushed for close to 400 yards and four touchdowns. Senior Brandyn Wright has gained 235 yards and three scores, and senior fullback Leon Davis has rushed for a team-leading 243 yards.

"The offense we run is kind of a run-first offense," Dyer said. "It's tough sometimes for high school kids to understand that it's not about stats. It's sometimes tough but it's our job as a coach to make the kids understand that we're doing this for the betterment of the team. Stats's don't make you a great player. Bernard's really bought into that."

Senior Marvin McClendon has also contributed in the backfield as well as sophomore Chris Turner. Dyer says Davis "gets it started with the triple-option", while Turner "shows a lot of promise but is still learning our system."

Defensively, Hillhouse is allowing just over seven points per contest.

Senior defensive ends Andrew Lyde and Tavon Wilkins, who has recorded 10 sacks, have been the standouts.

"These guys have been doing a great job of controlling the line of scrimmage," Dyer said. "When teams drop back to pass they're all over the quarterback. When you're able to pressure the QB it does wonders. That's why (senior defensive back) Jeremy Moore has six interceptions."

Also contributing on defense have been Junior linebacker Derrick Chin, senior lineman Brandon Gardner, junior lineman Reno Dunkley, senior lineman Marquis Brown and senior lineman Eric Johnson.

Week 6 Predictions

My picks for area games are in bold. Please feel free to add your picks.

Platt Tech at Cheney Tech, 7 p.m.
Ansonia at Holy Cross, 7 p.m.
Crosby at Naugatuck, 7 p.m.
Kennedy at Seymour, 7 p.m.
North Branford at Haddam-Killingworth, 6:30 p.m.
Vinal Tech/Coginchaug at Morgan, 6:30 p.m.
Fairfield Prep at Hillhouse, 3:30 p.m.
Branford at Hamden, 7 p.m.
Cheshire at Sheehan, 7 p.m.
Hand at North Haven, 7 p.m.
Guilford at Xavier, 7 p.m.
Lyman Hall at Amity, 7 p.m.
Notre Dame-West Haven at Derby/O'Brien Tech, 7 p.m.
Shelton at Law, 7 p.m.
West Haven at Foran, 7 p.m.
Wilbur Cross at East Haven, 7 p.m.
Stratford at Brookfield, 7 p.m.

Woodland at Wilby, 2:30 p.m.
Old Saybrook/Westbrook at Nonnewaug, 2 p.m.
Wolcott Tech at Hyde, 1 p.m.
Valley Regional/Old Lyme at Cromwell, 1:30 p.m.
Bunnell at Notre Dame-Fairfield, 1 p.m.
Immaculate at Oxford, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Foran, Notre Dame moved to Thursday Nov. 6

The game between Foran and Notre Dame-West Haven, scheduled for Friday Nov. 7 has been to Thursday Nov. 6. Kickoff is still at 7 p.m. at Veterans Field in West Haven.