2008 Junior Varsity Recaps

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11/22/08: Week 11 North Haven JV 18, Amity 12

Amity JV 0 6 0 6 - 12
North Haven JV 6 6 0 6 - 18

11/22: North Haven won the toss and deferred their choice to the second half. Amity took the kickoff and moved towards midfield, but a big sack by Chris Matteis and a fumble gave Indians the ball. A sweeping run by Billy McDonald, and nice runs by Mike Mauro, Mark Zurlis and Brandon McLane on an end around coupled with keepers by QB Steve Cusano moved the ball in close before coming up against a 4th and 3 from the 5. An encroachment penalty on the defense moved the ball half the distance to the goal, and then #42 busted in for the TD. The kick was no good, so the score was 6-0. The kickoff that folowed was last play of 1st quarter, so in the second, Amity moved the ball right down and scored on a 4th and 1 from the 1 and a half on a pass to a receiver in the front left corner of the end zone by the pylon.

11/22: The Spartan QB overthrew his receiver attempting the conversion, so the score remained tied at 6-6. Amity tried an onside kick and recovered it, but interference was called and North Haven was given possession on their own 48. A short drive saw the Indians move down the field quickly, highlighted by a pounding run up the middle by Zurlis and capped off with a 10+ yard TD run by Matteis via redirection. The kick again was no good, so the score was 12-6. After taking the kick, Amity moved quickly across midfield using several short passes before Tim Castelli intercepted a pass and North Haven went into halftime with a lead. A trade of fruitless possessions began the second half, before North Haven was able to take a drive down to Amity's goal line as the third quarter ended. On the first play of the 4th, Matt Vece carried it in for a short touchdown. The pass was overthrown so the score was now 18-6.

11/22: After the kickoff, the Spartans first play was a snap over the QB's head while in the shotgun for a loss of 11 yards. A screen pass  followed then a 65+ yard run through several missed tackles brought the ball down to the Indians goal line. #88 took it in on next play for a touchdown. On the conversion attempt, a penalty on the defense moved the ball half the distance closer, but the Spartan QB fumbled the snap and then was pushed backwards so the score was 18-12. After a North Haven punt, Amity tried one to mount one last drive to tie the score. They converted on third and long through the air and kept the drive alive by converting a 4th down and moving out towards midfield, but a big sack of the Amity QB by Mike Iannone on 4th down stopped the Spartans' and sealed the win for North Haven.

11/17/08: Week 10 North Haven JV 13,  Jonathan Law JV 8

North Haven JV 0 7 0 6 - 13
Jonathan Law JV 0 8 0 0 - 8

11/17: North Haven kicked off, and the Lawmen received it and then worked a drive past midfield before they came up against 4th down. A bad snap had the Law punter on the run, and when he was tackled, the Indians took over on Law's 41. The Indians couldn't cash in on this good fortune, but Billy McDonald's punt pinned Law in deep in their own end. Law couldn't move, so they punted it back. This time, the favorable field position didn't go to waste as Nate Alleyne ripped off a long run to the 8 and the first quarter expired. On the first play of the second quarter, Schwab went around the left end and in for a TD. Rob Carbone's kick was good putting the Indians up 7-0.

11/17: A short kickoff gave Law the ball at their 44. A long run set up a 30 yard pass play down the right sideline for a quick Law touchdown. North Haven was offside as the kick was missed, so a penalty moved the ball half the distance to the goal, so Law ran it, fumbled it into the end zone and then recovered it for 2 points and an 8-7 lead. NH took the next kick, and Schwab led the offense into the Law red zone with several keepers and the powerful runs of Trevor Keys - busting through tacklers.  Aided by a face mask penalty, the Indians moved to the Law 8. Two ensuing touchdown runs were called back by penalties, and then two incomplete passes later, the half ended.


11/17: North Haven got the ball to start the second half and drove down to the Law 25 but lost possession on a broken end around play. The Lawmen moved across midfield on a long drive, but again punted it away, pinning North Haven at their own 12. Schwab then had 2 great runs for 11 and then 71 yards down to the 6 as the 3rd quarter ended. On the first play of the 4th, Chris Matteis ran it for 3, then Schwab busted in for his second TD. The conversion run to left side was stopped so the score was 13-8. The two teams traded possessions before Law put together a drive that moved them across midfield. Billy McDonald stopped the Lawmen cold when he dove and made a game ending interception. The Indians then ran out the clock to win this one, 13-8.

11/08/08: Week 9 North Haven JV 32, East Haven JV 8

East Haven JV 0 8 0 0 - 8
North Haven JV 6 6 6 14 - 32

11/8: North Haven won the toss and deferred their choice to the second half. East Haven received the opening kickoff and made it across the timeline but then turned it over on downs. The two teams traded punts before Nick Melillo faked a hand off into the line and then took it around the right end and ran for a 45 yard TD. The snap was bad on the conversion, so no kick was attempted, and the score was 6-0. In the 2nd, the Indians turned the ball over deep in their own end on a broken option play. East Haven took over on the Indian 14, but after 3 plays, the Yellow Jackets had lost 2 yards and were up against 4th and long. An innocent pass to the sideline was turned into a touchdown with a hook and ladder play which caught North Haven by surprise. East Haven scored an additional 2 by making it through the right side on the conversion for and 8-6 lead.

11/8: Seemingly angered by the trick play, North Haven went right down on a long drive and scored with a heavy dose of QB keepers to get the ball into East Haven's red zone. Mike Mauro took a pitch and went around the left end to get in close, then Mellillo carried it in for the touchdown. The run was stopped, so the Indians took a 12-8 lead into the half.  North Haven got the ball to start the 3rd, but had to punt it away. East Haven's next drive was stopped on their side of the 50, and they turned it over on downs. The Indians took over on the Yellow Jacket 45. Freshmen QB Joe Schwab led the offense down to score with a bunch of keepers and a nice run by Mauro. Schwab carried it in himself for the TD, but the run conversion was again stopped, so the score was 18-8.


11/8: East Haven took the next kickoff and moved across midfield on a half back option throw that was almost intercepted by Schwab, but as he was juggling it, the Yellow Jacket receiver stole it away. The ball was on the 30 as the 3rd quarter ended. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Mike Mauro stepped in front of a deep pass and took it back out to the 40. Schwab, still running the offense, broke off some nice gains, and then followed a nice block into the end zone for a TD. The kick by Rob Carbone was good, increasing the score to 25-8. Late in the game, the Indians worked another nice drive down to the goal line. When it got to be 4th and 3, Mark Zurlis took a direct snap and pounded it through the right side for a TD. Carbone's kick made the final score 32-8.

10/31/08: Week 8 North Haven JV 13, Cheshire JV 12

North Haven JV 0 7 6 0 - 13
Cheshire JV 0 6 0 6 - 12

10/31: North Haven won the toss and deferred their choice to the second half. After receiving the opening kickoff, Cheshire's first drive stalled and they had to punt it back. QB Joe Schwab moved the offense down inside the Ram 10 with runs by Trevor Keys, Mike Mauro, Mark Zurlis and himself, but ultimately turned the ball over on downs. On their next drive, Cheshire went all the way down and scored using QB keepers and a  heavy dose of #9, whose biggest run was up the middle, across midfield, for 25 yards. The Rams ultimately scored on a QB keeper, but then he threw an interception to Brandon McLane in the end zone on the conversion, so the score was 6-0. North Haven took the next kick and went right down and scored using mainly QB fakes into the line and then keepers by Schwab. When it got to be 3rd and 4 from the 13, Trevor Keys followed a great block and plowed into the end zone for a TD.

10/31: Robert Carbone drilled the extra point for a 7-6 lead. Cheshire had time for one more drive, and moved into North Haven's red zone with under 2 minutes left in the half. They ran over 10 plays but could not score as the Indians D stepped up big time and stuffed the Rams final try from the 5 yard line on 4th down. Schwab ran for 11 yards and a first down, and then Brandon McLane took an end around out near midfield before the Indians took a knee and went into the half up by a point. North Haven took the 2nd half kick and moved to the Rams 30 before backing up with penalties and then punting it away. Cheshire's next drive started to move forward, but when their QB got into trouble with a pending sack, he threw an ill advised pass while going down and Trevor Keys picked it off and returned it 40+ yards for a TD.

10/31: The kick went wide left, so the score was now 13-6. Cheshire got the ball back and moved out near midfield before Mike Ross made a big interception on a ball thrown over the middle. Ross returned it 15 yards and North Haven was in set up on the Ram 45. The Indians couldn't move the ball, however, and had to punt. A poor kick gave Cheshire the ball back at their own 35 for one final drive. The Rams used short passes, roll outs and dump offs to move down and score. They went for 2 and were denied on a pass play but a penalty moved the ball half the distance closer, so they tried to win it with an inside hand off, but the runner was buried by an avalanche of maroon and white. Joe Schwab ran the offense for a couple of first downs to consume the remainder of the clock and North Haven went home a one point winner.


10/25/08: Week 7 North Haven JV 27, Sheehan JV 0

North Haven JV 6 14 7 0 - 27
Sheehan JV 0 0 0 0 - 0

10/25: Sheehan won the toss and deferred their choice to the 2nd half, so North Haven took the opening kickoff. A nice drive moved across the timeline helped by a 15 yard penalty for roughing the passer. Brandon McLane made a nice catch over the middle and then a long run by Trevor Keyes on 3rd down moved the ball inside of the 10 yard line so Nick Melillo could take it in on a keeper for a touchdown. The extra point kick was no good, so North Haven was up 6-0.

10/25: Sheehan's first drive stalled when on 3rd down in the shotgun, a bad snap got over the head of the QB so they had to punt. A short kick gave the Indians the ball on Sheehan's 30. Melillo scored his second TD with a 20 yard romp, carrying defenders on his back into the end zone. The kick was good giving the Indians a 13-0 lead. The Indians scored again in the second as Freshmen QB Joe Schwab led the offense handing off repeatedly to fellow Freshmen tailback Mark Zurlis to move right down and score.

10/25: Schwab took it in on a 7 yard keeper. The extra point was good and North Haven took a 20-0 lead into the half. Sheehan took the kickoff to start the 3rd quarter and came up short of the 50 and turned the ball over on downs. North Haven went right down and scored on Melillo's third TD of the day, a short run to up the score to 27-0, which ended up being the final score.


10/18/08: Week 6 North Haven JV 21, Daniel Hand JV 20

Daniel Hand JV 13 7 0 0 - 20
North Haven JV 0 7 7 7 - 21

10/18: North Haven won the toss and elected to defer their choice to the second half. Hand took the opening kickoff and scored quickly, but missed the extra point and the score was 6-0. North Haven fumbled in their own territory on their first possession, and the Tigers capitalized with another TD to extend the score to 13-0. Things looked pretty bleak half way through the second quarter when Hand scored a third touchdown to move in front 20-0. But after a great motivational speech, the Indians put together a solid drive and scored a TD of their own before the half.


10/18: Nick Melillo led the charge, firing a short pass into the back corner of the end zone. Robert Carbone added the extra point and North Haven headed into the half down 20-7. The Indians took the second half kickoff and quickly fumbled it away. The Tigers couldn't do much with it and fumbled it right back as Nate Alleyne covered it up. North Haven used up the rest of the 3rd quarter with an impressive drive, converting a 4th down from the Tiger's 29 in the process. After a nice juggling catch over the middle by Brandon McLane got the ball to the goal line, Trevor Keyes took it in for a short TD run and Carbone added the kick to cut the score to 20-14.

10/18: The teams traded punts starting the fourth before Hand pushed the ball deep into the Indians' end, but surrendered possession on downs with 1:37 to play. Brandon McLane earned a crucial first down on an end around play and then Nick Melillo completed a series of short passes to McLane and Bryan Maratea, the last of which was a one handed grab at the 5 yard line. Mellio ran for 4 yards and then spiked the ball with 6 seconds on the clock. With one play left, Melillo kept it himself and walked in for the tying score. Robert Carbone drove the extra point home and North Haven won this one, 21-20.

9/20/08: Week 2 North Haven JV 21, Branford JV 12

Branford JV 0 0 6 6 - 12
North Haven JV 0 14 7 0 - 21

9/20: The first quarter witnessed each team move the ball, but neither was able to score. North Haven got on the board first on a nice drive and then they added the 2 point conversion to go up 8-0. After a quick stop, the Indians punched in a second TD on a long run on a reverse by Brandon McLane, but missed the kick attempt, to take a 14-0 lead into halftime.


9/20: North Haven's Chris Matteis took the second half kickoff and broke a nice runback into Hornet territory. A great run by Michael Romano shortly thereafter moved the ball into Branford's red zone, and North Haven scored a couple plays later to take a seemingly commanding, 21-0 lead.

9/20: Branford couldn't do anything with their next possession, and had to punt it away, but as soon as Nate Alleyne caught it, he was hit by the Hornet's Logan Yelle and the ball popped out and was scooped up by Jim Prota and returned for Branford's first score. Backed by some renewed confidence, the Hornets put together a decent drive and scored a 4th quarter TD on a pass from Kyle Nolan to Tommy Boyd to make the final score respectable as North Haven remained on top, 21-12.

9/13/08: Week 1 North Haven JV 19, Guilford JV 13

Guilford JV 0 0 7 6 - 13
North Haven JV 0 6 13 0 - 19

9/13: Both teams had trouble scoring early on, but Guilford came close after a pass play took them down around the North Haven 10 yard line. But their drive imploded when a bad snap over the QB's head moved them out of scoring position. North Haven put together a nice drive and got down inside Guilford's 10 on a nice run by Trevor Keyes and ultimately scored a few plays later on a QB keeper around the right side by Steve Cusano with just over 2 minutes in the half.

9/13: North Haven built their lead up to 12-0 in the 3rd quarter on a QB option pitch that Mike Mauro took to the house for a 50+ yard TD. Guilford would not go away, however, as they scored shortly thereafter on a 4th down pass play over the middle to cut the lead to 12-7.


9/11: On the last play of the 3rd quarter, Brandon McLane came around back on a reverse to the right side and sprinted almost 60 yards for a TD that put North Haven up 19-7. Guilford added a late TD to cap the scoring and North Haven won this one, 19-13.


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Week 2

9/19/13: Vanacore Field, North Haven 7:00 pm

Xavier Varsity 0 13 8 7 - 28
North Haven Varsity 7 14 0 21 - 42

425 Action Photos

9/19/12: Xavier HS, Middletown 4:00 pm

North Haven Freshmen 0 22 6 6 - 34
Xavier Freshmen 0 7 0 7 - 14

422 Action Photos

Week 1

9/13/13: Kennedy Stadium, Bridgeport 4:30 pm

North Haven Varsity 14 14 7 7 - 42
Bridgeport Central Varsity 0 0 0 8 - 8

392 Action Photos

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