2009 Varsity Recaps
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11/26/09: Week 11 North Haven Varsity 21, Amity Varsity 19

North Haven Varsity 0 14 0 7 - 21
Amity Varsity 0 0 0 19 - 19
11/26: The Indians traveled to a sloppy William E. Sim field in Woodbridge to take on the Amity Spartans in a Thanksgiving Day matchup. North Haven won the toss and deferred their choice to the second half. The Indians kicked off and the two teams traded punts until North Haven gained favorable field position and mounted the game's first scoring drive. Pounding the ball through the soft middle with consistent runs by Ryan Criscio and around the ends with runs by Joe Schwab and Kendrick Amaker, the Indians moved down to the goal line and scored on a 1-yard run by Schwab. Robert Carbone kicked the PAT to put North Haven up 7-0. Later in the quarter, North Haven moved back into Amity's end and scored when Schwab handed off to Amaker and then Amaker fired a pass back down the sideline to Schwab for a 20 yard touchdown. Carbone made his second PAT kick and the Indians took a 14-0 lead into the half. The Indians took the second half kickoff, but had to punt it back. Late in the third quarter, Amity mounted their first drive and scored on the first play of the 4th quarter as Tyler Vallie threw on the run diagonally across the field to Tom Scanlon, who was wide open in the end zone, for a 35 yard TD. At the end of the play, Amity was penalized 15 yards on the point after kick for unsportsmanlike behavior. The extra yardage proved costly as the PAT kick was missed, so North Haven's lead was now 14-6. Shortly thereafter, Schwab was intercepted when his pass was tipped by his intended receiver and Amity returned it inside the Indian red zone. A couple plays later, Vallie scored a touchdown on a 2-yard keeper.
An attempt to tie the game with a 2-point pass play failed, so the score was 14-12 North Haven. The Indians responded with a nice time consuming drive that ate up most of the remaining fourth quarter. Schwab connected with Amaker with a key fourth down pass to keep the drive alive and move inside the Spartan red zone. A couple of runs by Amaker helped move the ball in close and then Schwab took it around the right side for a 1-yard touchdown. Rob Carbone connected with his third PAT kick to make the score 21-12. Amity got the ball back with under two minutes to play, and put together a quick drive to score again on a 16 yard pass from Vallie to Christian Sanchez and make the final score 21-19. With the win, North Haven improved their record to 7-3 and narrowly missed the Class MM playoffs, finishing 5th in the state.

11/13/09: Week 9 North Haven Varsity 46, Jonathan Law Varsity 13

Jonathan Law Varsity 6 0 0 7 - 13
North Haven Varsity 25 0 14 7 - 46

Seniors (left to right): Joe Williams, Mike Iannone, co-captain Ryan Criscio, Billy Zullo, Kendrick Amaker, Stephen Cusano and Anthony Chiaia pose together after the Indians defeated Jonathan Law 46-13 on Senior Night.

11/13: The Indians played their last home game of the year on wet windy Senior Night at Vanacore Field. The Lawmen won the coin toss and elected to receive. A couple plays into Law's first drive, Brian Maratea intercepted a pass to give North Haven a short field, but the Indians had to punt it right back. This time Brandon Devlin intercepted a pass and North Haven capitalized with a 24 yard touchdown pass from Joe Schwab to Mark Zurlis for a 6-0 lead. Lawman Chris Ballas took the kickoff that followed back for an 82 yard TD to tie the score at 6.

Kendrick Amaker followed with touchdown runs of 64 and 45 yards to open up North Haven's lead to 18-6. Joe Schwab added a fourth Indian touchdown with a 5 yard run and Rob Carbone made his first PAT kick to make it 25-6 at the end of the first quarter. Neither team could score in the second quarter, so North Haven took their 19 point lead into halftime. The Indians received the second half kickoff and after Ryan Criscio had some strong runs to help move them into scoring position, Schwab connected with Devlin with a short pass along the far sideline and Devlin dove inside the pylon for a 20 yard touchdown.

Another Carbone PAT kick made the score 32-6. Schwab added a four yard run shortly thereafter and Carbone's kick upped the score to 39-6. Mike Mauro bowled into the endzone on the first play of the fourth quarter and Carbone's fourth PAT kick ballooned the score to 46-6. The beleaguered Lawmen did manage to add a late touchdown against the JV Indians to make the final score 46-13. Seniors Joe Williams and John Proto each had nine tackles and a sack and Billy Zullo had nine tackles and two interceptions for North Haven and Indians improved their record to 6-3 with the win.  (Photos)

11/6/09: Week 8 North Haven Varsity 48, East Haven Varsity 13

North Haven Varsity 7 13 28 0 - 48
East Haven Varsity 0 0 0 13 - 13

11/6: East Haven won the toss so North Haven kicked off. On the first play of he game, the Yellow Jackets tried a flea flicker, where the running back took a handoff, and the pitched it back to the quarterback, who threw it downfield. Kendrick Amaker out leaped the intended receiver and stole it away and then took it to the house for a 50 yard Indian touchdown. Rob Carbone kicked the PAT kick to make it 7-0 and only 17 seconds had come off the clock. From this point, East Haven controlled the ball through the middle of the second quarter as North Haven punted once and fumbled once. Passing on every down, the Yellow Jackets gained yardage, but couldn't score. North Haven finally got going when Amaker took a handoff and slashed through the line, and

then cut to the sideline and was gone for a 52-yard touchdown. Carbone's try for a PAT was wide left, so the score was 13-0. East Haven took the following kickoff, but moved backwards with a series of penalties and then had to punt. With only about a minute left it the half, North Haven moved down and scored with 12 seconds left on a high arching, wobbly pass from Steve Cusano that was tipped by an East Haven player and caught by Nick Melilllo in the back left corner of the end zone. Carbone's kick was good to extend the lead to 20-0. The Yellow Jackets fumbled away the kickoff that followed, but with only 5 seconds left, the Indians ran a play and headed into halftime. North Haven received the second half kickoff and went right down and scored

behind several nice runs by Ryan Criscio and Joe Schwab before Criscio dove over the pile from the 1 for a touchdown and a 27-0 lead. East Haven punted the ball back and the Indians moved down and scored quickly on a 30 yard run by Amaker. Billy Zullo and Steve Cusano would follow with interception returns of 53 and 70 yards for touchdowns to open up a 48-0 lead through the end of the third quarter. Starting the fourth quarter, East Haven took the kickoff back across midfield and scored a couple plays later on 30 yard pass down the far left sideline to cut the lead to 48-7. Late in the game, the Yellow Jackets scored another touchdown to close out the scoring at 48-13.  (photos)

10/30/09: Week 7 Cheshire Varsity 27, North Haven Varsity 17

Cheshire Varsity 7 7 7 6 - 27
North Haven Varsity 7 10 0 0 - 17

10/30: North Haven won the toss and deferred their choice to the second half so Cheshire elected to receive. The Rams moved into Indian territory, but were forced to punt. Shortly into their first drive, Indians QB Joe Schwab took a direct snap and broke though the line and was gone for a 72 yard TD run and a 7-0 North Haven lead. The Rams answered back with a lengthy drive which culminated with a 1 yard plunge by Mike Skibicki to tie it at 7. In the second quarter, Bryan Maratea ended a Rams drive that moved in close with an interception and the Indians converted it into another touchdown when Schwab connected with Kendrick Amaker over the middle with a pass

at the ten and Amaker went up and over a pair of Ram defenders for a 17 yard touchdown and a 14-7 North Haven lead. The Rams came back with another drive and tied things with 2:32 left in the half on a 2-yard run by QB Greg Plamer, but North Haven took a 17-14 lead into halftime when Rob Carbone connected on a 31-yard field with 4 seconds left. North Haven took the second half kickoff and moved across midfield, but were forced to punt. Carbone's kicked angled towards the sideline and went out at the two. Cheshire then went on a 17 play 98 yard drive which culminated with Palmer's 6 yard run for a touchdown, to take

their first lead of the game at 21-17 and North Haven never could recover. Early in the fourth quarter, Palmer ran in a 34 yard touchdown to increase the Ram lead to 27-17. The Indians responded by taking the kickoff and moving across midfield with some nice runs by Criscio and Amaker, but when the drive came up against 4th down, a Schwab pass was intercepted near the Ram 20. Cheshire would then go on a time consuming drive to eat up most of the rest of the game before turning the ball over on downs with about 30 seconds left. Schwab was intercepted for the 3rd time shortly thereafter and the Rams took a knee to end this one.   (photos)

10/23/09: Week 6 North Haven Varsity 48, Sheehan Varsity 14

Sheehan Varsity 0 7 0 7 - 14
North Haven Varsity 7 21 7 13 - 48

10/23: Sheehan won the toss and elected to receive. On their first series, Titan QB Brett Biestek was intercepted just short of midfield when Kendrick Amaker out leaped the receiver to haul it in. North Haven moved inside the 30, converting a fourth down, before Amker broker through the left side and took off for a 30 yard touchdown. On the play, Amaker was coming back around to take the hand off, which he juggled, dropped and picked up in full stride. Rob Carbone's kick that followed made it 7-0. The Titans next drive ended short of a score, turning the ball over on downs deep in the Indians' end. North Haven mounted a scoring drive which included a nice roll out and 25 yd pass from Joe Schwab to to Nick Melillo and some runs by Schwab and Amaker before Ryan Criscio carried it in from 2 yards out for a touchdown. Carbone's second PAT kick made it 14-0.


Sheehan took the kickoff back near midfield, but after their first play gained 8 yards, a hard tackle by Mellilo forced a fumble which could have been covered up by the Titans if not for a great block by Joe Williams to clear the way for Mark Zurlis to recover it for the Indians. Schwab cashed in on this gift when he connected with Amaker with a 47 yard pass which Amaker hauled in over his shoulder and the Indians were rolling at 21-0. After a Titan punt, another quick drive saw Melillo make another nice sliding catch on a pass from Amaker before Criscio carried it in from 4 yards out for his second touchdown to help open a 28-0 lead. With only a few minutes left in the half, Sheehan moved down the field with a couple of passes and scored as time expired from 17 yards out as Biestek was scrambling and threw on the run to the back of the end zone to make it 28-7 at the half. The Indians took the second half kick and moved across midfield before Schwab fumbled and the Titans recovered.

Sheehan passed down to North Haven's goal line but couldn't score as they turned the ball over on downs on the 15. Joe Schwab took the first snap and broke through the left side and took off for a 62 yard run. After Criscio ran for 3, Amaker went 20 yards around the left side on a reverse for his third touchdown and a 35-7 lead at the end of the third. In the fourth quarter, Amaker broke up the middle and outdistanced his persuers en route to a 50 yard touchdown run to put North Haven up 41-7. Sheehan finally got their passing game going again to score on a 35 yard touchdown pass to cut that lead to 41-14 as it started to rain. North Haven ate up most of the final minutes with a ball controlling drive highlighted by some nice runs by Mike Ross, Nate Alleyne and Stever Cusano, before Cusano punched it in through the right side from 2 yards out. Carbone would then follow with his 6th PAT kick to cap the scoring in this 48-18 win for the Indians.

10/16/09: Week 5 Daniel Hand Varsity 21, North Haven Varsity 6

North Haven Varsity 6 0 0 0 - 6
Daniel Hand Varsity 0 7 7 7 - 21

10/16: North Haven won the toss and deferred their choice to the second half. The Tigers chose to receive, but after a good kick return, had to punt it back to the Indians. On their first play, Ryan Criscio took a direct snap and handed off to Kendrick Amaker who took off through the line for a 67 yard touchdown run. The extra point kick was missed, so the Indians led 6-0.

10/16: The two teams battled back and forth and after several punts, the Tigers gained favorable field position, and ultimately scored a touchdown on a short drive that ended with a short flip from Nick Merullo. Enzo Pagliarulo kicked the extra point to give Hand a 7-6 lead which they took into halftime.


10/16: The game remained close until late in the 3rd quarter when A.J. Hill intercepted a Joe Schwab pass and the Tigers took over at midfield. Hand turned that into 7 points when Merullo hit Chad Crisco with a 12 yard TD pass in the back corner and then scored a third touchdown late in the fourth quarter after a gallant Indian goal line stand succumbed to a short 4th down dive over the line by Merullo to close out the scoring at 21-6.

10/09/09: Week 4 North Haven Varsity 45, Foran Varsity 15

Foran Varsity 0 0 7 8 - 15
North Haven Varsity 17 14 7 7 - 45

10/9: Foran won the toss and deferred their choice to the second half, so North Haven elected to kick off. The Indians stopped the Lions' first drive and forced a punt, and then quickly scored a touchdown on their first play on a slant pass over the middle from Joe Schwab to Kendrick Amaker who cut across from the far sideline, caught the pass in the middle of the field, and took off for a 73-yard TD. Rob Carbone added the PAT for a 7-0 lead and then kicked a 30 yard field goal shortly thereafter to make it 10-0.

10/9: Joe Schwab broke through the line and sprinted for a 41 yard TD and the Indians opened up a 17-0 first quarter lead. In the second quarter, Ryan Criscio took a direct snap and handed off to Amaker, and Kendrick took off down the far right sideline for a 71 yard TD. For good measure, Schwab broke through the line and was gone for a 70 yard TD. Carbone's kick made the score 31-0 at the half. Foran tried to get back in this game by taking the 2nd half kick and moving right down with screen passes and dump offs and one long pass to make the score 31-7.

10/9: But when the Indians stopped the Lions next drive, Kendrick Amaker returned a punt 60 yards and North Haven was rolling at 38-7. Trevor Keyes ended Foran's next drive with an interception and then he returned it 40 yards. Steve Cusano took over the offense and with runs by himself, Ronald Kong and Mike Ross, the Indians moved down and scored on Ross' 3 yard run to make it 45-7. Foran scored with under a minute left in the game and added a 2 point conversion to make the final 45-15.

10/02/09: Week 3 North Haven Varsity 21, Wilton Varsity 7

North Haven Varsity 0 7 0 14 - 21
Wilton Varsity 0 0 7 0 - 7

10/2: Wilton won the toss and took the opening kickoff but had to punt right away. Joe Williams fumbled it away and the Warriors took over on the Indian's 40. But they couldn't capitalize on this gift and turned the ball over on downs. North Haven then drove 64 yards down to Wilton's 5 yard line, but Rob Carbone's 22-yard field goal clanked off the crossbar and the game remained scoreless. Starting the second quarter, North Haven went three-and-out, and had to punt.

10/2: But on the Warrior's first play from scrimmage, Jackson Wilbur's pass was intercepted by Kendrick Amaker. After another Indian's punt, Wilbur threw another interception and this time North Haven capitalized when Joe Schwab fired a pass into the right corner of the end zone and Amaker took it down in traffic for a 29-yard touchdown. Carbone added the PAT and North Haven took a 7-0 lead into halftime. Opening the second half, a Schwab pass was tipped and intercepted.  (Photos)

10/2: Wilton scored the tying TD with an efficient six-play, 50-yard touchdown drive. North Haven came back and scored when Schwab found Amaker open over the middle and after breaking a pair of tackles he took off down the right sideline for a 62-yard score. After receiving the kickoff, Wilton ran three plays and then punted, and North Haven put the game away with a 52 yard drive which consisted of direct snaps to Ryan Criscio. Criscio culminated the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to make the final score 21-7.

9/25/09: Week 2 North Haven Varsity 20, Hillhouse Varsity 18

Hillhouse Varsity 0 6 6 6 - 18
North Haven Varsity 7 3 7 3 - 20

9/25: The Indians took the opening kickoff and moved across midfield. After converting a critical 4th down, Joe Schwab connected with Kendrick Amaker along the inside sideline for a 20 yard TD. Robert Carbone added the PAT and North Haven took a 7-0 lead. After forcing Hillhouse to punt, North Haven moved back into scoring position and Carbone added a short field goal to put the Indians up 10-0.

9/25: As the half was coming to a close, Hillhouse pushed across a TD but missed the PAT and the Indians took a 10-6 lead into the break. In the third quarter, Joe Schwab broke through the line (above) and took off for a 40-yard TD run and the Indians had a 17-6 lead. Hillhouse scored shortly thereafter on a long TD run, but a pass for a 2 point conversion failed, so the Indians' lead was 17-12 through 3.

9/25: The Academics went ahead in the 4th quarter at 18-17 with a long drive. The Indians then drove down into scoring position but Robert Carbone missed a field goal with just under a minute to go. The Indians surprisingly got one more chance after Hillhouse quickly turned it over on downs, and Anthony Chiaia connected on a 39 yard field goal with a second to go to give North Haven a dramatic 20-18 win.  (Photos)

9/16/09: Week 1 Branford Varsity 19, North Haven Varsity 3

Branford Varsity 0 13 0 6 - 19
North Haven Varsity 0 3 0 0 - 3

9/17: North Haven won the coin toss and deferred their choice to the second half and then kicked off to the Hornets. North Haven had an interception, but then the two teams traded punts into the second quarter before Branford moved into the Indians red zone to set up the game's first score. A slant pass over the middle for 16 yards by Branford QB Andrew Luzzi to Taylor Sullivan went for a touchdown and the extra point that followed gave Branford a 7-0 lead.

9/17: After receiving the kickoff, the Indians came back right and put together a nice drive which ultimately stalled and ended with a short Robert Carbone field goal to cut the Hornet's lead to 7-3. But Branford would strike again and tack on another touchdown before the half to head into the locker room with a 13-3 lead.

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9/17: The second half was fairly uneventful as neither team could mount any sort of drive and the punts went back and forth. As the game was coming to a close, and with only 31 seconds left to go, Harrison Goodkind broke through the line and took off for a 43 yard touchdown to close out the scoring and make the final score 19-3. Pictured above is Sophomore QB Joe Schwab scrambling for yardage right before halftime.


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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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