Orange Live Sports Writer
Down 27-3 with 2:41 left in the first half, the Spartans had no choice but to have senior quarterback Dave Ryan spread the field and let it fly. The process was sound, as Ryan threw for 4 TD passes and 252 yards for the rest of the contest. However, the Gael offensive line and a 255-yard effort from senior running back Jason Thompson prevented the desired result in Shelton’s 49-30 victory over Amity at William E. Johnson Field last night.
Shelton quarterback Mark Piccirillo dented the scoreboard three minutes into the game on a 10 yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Kyle Drost. It was the first of four total touchdowns for the efficient signal caller. Piccirillo went 17-25 for 241 yards with a pair of passing and rushing touchdowns and an interception.
After a Amity drive culminating in a Lyle Luth 39-yard FG, Shelton Michael Pingree returned the ensuing kickoff 50 yards to the Amity 42. From there, Piccirillo led Shelton on a 8 play, 42 yard march. Piccirillo scored on a 2-yard plunge to extend the Gaels’ lead to 13-3 with 1:21 left in the first quarter.
After an Amity three-and-out, Piccirillo marched Shelton 70 yards on 8 plays to extend the lead to 21-3 with 8:48 left in the half. Piccirillo threw for 65 yards on the drive. The Gaels added their fourth score on an 8 play 87-yard drive, culminating with a 25-yard Thompson TD sprint with 2:41 remaining to go up 27-3.
That’s when Ryan and his receivers found a rhythm. With 18 seconds left in the half, Ryan hit senior captain Joe Choiniere for a 20 yard-TD. In the second half, after Piccirillo scored on a one yard TD plunge after an Amity three-and-out, Ryan connected with senior wide receiver Ben Feola for a 65-yard TD on the second play from scrimmage to cut the lead to 35-17. Feola added a 67-yard TD catch in the fourth quarter. He caught 8 passes for 197 yards on the night.
Shelton went up 43-17 on a 33-yard TD gallop by Thompson with 7:20 left in the third, capping a brisk 3-play, 56-yard drive. The Spartans would score twice more on Feola’s second TD and a 19-yard leaping grab by senior Nick Bottone as time expired.
Amity yielded 561 yards on 42 plays, including the 255 to Thompson. Playing from behind all game, the Spartans only were able to gain 82 yards rushing on 20 carries after totaling 307 yards on 33 carries in last week’s win over Sheehan.
The 2-1 Spartans will travel to Lyman Hall for Week 4 this Friday.