After senior Joe Choiniere scored from one yard out to cut the score to 24-20 with 3:39 left in the third quarter, Amity was with within a single score in the second half. After losing back-to-back games where they never trailed by less than two scores in the second half, the Spartans were primed to break a two game losing streak. But, once again, Amity yielded too many big plays on the ground and committed untimely turnovers as Notre Dame scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to win 38-20 Friday night in West Haven.
With eight minutes left in the game trailing by 4, Amity fumbled on an option play to the left side of the field. Four plays later, Notre Dame senior Cameran Tucker scored on a 15-yard run with 6:03 left to increase the lead to 31-20. On Amity’s ensuing drive, senior Dave Ryan was intercepted by senior linebacker Sal Esposito. Notre Dame put the game away on a methodical and time consuming 10 play, 46 yard drive ending in a 4-yard Tucker touchdown. Tucker rushed for 101 yards on 27 carries. Notre Dame rushed 48 times for 290 yards.
Notre Dame started the scoring with 5:46 left in the first quarter on a Esposito 9-yard touchdown run. After an Amity three and out, Esposito ran for his second touchdown from 14 yards away on the drive’s first play. Esposito ran for 134 yards on just 12 carries. The run was set up by a 57-yard punt return by senior Drew Arciuolo and made the game 14-0.
Amity cut the lead in half on the following drive, scoring after just four plays on a Choiniere 35-yard touchdown catch with 2:32 left in the first quarter. After a Notre Dame missed field goal and trade of punts, Amity tied the game on a 9 play, 64 yard touchdown drive capped by a 3-yard touchdown run by Cory Ricks with 1:10 left in the first half.
Notre Dame added a touchdown to end the first half on a Tucker one yard to run to push the lead to 21-14. The play was set up by a recovered onside kick and a 41 yard catch by Arciuolo.
Ryan was 23-37 for 261 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. The passing yards were spread out between senior Ben Feola (5 catches, 74 yards), Choiniere (7 catches, 87 yards) and junior Tyler Burns (7 catches, 85 yards).
Amity falls to 3-3 with the loss. The Spartans will take on Wilbur Cross Friday night at Amity.