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The Amity Spartans had a tough opponent for their first regular season game at Seymour on Sept. 11.
The varsity team, which lost 18 players to graduation in June, played hard, and they played like a team — a positive reflection on the coaching staff.
Seymour got the party started with 3-yard touchdown pass from Seymour quarterback Jaylen Kelley to Matt Vartelas with just 5:26 left in the first quarter. Chase Desautels’s kick was good and the quarter ended with a score of 7-0.
The Wildcats runningback Joey Salemme #5, a junior, got his hands on the ball and every time, he ran like the wind. Sslemme seemed unstoppable, although the Spartans did take him down a few times.
At 9:54 in the second quarter Amity tied things up with an effortless 53 yard run by Matt Attolino, Jordan D’Onofrio’s kick was good.
Then Seymour pulled ahead again with Salemme’s 48 yard run and Desautels’s kick, with just 8:02 remaining in the quarter.
Salemme did it again with a 13-yard run, and Desautels’s kick with 1:58 left.
Amity answered with a 1-yard run by Dchaun Wilson with just seconds remaining on the clock, but the kick failed.
The half time score was 21-13 (Seymour)
Just 3 minutes into the third quarter, Salemme was at it again, racing down the field for 49 yards widening the margin to 27-13.
Unfortunately, both teams received penalties when a fight broke out and Seymour’s Lineman Brandon Otero and Amity’s Jesse Kwolek both will miss next week’s games after being ejected from this game.
After the scuffle, DeVito made a 12-yard pass to Matt Attolino and D’Onofrio’s kick was good bringing the third quarter score to 27-20
In the fourth quarter, Salemme made a 53-yard touchdown giving Seymour a 33-20 lead with just 2:12 left on the clock.
Even so, the Spartans refused to give up. The team rallied and DeVito made a 32-yard touchdown pass to Matt Attolino, D’Onofrio’s kick was good, narrowing the margin to 33-27.
Team records: Seymour 1-0; Amity 0-1