Amity won all three games: 25-17, 25-22, and 25-18
Amity’s notable players: Conor Leary-Watson had 27 kills, 9 blocks, 9 digs and 5 aces; Ari Kaufman-Frankel had 7 kills, 13 digs, 1 block, and 1 ace; Christian Tzepos had 25 assists and 5 kills.
Records: Amity 6-5, Xavier 3-6
The Xavier Falcons have had a good season so far with 2 wins, and 3 ties, most likely expecting an easy win against their rivals with 5 losses.
The first half started off with Wes Reid scoring an unassisted goal for Xavier; Amity’s Simone Kanter tied things up for Amity at 14:00; not to be outdone, Brendan Cutuli, got one past Spartan’s goalie Jeremy Merchant at 29:00; One minute later, Matt Whitehill netted the tie breaker for Amity and Jeremy Conn, assisted by Kanter, put Amity ahead 3-2 at 38:00.
Amity showed its determination in the second half. Kantor quickly scored at 46:00, bringing the score to 4-2. Reid answered with an unassisted goal for Xavier 11 minutes later, but it wasn’t enough. Conn came through for the Spartans with the winning goal stunning both their opponents and fans.
Xavier outshot Amity 12-10.
Amity Goaltender Jeremy Merchant made 7 saves; and Goalie Aidan McCormack made 5 saves for Xavier
Records: Amity 1-5-1; Xavier 2-1-3
Jason Seidman (A) def Richard Ciamarra 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
Max Einbinder (A) def Trevor Morris 6-1, 6-0
Jarred Pepper (A) def. James Rosborough 6-0, 6-0
Marco Canepa (A) def. Michael Higgins 6-0,6-0
Nick Sabatelli/Noah Gallant (A) def. Rob Borea/Dylan Amble 6-4, 6-2
Jake Noyes/Gabe Betancur (A) def John Borea/Garrett Baker 6-2, 6-0
Nathan Brownstein/Kolby Santos (A) def Matt Ferris/Jack Curran 6-1, 6-3
200 yard Freestyle: A – 1:50.18 Charlie Pite
By Nick Mirto
Orange Live Sports Writer
An unfortunate series of penalties, interceptions, dropped passes and fumbles stymied Amity’s early bid to grasp control of the game in a 42-28 loss to Xavier at Palmer Field Friday night.
On the second play from scrimmage, Spartan junior running back Spencer Thomas sprinted for a 62-yard TD run called back by a personal foul on a very late flag. Two drives later, Spartan wide receiver Ben Feola dropped a pass at the Xavier 15 yard line. The ball was deflected and intercepted.
On the next Spartan drive, senior Nick Bottone dropped a pass at the Xavier 40 with nothing but open field in front of him. After a 66-yard TD run by Falcon quarterback Joe Carbone, Amity quarterback David Ryan threw an interception to senior Nathan Gonzales after trying to recover an errant snap and avoiding tacklers. Gonzales would score three plays later on a 28-yard TD catch. On the very next play from scrimmage, Amity turned the ball over on a Bottone fumble.
Falcon senior running back Andrew Meoli promptly scampered for a 32 yard gain before scoring from 8 yards out, pushing the score to 23-0 with 7:23 left in the first half. This quintet of miscues not only derailed excellent scoring chances but also gave the Falcons control of the contest.
The Spartans finally dented the scoreboard with 6:07 left to go in the half on a Ryan to Tyler Burns touchdown connection from 54 yards out. Senior Lyle Luth’s extra point cut the lead to 22-7.
Xavier junior Cole Thorburn returned the ensuing Amity kickoff 44 yards to the Amity 46. The Falcons then, as they did all night, ran a series of zone read plays. Defending on the defense’s reaction, Carbone would either keep the ball or hand off to Meoli, the running back. The Falcons ultimately scored on a 5 yard TD run by Carbone – his second — to increase the lead to 29-7 with 32 seconds left in the half. Carbone ran 20 times for 137 yards while Meoli galloped for 207 yards on 29 rushes.
After the intermission, the Falcons increased their lead to 35-7 on a Meoli 4-yard TD run with 6:26 left in the third quarter. Amity immediately answered on the next series, as Ryan found sophomore Kevin Nusdeo for a 60-yard TD strike. Ryan went 12-25 for 260 yards and a pair of touchdowns and interceptions each. Nusdeo hauled in two passes for 90 yards.
Amity scored again on a 66-yard interception return by Burns, his second “pick-6” in as many weeks. With 11:36 left in the game, the Spartans trailed 35-21. The Falcons answered 90 seconds later on a 56-yard Meoli TD – his third score – which all but put the game away.
Senior running back David Buono closed the scoring for the night on a 16-yard TD run with 4:28 left in the game.
Amity fell to 3-2 with the loss. The Spartans play at Notre Dame West Haven next Friday at 7 PM.
By PHIL BRODSKY
Orange Live Sports Writer
Heading into Thursday night’s Southern Connecticut Conference Division I clash between Xavier High of Middletown and Amity, the Falcons’ 5-foot 7-inch, 182 pound running back D’ Angelo Berry had 15 touchdowns this fall. By the time the game (which was played at Bill Johnson Field in Woodbridge) was over, the Falcons (currently ranked No. 4 in the state) had soared to a convincing 52-17 victory and Berry had added five more scores top his season total. He now leads the state in scoring with those 20 touchdowns. Berry also picked up 141 yards in 18 carries against the Spartans.
While Xavier (now 5-1) was chewing up Johnson Field for 248 yards and throwing for another 168 yards, Amity was proving to be its own worst enemy. The 2-4 Spartans committed four costly turnovers. Three of those turnovers led directly to points for Xavier.
According to Amity Coach Bert Mozealous, “Our regular quarterback (James Semmonella) was out due to an injury ( concussion) that he suffered last week against West Haven. As a result we had to use two inexperienced guys (junior David Ryan and sophomore Tyler Burns) to replace him. As a result of that inexperience, we made some mistakes and those mistakes cost us points. We had four turnovers that ended up giving Xavier 17 points. We can’t afford to do that against any team, let alone a good team like Xavier.”
The Falcons wasted no time in lighting up the scoreboard. Their first possession of the game was an 11 play-67 yard drive that was climaxed by a Berry’s one-yard plunge into the end zone. I t came with 6 minutes, 7 seconds left in the first period. The highlight of that drive was a 46 yard pass from quarterback Tim Boyle (who has accepted an NCAA Division I full scholarship to Boston College) wide receiver James Sullivan for a first down at the Amity 1-yard line.
Two plays after that score, Burns fumbled the snap and the loose ball was recovered by Xavier linebacker, Charlton Ortega at the Spartans’ 8-yard line. Four plays after Ortega’s recovery, Berry shot up the middle for a three-yard touchdown that gave his team a 14-0 lead with 3:31 to go in the opening session. It took only three more plays for another Burns fumble that Xavier fell on at the Spartan 21. With 22 seconds left in the quarter, Andrew Verre booted a 27 yard field goal that extended the visitors’ lead to 17-0.
Things quickly went from bad to worse for Amity in the second quarter. Keyed by Boyle passes of 17 and 18 yards to wide receiver Kris Luster, Xavier covered 70 yards in seven plays. Berry’s 24 yard sprint into the end zone with 8:24 left in the first half gave Xavier a 24-0 advantage.
Burns brought the Spartan fans to their feet as he roared right up the middle for a 75 yard TD on the first play after the Falcon touchdown. That roar was quickly silenced when Ted Duarte’ took the Amity kickoff 55 yards in the opposite direction before he was brought down at the Amity 5-yard line. On the second play from scrimmage after Duarte’s long return, Boyle called his own number and scored on a five yard run at 7:22 that enabled Xavier to open up a 31-7 lead.
After the two teams exchanged interceptions, Amity’s Lyle Luth kicked a 22 yard field goal as time ran out in the first half.
“Even though we were behind, our guys kept working hard throughout the game. I thought our execution was pretty good in the first half. It took a while but our offensive line finally woke up and responded as the game went on,” Mozealous said. “I know Xaiver’s a really good football team. Their QB (Boyle) is a Division 1 recruit but No. 75 (6-2, 269 senior center/defensive end, Max Schurmann) did a great job tonight.”
While the first two quarters were a nightmare for Amity, the third quarter was even worse, as the Falcons tacked on three more scores and blew out to a 52-10 lead.
Three plays into the second half, Berry shredded the Spartan defense for a 78 yard score. Three plays after that TD, Falcon cornerback Vincent Neri intercepted a Ryan pass at midfield and raced it back 48 yards before being rolled out of bounds at the Spartan 2. Shortly thereafter, Berry scored on a one foot dive that upped the tally to 45-10. With 5:44 left in the third quarter, Xavier closed out its’ offensive fireworks display when Boyle and Sullivan teamed up on a 48 yard scoring strike.
The lone score of the final session came with 1:05 left in the game. With Burns at the controls, the Spartans drove 90 yards in 14 plays and finally cashed in on a three-yard run by Burns.
Mozealous said, “When James (Semmonella, the Spartans’ starting signal caller) returns, we can take our time, developing Burns and Ryan. They will get more time as they learn more of our offense. Right now, we’re searching for answers. We need to block, tackle, and execute.”
The ledger book shows Amity picking up nine first downs, 255 yards on the ground and another 70 in the air. Attolino rushed for a team-high 113 yards on 27 carries. The pair of Amity quarterbacks combined to complete four of 10 passes (with one interception) for70 yards. Ben Feola had three grabs for 51 yards.
Xavier racked up 12 first downs, 248 yards on the ground and another168 yards in the air. In addition to Berry’s141 yards and five scores, Boyle completed 10 of his 17 throws.
On Friday night, Amity hosts SCC Division 1 rival, Fairfield Prep, in a 7 p.m. contest at Johnson Field.
Due to a rainy forecast, this week’s Amity Varsity Football Game against Xavier has been changed from Friday to tomorrow.
This battle will take place at Amity, Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m. Bundle up, the temps could be in the upper 50s.