Notre Dame has had a couple of big losses this year, and a couple of big victories as well. Their win against Amity 21-14 was the closest game yet.
The Spartans are warriors this year, and they played hard, and they certainly held their own against the Green Knights.
Here’s how the game played out:
Notre Dame’s Junior Quarterback Jackson Zalinsky scored the first touchdown of the game with 6:04 remaining in the first quarter.
The second quarter had a lot of back and forth, and then, with just 48 seconds on the clock, Amity Junior Joey Digello scored for the Spartans, and Abyan Nawaz’s kick was good, putting Amity ahead 7-6.
The Spartans retained their lead throughout the third quarter. Amity Junior Quarterback James Laubstein made his way across the goal line with 2:41 remaining.
Both teams battled for the next 2.5 minutes, but the Spartans retained their 14-6 lead.
The fourth quarter was a nail-biter, with the Green Knights scoring another touchdown within the first three minutes. At one point behind the Spartans, they needed to make a smart strategic move, so, they went for, and succeeded in executing a two-point conversion, tying the game at 14-14.
The Notre Dame band played through the final quarter, and both teams took turns attempting to break that tie.
Then the Green Knights Senior Warren Murphy made his breakaway move. With Amity Senior Runningback Daniel Beckwith hot on his tail, Murphy lept over fallen players and just made a beeline for the goal line. Beckwith made one last-ditch effort to tackle him, but Murphy sprinted on.
He ran past the goal line and straight over to fans lining the fence. He high-fived several of them and then, the extra point was good.
Notre Dame took the lead, 21-14, with 3:14 left on the clock.
Amity’s Michael Young made a valiant effort to tie things up again, but the clock ran out and the Spartans had to take the loss.
Other notable Amity players in this game were Sophomore Anthony Olenechuk (54), Junior Nico Semmonella (81), Junior Andrew Gnidula (13) and Senior Jake Lettick (10). Everyone played to win.
NOTE: This was the closest game Notre Dame has had so far.
Records: Both Amity and Notre Dame are 4-2 for the 2018 Season.
Next Up for the Spartans: a HOME game against Branford (4-2) at 7 p.m.
Rounding out the season, the final three games are ARGH, the undefeated Shelton Gaels at HOME on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.
Then, and AWAY game at Hamden (not having the best season at 2-4) on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.
And Finally the BIG Thanksgiving Rivalry Game against North Haven (5-1) at Vanacore Field on Nov. 22 at 10:30 a.m.
I’ve said it before, do NOT underestimate the 2018 Amity Spartans, they’re strong, they’re talented and they’re determined. They can do this!
Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.
— Tom Landry