FOOTBALL: How ‘bout them Trojans? Lyman Hall wins in Weyrauch’s debut

FOOTBALL: How ‘bout them Trojans? Lyman Hall wins in Weyrauch’s debut


NEW HAVEN — The Bill Weyrauch Era in Lyman Hall football opened with what had become a rarity over the past five years: Victory.

A first-quarter touchdown by senior quarterback Nick Santello got the Trojans out front and the defense made it stand up in a 7-0 SCC Tier III shutout of Creed/Career/Whitney Tech at Bowen Field.

Santello scored from two yards out just over four minutes into the new season. And while the Trojans struggled mightily to extend that 7-0, the big-play efforts of its defense made it a moot point on the scoreboard.

The biggest stop came on downs at midfield with 1:58 to play.

Santello set up the game’s lone score with a 20-yard ramble. After that, the Trojans came away empty on future red-zone excursions.

LH executed some nifty plays to get there. Early in the second quarter, Santello hooked up with Harrison Febbriello on a 46-yard pass that set up first-and-goal from the 4.

Creed’s defense dug in. Facing fourth down, the Trojans went for a 22-yard field goal. It was blocked. Weyrauch argued in vain that a Creed defender had illegally jumped over his center to make the play.

Later in the second half, senior captain and defensive end Jake Seichter registered a big sack for Lyman Hall, forcing Creed to punt from its own 21. The Trojans had two minutes to work with before halftime, but could not extend their 7-0 lead.

Late in the third quarter, Austin Ruiz ripped off a long run down to the Creed 28. The Trojans advanced to the 12-yard line only to turn the ball over on downs.

The Trojans avoided disaster in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter. The snap for a punt went flying over Santello’s head, giving Creed possesion at the LH 16. Seichter and the defense held.

On the final stand, LH punted with 5:10 left and Creed took over at its own 46. The home team gained two quick first downs, advancing to the LH 38.

That’s when Trojans’ defensive end Zach Kizer recorded his second sack of the game to force Creed into a third-and-20, bringing the curtain down.


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